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*Charter Members

Charter members are founding members of the UNF Library Dean's Leadership Council. In 2018 they enter their second decade of continual service to the Library and will maintain both active and financial support of the Library's enrichment needs. Charter members are noted by this designation* at right.

Distinguished Members

Distinguished members served the UNF Library Dean's Leadership Council for 10+ years, maintain ex-offico council participation and their annual pledge -- which provides critically needed support for student and Library-user enrichment.

Dr. Walter R. Graham Jr. and Ron Stephan were awarded Distinguished Memberships on November 15, 2017. Continue reading to meet them below.

Dr. Walter R. Graham Jr. 

Dr. Walter Graham is an opthamologist by practice, however his greatest love is the intellectual and spiritual journey that books and art provide to their patrons. These are just two areas of the UNF Library which Dr. and Mrs Graham have invested in order to inspire students and library visitors alike. Dr. Graham was a founding member of the Library Dean's Leadership Council in 2007 and since then has underwritten the development of UNF's first and only student art gallery with a focus in teaching business fundamentals such as marketing and curation, the large-scale botanical sculptures adorning the Library's second floor by then UNF student Mary Ratliff, the publishing of a full-color book entitled "Writing on Water, Writing on Air" by English department faculty member Clark Lunberry, provided funding for conservation framing in the Library's wholly unique Art in the Library Program, donated a mass collection of valuable art books, and so much more.

Ron Stephan 

Chief Executive Officer,

Ron Stephan is the CEO of the Northeast Florida Multiple Listing Service, Inc. as well as its subsidiary Metro Market Trends, Inc. He is a graduate of Robert Morris University and has earned a Certificate in Non Profit Management from the University of Chicago. Ron serves on the boards of Northeast Florida MLS the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS and many committees of the Florida Association of REALTORS ® most recently as a director on the Real Estate Industry Solutions Board of Managers. Ron’s career spans many years with information technology companies such as Mellon Bank, NCR Corporation, Tandy Business Systems and currently www.RealtyWEB.Net which provides services for Northeast Florida MLS, Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS ® and Metro Market Trends. During his time in Jacksonville, Ron is most proud of securing funding over the years in order to build two homes for HabiJax, establishing the Art in The Library Fund as well as the Technology Fund for the Thomas G. Carpenter Library. He is a Past Chair of the Thomas G. Carpenter’s Dean’s Leadership Council and is a founding member of the UNF Library Dean's Leadership Council.

Future Meetings

Business Meetings (incl lunch): 

September 14, 2018   11:30am - 1:30pm

January 11, 2019   11:30am - 1:30pm


Council Networking Luncheons:  

July 13, 2018   12 - 1:30pm   ​(Butterfly Project subcommittee meeting))

October 12, 2018   12 - 1:30pm

2018 Special Events

VIP invitations will also be sent to Council-members for campus activities outside the Library, stay tuned and visit the Community Activity page by clicking here.

FALL 2018

September 28:  Banned Books Week Community Events, CONVERSATIONS WITH DOROTHY

Featuring:  Ms. Magazine co-founder and nationally-known civil rights activist Dorothy Pitman-Hughes along with faculty & leadership from the University of North Florida

Date | Time:  Friday, September 28 | 3-5pm

Location: UNF Library 2nd Floor Sculpture Area

Description:  In concert with the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week celebrations, the UNF Library presents an intimate conversation with American Civil Rights icon and Ms. Magazine co-founder, Dorothy Pitman-Hughes as she shares stories in keeping with this year’s event theme, “Banning Books, Silences Stories – Speak Out!” Ms. Pitman-Hughes will share her touching and extraordinary first-hand accounts collaborating with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others and her own experiences as an author of banned books.

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November 14, 6-9PM:  Annual Dean's Leadership Council Gratitude Reception, honoring the Council and Special Friends of the Library, UNF Gallery of Art


December 7, 9-11AM:  Cards + Coffee

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Dan Bagan

President & Creative Director, iAugi Studios / Bagan & Company

Dan Bagan leads iAugi Studios, a well-regarded videography and photography resource in Northeast Florida.  Dan also serves the board of the St. Augustine Rotary Club. With a natural curiosity about his subjects and an instinctive approach to “the process”, Dan's images result in a striking reflection of personality and spirit. Beginning with film, a darkroom and a passion for black and white images, Dan's work has evolved into compelling portraits with highly saturated color images and videos. His works are in the "Gloria Steinem Archives of Smith College" and grace the album covers of musicians and individual collectors. His subjects range from the famous to children and brides to rock-and-rollers to "Age of Beauty" clients; women between 50 and 100 years old, capturing their personal essence. Dan shares his skills as a creative force for the greater good. He is a co-creator of the highly regarded civil rights campaign “We Are Straight Allies,” where his photographs and video are used to bring attention to a civil rights issue in Jacksonville and the State of Florida. Dan has also created stunning images of individuals who are homeless and individuals suffering from Bells Palsy and ALS. He is a featured artist in the Art in the Library Collection having bequeathed his historically significant original photograph of Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, viewable online via Digital Commons on the Library Home Page. Dan has been a member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean’s Leadership Council since 2017.

