Board Members


photo of Linda McDonnell Linda McDonnell


Six Mile Regional Library District

Public Library Trustee Representative

Phone: 618-616-1822  Email:



Linda McDonnell is Board of Trustees President for the Six Mile Regonal Library District located in Granite City, Illinois, as well President of the former Lewis & Clark Library System Board of Directors. As a retired elementary school teacher, I have always valued reading and access to information. My passion for libraries and the possibilities they offer their communities is evident in the hours I have devoted to my local library board, the former Lewis & Clark board, and the transition to the new system. I am honored to continue to advocate for libraries and all they offer as a board member of the Illinois Heartland Library System. I am very committed to the success of IHLS for the best interest of the people of Illinois.



photo of Betsy Mahoney Betsy Mahoney

Vice President

Librarian, Madison County Law Library

Special Library Representative

Phone: 618-296-5921  Email:



I love midcentury design, hockey, a good historical fiction, and Hoosier basketball…..oh and libraries, which is probably why you are reading this bio. I am the librarian at the Madison County Law Library in Edwardsville IL and a recent graduate of Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science. I am thrilled to represent the 65 special library members in the Illinois Heartland System on the Board of Directors and meet the new challenges facing Illinois libraries and the systems.



photo of James MatthewsJames D. Matthews


Trustee, Mahomet Public Library

Public Library Trustee Representative

Phone: 309-556-3571  Email:




I was born in Detroit MIchigan and moved to Illinois in 1986 when I  began teaching at Illinois Wesleyan University where I am completing my 26th year of service as an Associate Professor of French, and where I have also served 7 1/2 years as Dean of Students during which I managed a multi-million dollar budget.  I volunteered to complete a term of service on the Board of Trustees for the Mahomet Public Library in 2007 as a way to give back to the community following the death of our 16-year old son in 2006.  John had special needs and the public library was one of the few public spaces in which he could function as well as his non-delayed peers.  I was elected to a full term on the Board in 2010. I have participated in two ballot referendums, the second of which secured funding for a new library in Mahomet.  I was actively involved in the planning and construction of the our new facility that opened in August 2010.  In my work as a college professor, I have come to understand that deficiencies in information literacy are among the greatest weaknesses students bring with them to higher education, and I have worked with librarians at IWU and in Mahomet to assist students and patrons in learning how to obtain the best information available. In an era of continuing economic challenge, the cultivation of human resources in library staff and directors must remain a high priority; contrary to popular belief, quality information does not retrieve itself. I very much enjoy serving as a trustee and would look forward to serving the people of Illinois.



photo of Susan MendelsohnSusan Mendelsohn


Board Treasurer, Glen Carbon Centennial Library

Public Library Trustee Representative

Phone: 618-920-1822  Email:



I have served for four plus years on the Glen Carbon Centennial Library Board as a Trustee; two years as Treasurer and one year as Vice president. During my tenure, I have participated on both the Personnel and Building Committee. I have also served two years on the Lewis and Clark Library System Board and held the position of Board Secretary this past year. I attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where I obtained an undergraduate degree in Accounting and two Masters in the area of Finance and Information Technology.



IHLS logo Lynda Clemmons


Trustee, Harrisburg District Library

Public Library Trustee Representative

        Phone: 618-252-3685   Email:

Lynda Clemmons has served on the Harrisburg District Library Board of Trustees since 1999. During her tenure, she served as Board President for two terms. She has also served on the former Shawnee Library System Board of Directors. Mrs. Clemmons retired from teaching English at Harrisburg High School in 1993. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts from Vassar College and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Southern Illinois University. As a volunteer, she has been active with the Friends of the Library and the art committee of the library. She also serves on the board of the Southeastern Illinois College Cultural Arts Board.



