Library Board
  • Georgia Morgan Blair Georgia Morgan Blair, President
    First Appointment: 01/31/12-12/31/16

    Georgia Morgan Blair is a Miles College graduate, and also attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is retired after having worked as a placement interviewer and social worker. Blair worked with the following organizations: Birmingham Public Schools (Jones Valley PTA, Treasurer), Jones Valley Neighborhood Association (Secretary), Alabama Literacy Council (volunteer), Jefferson County Progressive Democratic Council, Inc. (Secretary and member), Our Lady of Fatima (PTO President and Vice-President), Our Lady of Fatima (school board member), NAACP, Junior Achievement, and Miles College Boosters Club.

    Professional memberships include: Alabama Retired State Employees Association, International Association of Personnel in Employment Security, American Library Association, Southeastern Library Association, Public Library Association, and the Alabama Library Association.

    Blair is the recipient of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America award for ten years of service, as well as the Junior Achievement award for five years of service.

    Blair is married to Lewis Blair and is the mother of one son, Gregory L. Blair.
    James Sullivan James Sullivan, Vice President
    First Appointment: 02/2016-12/2016

    James A. Sullivan is from the small town of Maplesville, Alabama. He currently works at Alabama Power Company as a senior buyer in the Purchasing Department. In recent years, he became inspired and founded Sullivan’s High Aspiration and MILLEN Forward. He takes great pride in his businesses: High Aspiration, a business in which he specializes in buying, selling, and leasing residential real estate; and MILLEN Forward, a nonprofit that sparks the conversation and action among millennials to identify entrepreneurial ventures in the community and abroad. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a Master of Science in Management from Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama. He has affiliations with the Birmingham Public Library Young Professionals, the Birmingham Change Fund, Associated Investors of Alabama Inc., and he is a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. In his spare time, he enjoys networking, business mentoring, real estate investing, spending time with family, drawing, and painting.
    Judge John Scott Vowell The Honorable John Scott Vowell, Parliamentarian
    First Appointment: 01/25/11-12/31/15
    Second Appointment: 2016-2019

    John Scott Vowell was appointed as a Trustee of the Birmingham Public Library in January 2011. Born in Calhoun County (AL), he was educated in the public schools of Anniston, Jacksonville and Calhoun County, Alabama. Vowell received his B. S. Degree from Auburn University in 1959, and a J.D. Degree from the University of Virginia in 1961. Since 2003 he has served as Presiding Judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Birmingham. Previous positions have included Circuit Judge, Civil Division, Tenth Judicial Circuit (1995 to present) and General Civil Trial Practice in Birmingham (1961 through 1994). He is a member of the American Bar Association, National Conference of State Trial Judges; Alabama State Bar Association; Birmingham Bar Association; Inns of Court, Birmingham Inn (Past president); American Judicature Society; American Judges Association; Alabama Pattern Jury Instruction Committee (Civil); Alabama Circuit Judges Association (President Elect); Chairman, Alabama Circuit Judges Judicial Education Committee; Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation; and the American Law Institute. Vowell has served on the boards of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary; Birmingham Legal Aid Society, Past President and Director; Honorary Chairman, Birmingham Annual Bench/Bar Retreat; Manager, Jefferson County Law Library, Judicial Award of Merit, Alabama State Bar (2005); Drayton N. James Award, Young Lawyers Section (2000 and 2006); Facility Member, National Judicial College; Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program Board. Birmingham Bar Foundation Board. Other civic involvement includes Birmingham Rotary Club; Birmingham Metro YMCA, Trustee; Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America, Director; Opera Birmingham, Board; Space One Eleven, Board; Oak Hill Memorial Association; St. Andrew's Society of the Middle South (Past President); and Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Advent. Vowell is married to Cameron McDonald Vowell. They have one son John Scott Vowell, Jr.
    Gwendolyn R. Amamoo Gwendolyn R. Amamoo
    First Appointment: 2008-12/31/13
    Second Appointment: 2015-2018

    Gwendolyn R. Amamoo is a Birmingham native, a product of the Birmingham Public school system, (Wilkerson and A. H. Parker High), a graduate of Miles College and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has worked in the Birmingham School system for many years and currently leads the teacher mentoring program through the Professional Development Department. Amamoo is committed to giving back to her community. She is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations, which includes the American Library Association, Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Birmingham Sister City Commission, Ghana Committee Chair, and is a deaconess at the Sardis Missionary Baptist Church. Her commitment to service is extended globally as she and her husband take yearly mission/medical trips to Ghana, West Africa, her husband's native land. Amamoo is married to Dr. Paul A. Amamoo and they are the proud parents of, Ahinee, Nii-Amar (Brenda), and Amartei.
    Willie Davis III Willie Davis III
    First Appointment 2016-2019

    Willie Samuel Davis III currently serves as program assistant for Youth Management Information System and event center manager for The Dannon Project, a nonprofit organization located in downtown Birmingham serving youth and adults through multiple outreach programs, including reentry and educational 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 as vice chair on the executive board for Community Kitchens of Birmingham and the Exchange Club Family Skills Center Young Leadership Board; and on the junior board for Impact Family Counseling. Davis is a member of Birmingham Museum of Art Junior Patrons, Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals, and a volunteer for New Pilgrim Bread of Life Ministry. Some of Davis’s former board commitments include American Lung Association’s Leadership Board, board of director 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.
    Kim Richardson, BPL Board Member Kimberly Richardson
    First Appointment: 03/12/13-12/31/17

    Kim Richardson is the President and owner of Kimberly Richardson Consulting, LLC, specializing in the provision of federal grant writing, management and technical assistance to municipal, non-profit, and faith-based organizations in Alabama and nationwide.