Andre Le Gras Boutte, Charter Member* and Council Chair - 2018-2020

Retired as Vice President, Director of Operations at Watson Realty Corp., REALTORS

Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Andre Boutte has been a resident of Jacksonville since 1989, having been transferred here for duty at the Naval Air Station in Mayport. He proudly served our country for 21 honorable years as a Naval Officer and Naval Aviator. Andre retired from the United States Navy in 1992 and began a successful career in real estate in 1993 with Prudential Network Realty. In 1996, Andre began his management career with Watson Realty Corp., starting as an assistant manager with the Watson Jacksonville Beach office. He became manager of the Watson Westside office in 1997, and then assumed management responsibility for the Watson Southside office in 1998. In 2000, he transferred to the Watson Realty Corporate Headquarters and was appointed Director of Technical Training. In 2003, Andre assumed the duties of Director of Training, and in 2005, assumed his present duties as Director of Operations.  Andre has been a member of the Dean's Leadership Council since 2008 and was nominated to serve as Council Chair for 2018-2020.


James Boyd III

Chief Executive Officer, Art in Flight, Inc.

James L. Boyd III is a dancer, choreographer and teacher born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida.  He is a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts graduate and received his B.F.A from SUNY Purchase College in 2010 in Dance and Choreography. Since graduation he has performed with the likes of Elton John, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Bruce Springsteen and many others. James was also a guest artist with the hit dance show, “So You Think You Can Dance” and a semi-finalist on the well-known show, “America’s Got Talent”. While performing around the world, entertaining in 30 countries and over 80 cities with the Bad Boys of Dance and Bad Boys of Ballet, he shared the stage with greats such as Misty Copeland, Joseph Gatti and Rasta Thomas. James strives to be successful in dance, business and on behalf of our community.  His passion for community most notably resonates through his recently incorporated not-for-profit endeavor known as Art In Flight, Inc. As Founder and CEO, he activated its mission in 2016 and begun fundraising, in addition to and outside of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, on behalf of arts agencies throughout Northeast Florida.  Art in Flight’s mission is to enhance the development and sustainability of arts organizations in Northeast Florida in order to educate our citizens, increase arts appreciation and support, foster an arts rich culture and, in turn, help grow Jacksonville into a nationally renowned, thought-leading city. In addition to building Art in Flight, Inc., James is an international faculty member for Troy University, on the staff of the Manhattan Dance Project, a faculty member and Artist In Residence at Jacksonville University, a Trustee level member of the JAX Chamber, currently serving two local arts boards including Players By The Sea and the JIA Arts Commission, all the while touring to become world-renown as a professional dancer.  James has been a member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean's Leadership Council since 2017.

KK Cherney

Head Media Specialist, Chet's Creek Elementary

Karen "KK" Cherney is an exceptional educator and beloved by those who know and collaborate with her.  She is a founding educator for the continuously number one rated elementary school in Duval County, Chet’s Creek Elementary, and has held the position of Head Media Specialist since 1998.  In 2010, KK beat out educators across the nation to win the prestigious Alferd Williams Literacy Award given by Scholastic Books to honor those who inspire a love of reading.

As quoted by Chet’s Creek Elementary School principal, Susan T. Phillips, “KK understands the importance of relationships and seeks to know and love every child she serves. She is routinely sought out by students for celebrations of a goal achieved, help in completing a difficult task, or for a hug and reassurance that everything will be ok during times of disappointment and sadness. One of the greatest honors I receive is when a child mistakenly calls me Mrs. KK – I wish! She engages authors, illustrators, business partners, and community members in joining our mission to create truly meaningful learning experiences for children. She doesn’t know the word “no” and sees every obstacle to success as a mere challenge. I have never known an educator more passionate about creating a love of books in children. Her passion for the written word is contagious.”

KK has won additional awards including “The Super Hero Librarian Award” by Channel 12.  She was a founding member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean’s Leadership Council from 2008 - 2011 and resumed her membership in 2017.

