Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Library Board

  • Kim Richardson, BPL Board Member Kimberly Richardson, President
    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.

    Kim 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.

    Kim is the mother of one daughter, Imani, who attends The Altamont School.
    Gwendolyn R. Amamoo Gwendolyn R. Amamoo, Vice-President
    First Appointment: 2008-12/31/13

    Mrs. 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. Mrs. 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. Mrs. Amamoo is married to Dr. Paul A. Amamoo and they are the proud parents of, Ahinee, Nii-Amar (Brenda), and Amartei.
    Samuel A. Rumore, Jr. Samuel A. Rumore, Jr., Parliamentarian
    First Appointment: 01/17/06-12/31/10
    Second Appointment: 1/25/11-12/31/15

    A Birmingham native, Sam Rumore is a graduate of John Carroll Catholic High School, Notre Dame University, and the University of Alabama School of Law. He has practiced law in Birmingham since 1974. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Central Alabama Mensa, and the YMBC Civic Forum. An avid local historian and former Chairman of the Jefferson County Historical Commission, Mr. Rumore has written articles on the history of each courthouse and county seat in the State of Alabama, published in The Alabama Lawyer Magazine. He served as President of the Alabama State Bar in 2000-2001 and is presently Chairman of the Alabama Lawyers' Hall of Fame Selection Committee. He was named a Super Lawyer of Alabama in the area of Family Law in 2009. Mr. Rumore is a retired Colonel in the United States Army Reserve. He is a 2010 MLIS graduate of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama and was inducted into Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honor Society. Sam is married to Pat Boyd Rumore and they have three adult children, Claire, Theresa, and Samuel.
    Georgia Morgan Blair Georgia Morgan Blair
    First Appointment: 01/31/12-12/31/16

    Mrs. 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. Mrs. 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.

    Mrs. 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.

    Mrs. Blair is married to Lewis Blair and is the mother of one son, Gregory L. Blair.
    Patty A. Pilkerton, Board Member Patty A. Pilkerton
    First Appointment: 03/12/13-12/31/17 

    Patty A. Pilkerton is the former Associate Librarian and Head of Digital Programs and Preservation at the Mervyn H. Sterne Library at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). She retired from UAB in July of 2012. A graduate of Fairfield High School, she received a B.S. in Education from the University of Montevallo; a M.A. in Education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham; and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Alabama. Patty has been very involved in civic and professional organizations and activities locally, statewide, and nationally. She is a former president for the Central City Neighborhood Association and currently serves on boards of the Alabama Writers Forum, Alabama Book Festival, Alabama Center for the Book, Birmingham Planning Commission, Birmingham Historical Society, Jefferson County Historical Commission, the Library School Association (University of Alabama) and REV Birmingham's Executive Committee. With a long career in libraries, she is active professionally in several organizations including the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Alabama Association of College and Research Libraries, Alabama Instructional Media Association, American Association of School Libraries, Southeastern Library Association (where she served as the Preservation Roundtable Chair), and the Alabama Library Association (where she served as the Education Committee Chair and on the Alabama Author Awards Committee).
    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.

    Ms. 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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    Judge John Scott Vowell The Honorable John Scott Vowell
    First Appointment: 01/25/11-12/31/15

    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. Scott Vowell is married to Cameron McDonald Vowell. They have one son John Scott Vowell, Jr.
    Katrina M. Watson Katrina M. Watson
    First Appointment: 01/25/11-12/31/15

    Katrina Watson serves as the Director of Development and Communication at Oasis Counseling for Women and Children. Before joining Oasis, Watson enjoyed five years at UAB, most recently as Director of Marketing at UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center (ASC). Prior to this position, Watson was a Major Gifts Officer for the ASC and UAB's Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center. Watson received her Bachelor of Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and is currently completing her Master of Public Administration at UAB.

    A devoted civic leader, Watson carries out her commitment to serve through the Birmingham Change Fund, Rotaract Club of Birmingham, and the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama Roundtable. Watson is also the founder of Birmingham Natural Beauties, a network of more than 750 women who connect, support, and encourage one another on their natural hair journeys.

    Watson has received numerous honors and awards over the years. In 2010, B-Metro Magazine recognized her as one of Birmingham's most outstanding young professionals. In 2011, she received the Emerging Young Professional award from the South Eastern Regional Conference of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In addition, Watson was featured as an inaugural edition inductee in the publication Who's Who in Black Alabama. Watson is a graduate of the third class of UAB's BLAZE Leadership Academy for faculty and staff. Southern born and bred, Watson is married to Lyord Watson, Jr.
    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.

    Mrs. 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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    President of The Friends of the Birmingham Public Library
    Regina Ammon Regina Ammon

    Dr. Regina Ammon is a charter and lifetime member of the Friends of the Birmingham Public Library. She has served on its Board of Directors since 2009 and is currently the president of the board. In this capacity she has overseen the development of a new Friends website and the process of rebranding the organization. As Friends president, she also holds seats on the Library Board and the Birmingham Public Library Foundation Board. Prior to this, Dr. Ammon worked at the library in the Literature and Languages Department, in the Office of Public Relations and as Assistant Archivist and Grants Librarian.

    Reared in Georgia, Regina was educated in the Americus public school system. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Georgia (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), followed by a M.A. from the University of Tennessee (1989). After earning her master’s degree, Regina lived in Kagoshima, Japan, teaching English for both the BBC and local language schools.In 1999, Regina completed a Ph.D. in Literature of the American South from Auburn University. During the course of her study she taught English at Auburn and at Birmingham-Southern College on a DuPont Fellowship.

    Regina Ammon also serves as a trustee of the Birmingham Historical Society, a board member of the Advent Episcopal Association for Education and is a charter member of Emma’s Circle for Court Appointed Special Advocates for children. She is a member of the ALA and United for Libraries and was named Library Champion for the Birmingham Public Library in 2013.

    Regina is married to Dr. John Ammon. They have one son who is in third grade.
Representative from the Mayor's Office:
  • Tyrone Silmon

Library Board Minutes

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