    With over 18 years of grants experience gained from working in the non-profit and public sectors, Kim has successfully secured funding from every segment of the grant-making community, including government agencies, corporate funders, and foundations. She is credited with leveraging her experience to benefit her clients and has secured and successfully managed over $65 million in grant awards. Clients include the City of Hoover (AL),  the Beaumont (TX) Independent School District, and the National Healthy Start Association. In April 2015, she'll be expanding to an international clientele as a leader of grant writing training in Johannesburg, South Africa for African grantees funded by the Centers for Disease Control.

    Richardson holds a Bachelors degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio and a Master's of Science in Urban Affairs from Cleveland State University. In 2009, she became the first grant writer in the State of Alabama to obtain the Grants Professional Certification (GPC) awarded by the Grants Professional Certification Institute (GPCI), and she is currently the only grant professional in the state holding this credential. She now sits on the GPCI Board of Directors. She is president of the Alabama chapter of the Grant Professionals Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

    Richardson is the mother of one daughter, Imani, who attends The Altamont School.
    Eunice Rogers Eunice Rogers
    First Appointment 2016-2019

    Eunice Johnson Rogers is the daughter of the late Howard Johnson and Odessa P. Johnson. She graduated with honors from Bessemer High School. With a degree in engineering from Vanderbilt University, this Birmingham native was a trailblazer at a time when few African American women could be found in the field, and she was a charter member of the Birmingham, Alabama, chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. Eunice worked for nearly 20 years for BellSouth before becoming the CEO of NRS, which was chartered in 1996. She has served on several local, regional, and national committees both professionally and civic based. For 18 years, she was a member of the City of Birmingham Planning Commission where she eventually rose to the office of chairman. Currently serving as the chairman of the board of the Alabama Asset Building Coalition, she is working to promote financial stability for individuals and families. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter where she has served as assistant financial secretary and works on several committees. She is a member of the New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church of Eastlake where she serves in various capacities. Her greatest love and gift of church work is teaching Sunday school. She is the proud wife of Bernard Rogers Jr., the mother of two children, Dr. Tamara Rogers and Daniel Rogers, and has two granddaughters. An avid reader, Rogers was first exposed to libraries in elementary school and has continued to vigorously explore the world of books throughout her life.
    Dora Sims Dora Sims
    First Appointment: 07/27/10-12/31/12
    Second Appointment: 1/31/12 -12/31/16

    Dora Sims was officially sworn in to serve as Birmingham Public Library (BPL) Trustee in October 2010. She is the Immediate Past President of the Friends of Birmingham Public Library and served on the Library Board in that capacity. Under her leadership, she introduced the Annual Friends Newsletter which is now a quarterly publication. During her tenure as President, The Friends received "national recognition" from ALTAFF (Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations), a division of the American Library Association, for its annual membership drive that grossed $3,000. The drive led to the City awarding a Proclamation to The Friends for projects not funded by the City. BPL's Local Authors' Expo, sponsored by The Friends, is now one of the state's largest venues for authors of self-published books.

    Sims is a native of Autauga County (Billingsley), Alabama and graduate of Chilton County Training School in Clanton. She holds an AAS Degree from Lawson State Community College (1968), a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Birmingham-Southern College (cum laude—1984), and Paralegal Certification (2002) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also completed additional studies at Jefferson State Community College and Booker T. Washington Business College.

    Dora Sims retired from The Birmingham News with 35 years of service. She volunteers with Birmingham City Schools and specializes in working with "special needs" children. Ms. Sims has served as a neighborhood/community leader for the past twenty years and is an avid book reader, doll collector and writer. She is a member of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church and devotes much of her time to work with the Imperial Club, Inc.

    Ms. Sims is married to Ira A. Sims. They have one daughter, Tiffany; a niece, Sherrita; and one granddaughter, Tayla.

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    Mrs. Gwendolyn B. Welch, President Gwendolyn B. Guster Welch
    First Appointment: 03/19/02-12/10/07
    Second Appointment: 12/11/07-12/31/12
    Third Appointment: 01/15/13-12/31/17

    Gwendolyn B. Guster Welch is committed to community service and has served on various boards and committees. She's so dedicated to her community and its library system, that she's received national and local recognition for her efforts. In 2012, she received the American Library Association Trustee Citation Award, which is the highest honor that the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations gives its members. The Birmingham City Council has recognized her hard work by giving her the Outstanding Citizens' Medal, which is the highest honor the council gives citizens. She is a trustee at large on the board of directors for the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), and she is a regular contributing writing for The Voice, a national newsletter for trustees.

    Welch has a varied background in the education field and understands the needs of a public library system and its patrons. She retired from the Birmingham Board of Education after 35 years, having worked as a school media specialist, attendance/hearing officer and executive assistant to the superintendent. Mrs. Welch has a bachelor of arts in business administration from Miles College and a master of arts in education and advance study in education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

    She is married to Arthur L. Welch and the mother of one son, Eric L. Welch Guster.

    Message from the President 2009 (pdf)
    Message from the President 2010 (pdf)
    Message from the President 2011 (pdf)
    Message from the President 2012 (pdf)

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