VLTA President's Message

During the VLTA Annual Convention on October 2020, Julie Ann Rutledge was welcomed as the 2020 - 2021 VLTA President. Her message was a powerful message, building on the message from VLTA Past President Megan Meloon who highlighted workforce development within the industry. In Julie's message she highlights the next phase of this project - mentorship.

This is not a one-person job.  Such a fundamental and positive change to our industry cannot happen overnight.  It is going to take all of us doing a part, no matter how big or how small.  Perhaps some of you listening right now can serve as a mentor to a new young face to our industry.  Perhaps others of you can be a “mentor to mentors,” providing training on how to effectively train others.  And perhaps still others of you could be part of a VLTA Mentorship Taskforce Committee to generate even more ideas on how mentoring can be fostered in our industry.  I do not have all the answers, but I do know that working together we can make a difference and I can promise you that I remain committed to this idea.

As we navigate the year ahead, I want you to know that the VLTA BOD is ready and prepared to meet the challenges.  Working with this new BOD, I promise to do my very best, as I serve as your new President of the VLTA.
Thank you so much!   
Julie Ann Rutledge, VLTA President


During the 2019 VLTA Annual Convention, President Megan Meloon shared her vision for the future of the industry and how to ensure its stability as majority of today's workforce are closer to the end of their career than the beginning. Her mission was to develop a 'workforce development taskforce' that will lead new, younger individuals into the industry.