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Board Bios

Brenda Simmons, Chair | Erin Vance Skinner, Vice Chair
Guy Anderson | Sybil Ansbacher | W. Marc Hardesty | Ronnie King II | Jackie Perry
Gerald Reid | Mark Wood | Council President Bill Gulliford, Ex-Officio
Council Member Greg Anderson, Ex Officio | Dr. Kimberly Davis, Ex Officio

Brenda R. Simmons-Hutchins, Chair, Board of Library Trustees

Brenda Simmons

Dr. Brenda Simmons-Hutchins is a retired educator with more than 35 years of experience in higher education. During her tenure at Florida State College at Jacksonville, she served as a professor of composition and literature as well as in several progressively responsible administrative positions, finishing her career as executive dean for instruction and student services. She currently holds board of director positions as president of the Jacksonville Women's Network, board treasurer of the Community First Credit Union of Florida, a second-term member of the Florida Humanities Council and dean of the Peck Leadership Institute of the African Methodist Episcopal Church's Women's Missionary Society. Dr. Simmons-Hutchins has served on the Board of Library Trustees since 2009.

Erin Vance Skinner, Vice Chair, Board of Library Trustees

Erin Vance Skinner

Erin Vance Skinner is the former vice president of sales and marketing for Paramount Performance Marketing, a privately held company that specializes in commercial and trade graphics and printing. Previously, Skinner served as general manager for Principle Woods, Inc. and vice president, branch manager of Computer Management Sciences. She has a master's in business administration from the University of North Florida and a bachelor's in management from Florida State University.

Skinner also serves on the board of directors of Community Connections of Jacksonville and is a member of the Jacksonville Women's Network.

She has served on the Board of Library Trustees since 2009.

Guy Anderson

Guy Anderson

Guy K. Anderson is a senior consultant at Kirkpatrick & Associates, Inc., specializing in information technology and services, and utility industry analytics. His clients include groups and organizations supporting the North American utility and power industry. During his 39 years in business, Mr. Anderson has sold IT services to Fortune 500 companies, major utilities and major financial institutions, and has managed client relations for large-scale projects involving software development and implementations.

Anderson has been active in the Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., participating in the library funding and city finance studies, as well as Putting the River Back in River City, and Recession, Recovery, and Beyond. His interest in sailing is reflected in his membership in the North Florida Cruising Club, First Coast Offshore Challenge, First Coast Sailing Association, and St Johns Riverkeeper.

Anderson earned bachelor of science degrees in chemistry and biology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where he was a member of the Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity.

Sybil Ansbacher, Member, Board of Trustees

Sybil Ansbacher

Sybil Ansbacher is a retired licensed mental health counselor with Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Nova University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Florida. She worked for 12 years for the Youth Crisis Center at the Beaches Resource Center in various positions, including director of the Beaches Truancy Center.

An active member of the community, Ansbacher is currently a board member of the Friends of the Beaches Library Board and Beaches Watch, Inc. She has served as chair of the City of Neptune Beach Board of Appeals; chair for several studies of Jacksonville Community Council, Inc.; City of Jacksonville HUD Advisory Board; Community Development Block Grant Committee chair; State Board of Pharmacy member; Women’s Giving Alliance. She has been a resident of Neptune Beach for more than 30 years.

W. Marc Hardesty

W. Marc Hardesty

Marc Hardesty is a founding partner of the Jacksonville law firm, Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P.A. since 1994. Prior to that, he served as assistant state attorney for Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit from 1990-1994.

Mr. Hardesty earned his Juris Doctorate from the Mercer University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Furman University, where he was a four-year varsity member of the wrestling team.

Mr. Hardesty is a past chairman of the Jacksonville Florida Planning Commission, as well as a member of several local, state and federal bar associations. His past or present memberships with other organizations include the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the American Legion; the National Rifle Association; the legal board of the St. Johns Riverkeeper; Save Our River environment, Inc. (past president); and Boys Home Association.

Mr. Hardesty was awarded the Bronze Star Medal while serving as a Company Commander with the Army during the Gulf War (1990-91); the Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other military awards. Lt. Colonel Hardesty retired from the U.S. Army Reserves after nearly 22 years of service.

He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and graduated from Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, FL. He is a proud father of Meredith, 15, and Marcus, 13.

Ronnie King II

Ronnie King

Ron King is an application engineer for Kemper Corporation in Jacksonville, which provides a wide variety of insurance products for individuals, families, and businesses. He serves on the board for Mentoring Families and Kids, the Village Project, and the Jacksonville Children's Chorus. King has held leadership positions in several community organizations including National Society of Black Engineers, 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, and the Urban League Young Professionals. He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. King studied mathematics at the University of Florida while playing basketball for the Gators. He holds a bachelor's in computer science from the University of North Florida.

