Board Members

Joshua Short Joshua Short

President
Public Library Trustee

The library was my sanctuary growing up, an endless world of opportunity. Over the years I have been on both sides of the counter, both employee and patron. I became a board member of the Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library as a way to shape how the library grew and evolved with the changing times. I am equally excited to be just as involved with the Illinois Heartland Library System.
Loretta Broomfield Loretta Broomfield

Vice President
Public Library Representative

Serving in a trustee capacity is new for me but I realize, after 30+ years, I do have some valuable insight and experience to bring to the table. I earned my Masters in Library Science while working at the Shawnee Library System. There, I served in various capacities and had the privilege of working closely with staff from all types of libraries in southern Illinois. I was the manager of the Talking Books Department at Shawnee when the four southern library systems merged to form IHLS in 2011. I became the library director at Sallie Logan Public Library in 2014. I feel librarians have a responsibility to actively participate in the profession outside of the walls of our libraries. Serving on the IHLS board is just one way to contribute, and I am honored to do so.
Stacey Carter Stacey Carter

Secretary
Special Library Representative

I have always loved to read, so later in my career when I had the opportunity to work in a school library I jumped at the chance. Now I run the Law Library and General Library at the Lincoln Correctional Center. My library ensures the incarcerated receive their constitutional rights to access legal aid. My patrons have access to legal forms, law books, magazines, and books. Incarcerated patrons (on average) read twice as many books compared to other patrons. My library is a "public library" just inside a barbed wire fence. IHLS and its community provide instrumental support to librarians like me who run small libraries.
Chastity Mays Chastity Mays

Treasurer
Public Library Trustee

The library was a place I loved to go to in the summer when I was growing up and I still remember participating in the summer reading program. I shared my love of the library with my children and they grew up going to the library where we would spend hours and hours in our local library. My entire immediate family loves to read and we appreciate having our local library as a valuable resource. I was invited to become a board member of the Carbondale Public Library and I am very honored to serve in this capacity. I am equally excited to be just as involved with the Illinois Heartland Library System.
Karen Bounds Karen Bounds

Member-at-Large
Freedom of Information Act Officer

Public Library Trustee

Libraries have a great impact on lives!

When I was a child, it was my good fortune to live a block from our local library. When I was old enough to go to the library on my own, I spent hours on end sprawled on the floor in the history section of the children's area reading everything I could about American history - I read a wide variety of fiction, too, but nonfiction was always my favorite. I wanted to know how things work! I would sit in the same spot for so long one of the librarians would come to check on me. I don't know how often I looked up to see Mrs. Bryant smiling at me from the end of the bookshelf as I was absorbed reading about our pioneer ancestors.

I worked part time while in high school and the local college and found myself working with Mrs. Bryant at the library. At that point in my life, I didn't expect to be a librarian, but I finally realized that was where I belonged. I became a school librarian in 1987, spent the first 7 years working at a K-12 facility (what a blast!) and then moved back to my home town to be the high school librarian. I retired in 2016.

I was the first president of IHLS in 2011 and represented school libraries.

Presently, I am on the Centralia Regional Library District board of trustees and have returned to the IHLS board as a Public Library Trustee. I'm glad to be back!
Ann Chandler Ann Chandler

Public Library Trustee

My career in education began as a school librarian, moved to becoming a reading specialist, principal and ending as a Superintendent of schools, which totaled 38 years in the education field, makes me well qualified to be on the IHLS Board of Directors. Also, I have been on the Taylorville Public Library Board of Trustees for five years and have served as President for three years. I am enthusiastic, passionate, well-versed in the importance of literacy, have great knowledge on how important it is to serve the public, and the critical need of library programs for underserved populations. My latest experience as a Library Trustee has updated my knowledge of the library system and its workings thus giving me the desire to serve as IHLS board member.
Jenna Griffith Jenna Griffith

School Library Representative

After growing up in the Northeast I moved to Southern Illinois 26 years ago to be the school library director at Marion High School. I loved libraries from a very young age and, take it as a great privilege to pass that love along to the students I see every day. In addition to my job at MHS, I also am a trustee for the Marion Public Library. I've also serve on several book award committees, including the AISLE Lincoln Award, the State Library Read for A Lifetime award and the YALSA's Alex Award (2020). When I'm not reading, I love spending time in the outdoors hiking or running. I look forward to my time on the Illinois Heartland Board and working to increase the school library presence.
Ryan Johnson Ryan Johnson

