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Board of Library Trustees Announces New Officers, New Ex Officio Members (Sept. 14, 2016)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 14, 2016 – The Jacksonville Public Library Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) has announced its new officers and new ex officio members. Serving as board officers are Ronnie King, II, as chair; Timothy “Tim” J. Anderson as vice chair; and Mario J. Payne as secretary. The board also has two new ex officio members: City Council Members Katrina Brown and Tommy Hazouri. BOLT member Sybil Ansbacher will assume the role as liaison to the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation. The new roles will become effective Oct. 1, 2016.

OFFICERS

Ronnie King, II, Chair

Ronnie King has served on the Board of Library Trustees for four years, and as vice chair for a year. He is a certified software engineer and owner of Scratchwerk, LLC, which provides Java development and staffing services, and personalized training for entry-level programmers. King is an active community volunteer. As cofounder of the MyVillage Project and the MyVillage Project Community Fund, King helps bring awareness to funding inequality for nonprofits, while coordinating resources to support black nonprofit organizations in Northeast Florida. King created software and a workshop series called “Day in the Real World” focusing on academic achievement, social etiquette, money management, and decision making to reach more than 1,500 middle school students over the last eight years. Through his service on the boards of Mentoring Families and Kids, 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, and the National Society of Black Engineers, he has made a significant impact on educational opportunities for students. King earned an associate degree from the University of Florida where he played basketball for the Gators, and a bachelor degree in computer science from the University of North Florida. He is a husband and father to two beautiful girls, Jada and Bostyn.

King replaces Erin Vance Skinner as BOLT chair. Skinner ends her last term after serving two full terms, and the last two years as the chair.  

Timothy “Tim” J. Anderson, Vice Chair

Tim Anderson been a BOLT member for two years, and has served as the secretary for the past year. He is the managing director and chief economist at Bott-Anderson Partners, Inc., an investment consulting firm in Jacksonville. A member of the Florida Bar, Anderson earned a doctorate of law from Levin School of Law at the University of Florida, attended the London School of Economics, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He enjoys spending time with his three children, family trips to the Beaches Branch Library near their home, golfing, fishing and deep sea spearfishing.

Mario J. Payne, Secretary

Mario Payne has served as a BOLT member since 2015. Payne is a certified financial planner with Raymond James Financial Services in San Marco and was previously with Edward Jones Investments. He holds licenses and designations including the Series 6, 7 and 24, Florida Life, Health and Variable Annuity, Certified Financial Planner, and Accredited Asset Management Specialist certifications. Payne is a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a personnel sergeant during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Active in the community, Payne serves as a board trustee for the Ebenezer United Methodist Baptist Church, and manages the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. AlphaJax Scholarship Fund along with other local endowments. He also enjoys participating as a mentor to high school and college students. Payne is a graduate of Tennessee State University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.

NEW EX OFFICIO OFFICERS:

Tommy Hazouri, Ex Officio Member

At-Large City Councilman Tommy Hazouri has a long record as a civil servant. He served for 12 years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, as mayor of the City of Jacksonville from 1987 – 1991, and as a Duval County School Board member from 2004 – 2012. While in the Florida Legislature, he was chairman of the Duval Legislative Delegation, House Committee on Education, K – 12, and House Committee on Retirement, Personnel and Collective Bargaining. He also was a member of numerous subcommittees. As mayor, he led the effort to eliminate the tolls from Jacksonville’s roads and bridges and implemented an anti-odor ordinance. Hazouri holds a bachelor’s degree in history and government from Jacksonville University. He is the retired president of Hazouri & Associates, a private consulting firm and an honorary member of the San Jose Rotary Club. He and his wife, Carol, former public school elementary teacher of 43 years, live in Mandarin. They are members of Mandarin Presbyterian Church. Their son, Tommy, Jr., is an elementary school teacher and coach.

Katrina Brown, Ex Officio Member

Katrina Brown was elected to the Jacksonville City Council in 2015 as the Council Member representing District 8.  Council Member Brown brings to her office deep roots in the community and understanding of the region. She serves on the City Council’s Finance Committee and on the Public Health and Safety Committee. She also serves as the vice president of business development for Basic Products, LLC., a manufacturer and distributor of food products for national retailers, and is the managing partner of Jerome Brown BBQ, a family owned and operated restaurant management company based in Jacksonville, Florida. Brown has been directly involved in securing a distribution agreement with Sam's Club/Wal-Mart and the Winn-Dixie Marketplace. She also coordinated the financial arrangement of private equity, SBA lending and grant funding to redevelop a large manufacturing facility. She received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Clark Atlanta University.

NEW LIAISON TO JACKSONVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION:

Sybil Ansbacher, Liaison to FJPL Foundation

Sybil Ansbacher has served on BOLT for three years. She is a retired licensed mental health counselor with Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Nova University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Florida. She worked for 12 years for the Youth Crisis Center at the Beaches Resource Center in various positions, including director of the Beaches Truancy Center. An active member of the community, Ansbacher is a board member of the Friends of the Beaches Library Board and Beaches Watch, Inc. She has served as chair of the City of Neptune Beach Board of Appeals; chair for several studies of Jacksonville Community Council, Inc.; City of Jacksonville HUD Advisory Board; Community Development Block Grant Committee chair; State Board of Pharmacy member; Women’s Giving Alliance. She has been a resident of Neptune Beach for more than 30 years.

About the Board of Library Trustees

The Board of Library Trustees is comprised of volunteers who serve as the policy and planning body for the Jacksonville Public Library system. There are 12 voting members and at least two nonvoting members who serve in an ex officio capacity. Nonvoting members are the city council president or a designee and up to one additional council member, and the superintendent of schools or a designee. Trustees are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. Each trustee serves a four year term and may serve a total of two consecutive terms. Bios and photos of board members are available at http://www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/about/board-library-trustees.

About the Jacksonville Public Library

The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library is to enrich lives, build community and foster success by bringing people, information and ideas together. Last year, more than 3.4 million visits were made to Jacksonville Public Libraries, items were checked out more than 5.9 million times, and nearly 11,000 programs and services were offered to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK (2665) or visit jaxpubliclibrary.org.  

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