The Board of Library Trustees is composed of 12 volunteers who serve as the policy and planning body for the Jacksonville Public Library system. Trustees are appointed by the Mayor of Jacksonville and confirmed by the City Council. Each trustee serves a four year term and may serve a total of two consecutive terms. The board also includes at least two non-voting members who serve in an ex officio capacity.
Regular board meetings are usually held in the Conference Center at the Main Library on the third Thursday of each month. Special board meetings and committee meetings are held as needed. The public is welcome to attend.
For more information please contact the director's office at 630-1994 or contact the Board of Trustees.
Board of Library Trustees Bios
Carlo Fassi, Chair
Carlo Fassi of Southern Strategy Group has been has been with the Board since mid-2017. A specialist in public affairs and the manager of numerous political campaigns state and local, Mr. Fassi previously served the Office of the State Attorney, the energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan, as a governor of the State University System Board of Governors, as the Chairman of the Florida Student Association, and as President of the University of North Florida student body.
Ronnie King II
Ronnie King is the president and founder of Scratchwerk Consulting, which provides a wide variety of software consulting services for insurance agencies specializing in Java and Guidewire development.
He serves on the board for Mentoring Families and Kids, "Day in the Real World," and The MyVillage Project. King holds leadership positions in several community organizations including president of the Jacksonville Urban League Young Professionals and president of the First Coast National Panhellenic Council. King is a part of Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2011, and currently serves as the Northeast Region Connect Chair for Leadership Florida. He is also a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and serves as mentoring chair for the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville. He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
King studied mathematics at the University of Florida while playing basketball for the Gators. He holds a bachelor's in computer science from the University of North Florida.
Steve Eagerton is Vice President of Investor Relations, Sales Operations and Strategic Initiatives at Black Knight Inc. which is headquartered on Riverside Avenue in Jacksonville, Florida. Steve oversees a variety of initiates in this role including all communications with the investor community, planning and reporting’s on sales operations, as well as Mergers & Acquisitions efforts.
Steve received his B.A in Accounting and M.B.A from Jacksonville University where he was a member of the baseball team and was able to finance all college expenses through academic and athletic scholarships. Steve is an active Alumni helping place JU students in internships and planning Baseball alumni events.
Steve is a Jacksonville native and is married to his high school sweetheart Deanna, who is an Emergency Room RN with Baptist Health. They are proud parents of Kinley 5, Austin 3 and Ellis 1. In addition to spending time with family he enjoys reading, frequenting the outdoors, running and CrossFit. They live in North Mandarin.
Mario J. Payne
Mario Payne is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, 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, CFP® and AAMS® 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.
Virginia Haworth is the Director of Government Relations and Community Engagement for Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). In this role, she develops and executes the college’s strategy for legislative and government relations priorities including $78 million in state funding.
Previously, Virginia served as Appointments Director to Governor Rick Scott from 2012 to 2015 and later as Finance Director for Let’s Get to Work PC.
Prior to joining FSCJ, Virginia worked with VisionFirst Advisors, an Economic Development Consulting Firm led by former head of EFI, Gray Swoope.
Virginia received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and is currently pursuing her MBA from the University of West Florida.
Guy K. Anderson is a senior consultant at Kirkpatrick & Associates, Inc., specializing in information technology and services, and utility industry analytics. His clients include groups and organizations supporting the North American utility and power industry. During his 39 years in business, Anderson has sold IT services to Fortune 500 companies, major utilities and major financial institutions, and has managed client relations for large-scale projects involving software development and implementations.
Anderson has been active in the Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., participating in the library funding and city finance studies, as well as Putting the River Back in River City, and Recession, Recovery, and Beyond. His interest in sailing is reflected in his membership in the North Florida Cruising Club, First Coast Offshore Challenge, First Coast Sailing Association, and St Johns Riverkeeper.
Anderson earned bachelor of science degrees in chemistry and biology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where he was a member of the Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity.
Jill Langford Dame
Jill Langford Dame is the CEO of Leadership Jacksonville. Her previous employment has included practicing law, teaching, consultancy for nonprofit organizations, and interim executive directorship for nonprofits. She has been actively involved in the Junior League of Jacksonville, PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville, the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Willing Hands, Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida, Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Women’s Network, The Meninak Club of Jacksonville, and the Florida Bar.
An active member of the community, Dame is a past recipient of the Junior League of Jacksonville’s Tillie Fowler Community Leadership Award, Leadership Jacksonville’s Distinguished Leadership Award, JCCI’s 2005 Milestones Award for work as Chair of the Role of Nonprofit Organizations Study Implementation, was named Folio Weekly’s Person of the Year in 2001, and was chosen as a 2013 Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of Gateway Council and as a 2014 Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal.
