Library Board of Trustees
Library Board Members
Dr. David W. Wantz, President
Appointed by the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners
Current term expires May 31, 2017; First Term, Member of the Board since 2013
Dr. David Wantz is the Special Assistant to the President for Public Affairs at the University of Indianapolis. A native of Baltimore, MD, David got a library card at an early age and checked-out one book repeatedly: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton. It captivated his imagination and sealed his desire to read. He began his career as a police officer then made his way to Indiana where he taught at the Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield. He is still actively engaged with public safety efforts in the community including the IMPD Merit Board. Dr. Wantz joined the University of Indianapolis in 1982. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Wantz is a tenured, associate professor of psychology. He has a BS in sociology from Milligan College, and master's degrees in both business (UIndy) and education (IU). His doctorate is from Indiana University in the field of counseling psychology. Wantz travels widely as an accreditation expert with the Higher Learning Commission and the America Bar Association. He has served on a variety of not-for-profit boards including Spirit & Place and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Dr. Wantz is currently the judge for the weekly scholastic television show, WTHR's Brain Game. He eventually bought his own copy of Mike Mulligan's tale.
Contact Information: 1437 Maynard Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46227, 317-788-3384, email@example.com
Dorothy R. Crenshaw, Vice President
Appointed by Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners
Current term expires May 31, 2018; Second Term, Member of the Board since 2010
Dorothy Crenshaw retired as Chief Information Officer in the Information Technology Division for the Indianapolis Public Schools system. She has served as a dedicated educator since 1967 in various capacities, including elementary school principal, media specialist, school librarian and elementary teacher. Ms. Crenshaw received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Tennessee State University, M.S. in Special Education and M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Butler University, and has pursued advanced graduate studies in Library Science, Automation and Collection Development at IUPUI and Ball State University. A member of the American Library Association, the American Society of Information Science, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and the National Alliance of Black School Educators, Ms. Crenshaw has received the Excellence in Education Award from the Center for Leadership Development, the Key to City of Indianapolis, and the 2010 Tech Point Foundation Bridge Builder MIRA Award. She is an avid gardener and has an extensive collection of miniature elephants.
Contact Information: 7115 Royal Oakland Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46236, 317-823-8522, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lillian L. Charleston, Secretary
Appointed by County Commissioners
Current term expires December 31, 2016; First Term, Member of the Board since 2013
Lillian Charleston retired after 20 years as Affirmative Action Officer from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) where she also held other leadership positions. A native of Indianapolis, Ms. Charleston attended Wittenberg University. She earned a B.S. degree and a double M.S. degree from Indiana University where she was a HUD Fellow and member of the Alpha Sigma Pi honorary. She supplemented her education through doctoral courses in Higher Education Administration and Counseling Psychology; Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education; IU Fundraising School; and Mediation Training and Certification through Capitol University Law School. Ms. Charleston's civic engagements include appointment to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission, treasurer of the Neal-Marshall Indianapolis Alumni Club of the Indiana University Alumni Association, IPS tutor, founder and president of the Indiana Affirmative Action Association; national board member and regional director of the American Association for Affirmative Action; co-chair of IUPUI United Way campaign and allocations panel member; and president of Browsers Book Club. Ms. Charleston is a strong proponent of literacy for all citizens, an avid reader, and loves to travel.
Contact Information: 3030 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46228, 317-291-3134, email@example.com
Dr. William Fennema
Appointed by Beech Grove Council
Current term expires March 2019; Third Term on Beech Grove Library Board
Dr. William "Butch" Fennema has always supported libraries. He was an early user of his city library in Knox, Indiana, devouring the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries at the library. He has been a consultant for over 30 years. Butch has developed and conducted programs in organizational development, management development, and personal development for many businesses and nonprofit organizations. Early in his professional career, Butch served as an officer in the United States Army. His positions varied from being an Infantry Officer in the 101st Airborne Division to being an Instructor and the Interim Assistant Director of the Army’s Race Relations and Equal Opportunity School. Butch graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from The United States Military Academy, a Master’s degree in Human Relations from The University of Oklahoma, and a Doctorate in Adult Education from Indiana University. He has been an active volunteer for many nonprofit organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, The Humane Society of Indianapolis, the West Point Society of Indiana, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Two of his current passions include gardening and growing native Indiana wildflowers. Butch is currently working as an Adult Beverage Steward at the Kroger Company.
