Jackson District Library Board of Trustees
The responsibility of the Jackson District Library Board of Trustees is to set policy concerning the management, supervision and control of the library facilities. The Board of Trustees consists of seven members of the community and are appointed by the City of Jackson and Jackson County boards.
The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees regular board meeting will be held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00pm, except for holidays and special meetings. The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees meets in compliance to the Michigan Open Meetings Act.
JDL Board of Trustees will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities at the meeting upon 7 (seven) days notice to the JDL Board. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the JDL Board by writing or calling the following: Diane Anderson, 244 W. Michigan Avenue, Jackson, MI 49201 or 517-905-1308.
If any members of the community wish to address the Board of Trustees during the Public Comment* portion of a virtual meeting, please follow this link for public comment and fill out the form. A JDL staff member will contact you with directions on how to access the virtual meeting. For in-person meetings a member of the community may address the Board of Trustees during the Public Comment portion of a meeting.
*Members of the public may address the Board at any of its meetings, as provided for in the Open Meetings Act. Public comment shall be provided for in the agenda. Individuals may speak for not more than three (3) minutes. Modification of these times may be approved by vote of the Board.
President | Jacqueline Barber
Jacqueline Barber, a life long resident of Jackson County, joined the board in September 2014. She and her husband John are parents to four children and eleven grandchildren. She has an Associates degree from Jackson College and a Bachelor Of Arts from Spring Arbor University. For Thirty-Seven years she has worked as a Children’s Program Manager at Community Action Agency, overseeing the daily operation of nine Head Start/GSRP early childhood classrooms and a food service department. Barber is also an active member and Trustee at Lily Missionary Baptist Church. During her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, tending to flower beds (during the summer months), walking, bike riding, attending and teaching aerobics, reading, and just spending time at home.
Vice President | Shane LaPorte
Shane LaPorte was also appointed to the JDL Board on December 11, 2017. He is a lifetime resident of Jackson County.
LaPorte obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University and possesses a Builder’s license.
LaPorte is the owner of two businesses: LaPorte’s Harvest Moon Farm and Titan Takedown youth wrestling club. He also served as a coach for 29 years at Jackson Catholic Schools: Lumen Christi and Jackson Christian Middle School.
Mr. LaPorte worked as a Police Officer for 29 years and a Senior Code Enforcement Officer 3 years.
“The library is a valuable asset in our community, the services provided play a vital role in the education process for lifelong learning,” states LaPorte and he wants to be a part of improving the library’s mission.
Secretary & Treasurer | Bill Jors
Bill Jors was appointed to the JDL Board in December 2017. He was born, raised and still resides in the City of Jackson.
Jors was a 1985 graduate of Jackson High School. In 1990 he graduated from Spring Arbor College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Jors served as Mayor of Jackson from 2015 to 2017. Jors is currently the Vice-President of Business Development – Commercial Loan Officer at County National Bank. He has been with the bank since 2005. He also serves the community through several Jackson area charities.
Mr. Jors is currently single and has an 18 year old daughter who is presently attending Adrian College.
Trustee | Barbara Dame
Barbara Dame is from Norvell Township and was appointed to serve as Trustee on the Library Board by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners in December 2020.
She holds a M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) from Madonna University and a B.A. in Business through Wayne State University.
Barbara has a background in higher education with specialty experience in the provision of university English language instruction, assessment design and development, and accessibility evaluation and consultation. She has been an advocate for all learner populations, including underserved student groups and individuals with disabilities, to ensure fair and equitable access to learning resources and materials.
Trustee | Erik Lyman
The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees welcomed Erik Lyman into the fold after Jackson City Council members appointed him to the position in December 2018.
Lyman is set to serve on the board of trustees through Aug. 23, 2021. “Since returning to Jackson in 2015, I have really taken advantage of all that JDL has to offer,” Lyman said. “I love JDL and am honored to serve them moving forward.”
Lyman grew up in Fenton and earned degrees from Mott Community College and Spring Arbor University. Erik comes from a non-profit and small business marketing background, working at Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson and Albion College. He enjoys watching movies, playing board games, and reading in his spare time.
Trustee | Beverley McGill
Beverley has lived in Jackson since 1986. A proud mom of three, she is now a doting grandmother. Beverley received her BSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MA from Eastern Michigan University. Her entire career has been in the non-profit field. She has recently retired as the Fund Development Director at Highfields. Beverley was a co-founder of the Jackson Women’s History Council which coordinates the annual Susan B. Anthony Awards and served on the board of the Jackson School of the Arts.
Trustee | Stephen Rajzer
Stephen Rajzer has been a member of the Jackson community since 2011. He was appointed to the Library Board in September 2019 by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
Stephen is passionate about citizen involvement in our government. He currently chairs the Board of Directors for the Region 2 Area Agency on Aging, and has served on several committees for the City of Jackson. Prior to moving to Jackson, Stephen served one elected term on the Decatur Public Schools Board of Education.
Stephen is employed by the Office of Congressman Tim Walberg where he serves as District Director of Administration.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and a Master of Public Administration from DePaul University.