Chavet Constable Mason

President/Founder, Starlight Valet

Chavet Constable is a mother, wife, volunteer, veteran of the United States Navy and business owner in Jacksonville, Florida.  She is President of Starlight Valet, one of Jacksonville's premier valet and parking companies specializing in public and private events throughout Northeast Florida and South Georgia. She credits her success to her clients and says she loves her work. Starlight Valet has continuously employed currently enrolled UNF students since its founding in February 2000. Chavet is also a board member and active guardian in Guardian Ad Litem, the primary child abuse victim advocacy agency in the state of Florida.  She also provides consulting work for small companies striving for success. Chavet has been a member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean’s Leadership Council since 2017.


Thomas J. Cook

Owner & Director of Sales, Atlantic Imaging

Thomas "Tom" J. Cook moved to Jacksonville from New York fifteen years ago.  He has been owner and Director of Sales for Atlantic Imaging since 2003.  Atlantic Imaging provides large format graphics, tradeshow displays, and vehicle wraps, From 1995 to 2003 Tom was Area Sales Manager for Ilford Imaging, one of the oldest and most respected companies in the photographic industry.  Tom attended Indiana's Earlham College and has a degree in Sociology with a minor in Photography.  Tom is the father of two young women who have attended UNF and his youngest is a current student. His hobbies still include photography, though he makes the most of living at the beach and is an avid deep-sea fisherman. Tom has served the UNF Carpenter Library Dean's Council since 2017.

 Lisa Davis

CEO, Analytics Partners

Lisa Davis has over 10 years of IT, and Business analytics experience specializing in Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and Analytic Capabilities. She has in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in implementing, integrating and deploying business intelligence software in a variety of environments. In the last five years, she has served as a member of numerous internal consulting groups with Fortune 100 companies in the healthcare and financial industries. She works closely with new and existing clients to determine their individual business intelligence needs and maps those needs to a technological solution. Lisa then guides her clients through a business intelligence project life cycle making sure all the required components to a successful deployment are in place. She uses her experience in the subject areas of needs assessment and recommendation, systems analysis & design, implementation, project management, testing, deployment, documentation, curriculum development and training to facilitate these activities. Lisa has been a member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean’s Leadership Council since 2014. Lisa served as Vice Chair from 2016-18.

Sharon Goldman

Artist & Teacher, Sharon Goldman Fine Art

A native Floridian and Fine Arts graduate of the University of Florida, Sharon spent over 25 years as an Art Director in Miami producing print and broadcast media advertising, winning local, state, national and international awards until moving to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1998. She then focused on her love of painting, teaching art, accepting commissions and with her husband Richard, raised three wonderful daughters - who she considers to be her best works of art. Sharon describes her work as painterly realism, using light and shadow, novel compositions and a colorful palette to capture the spirit of Florida. She has been juried into more than 50 local and regional shows, most notably The Haskell Gallery at the Jacksonville International Airport and has been featured in Old City Life and Arbus magazines.  Sharon has served the UNF Carpenter Library Dean's Council since 2017.

Evelyn McDonald, Charter Member*

Vice President, HW & W Inc.

Evelyn McDonald is Vice President of HW & W, Inc., a woman-owned small business based in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. Over her professional career, she has specialized in the analysis and development of process management systems and the use of information systems to support organizational strategy and objectives. Evelyn's present work includes integration of records management systems with information technology management systems such as capital planning and investment. She conducted several focus group sessions for the Carpenter Library and other local organizations Evelyn is the Chair of Arts & Culture Nassau, the county's arts council. She serves on the board of the Amelia Island Book Festival and on the Curriculum Committee for the Center for Lifelong Learning. Her hobbies are reading and photography. She is a member of the Amelia Island Art Association. Evelyn holds a Masters of Science in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish from the University of Michigan.  She is a Past Chair of the Thomas G. Carpenter’s Dean’s Leadership Council and has served on the Council since 2008. Evelyn has served as both Chair and Vice Chair during her years on the council.

 John Irvin

Project Development Manager, Ajax Building Corporation

John Irvin is Project Development Manager with Ajax Building Corporation, for a region which includes North and Central Florida, as well as South East Georgia. In the ten years John has held this position with Ajax, the company has been selected to build high profile construction projects which include, but are not limited to: Duval County Public Schools, University of North Florida, University of Florida, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Baker County Sheriff’s Office, City of Daytona Beach, Volusia County Council, College of Coastal Georgia, and Brevard Community College. John graduated from Florida A&M University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering and he is a Certified Building Contractor in the State of Florida. He is also a graduate of the Northeast Florida Regional Council-Regional Leadership Academy and Leadership St. Petersburg. John has been a resident of Jacksonville since 1998, upon moving here from St. Petersburg, where he was born and raised. He has been a member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean’s Leadership Council since 2009. John served as council chair from 2016-18.

