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Task Force Biographies - continued

Bob Basinar (bio continued)

- an important community asset. It is his hope that his experience will assist the Task Force in the development of a sustainable, flexible library model which can provide the best possible service within the constraints of available finances.

Alan Blumenthal (bio continued)

- (listening, recording and collecting), watching tennis, basketball and pro football (including Charlotte Bobcats & Carolina Panthers), playing tennis, reading, attending concerts and collecting sports figurines Asked his reasons for joining the Task Force, Alan  stated, “My wife and I are both long-term users and supporters of the library. The library plays a central and necessary role in serving Charlotte citizens of all ages. I am concerned about the recent County budget cuts, closings and reduced hours. My business and nonprofits work background have helped develop me to help the Library Task Force do its work to develop a sustainable Library System for Charlotte-Mecklenburg.”

Michael A. DeVaul (bio continued)

- of the African American Executive Forum and is an active member of the YMCA African American Leadership Forum.  He serves on the board of the Levine Museum of the New South, the Steering Committee for the 2020 vision plan for Charlotte Center City Partners, the African American Agenda Steering Committee (CM3A), the Community Advisory Board of the Junior League, the Mallard Creek High School PTSA Leadership Team, the New Leaders for New Schools and is a lifetime member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He and his wonderful wife Laura have two boys, Cole and Beau. Laura is employed by CMS and both boys attend Mallard Creek High School in University City. Mike’s hobby is hanging out with his family, especially his two teenage boys. Asked why he joined the Task Force, Mr. DeVaul stated, “I believe firmly that a world class city distinguishes itself most effectively by establishing how it provides a great basic level of service to its people through its primary institutions. Serving as a community member of the Library Task Force gives me a chance to help set a barometer of service that our City can sustain in one of its premier basic services. It’s a privilege to be able to play a role in how the Library serves now and into the future.”

Geneal B. Gregory (bio continued)

- has served on the NAACP State Conference of Branches, National NAACP Membership Committee, Madison Voter Empowerment Coalition, Dr. Reginald A. Hawkins Pioneer Legal Defense Fund, Inc., and the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Geneal is married and has a son, Corey. Geneal believes she brings an understanding and appreciation of the various diverse populations residing within Mecklenburg County and wants to ensure that none of these groups is overlooked in this process.


Gloria A. Kelley (bio continued)

- management issues, and understands library culture and the importance of library services and resources to patrons and the community.

Bill Millet (bio continued)

and the future well-being of the U.S. In regards to his willingness to serve on the Task Force, Bill has said “I am a strong supporter of public libraries as a critical economic driver and quality of life factor in their communities. I am also a Mecklenburg County taxpayer. I bring a balanced perspective to my work on the Task Force, wanting to ensure the strongest possible library possible that current economic conditions will logically allow.”

Bernadine Simmons (bio continued)

and community relations. She brings significant board experience through her work with the Hornet’s Nest Girl Scouts Council, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Junior League of Charlotte and work for political projects. Bernie enjoys writing, gardening, cooking and has one son (deceased) and one granddaughter. In response to her interest in the Task Force, Bernie has stated, in part, “My passion for libraries and my adherence to realistic and rational problem-solving can serve the Task Force well as we grapple with finding realistic, rational, workable solutions. I’m honored to be part of the process, and I take it very seriously.”

Scott D. Stone (bio continued)

- with his family for more than 11 years. As someone who has been very active in the community, Scott recognizes how important a resource our libraries are to all of the citizens of Mecklenburg County. “I am eager to help craft a library system which will be forward-looking and embracing ever-changing technology. I am also eager to utilize my business experience to develop some new cost-effective solutions.”

Connie Wessner (bio continued)

- and she enjoys commuting to school by bike most days. In reference to her work on the Task Force, Connie has stated, “The public library in Davidson is central to our identity as a town. Its presence on our Town Green represents a unique partnership between the town, Davidson College, and the library system. Our citizens have characterized the library as part of the “soul” of Davidson. As a town commissioner and an educator, I offered to represent the interests and concerns of the three north county towns, knowing and respecting the key role that our library plays in the lives of our citizens, no matter their ages or backgrounds. It is the public library that helps create and sustain an informed citizenry and encourages the sort of committed, civic engagement that makes our town vital and which provides a strong foundation for democracy.”

Ed Williams (bio continued)

- board chair of both N.C. Harvest and KinderMourn and former board member of Museum of the New South and N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. He also serves as deacon at Myers Park Baptist Church. Ed is married to Marilyn and has one son. Ed believes that “The free public library is an essential service. In a time of challenges regarding its funding and mission, I want to do whatever I can to help ensure that our public library not only survives but thrives.”

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