Library Board

    Willie S. Davis III Willie S. Davis III, President
    Original Appointment 2/23/16; Current Appointment 2/1/22 - 12/31/25

    Willie Davis III currently serves as Work-Based Learning Program Director for The Dannon Project, a nonprofit organization located in downtown Birmingham serving youth and adults through multiple outreach programs. Prior to joining The Dannon Project, Davis worked for Xerox Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama, for nearly 15 years as equipment financial analyst and community involvement coordinator. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) where he serves on the finance committee. Some of Davis’s former board commitments include Vice-President of Community Kitchens board of directors, American Lung Association’s Leadership Board, board of directors for Children’s Village, Ronald McDonald House Charities Young Leadership Board, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Leadership Council, and United Way Young Leaders Society. He has received multiple awards and recognition for his continued commitment to the community. Davis exemplifies a passionate spirit towards community improvement and is a proven leader. Davis is the product of the Birmingham School System and is a graduate of Holy Family High School and Talladega College. He is a resident of District 6, a member of New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Titusville, and a devoted uncle to his nieces, Madison and Melanie, and nephew William Drake.

    Yawntreshia Coleman Yawntreshia Coleman
    Current Appointment 2/1/2022 - 12/31/25

    Yawntreshia Coleman is an entrepreneur & education advocate based in Birmingham, AL. Passionate about making a transformative community impact through education, economics, and advocacy, she teaches youth about finances and investing through her venture, Camp Trep. An alumna of 4.0 Schools Essentials, Coleman validated her idea during her 2021 education fellowship. Her goal is to create a new normal where entrepreneurship and wealth-building are added into national & state education standards.

    Graduating from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Accounting and minor in Human Services Counseling, Coleman has worked as a staff accountant, public policy coordinator, and resource development manager before focusing on becoming ‘The Serial Mompreneur’. Described as creative, bubbly, innovative, compassionate, honest, and loyal, she is the founder of multiple startups as well as an equity partner in a few businesses and an independent business funding agent.

    In Summer 2021, she launched Magic City Food Tours & Luxury Picnics. For the past 13 years, Coleman has been the Managing Director of Coleman and Company, a limited liability company, that grows businesses primarily in the health & wellness, food & beverage, agriculture, and healthcare industries by providing tools, funding, and systems to help them scale. In addition, she directs the operations of several ventures under the LLC’s brand. An active Real Estate & Business Investor and Board Member, Yawntreshia is available for advisory work, special projects, and formal positions.

    Coleman currently serves on a few nonprofit boards and is the Board Treasurer of McCoy Adult Day Care Center and He Is Me Institute. Yawntreshia is also an Alabama Master Gardener Intern. She is raising 3 beautiful daughters, ages 4, 6, and 18, with her husband of 19 years. Coleman expertly balances business, philanthropy, and board service while touring college campuses, helping her high school senior with scholarship applications, and being their kindergartener’s virtual learning coach.

    J. Jordan Davis  R. Jordan Davis
    Current Appointment 2/1/22 - 12/31/26

    R. Jordan Davis is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a 2016 graduate of The Altamont School.

    Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Morehouse College and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University. He has held internships with Congresswoman Terri Sewell, the Stacey Abrams for Governor Campaign, the Atlanta Mayor’s Executive Office of Communications, and the Georgia General Assembly. Jordan is employed with a regional legal advocacy group and through the intersection of civics and culture, hopes to increase civic engagement and help governments deliver on the promise of good policy.

    He is a resident of District 2, a member of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, and serves on the Alumni Board for The Altamont School Alumni Association.

    Lynn Flowers-Martin Lynn Flowers-Martin
    Current Appointment 6/4/19 - 12/31/22

    Lynn Flowers-Martin is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and received her formal education in the Birmingham Public Schools and the Jefferson County School System. She attended Shields Elementary, Carver High School and E.B. Erwin High School. Flowers-Martin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), a Master Degree in Elementary Education and an AA Certification in Elementary Education from Alabama State University. She was employed with the Birmingham City Schools for 37 years. She is affiliated with the Imperial Club, Inc.; Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc. Nu Chapter; Birmingham Arts & Culture Commission Board (Former Member); Board of Directors Virginia Sanford Theatre; Birmingham Education Association /Alabama Education Association; Tri-County (AL) Chapter of the Links, Inc.; Birmingham Retired Chicks; and Forty-Fifth Street Baptist Church. Flowers-Martin is married to Stuart Jeffrey Martin.

    Yolanda Hardy Yolanda Hardy
    Current Appointment 2/1/22 - 12/31/25

    Mrs. Yolanda T. Hardy retired from the Birmingham Public Library in September of 2020, as Public Regional Manager, after thirty-seven years. Her career was launched in 1979 as a Library Assistant I (Page) at the Ensley Library.

    She received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the Historic Miles College and further matriculated to receive a Masters of Library and Information Science, from the University of Alabama.