IHLS logo James Fenton

Trustee, Carlinville Public Library

Public Library Trustee Representative

Phone: 217-854-4072  Email:


James Fenton has been President of the Carlinville Public Library Board of Trustees for over 25 years, and a member of that Board for more than 30 years. He was on the Lewis and Clark Board, off and on, since the early 1990s, serving a total of more than 14 years. He served one term as President of the Lewis and Clark System Board and was filling a vacancy on this Board at the time of the library system dissolution and merger into IHLS.

He taught high school in Wilmington, Ill for two years and Carlinville for 35 years.  He taught history and government and was athletic director. He helped start the scholastic team program in Carlinville and is a member of the Scholastic Bowl Coaches Hall of Fame.  He has degrees from Ill. State and Western Ill Univ and has done graduate work at SIU in Edwardsville and Sangamon State (now Univ of Ill Springfield). After retiring as a teacher he did financial work for the Carlinville Board for another 11 years.  As a member of the Lions club he has been a local and district officer for many years and edited the Lions of Illinois state magazine for 13 years.



IHLS logo Valerie Green

Trustee, Barclay Public Library District

Public Library Trustee Representative

Phone: 217-672-3397   Email:


Hello, my name is Valerie Green. My home library is Barclay Public Library in Warrensburg. I have served as a Board of Trustee member for 15 years and as president for the past 14 years. I have served library systems for over 6 years as a board member as well as president. I participated in the southern systems merger talks, the southern system planning panel, and served as vice-president of the IHLS transition board. I have attended legislative days, trustee forums, small pubs conferences, ILA conferences, various workshops and legal forums on behalf of the members I serve. I participate in numerous groups and organizations while emphasizing the importance of libraries, its services, its relevance to education for all ages, and its ability to improve communities.

My education is in philosophy and business administration from Millikin University, Go Big Blue! I have 20+ years work experience in our personal landscaping business. I also currently work as Registrar for the Boy Scouts of America in Decatur.


photo of George Trammell George Trammell


Trustee, Marion Public Library

Public Library Trustee

Phone: 618-997-6311  Email:


I have served as the President & CEO of the Marion Chamber of Commerce for the past 14 years. In that time I have also served as President of the Rotary Club of Marion, Marion Main Street, Marion Carnegie Library, and my church. I currently serve as treasurer of Marion Main Street, Southern Illinois Regional Chamber of Commerce Directors, Route #13 Marketing Committee, and my church. The Illinois Heartland Library System’s Transition Board of Directors has laid the frame work for the incoming board. Now it’s time for the new board to move the system forward is a way that is beneficial to all it’s members. I believe that my experience will allow me to help and am willing to serve in any role the board chooses.



photo of Nina WunderlichNina Wunderlich

Trustee, Taylorville Public Library

Public Library Trustee Representative

Phone: 217-824-3272  Email:



Raised on a flat farm in Edgar Co.; 26 in my high school class; BS major in Lib. Sci. 1971 ISU; MLS 1976 UIUC. Initial career as high school media specialist morphed into a K-12 librarian; a short stent as a system consultant; an academic librarian; and eventually a return to public schools as an elementary media specialist. The last 18 career years were spent as District. Elementary. Librarian responsible for Taylorville’s 6 elementary libraries. During my retiring year in 2009, I had the added sad job of closing 2 libraries. While being a stay-at-home mother, was appointed in 1978 to the board of Taylorville Public Library. Still there and still interested. Have served in all offices. Since 1971 have been an active member of both ILA and the incarnations of ISLMA, serving on several committees of each. Have belonged to ALA for 29 years. When serving on RPLS Board in 1980-86 was a trustee President for 3 yrs. As a school librarian served on the LLSAP Governing Board and its Finance Committee.  Served on the former RPLS Board during its final 2 years, the second one as Secretary.  Member of the Planning Panel 2010-2011 and Transition Board 2011 in preparation of the system merger.  Elected to the new IHLS Board, serving as Treasurer for 2 years.  Am now serving my final 3rd year on the Board.


