Board Members

Stacey Carter Stacey Carter

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.
Joshua Short Joshua Short

Vice 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

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.
Frank Bandre Frank Bandre

Public Library Representive

I was first exposed to a library growing up a little north of Pittsburgh when my sister and I would walk to our small public library to get our weekly books. The staff was always welcoming and set a deep-rooted appreciation for customer service at a library. With a 20-year career in the military, I was able to see libraries across our country and many locations across the world. During this period my wife earned her MLS and I quickly learned that a library was more than a place to get a book. I started to see what was necessary to keep a library running smoothly. Around 2000, I became a Board member for the Mascoutah Public Library and shortly thereafter, became the board treasurer. I sat on the Board for the Shawnee Library System in between 2003-2006 and was exposed to the need for more services in addition to the reality that limited resources (funds) kept us from providing the level of service we would have liked. I see our challenges for the future to be: living with diminished resources, the need to broaden library services, and a perception from some in the community that libraries may no longer be needed because of what the Internet can provide.
Karen Bounds Karen Bounds

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!
Tina Hubert Tina Hubert

Public Library Representative

I've been a library-geek since I was a very young child; and interestingly enough I'm in the same library now as I was then (Granite City is my hometown). I've worked in libraries across Illinois for almost - gasp - 30 years! It is my honor and privilege to try to support and contribute as much as possible to all types of libraries, because all types of libraries have added so much to my life both personally and professionally.
Janet Jenkins Janet Jenkins

School Library Representative

Librarianship is the only career path I have ever known. In 1988, I graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor's degree in library science education while working at Milner Library during my undergraduate years. I returned to my hometown and was employed as the young adult librarian at Robinson Township Public Library before becoming the librarian at Robinson High School where I've loved my job and my students for the last 30 years! Along the way, I received my master's degree in educational administration from Eastern Illinois University (1993), achieved my National Board Certification in school librarianship (2011), served on various committees as an active member of AISLE (formerly ISLMA), and mentored some amazing former students-turned-librarians. The loss of school librarians is a serious concern of mine. We are not just keepers of books, but also technology integration specialists, social media experts, AV technicians, problem solvers, bibliotheraphists, teachers, and cheerleaders for lifelong literacy and learning!
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.
Chastity Mays Chastity Mays

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.
Guadalupe Mejia Guadalupe Mejia

Public Library Trustee

My husband and I settled in Urbana nearly six years ago with hopes of establishing roots and raising our family in a diverse and engaged community. We strive to instill in our two beautiful children a love of learning and commitment to personal growth through literature, science, and exploration of our world. I strongly feel that libraries are critical to this mission and serve as vital infrastructure in our communities.

In my professional life, I am very proud to serve as the Chief of Optometry Services for the VA Illiana in Danville, Decatur, and Peoria. I specialize in the rehabilitation of blind and visual impaired children and Veterans. Caring for these special populations has helped me develop expertise in accommodations, educational resources, and community independence. I am Lean Yellow and Green Belt trained and enjoy working on systems redesign and process improvement projects. I am grateful for an opportunity to combine my passion for libraries and community engagement with my leadership and analytical experience to serve IHLS.
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.
Charlene Topel Charlene Topel

Public Library Trustee

The enjoyment of reading for entertainment and information has been central to my life. For a number of years this pursuit was channeled to helping others as a member of the staff of a public library. Serving on the IHLS board has expanded my goal and responsibility to provide information by means of books and technology to the public of Illinois.