    Mrs. Hardy’s career flourished through her civic engagement, partnerships, and philanthropic efforts/support of local stakeholders. She has served the public library system in multiple capacities and locations over the years; Southern/Eastern Regional Manager (nine locations), the Historic Smithfield Library, Titusville Library, Ensley Library, and varied departments of the Central Library. As a public librarian, Mrs. Hardy focused on team development, budgeting, collection management, community engagement, and program development. She furthered her impact by serving several library and community boards (Local Authors Expo, Parker Community School Advisory Board, Citizens Advisory Council). Mrs. Hardy has also received numerous awards from community organizations and civic leaders for her countless efforts.

    Mrs. Hardy shares her love of libraries with her husband of forty-two years, Hugh R. Hardy, Jr. (2020 Birmingham Public Library Retiree). They have two beautiful, talented, compassionate children Candice and Brandon (Christian), and two inquisitive grandsons (Mason and Hayes). Mrs. Hardy remains dedicated to impacting the lives of others by providing the highest quality library services and resources to the 99 neighborhoods of greater Birmingham.

    Jermaine Johnson Jermaine Johnson
    Current Appointment 2/1/22 - 12/31/26

    Jermaine Johnson known professionally as "FunnyMaine", is a stand-up comedian, internet sensation former radio host, actor, writer, community activist & philanthropist.

    Johnson graduated from Jackson-Olin High School and attended Stillman College and the University of Alabama. He began performing stand-up in 2005, appeared as an afternoon personality on 95.7 JAMZ for several years and was also a regular guest on the Roy Wood Jr Morning Show. His performances have been featured on Bounce's "Uptown Comic" and Kevin Hart's "Hart of the City" on Comedy Central. In addition he has acted on TBS' "Sullivan and Son," and BET's ""Being Mary Jane".

    In 2016, Johnson uploaded his first "How Bama Fans Watch Games" video to YouTube. The video got an instant positive reaction, and he has continued the series for every Crimson Tide football game since, building a social media audience that has numbered in the millions.

    Johnson made an impact as a leader during the Birmingham protests that followed the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. "The Root" recognized Johnson as one of the 100 most influential African Americans in 2020.

    John C. Lyons Jr. John Lyons, Jr.
    Current Appointment 2/1/22 - 12/31/25

    John C. Lyons Jr. is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and received his formal education in the Birmingham City Schools District. He attended Jackson Elementary School, Moore Elementary School, Pratt Elementary School, and P.D. Jackson-Olin High School. Mr. Lyons holds an Associates of Science Degree in Political Science from Lawson State Community College (LSCC), a Bachelors of Science Degree in Social Science Education from Miles College, a Masters of Arts Degree Social Science Education from Alabama State University, and a Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Samford University. Mr. Lyons is scheduled to graduate with a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Samford University in May of 2022. Presently, Mr. Lyons is employed with the Birmingham City Schools where he serves as principal of Huffman High School. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Alabama Education Association, and Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools.

    Mona Lisa Morris Mona Lisa Morris
    Current Appointment 6/4/19 - 12/31/23

    Mona Lisa Morris serves as Director of Financial Literacy Programs and Deputy to the Executive Director at the Birmingham Business Resource Center. She is an Accredited Financial Counselor, Certified College Funding Specialist, and an Education Loan Analyst.

    Mona Lisa Morris serves the community through her civic engagements and as a social entrepreneur and advocate. Ms. Morris was appointed by the Birmingham City Council as a 2019-2023 Trustee on the Birmingham Public Library Board. She was also appointed to the 2021-2023 Birmingham Mayor’s Small Business Council. In addition to board appointments, Ms. Morris serves on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Birmingham and Ignite! Alabama Advisory Council. Ms. Morris also serves on the World of Opportunity Organizing Committee for The World Games 2022 Birmingham.

    Ms. Morris is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She is a published author, and her passions are helping students graduate from college debt free and helping business owners reach their financial goals through sustainable development strategies.

    Kim Richardson Kimberly Richardson, MS
    Vice President

    Original Appointment 3/12/13; Current Appointment 1/30/18 - 12/31/22

    Trainer, consultant, and author of The Official Federal Grants Prep Guide, Kim Richardson is a grant writing and federal grants management expert serving a diverse clientele of non-profit organizations, public institutions, and government agencies nationwide and internationally. As President of Kimberly Richardson Consulting, she leverages over 26 years of experience to benefit her clients and has secured and successfully managed over $120 million in grant funding. A strong advocate of ethical fundraising and organizational capacity-building, she is a member of the Grant Professionals Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin-Wallace University and a Master of Science in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University. Her leadership experience includes serving two terms as President of the Birmingham Public Library Board, serving on the national Board of Directors of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, serving on the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Museum of Art, and being tapped by the U.S. State Department as a qualified Fulbright Program Specialist.
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