IHLS logo Erin Steinsultz

Benton Public Library

Public Library Representative

Phone: 618-438-7511  Email:

Erin Steinsultz has been the Director of Benton Public Library for 5 years. Prior to coming to Benton, she was the Assistant Director and Young Adult Librarian at Harrisburg District Library. She also worked at the Melba Patton Library at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg. Mrs. Steinsultz holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and recently completed a master’s degree in Information Science and Learning Technology with a focus in Library Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia. “I have benefitted from the many great librarians I have worked with over the years. My interest in libraries started with volunteering in my grade school library in Harrisburg and never stopped. I graduated from Harrisburg High School, where I spent many hours volunteering in the library. I enjoyed learning many valuable library skills at Southeastern Illinois College from Melba Patton before her retirement – though I never did get the hang of being quiet no matter how hard she tried.” “Representation from all areas of the system is needed. It is so very important that the voices of all librarians and their patrons be heard as we join our systems together. I truly believe as librarians we have the potential to influence the lives of each and every patron we encounter. I encourage the staff of BPL to strive to provide outstanding service to everyone who comes in the door. As a member of the Board, I will work to provide outstanding service to the member libraries.”


IHLS logo Nancy Huntley

Lincoln Library, Springfield

Public Library Representative

Phone: 217-753-4921  Email:


photo of Karen BoundsKaren Bounds

Centralia High School

School Library Representative


Phone: 618-532-7391 ext.3086  Email:


My name is Karen Bounds. I have been employed by Centralia High School for 19 years and was a K-12 librarian in the Edinburg district for 6 years prior to that. My educational background is as follows: Bachelors degree, University of Illinois; Masters Degree in Education, Southern Illinois University; Masters in Library and Information Technology, University of Illinois. I was part of the Synergy 2008 class. I have lived in Centralia most of my life and participate in a number of community organizations as I do believe in giving back to my community. My other interests include but are not limited to: photography, music, cycling, golf and reading, of course!



Photo of Elizabeth Letterly Elizabeth Letterly

Librarian, Williamsville CUSD #15

School Library Representative

Phone: 217-566-3361 ext. 235  Email:




I am District Librarian/technology mentor for the Williamsville School District, serve on its District Leadership and Technology teams and coach high school Scholastic Bowl. I have been a librarian for about twenty years, completing my MLS from the University of Illinois in 1995, while working as a corrections librarian. Other interests include community activism and volunteering with the Logan County Humane Society. Of course, I love reading, lose time in my garden, am working not as diligently as I should on a nonfiction children's book, and cherish my family, especially our six grandchildren, the light of my life.



photo of Jacob Roskovensky Jacob Roskovensky

Library Media Specialist, Charleston High School

School Library Representative

Phone: 217-619-5012  Email:




Jacob Roskovensky, High School Library Media Specialist for the Charleston Community Unit School District #1, earned his bachelors degree in Library Media Services K-12 from Indiana State University in 2006 and his master’s degree in Educational Instructional Media from Wilkes University in 2010. Jacob is a member of the Charleston Education Association and ISLMA. Jacob truly believes that powerful libraries do make powerful learners. He feels that each library in the multi-type system has a vital role, and should be a contributing member. Jacob appreciates all of the libraries; he works in a building with 788 students, but has served a building as large as 1,800 students and as small as 310 students. He has taught all grade levels in his career.  While he is proficient in the use of technology, he still sees the importance of social interaction and would enjoy hearing from anyone.



photo of Susan Tulis Susan Tulis


Associate Dean for Information Services

Southern Illinois University (Morris Library)

Academic Library Representative

Phone: 618-453-1459  Email:



I have worked at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s (SIUC) Morris Library since January 2001. I began as the Government Documents Librarian and in 2002 became the Associate Dean for Information Services, which is my current position. I oversee all the public units/services at the library. From 1982 – 1997, I was the Government Documents Librarian at the University of Virginia’s Law Library. In 1992-1993, I served as the Assistant Washington Affairs Representative for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) where I worked as a lobbyist for AALL. In April 2011 I was appointed to the Carbondale Public Library Board of Trustees.