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Library Board of Trustees

Library Board Members

Dorothy R. Crenshaw

Dorothy R. Crenshaw, 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, drcrenshaw@comcast.net

 

Dr. David W. Wantz

Dr. David W. Wantz, Vice 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: 1400 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46227, 317-788-3297, wantz@uindy.edu

 

Lillian Charleston

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, lcharles@iupui.edu

 

Vanessa Lopez Aguilera

Vanessa López Aguilera

Appointed by the City-County Council
Current Term Expires April 4, 2016; First Term, Member of the Board since 2012

Vanessa López Aguilera was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A daughter of Puerto Rican, Irish and Colombian descent, she moved to the United States at the age of 8 and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She earned her B.A., in Spanish /Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington; J.D. at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University, Indianapolis. She opened her own law office, López Law Office P.C., in January 2008 in Indianapolis. She concentrates her practice in family law, focusing on custody cases and parenting time disputes in divorce and paternity settings. She is also a trained Collaborative Law Professional. Ms. López has been actively involved with local community boards/professional associations, including Board of Directors, La Plaza; Board Member, Hispanic Business Council; Board Member, Indianapolis Bar Foundation; Advisory Board, Eiteljorg Museum; Participant, Bar Leader Series; Latino Affairs Committee, Indiana State Bar Association; Board of Directors, Legacy House; Diversity Task Force, Indiana Bar Association; Indianapolis Bar Association member; American Bar Association member; NAWBO member; American Inns of Court; Board of Director, SADCO (Friends of Colombia); IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors; Executive Committee, IBA Family Law Section; Indy's Best & Brightest Finalist 2010. She is a proud mother of a daughter named Magdalena.

Contact Information: 3502 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208, 317-634-9484, vlopez@vanessalopezlaw.com

 

Board Member Camille Blunt

Camille D. Blunt

Appointed by the City-County Council
Current term expires May 31, 2015; First Term, Member of the Board since 2013

Camille Blunt is a second vice president with Bose Public Affairs Group where she services the needs of firm clients through grassroots lobbying, political action committee management, state and local legislative lobbying, and relationship development. Education and healthcare issues are her current areas of focus. Blunt also is active in participating on both the Women's Connection and the Diversity Committees of Bose McKinney & Evans, as well as chairing its Community Involvement Sub-Committee. Blunt earned her bachelor's degree at Ball State University, where she majored in telecommunications and minored in public relations. Very active with campus organizations, she held various leadership roles in the Black Student Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority - a philanthropic sorority. She recently served on the Board of Directors for the Martin Luther King Community Center and chaired its Marketing/Public Relations Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Ball State Alumni Association and the Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana. In 2012, Blunt was named by Junior Achievement as a finalist for the organization's Best and Brightest Award, recognizing her professional accomplishments and leadership qualities in the Indianapolis community.

Contact Information: 111 Monument Circle, Suite 2700, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317-684-5409, cblunt@bosepublicaffairs.com

 

Board Member Oscar Gutierrez

Oscar A. Gutierrez

Appointed by County Commissioners
Current term expires December 31, 2015; First Term, Member of the Board since 2014

Oscar A. Gutierrez serves the City of Lawrence 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: 2450 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208, 312-217-2369, oscar.gutierrez.in@gmail.com

 

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, patpayne.1941@yahoo.com

 

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