The Community Team will act as a sounding board for ideas and strategies developed as the Library engages the public and its staff during the 6-month process to develop a strategic plan to guide its future growth and services through 2018.
"The Community Team members have expertise in a wide variety of areas," said Library Director Roni Tewksbury. "We so appreciate their commitment to help the Library make sure the services and resources we provide in the future meet the community's needs."
The Library launched its strategic planning effort in January with a community survey designed to encourage people to "think big" about Library services today, what they might be in the future, and the role of the Library in the community. More than 2,500 responses have been received from the community so far.
The project is made possible by a grant from The Community Foundation of West Georgia and matching funds contributions from several West Georgia Regional Friends of the Library groups.
The Community Team Members are:
· Sarah Marie Burley – Sarah Burley is a Haralson County resident and an active leader of the West Georgia home school community. Born in London, England, Burley has been employed in a variety of fields in California, Florida, and Georgia, having lived in the U.S. since 1990. She and her husband, Alex, have one daughter, Selah, age 9.
· Robin Moore Collins - Robin Collins, President of the League of Women Voters of Carrollton-Carroll County, is a very active volunteer and a staunch supporter of the public library. A four-time graduate of University of West Georgia, Collins has been involved as an alumnus, and is also a Master Gardener, has been a long-time participant in local theater, and is a dedicated dog lover. Married for 35 years, Robin and her husband Jim have two grown sons who both live in Georgia.
· Roberto De Jesus – Roberto De Jesus works as an Edward Jones Financial Advisor in Paulding County, and has lived In Seven Hills since 2008. De Jesus is originally from Puerto Rico and earned a BS degree from University of Colorado. He and his wife, Kristin, have a daughter, Isabella.
· Frank X. Ellis – Frank Ellis has been a resident of Douglas County since 1978, having retired from the Newspapers of West Georgia in 2006. He is a member of The Friends of the Buchanan-Haralson Public Library, and has been involved with many civic organizations. Ellis was named Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1983 and is a member of St Theresa Roman Catholic Church.
· E. Lorene Flanders - Lorene Flanders serves as Professor and Dean of Libraries at the University of West Georgia. She began her career in 1980 with Cobb County Public Library System, and holds degrees from Wesleyan College, University of South Carolina, and Georgia College. She is an active leader in local, state and national library organizations, and lives in Carrollton with her husband, Paul Campbell, and their two children Hart and Jordan.
· Thomas P. Glanton – Tom Glanton is a small business professional and entrepreneur who has served as CEO and general partner of several business entities. His community service includes terms on the Paulding County Library Board of Trustees, Planning and Zoning Board, and Economic Development Steering Committee, as well as Dallas First Methodist Church Parish Relations, Council of Stewards, and Stephen Ministry Board of Directors. Glanton was a Founding Director of The Bank of Newnan, a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, and a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He lives in Dallas and has degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology and Auburn University.
· Jackie Bagwell Pate – Jackie Pate lives near Whitesburg and is retired from Delta Air Lines where she was General Manager of Corporate Communications. She serves on the Community Foundation of West Georgia Board, the Carrollton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Board and the Friends of the Whitesburg Public Library Board.
· Terry Miller – Terry Miller was born and raised in Beaver Falls, PA, and holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University. He has been a licensed architect since 1996 and has had his own firm since 2005 in downtown Douglasville. Miller, his wife Denise, and their two children have lived in Georgia since 1997. He served on the Douglasville City Council from 2007 through 2011.
· Jennifer Parks – Jennifer Parks is a Franklin native with very active teenage twins. She is deeply involved in their school activities, as well as pursuing continuing education.
· Jolaine Sims – Jolaine Sims is recently retired after serving as a public school Media Specialist for 27 years. She has been a member of the Haralson County and West Georgia Regional Library Boards of Trustees, and holds degrees from Auburn University and University of West Georgia. Sims is married, has one son, and attends First Baptist Church in Buchanan.
· Glovis South – Glovis South began a career in journalism in 1980, working in a variety of capacities for several regional newspapers, and in 1993 started a second career as a Heard County Media Specialist. She is an award-winning grant writer, fiction writer, and editor, and holds degrees from the University of West Georgia. South and her husband Richard have two children.
· Wes Tallon – Wes Tallon is Director of Communications and Community Relations for Douglas County, and is a former Board Member and Chairman of the Douglas County and West Georgia Regional Library Boards of Trustees. A lifetime library supporter, Tallon started by becoming his Church’s librarian at the age of 14 and has continued through the opening of the new Dog River Library in November 2011. He currently is assisting in the formation of Friends of the Library groups for the Libraries of Douglas County.
· Thomas Upchurch - Tom Upchurch has distinguished himself as one of Georgia’s leaders in education reform, starting as a classroom teacher and later becoming principal and superintendent of Carrollton City Schools. As president of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education through the l990’s, Upchurch inaugurated the Bus Trip Across Georgia, to allow business, government and education leaders to see first hand the excellence in Georgia public schools. He has chaired or served on a multitude of panels, committees, study commissions and advisory boards charged with building excellence into the state’s school systems and close achievement gaps. Upchurch has been instrumental in establishing the Community Foundation of West Georgia and continues teaching and consulting for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.
· Jane Wilson – Jane Wilson is a former administrator with Bremen City Schools, and has served on the Bremen City Council for 6 years. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Warren Sewell Memorial Library of Bremen. Wilson grew up in Newnan, Georgia, and has lived in Bremen for more than 40 years. She received degrees from University of West Georgia and Mercer University.
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