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 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 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 Anderson Financial 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.
Carlo Fassi 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.
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 a national sales representative at Beaver Street Fisheries with a focus on retail grocery partnerships. His accounts include Fortune 500 companies, 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.
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.
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.