Dame received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude (English and History) from Queens University of Charlotte, a Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Florida College of Law, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Jacksonville University.
W. Marc Hardesty
Marc Hardesty is a founding partner of the Jacksonville law firm, Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P.A. since 1994. Prior to that, he served as assistant state attorney for Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit from 1990-1994.
Mr. Hardesty earned his Juris Doctorate from the Mercer University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Furman University, where he was a four-year varsity member of the wrestling team.
Mr. Hardesty is a past chairman of the Jacksonville Florida Planning Commission, as well as a member of several local, state and federal bar associations. His past or present memberships with other organizations include the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the American Legion; the National Rifle Association; the legal board of the St. Johns Riverkeeper; Save Our River environment, Inc. (past president); and Boys Home Association.
Mr. Hardesty was awarded the Bronze Star Medal while serving as a Company Commander with the Army during the Gulf War (1990-91); the Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other military awards. Lt. Colonel Hardesty retired from the U.S. Army Reserves after nearly 22 years of service.
He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and graduated from Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, FL. He is a proud father of Meredith, 15, and Marcus, 13.
Donnie Horner III is the Chief Operating Officer of the City of Jacksonville's Kids Hope Alliance. An experienced sales and marketing professional, his previous career took him to Beaver Street Fisheries, where his sales accounts included Fortune 500 companiess, small family owned businesses, and sole proprietorships. An experienced sales and marketing professional, he travels extensively and is responsible for executing the company's strategic sales initiatives.
Public service is an important part of Horner’s life. He and his wife, Dr. Kristen Horner, are Bronze Circle members of the Florida Forum, which benefits Wolfson Children's Hospital. Horner’s prior community involvement includes board stints at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Propeller Club, and Jacksonville University's Alumni Board of Governors. He also serves as vice chairman of the River Club in Jacksonville, and as president of the Naval Academy's Class of 2008.
Horner earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2008, and a Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University in 2011. He is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and ran for the Florida House of Representatives in 2016. Horner and his wife are parishioners of Our Lady Star of the Sea where Donnie is a lector. They reside in Jacksonville Beach with their golden doodle Ellie.
Celia Nass is senior director of Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting at Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of BI-LO, Harveys, Fresco y Más and Winn-Dixie, which is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. She has held leadership positions in corporate accounting, financial reporting, and investor relations, and has provided audit and business advisory services with the public accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Nass holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, and is a certified public accountant (CPA) licensed in the state of Florida. She is a native Floridian who enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, taking family trips to the Southeast Regional Library near their home, frequenting the outdoors, attending area sporting events, and biking and swimming.
A native of Los Angeles, California, Fernando Meza has lived in Jacksonville since 2003, when he was stationed aboard the USS John F. Kennedy Aircraft Carrier as a member in the US Navy. Throughout his enlistment, he worked at a local bar in Jacksonville Beach where he learned the traits of mixology and sharpened his customer service background. Entrenching himself into a new community, Fernando began engaging in local political and non-profit organizations. When arriving to Jacksonville, he registered for courses at the University of North Florida and began mentoring kids at Take Stock in Children.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Fernando ran twice for Jacksonville Beach City Council. Although unsuccessful, he has been a remained vocal and active resident of Jacksonville Beach; participating in numerous organizations, such as the Duval County Republican Party and the Jacksonville Young Republicans. In 2015 He opened the Wreck Tiki Lounge in Jacksonville Beach, where he serves as the establishment’s operating partner
Dr. Matt Swanson is Associate Vice President of Financial Management at Jacksonville University. In this role, Matt is responsible for supporting student, employee, and stakeholder success through the strategic management and allocation of JU’s resources. Matt oversees the Controller’s Office (University Accounting), Budgets, Financial Planning and Analysis, Purchasing, Audits, and Campus Services. In addition, he serves as a strategic business partner to the University’s departments and leadership team and provides business advice and reports to the Chief Financial Officer, President, and Board of Trustees. Prior to accepting his position at JU, Matt served as Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at Fletcher Technical Community College in Louisiana. While serving at Fletcher, Matt partnered with the college’s Chancellor and leadership team to oversee the business components of acquiring and operating a regional technical college, led in ensuring the sustainability of the institution despite multiple budget cuts, and coordinated efforts to improve employee recruitment, retention, and morale. Matt holds a Doctor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. His doctoral dissertation and research focused on the strategic impact of succession planning within higher education.
