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Future of the Library Task Force Member Biographies

Jeff Armstrong

Jeff is Partner at Eitel & Armstrong where he brings expertise in the areas of strategy, finance and investment banking. He has more than 10 years of experience in investment banking with Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Wachovia and NBSP. He currently serves as an advisor, board member and investor to small emerging growth companies. Jeff is involved with a number of nonprofit organizations including United Way, Crisis Assistance Ministry and Habitat El Salvador. Jeff is married with four children. He offered to join the Task Force because it presented an opportunity to serve the community, and he believes the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has a significant role in our community.

Robert Bisanar

Bob is of counsel for Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. and has responsibility in the areas of labor and employment law. Bob has served on many boards, including: vice-chair for Opera Carolina, secretary of the Mecklenburg County Bar Board of Directors, board member of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, member of the Governor’s Task Force on Alternative Financing for Infrastructure Improvements, and trustee for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County from 2002 through January 2010. Bob  is married to Sandra and enjoys reading, running, hiking and the collection and repair of old radios. As a former member of the Library Board and a long-time library user, Bob views the library as  - more

Alan Blumenthal

Alan BlumenthalAlan has been a Charlotte business executive as president and now chairman of the Board of Radiator Specialty Company with responsibility for managing and guiding all future strategic growth initiatives. Alan has served on numerous boards throughout the region and currently serves on the Foundation of Shalom Park Board, as a Blumenthal Foundation trustee, a Charlotte Mecklenburg Development Corporation board member, a member of theTemple Beth El Expansion Building Committee, and a member of the Wildacres Leadership Initiative Board. Alan has been married for 40 years to Lee, has two daughters and is the proud grandfather of an adorable 2-year-old girl. His hobbies include music - more

Pamela Davies

Pamela DaviesPamela is president of Queens University. She has served in a number of organizations, including the Charlotte YMCA, Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Regional Partnership and the Critical Needs Task Force. Pamela looks forward to creating a vision for the Mecklenburg County Library, considering strategic alternatives, and positioning the library’s programs for success.

Michael A. DeVaul

Michael A. DeVaulMike is senior vice president of Organizational Advancement for YMCA of Greater Charlotte. In his current role, he is responsible for the area of strategic alliances and partnerships, which includes key organizations such as Carolinas Healthcare, the Charlotte Bobcats, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, American College of Sports Medicine and United Way. He also is responsible for the areas of public relations/communications, public policy, YMCA international relationships and key large association meetings. He has been an active leader in the YMCA movement, currently the North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO ) and serves as its communication chair. He formerly served as the national convener - more

Geneal B. Gregory

Geneal is a civic leader and a graduate of West Charlotte High School. She was employed with the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services for more than 30 years and retired in 2004. In addition to many special achievements during her tenure with DSS, Geneal received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2001 by former Governor Jim Hunt for services to the City of Charlotte and the state of North Carolina. As an active member of the community, Geneal  is a member of the United House of Prayer for All People and - more;


W.A. Heath, Jr.

W.A. Heath, Jr.Andy is managing partner at Heath Partners, LLC where he brings expertise in the areas of multi-family and commercial real estate development. He is a founding parent of Trinity Episcopal School and founding member of the Building Committee. He is a former Board Member of Planned Parenthood, former Volunteer Teacher CPCC and member of the Advisory Planning Group for Lynx Blue Line Light Rail. Andy is married and has three daughters. He enjoys hiking, reading, fly fishing and involvement with Christ Episcopal Church. As a member of the Task Force, Andy believes that “the Public Library is now confronted with challenges to both its mission and its financial viability. Even in this electronic/internet age, the concepts of the library as a center for self-directed learning and as a social and educational focal point for the curious, both young and old, are, I think, concepts with so much substance. I wanted to be part of re-setting the library so that it will be positioned to continue to lead the way in providing information and learning opportunities, which are not otherwise available to the general public.”

Carol Hull

Carol HullCarol is vice president, process design consultant for Technology and Operations for Bank of America. She was appointed by Mayor Ted Biggers as chairwoman of the Mint Hill Library Committee in 2010. Carol also has served as a Mint Hill Friends of Library volunteer from 2007 – 2010, assisting with two successful books sales that raised more than $8,000 for the branch. She also served as a Mint Hill Planning Board member for four years in the early to mid-2000s. Carol believes that “as a concerned citizen, I want to contribute my skills to this strategic work with the desire to recommend the best possible outcome for the library system and the Mint Hill branch in particular.”