Jackie Perry

Jackie Perry

Jackie Perry is the executive director for Beaver Street Enterprise Center, which was named the 2010 Dinah Adkins Incubator of the Year by the National Business Incubation Association. As executive director, Perry oversees operations and management for the 25,000 square foot facility which provides business assistance and support services, as well as office space and infrastructure, for new and emerging businesses. Perry serves on the board of Florida State College at Jacksonville Business Advisory Group for Kent Campus and is a member of the board of directors for First Coast Business Alliance and Women Business Owners. Perry completed accelerated certificate programs in Human Resources Management and Operations Management at the University of Georgia and recently obtained her Incubation Management Certification from the National Business Incubation Association.

Gerald Reid

Gerald Reid

Gerald Reid is an enterprise account executive at MoreDirect, where he provides professional services, and software and enterprise business solutions. He has a master's degree in business administration from Clark Atlanta University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Emory University. Reid is a member of the National Black MBA Association and the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.

Mark S. Wood

Mark S. Wood

Mark S. Wood is chairman of Milton J. Wood Company, with more than 36 years of experience in the construction industry. He has a master's in business administration and a bachelor of science in economics, both from Florida State University. Wood has served as president of the Northeast Florida Associated General Contractors and the Florida State Council of Associated General Contractors, and on the board of directors of Episcopal Children Services and Boys Hope Girls Hope.

Council President Bill Gulliford, Ex-Officio

Bill Gulliford Photo

Bill Gulliford has been a resident of Jacksonville and the Beaches community since 1954. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School and then the University of Florida. After military service he returned to Jacksonville and joined his father’s construction equipment business, Pilot Equipment Company. He acquired the business from his father and successfully grew it until 1996 when he sold the company. Since then he has started two other businesses involved in the sale of construction equipment and currently is a partner in Major Machinery & Equipment LLC, a company involved in exporting construction equipment.

Gulliford was elected to the Jacksonville City Council in 2011, to represent District 13, which includes the beaches and the southeastern section of Duval County. In 2012, he was awarded the Charles D. Webb Award, for extraordinary commitment to public service, by out-going president, Stephen Joost. The members of the City Council unanimously elected Gulliford to serve as Vice President for the 2012/2013 Council Year.

In 1988 Gulliford was elected mayor of Atlantic Beach and served until 1993. Prior to that, he served on the Atlantic Beach city commission.

Councilman Greg Anderson, Ex-Officio

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson has over 25 years of experience in the financial service industry and is currently EverBanks's Senior Private Banking Officer. In this capacity he provides commercial credit, deposit, and investment services to professionals and executives.

His career began as a management trainee at FirstAtlanta following graduation from The University of Georgia. In 1984, Anderson moved to Jacksonville to manage Florida National's Cash Management Sales group. It was in Jacksonville that he met his wife, Beville. Mellon Bank recruited Anderson to continue his career in its Global Cash Management Division in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and Beville moved there where they lived for 11 years before heading back home to Jacksonville.

Anderson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia with a concentration in Finance and a Masters of Arts Liberal Studies with a focus on leadership studies from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Community service has always been important to Anderson. Since returning to Jacksonville, he has served as President of Riverside Fine Arts Association, Director of the Daniel Foundation, Trustee for Jacksonville's Chamber of Commerce, Trustee for St. Mark's Episcopal Day School, Senior Warden for St. Marks' Episcopal Church, and Commissioner on the City of Jacksonville's TRUE Commission. Currently he serves as a Committee Member for YoungLife of Jacksonville.

Dr. Kimberly Davis, Ex Officio

Dr. Kimberly Davis

As the Chief of Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Relations for Duval County Public Schools, Dr. Kimberly Davis oversees the development and promotion of the district’s legislative agenda, as well as the district’s outreach to parents, business partners, and faith-based and community organizations.

Dr. Davis has a passion for and an extensive background in the field of education. She has held positions at the secondary and postsecondary levels and has worked with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Florida State University and Edward Waters College. She also served as the State Director of Dropout Prevention for the Florida Department of Education, where she worked with school districts throughout the state, as well as the Laboratory Schools to promote strategies for helping students graduate from high school.

Dr. Davis earned her undergraduate degree from Mercer University in Macon, GA and her masters and doctorate degrees from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. All of her degrees are in the field of communication