Public Library Representative

My first library job was straight out of high school working part-time the local community college. I didn’t know it then, but that opportunity and the mentors I had put me on a path I never could have imagined for myself. Nearly 20 years later, I feel so fortunate for that opportunity and the other ones that came my way thereafter. I often say something along the lines of, "Libraries are no longer about books, we are about people." Often that sentiment is patron-facing, but it is just as important to be "about people" as we coach, lead, and develop staff. As professionals in the field, we have a responsibility not just to the "Now," but to the future. I hope to do my part in inspiring others to do well in this field as so many have inspired me along the way.
Tammy Krouse Tammy Krouse

School Library Representative

I truly can’t imagine what my life would be life without libraries. Some of my earliest memories are of the Carnegie Library in Robinson, Illinois. I remember how thrilled I was when it relocated just a few blocks from my home and the freedom I felt riding my bike there to pick out new adventures to read. The library was the natural place to go to fulfill volunteer hours for Girl Scouts. Helping with summer reading programs let me know that I wanted to become a teacher. I met my husband in the library while at Lincoln Trail College, and after graduating from SIU we settled in Albion, Illinois. I taught Title I reading and third grade, but in 1994 the position of district librarian became available. Now I am reading stories to the grade school kids of the students I have been able to watch grow up along with my own four children. Times have changed since my first visits to the Carnegie Library, but libraries are leading many of the positive changes.
Kevin Latoz Kevin Latoz

Public Library Trustee

It is quite possible that had Mrs. Anna Coleman, of Ridge Farm Illinois, not written Andrew Carnegie back in 1909 I might not have developed such a love of books. Every Saturday I was there with my mother hunting for a stack of books. I had read most that interested me but would read them again. At that time there was no InterLibrary Loan so I was at the mercy of one of the smallest libraries in the United States. After High School I took a part-time job at DACC entering card catalog data into the then named Lincoln Trails Library System database. It is there that I met my wife of 31 years. I later worked at the Charleston Pubic Library and for many years worked at Waldenbooks. Today I work at Hyster-Yale Group doing database design, analysis, and business reporting solutions. My wife and I have 2 grown children. We enjoy sharing our empty nest with our 3 dogs. I am an accomplished musician and have played keyboards for various local musical theater groups and Worship Teams over the last 30+ years.
Kris Lundquist Kris Lundquist

Public Library Trustee

Zachary Newell Zachary Newell

Public Library Trustee

I have worked in a variety of libraries for almost twenty years, including art libraries, public libraries and for the longest stretch at a public university. Before assuming my current position as dean of Library Services at Eastern Illinois University, I served as a Board of Trustees member for 4 years for a public library in Massachusetts. I was also a member of the grant review team for a 3-year term for the State Advisory Council on Libraries with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). I have worked on several strategic planning committees, most recently overseeing the completion of Booth Library's first ever Strategic Plan. I am committed to fostering the relationship between libraries and the community, serving as a member of Rotary for the past 8 years, as past president and youth exchange ambassador. I am also committed to diverse perspectives in libraries after working as a Fullbright Scholar at the Library of Alexandria in cultivating regional identity and global perspective. I am active in pursuing grants that continue to build partnerships, engage the community, and develop avenues for hosting critical conversations about the importance of libraries. I look forward to serving as a Board Member of IHLS, particularly in providing creativity and leadership in support of developing programs and services.
Beverly Obert Beverly Obert

Public Library Trustee

I love libraries and all the things I can explore and learn about in them. I have worked in public libraries and in the systems. Being a trustee allows me to help libraries remain strong and vital for others to explore.
Jill Shelton Jill Shelton

Public Library Trustee

I have early memories of playing school with my sisters and dolls, so becoming a teacher was a natural progression. For 22 years I taught Spanish at the same high school in which I did my student teaching. When the Librarian announced her intention to retire, I decided to go back to school (again!) and get my Librarian certification. Now as a School Librarian and Media Specialist in the same high school, I feel like I can impact all of the students, not just the ones in a classroom setting. I love my job. Being a member of the ILHS Board is a learning experience for me, but I am looking forward to networking and advocating for school libraries in our area.