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 held in the Main Library and at the branches on a rotating basis on the second 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 Chair.
Board of Library Trustees Bios
Ronnie King II, Chair
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.
Timothy J. Anderson, Vice Chair
Timothy J. Anderson 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 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.
Sybil Ansbacher, Foundation Liaison
Sybil Ansbacher 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 currently 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.
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.
Charles Kleeman is a senior financial analyst with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, providing support for business partners by delivering actionable business insights.
He holds a master’s degree in business administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with specializations in quantitative finance and corporate finance, and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Florida.
Kleeman is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and is currently pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He lives with his family near the Pablo Creek Regional Library.
William C. (Bill) Mason
Dr. William C. (Bill) Mason led Baptist Medical Center and Baptist Health System in Jacksonville for 25 years. After retiring as C.E.O., he served as Chair of the Boards of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the Port Authority, the Community Council, the Florida Hospital Association, Baptist/St. Vincent's Health Care, as treasurer of the Jacksonville Children's Commission, and as President of the Florida State College Jacksonville Foundation and the Downtown Rotary Club. Dr. Mason has established and led medical centers worldwide.
Jackie Perry is the executive director for Beaver Street Enterprise Center, which was named the 2010 Dinah Adkins Incubator of the Year by the National Business Incubation Association. Perry oversees operations and management for the 25,000 square foot facility that provides business assistance and support services, as well as office space and infrastructure, for new and emerging businesses.
Perry serves on the board of Florida State College at Jacksonville Business Advisory Group for Kent Campus and is a member of the board of directors for First Coast Business Alliance, Grow Jax Advisory Board and the Florida 8A Business Alliance.
Perry completed accelerated certificate programs in human resources management and operations management at the University of Georgia and recently obtained her Incubation Management Certification from the National Business Incubation Association.
Gerald Reid is an enterprise account executive at MoreDirect, where he provides professional services, and software and enterprise business solutions.
He has a master's degree in business administration from Clark Atlanta University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Emory University.
Reid is a member of the National Black MBA Association and the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.
Brenda R. Simmons-Hutchins
Dr. Brenda Simmons-Hutchins is a retired educator with more than 35 years of experience in higher education. During her tenure at Florida State College at Jacksonville, she served as a professor of composition and literature as well as in several progressively responsible administrative positions, finishing her career as executive dean for instruction and student services.
She currently holds board of director positions as president of the Jacksonville Women's Network, board treasurer of the Community First Credit Union of Florida, a second-term member of the Florida Humanities Council and dean of the Peck Leadership Institute of the African Methodist Episcopal Church's Women's Missionary Society.
Dr. Simmons-Hutchins has served on the Board of Library Trustees since 2009.
Jim Love, City Council Liaison
City Council Member Jim Love was born in Washington, D.C. in 1953. A graduate of Auburn’s School of Mechanical Engineering and the Navy ROTC Program, Jim was accepted into the Navy’s Pilot Training Program, receiving his wings in 1976. After two Mediterranean Sea deployments, nearly 300 carrier landings, and seven years of active duty, Jim joined the Naval Air Reserve, ultimately commanding units at NAS Cecil Field and NAS Jacksonville. In 1998, his unit won the Jacksonville Naval Air Reserve Augment Unit of the Year Award. In 2002, Jim completed his required annual active duty in Kuwait as an advisor for Operation “Lucky Sentinel” and in 2003 retired from the Naval Reserve at the rank of Captain.
In 1983, concurrent with his Naval Reserve duty, Jim started a State Farm Insurance agency in the historic district in Riverside, continues to serve over 2600 families, and has twice been selected as Small Business Leader of the Year for the Downtown Council of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.
He is married to the former Robin Lynn Carter and they have three sons.
Tommy Hazouri, City Council Liaison
Tommy Hazouri is an At Large Councilman on the Jacksonville City Council and an Ex Officio Member of the Board of Library Trustees. He served northeast Florida twelve years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, four years as Mayor of the City of Jacksonville, and eight years as a Duval County School Board member. He is the retired President of Hazouri & Associates, a private consulting firm, an honorary member of the San Jose Rotary Club, and lives with his wife, Carol, in Mandarin.
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.