A native of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, Matt currently resides in the Riverside area of Jacksonville with his wife, Emily. Matt enjoys spending time with family and friends, serving his community, being on the water, the beach, baseball, exploring the great local restaurants Jacksonville has to offer, and, of course, reading. He has a life goal of attending a baseball game in every major league stadium and reading one book per month.
Terrance Freeman, City Council Liaison
Terrance Freeman is a proud husband and father of four daughters. After a successful professional baseball career, he earned college and advanced degrees in physical education, sports psychology, and is working on his Doctorate in educational administration.
His work experience includes his service as an Executive Council Assistant for the City of Jacksonville, the Political Affairs Manager for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, and over ten years as a teacher, a school administrator, and coach.
Reggie Gaffney, City Council Liaison
In 1993, after many years in the mental-health services field, Reggie Gaffney recognized the need to address a highly under served community of disenfranchised people faced with challenges stemming from mental illness, substance abuse as well as HIV/AIDS on Jacksonville's Northside. In response, he and two co-workers established the Community Rehabilitation Center, Inc. (CRC) 24 years ago which today provides Primary and Behavioral Healthcare as well as social services and economic development opportunities to those faced with employment barriers. He is responsible for the supervision of over 110 employees and an annual operating budget exceeding $ 5 million.
A graduate of Florida A&M University, Reggie leads not only a successful nonprofit organization but its for profit subsidiaries that are currently serving thousands of people in a tri-county area. (Duval, Baker & Nassau)
Reggie Gaffney was appointed by Mayor John Peyton as a member of the Mayor’s Transition Subcommittee for Community Services in 2003. He has been honored by Governor Crist & Governor Scott with appointments to several key board positions such as his 2008 appointment to the Jacksonville Port Authority Board ultimately serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as the Florida Charter Schools of Excellence. In 2012, he was invited by Senator Marco Rubio to serve as a Member on his Academy Nomination Board. And most recently, his 2015 election to serve District 7 as City Councilman. He is a Member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce; First Baptist Church Downtown and co-founder of the first African GOP Leaders of Tomorrow Club.
Reggie Gaffney has been advocating for a special needs population for over 24 years. His strong sense of civic duty, deep and abiding faith and willingness to promote the goodness in humanity should continue to inspire us all. He looks forward to utilizing his extensive network of bi-partisan elected officials that he has built on a local, state and federal level through his years of advocacy improving the quality of life for the least, to now serve his constituents living within District 7 and the entire Jacksonville community.
Tia Leathers, Ex Officio Member
Tia Mackey Leathers is the Executive Director of the Family and Community Engagement Department for Duval County Public Schools (DCPS). Leathers provides oversight to District Athletics, JROTC, Community Education, Driver Education, Extended Day, Volunteer Services, the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, the district’s Parent Academy, Faith-Based/Business Partnerships, and organizes the United Way Campaign for the district’s more than 13,000 employees.
Leathers joined DCPS in 2013 to directly lead the Parent Academy, a resource introduced by then Superintendent, Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti. As the Director of Parental & Community Involvement, Leathers surpassed original goals for the initiative, which has reached over 22,500 parents to date. While in this role, she hosted the inaugural Parent Academy Conference in Jacksonville, where seven additional counties convened to discuss Parent Academy implementation across the state of Florida.
Leathers has spent the last 16 years in management, which includes five years with the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation as an Assistant Manager, Program Manager, and Program Director. She also worked seven years for Junior Achievement of North Florida, beginning as the Manager of Northside/Downtown schools and ending as Vice President of Programs for the 20-county organization.
A Jacksonville native and graduate of William M. Raines High School, Leathers has a passion for education and the community. She has previously served as the Secretary for the North Council of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, is currently a member of the West, South, Mandarin, and Professional Women’s Councils of the Chamber, and has served on the Advisory Boards for Jean Ribault, First Coast, Terry Parker and Ed White High Schools. She is an ex-officio member of the Jacksonville Public Library's Board of Trustees, serves on the boards for the Police Athletic League and Hope at Hand not-for-profit organizations, is a proud Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor, a Junior Achievement volunteer, a member of United Way’s Atlantic Circle, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Bold City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, and a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville - Class of 2017.
Tia received a full academic scholarship to attend the University of North Florida, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. She has since earned her Master of Business Administration degree, completed a Developing Managerial Effectiveness program at The Pennsylvania State University, and a Strategic Frameworks for Nonprofit Organizations program at Harvard University.
She is a lifelong member of St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, where she serves as a steward. Leathers is happily married to her husband of 10 years and they enjoy spending time together with their 5-year-old daughter.