Contact Information: 329 Churchman Avenue, Beech Grove, IN 46107, 317-783-0727, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oscar A. Gutierrez
Appointed by County Commissioners
Current term expires December 31, 2020; Second Term, Member of the Board since 2014
Oscar A. Gutierrez serves the City of Fishers as Controller. As Chief Fiscal Officer for the City and City Utilities, he is responsible for all enterprise functions. He was appointed by Governor Mike Pence as 5th Congressional, Indiana War Memorials Commissioner. He is a Non Commissioned Officer in the Army Reserves with 8 years of active duty and 12 years of continued service. Oscar was named Indy's Best and Brightest winner in the field of Government for 2013 by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana and was awarded the following notable military medals for his contributions to the Department of Defense: the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Joint Service Achievement Medal first oak leaf cluster. He is involved and committed to the success of service organizations such as Rotary Club of Indianapolis, The American Legion, USO of Indiana, Folds of Honor Foundation and the Columbia Club Veterans Association.
Contact Information: 1 Municipal Drive, Fishers, IN 46038, 317-595-3401, email@example.com
Dr. Terri Jett
Appointed by the City-County Council
Current term expires April 4, 2020; First Term, Member of the Board since 2016
Dr. Terri Jett was born in Oakland and raised in Richmond, California. She spent many hours of her childhood hanging out at the Richmond Public Library because her father was a public accountant for the city so his office was right next door. Her favorite book as a child was Black Misery, by Langston Hughes; however, upon reflection - it was not much of a children's book - but she still loves it. Dr. Jett has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Hayward (now East Bay) and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Auburn University. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Political Science, an affiliate faculty member of the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Program and Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusivity at Butler University. She teaches courses such as Black Political Thought, Racial and Ethnic Politics, the Politics of Alice Walker and the Role of Protest in U.S. Politics and Political Humor which coincides with each presidential election. She has written columns for the Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis Recorder and is currently President of the Board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. Dr. Jett is also a member of the Indiana Debate Commission, the Indiana Coalition for Open Government, an elder at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church and is a member of the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank Board of Directors. She is also the proud mother of Akilah and Talib Shahid who both reside in California.
Contact Information: 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208, 317-940-8451, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sr. Mary Luke Jones
Appointed by Beech Grove Mayor
Current term expires March 2018; Fourth Term on Beech Grove Library Board
Sr. Mary Luke Jones is a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Our Lady of Grace Monastery. She taught grade school for six years before being named principal of Christ the King School in Indianapolis; a position she held for nine years. Through the generosity of the Lilly Endowment, she was trained as a director of development and served her community in that role for 15 years before being appointed the administrator of Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center in 2001. In June 2010, Sr. Mary Luke returned to the Monastery's development office where she now serves again as the director of development. Sr. Mary Luke holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Indianapolis and a master’s degree in Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Contact Information:Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Avenue, Beech Grove, IN 46107, 317-787-3287 x3035, Ljonesosb@benedictine.com
Patricia A. Payne
Appointed by County Commissioners
Current term expires December 31, 2017; First Term, Member of the Board since 2014
Patricia Payne is a veteran educator in the Indianapolis Public Schools, beginning her career as an elementary teacher in 1962. She currently serves as Director of the IPS Office of Multicultural Education and the Crispus Attucks Museum. In 1987, Ms. Payne was assigned to design and direct the IPS Office for Multicultural Education and later served as director of the Crispus Attucks Museum of African/African-American History on the campus of Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. Her career has been highlighted by being honored as the 1984 IPS Teacher of the Year. Over the years she has joined other educators for study in Nigeria, Israel, Palestine and Egypt. In addition to numerous other awards and recognitions, Ms. Payne most recently received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University, the Senator Julia Carson Community Service Award in 2012, and the Living Legend Award from Community Action of Greater Indianapolis in 2010. She attended the Indianapolis Public Schools and is a graduate of Shortridge High School. Ms. Payne received her Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University and Master's Degree and Administrative License from IUPUI. In 1990, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Martin University.
