Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Talbert announces retirement

Cathy Talbert
A key member of the IASB staff has announced her retirement from the Association and a move to California.

Cathy Talbert, associate executive director for field services and policy services, has announced she is retiring effective June 30, 2018. Talbert has been a dedicated member of the staff for 28 years.

Since joining the Association staff, she has worked directly with hundreds of school boards and thousands of school board members through trainings, presentations, and workshops in Illinois and across the country. She offered particular expertise in governance, policy, school law, and association management.

Before bringing her dynamic approach to leadership to the IASB staff, Talbert worked as an attorney in private practice and on the legal staff of the Illinois State Board of Education. She joined IASB in February 1990, assumed responsibility for policy services in 1995, added responsibility for the Targeting Achievement Through Governance (TAG) grant-funded program in 2004-2007, and became an associate executive director for both field services and policy services departments in 2007 through the present.

Talbert served under three IASB executive directors: Wayne Sampson, Michael D. Johnson, and Roger Eddy. Talbert notes that she will miss the people and work at IASB: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with and serve the IASB leadership, members, and staff in pursuit of our vision, excellence in local school board governance supporting quality public education.” she said.

“We thank Cathy Talbert for her loyal dedication to the Association and wish her well in her future endeavors. Her skill and knowledge in her respective departments will be missed,” said Ben Schwarm, deputy executive director of IASB.