Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Friday, March 22, 2013
CONTACT: Angela Fisher Hall, Associate Director
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3614
Amamoo Elected To Lead Library Board
City Council Appoints Two New Members
Birmingham, Alabama—At its February 2013 meeting, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) Trustee Board elected Gwendolyn Amamoo as its President and Georgia Morgan Blair as its Vice President. A member of the Board since 2008, Amamoo follows Gwendolyn B. Guster Welch in the position. Amamoo appointed Judge Scott Vowell to serve as the Board’s Parliamentarian and Welch now serves as the Immediate Past President. Additionally, the Birmingham City Council appointed Patty Pilkerton and Kimberly Richardson to serve on the Board during its meeting on March 12, 2013.
About the Board President
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. She is committed to giving back to her community and 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, and the Ghana Committee Chair. Amamoo 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. She is married to Dr. Paul A. Amamoo and they are the proud parents and extended parents of, Naa- Ahinee, Kingsley, Nii-Amar, Brenda, Amartei and Bettina Boateng-Afari. They have one grand-daughter, Annie Amamoo.
The City Council Appoints Two New Trustees
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.
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 the southern U.S. She holds a Bachelor’s 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, and she is currently the only grant professional in the state holding this credential. Richardson is a member of the Grant Professionals Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, as well as having served on the Agency Impact Committee of the United Way of Central Alabama. She is the mother of one daughter, Imani.
The Library’s Trustee Board includes:
Gwendolyn Amamoo, President
Georgia Morgan Blair, Vice President
Gwendolyn B. Guster Welch, Immediate Past President
Judge Scott Vowell, Parliamentarian
Dr. Monique Gardner-Witherspoon
Samuel A. Rumore, Jr.
Katrina M. Watson
Dr. Regina Ammon, President of the Friends (Advisory Board Member)
The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with eighteen locations and serving the community for 126 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast. For additional information, visit the website at www.bplonline.org and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.