Contact Information: 4806 Manning Road, Indianapolis, IN 46228, 317-730-0373, email@example.com
Rev. T. D. Robinson
Appointed by the City-County Council
Current term expires May 31, 2019; First Term, Member of the Board since 2016
Reverend T. D. Robinson has been the Senior Pastor of Mt. Paran Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana since August 1996, and is currently celebrating his 32nd year in gospel ministry. Reverend Robinson has held national appointments within his denomination as a Tent Revival Coordinator for the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., a member of the National Baptist Convention of America Evangelical Board, and a member of the National Baptist Convention of America Christian Education Board. While serving on the NBCA Christian Education Board Rev. Robinson was invited to submit an article on Psalm 23 for publication in The African American Devotional Bible. Reverend Robinson is an alumnus of Savannah State University achieving a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Accounting. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies. Reverend Robinson is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Global Leadership with special dissertation interest in the area of "Servant Leadership". In addition, Reverend Robinson has studied internationally by completing Global Practicums in London, England and Beijing and Shanghai, China. Reverend Robinson has worked with many social and community organizations serving as Board Member for Habitat for Humanity and for the Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, member of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis, Board Member of the Hunger Coalition of Indiana, member of the Cupboard of Lawrence Food Pantry, Board Member of the Farrell Bell Senior Housing Apartments, past Member of the Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals Division I and member of the NAACP and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Contact Information: 4001 North Franklin Road, Indianapolis, IN 46226, 317-542-8200, firstname.lastname@example.org
Appointed by Beech Grove Schools
Current term expires March 2017; First Term on Beech Grove Library Board
Adam Vorderstrasse is a Senior Instructional Designer for the Center for Instructional Technology at Ivy Tech Community College. He is an expert on the topic of Open Educational Resources (OER), and is responsible for Ivy Tech's statewide course development process. Adam attended Brigham Young University - Idaho, where he received a B.A. in History Education with a minor in Spanish Education. There he became a member of the Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and served as both President and Vice President of BYU-Idaho's Spanish Cultural Association. Adam was a high school teacher at Stanfield Secondary School, in the state of Oregon, for a number of years before earning his M.Ed. in Curriculum Instruction Technology from Grand Canyon University and ultimately moving into the field of instructional design. Adam is a member of the Beech Grove Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where much of his time has been spent as a youth and Boy Scout leader. He served as a missionary in both the Maule and Bio Bio Regions of Chile from 2000-2002. Adam and his wife love reading to their 5 young children. Family favorites include authors Mo Willems, Ian Falconer, and of course Dr. Seuss. When Adam gets to read by himself, he appreciates a good piece of history and counts authors Jung Chang, Erik Larson, and Steve Sheinkin among his personal favorites.
Contact Information: 9301 E. 59th St, Indianapolis, IN 46216, 317-921-4565, email@example.com
Appointed by Beech Grove Schools
Current term expires March 2016; First Term on Beech Grove Library Board
Kimberly White’s love of reading began at an early age. Her great-aunt would read endless Golden Books (like The Pokey Little Puppy) to her as a toddler. Growing up in Fort Wayne, many miles from a library, she looked forward to the bookmobile parking in her neighborhood once a week during summer vacation. During her high school years her father was transferred to Brussels, Belgium, where she attended St. John’s and traveled throughout Europe and Africa. Back in the U.S., Kim attended Marian College and Miami University (Ohio) where she graduated with a degree in Special Education. She taught in Franklin, Decatur, and Perry Townships before retiring in 2013. Kim now fills her time volunteering at the Beech Grove Branch, growing vegetables, and walking her rambunctious Schnauzer, Gretel, with her husband, Bob. She enjoys reading numerous authors of historical fiction and biographies.
Contact Information: 332 Timber Grove Way, Beech Grove, IN 46107, 317-786-6174, firstname.lastname@example.org