Leonora Kaufmann

Leonora KaufmannLeonora is a librarian and the former director of Library and Information Resources for the Carolinas Healthcare System and Charlotte AHEC (Area Health Education Centers). She believes she understands the needs and wants of the library clientele and wants to help the library through these difficult times.

Gloria A. Kelley

Gloria A. KelleyGloria has more than 33 years of experience working in libraries in various managerial positions and is currently dean of Library Services for Central Piedmont Community College where she has responsibility for library operations for seven libraries. Gloria  brings expertise in the areas of library preservation and administration. She has served on the Charlotte Church board of directors, Hope Charlotte and as the historian for the National Coalition for 100 Black Women- Queen City Metropolitan Chapter. Gloria is married with two adult children and enjoys home improvement projects and gardening. She has offered to serve on the library Task Force because she values libraries, brings experience in library administration and - more

Bill Millett

Bill MillettBill is president of Scope View Strategic Advantage where he delivers substantial and sustainable value to private, nonprofit and public clients through support in a broad range of organizational and business development areas. Bill is also involved with the boards and senior staff of a wide range of nonprofit organizations across North Carolina and beyond. Bill  has served as a national speaker on a broad range of economic issues, including the strong role that quality early childhood education plays in community economic vitality - more

Bernadine Simmons

Bernie SimmonsBernie is a retired television broadcaster with more than 30 years of experience in broadcast production, marketing/public relations, community relations and operations at ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates. Currently, she is the general manager of Janell Productions, a media generalist company, and also is employed in a part-time capacity by Barnes & Noble Booksellers. She brings significant experience in strategic public relations, planning and implementation of multi-faceted projects, project and operations budgeting, - more

Scott D. Stone

Scott D. StoneScott is the vice president/National Infrastructure director for Merrick & Company. He brings to the Task Force expertise in staff and financial operations management, capital projects and strategic planning. His community service includes work as the chairman and founder of the North Carolina Heroes Fund, which raises funds for local military families, former chairman of the City of Charlotte Business Advisory Committee, member of the 2020 Vision Plan Working Group and North Carolina Economic Developers Association, among other roles. He was named among the “Top 40 under 40” by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2005 and was a member of the Leadership North Carolina Class XIV. Scott has lived in Charlotte - more

Julie Szeker

Julie SzekerJulie has practiced law for more than 10 years and is currently an attorney with Johnston Allison & Horde. She has served on the board of directors of the Community School of the Arts for four years. As a mother of two young boys, she has spent many weekend afternoons at Imaginon and participating in programs sponsored by the library. She wants to serve on the Library Task Force to help build a community consensus around what our library should be for our community today and for our children as they grown into adulthood.

Connie Wessner

Connie WessnerConnie is the academic dean of High School at the Community School of Davidson and has expertise in public policy analysis. She is a Town of Davidson board commissioner, a board member of the Davidson Housing Coalition and a former member of the Town of Davidson Planning Board. Connie is an active and proud member of Booklovers, one of Davidson’s 100+ year-old book clubs. Connie is married to David and has one son. She also enjoys reading, the New YorkTimes Sunday crossword puzzle, and the outdoors, - more

Ed Williams

Ed WilliamsEd retired in 2008 after 25 years as editor of The Charlotte Observer’s editorial pages. Throughout his career, his columns and editorials were part of Observer projects that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1981 and 1988. In 2003, the Mecklenburg County Bar Association presented him with the Liberty Bell Award for community leadership and “willingness to take tough stands on tough issues.” Upon his retirement, Governor Mike Easley conferred upon him the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest award for service to North Carolina. In addition to his career in journalism, Ed has served the community in many capacities including as the co-founder of Charlotte World Affairs Council, - more

Dr. James Woodward

Dr. James WoodwardJim is retired chancellor emeritus of University of North Carolina Charlotte and is serving as chairman of the Future of the Library Task Force. In addition to his service to the Task Force, he has also been a board member of Johnson C. Smith University board of trustees, chairman of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation board of trustees and the Greater Enrichment Program board of trustees, to name a few. Jim  is married and has three children and six grandchildren, and he views the library as a critical element of the educational infrastructure of Mecklenburg County.

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