Library Board of Trustees

Library Board Members

Joanne M. Sanders

Joanne M. Sanders, President

Appointed by County Commissioners
Current term expires December 31, 2019; First Term, Member of the Board since 2017

Joanne M. Sanders is an International Representative for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), where she provides assistance to local unions in the area of training, negotiations, organizing and governance, representing crafts in the entertainment industry.

Joanne was raised in Gary, IN and became acquainted with the library system while in elementary school, where it was not uncommon to be assigned projects that required doing research at the Gary Public Library. Acquiring a bachelor's in Industrial Management from Purdue and a master's in Public Affairs from Indiana University provided ample opportunity to explore library systems beyond the local public experience. Fast forward to her earlier work as the Director of the Indiana AFL-CIO Labor Institute for Training, where she developed and administered programs for dislocated and incumbent workers, she learned that the library was a life support for many of those workers who had no access to the changing technology that they would desperately need to upgrade their skills. Prior to her work at the Indiana AFL-CIO, she served on the staff of Indiana University at Indianapolis, working in the Department of Medicine, Schools of Education and Social Work, and Campus Facility Services.

Joanne has been active in local and state government. She was elected Councillor, At Large for the Indianapolis City-County Council, where she served three consecutive terms, holding the position of Vice President from 2003-2007 and Minority Leader, from 2007-2011. She also served as a Commissioner for the Indiana Commission for Women and continues to serve on their Advisory Board. She is also serving on the State Workforce Innovation Council.

Contact Information: 5144 Carrollton Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205, 317-696-2595,

Rev. T. D. RobinsonRev. T. D. Robinson, Vice President

Appointed by the City-County Council
Current term expires December 31, 2017; 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,

Lillian Charleston

Lillian L. Charleston, Secretary

Appointed by County Commissioners
Current term expires December 31, 2018; Second 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,

Dorothy R. Crenshaw

Dorothy R. Crenshaw

Appointed by Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners
Current term expires December 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,

Board Member Dr. Terri Jett

Dr. Terri Jett

Appointed by the City-County Council
Current term expires December 31, 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,

Patricia PaynePatricia 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,

Dr. David W. Wantz

Dr. David W. Wantz

Appointed by the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners
Current term expires December 31, 2019; First Term, Member of the Board since 2013

Dr. David Wantz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Colleges of Indiana. 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 in Maryland, then made his way to Indiana where he taught at the Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield. He served two mayors as the Director of Public Safety in Indianapolis and remains active on two police boards. 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 is an emeritus professor of psychology at UIndy. He eventually bought his own copy of Mike Mulligan's tale.

Contact Information: 1437 Maynard Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46227, 317-236-6090,

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