Laura Talley graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education followed by a Master of Arts Degree in Education. After teaching and starting a family, she began volunteering in the schools and with the Junior League of San Antonio (JLSA). Laura served on the JLSA Board of Directors for four years and served as the 2008-2009 JLSA President. During her League tenure, she helped develop Literacy San Antonio, a program to transform literacy rates in San Antonio. The program was spun off by the League and became SAReads. The program successfully teaches children to read by training and inspiring teachers to use science-based reading instruction.
Chris Talley is Chief Communications Officer at USAA, a Fortune 100 Company serving the military community. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Baylor University, followed by a Master of Business Administration degree. He has worked in the communications and PR industry for 31 years. He currently serves on the Boy Scouts of America-Alamo Area Council Board of Directors and has served on the Board of Directors at Sunshine Cottage and KLRN. He currently serves on the Institute of Public Relations Board of Trustees and is a member of The Page Society.
Chris and Laura met at Baylor University, married in 1989, and have three children, Michael (24), Megan (21), and Caroline (19).
1) Why have you decided to serve as a Trailblazer for the JLSA?
The JLSA has a strong history of creating projects to address needs in San Antonio. Continuing this legacy, this Centennial Signature Project strives to improve the mental wellness of children in our community. 1 in 5 children suffers from a mental illness - and 60% will not receive treatment. This project will increase awareness, provide training for professionals, and improve services to those in need and their families. A healthy community is important for San Antonio's growth and success.
2) Who and/or what inspires you to pave a path in our community (be a community leader/participant)?
Our children, Michael, Megan, and Caroline, inspire us to pave this path to improve our community for them and future generations. We believe serving our community and working for the greater good are good for the community and good for the soul.