Margie Seaman

President, Seaman Realty and Management Company

Margie Seaman is president and owner of Seaman Realty and Management Company, a full service, regional commercial real estate firm founded in 1993 and based in the urban core of Jacksonville, Florida. Her firm specializes in landlord/tenant representation for retail and office space, as well as urban land development in Jacksonville's urban core.  Her specialties also include strategic consultation, project planning, zoning and market analysis, transaction management and implementation, and property management. 

Originally from New York, Margie has a passion to see Jacksonville's urban lifestyle flourish and fulfill its potential. To support this effort, Margie serves the Rotary Club of Jacksonville and has served numerous boards and volunteered for many community-building initiatives throughout the years. Organizations she supports include City Rescue Mission, Dignity U Wear, Downtown Vision, Clara White Mission, Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS), Jumping Fish River Advocacy, Springfield Preservation Association & Revitalization (SPAR), Springfield Area Business & Merchant Association (SAMBA), and Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless.

Margie also believes for Jacksonville’s economy to thrive, so too must the arts.  To support the creative economy and energize available commercial spaces throughout the core, Margie and downtown property owners founded “Building Art Program” (BAP) - providing free exhibition space for local artists to feature their work while helping to add value to our inner city and attract buyers to purchase, renovate and revitalize historic buildings.  Margie has been a member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean’s Leadership Council since 2017.

Kim Shane

Senior Project Manager, Bank of America

Kim Shane is originally from New York, raised in New Jersey and moved to Jacksonville, in 1986.  A wife, a mother of a blended family and grandmother of nine, she and her husband, Gary, are empty-nesters raising three German Shepherds.  She obtained her Business degree from Florida State College of Jacksonville and has embraced growth and contribution ever since.  With a background in residential and commercial construction project management, Kim left corporate America during the economic downturn and was operations manager for Performance Roofing from 2012-2018. She was re-recruited in her field and returned as senior project manager for Bank of America in 2018. Her daily message is “be the change you want to see in the world.” Kim’s daily passion is to connect people to resources that will enrich their lives, providing mentorship, encouragement, and empowerment. She has served the UNF Carpenter Library Dean's Leadership Council since 2017. Kim also serves as Committee Chair for the UNF Library Butterfly Effect community awareness project.

Leigh-Ann Sullivan

Fine Art Photographer, LA Sullivan and Founder of Folks Journal Magazine

Leigh-Ann Sullivan studied photography in San Francisco at the Academy of Art University on the cusp of the digital revolution, with a strong backbone in alternative and traditional processes.  Her work is inspired by her mentor and professor, David Wasserman, as well as modern photographers Lori Nix, Julie Blackmon, Maggie Taylor and Ruud Van Empel, all who have expanded the boundaries of the photographic craft. Leigh-Ann went on to become an online professor with Academy of Art University for several years. As well, her photography is featured in the Art in the Library Program at the University of North Florida’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library.  She has an extensive CV and has lived and worked all over the world including Guam, Death Valley and other remote locales. She is currently stationed in Jacksonville with her husband, naval pediatrician Dr. Michael Sullivan, their two children and two big dogs. Leigh-Ann is a featured artist in the Art in the Library Collection, having gifted two award-winning original photographs viewable online via Digital Commons on the library's home page and in the Art in the Library catalogue. She has served the UNF Carpenter Library Dean's Leadership Council since 2017.

Frank Vastola

Education Sales Leader for K-20, Steelcase

Frank Vastola collaborated with Perdue Interiors on the Thomas G. Carpenter Library Library Commons project.  Steelcase Education is focused on helping schools, colleges and universities create the most effective, rewarding and inspiring active learning environments to meet the evolving needs of students and educators.  Frank has a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. For over ten years he worked as Director of Admissions in several institutions including Jacksonville University. Frank then moved for the past ten years to marketing and sales for educational companies. As one of his colleagues said, “Frank has the rare combination of experience in both the sales world and Higher Education sector. Having worked on a college campus for a number of years, he acutely understands the technology needs of academia.” He has served the UNF Carpenter Library Dean’s Leadership Council since 2016.

Jennifer Wolfe, Council Vice-Chair - 2018-2020


Founder, Women Writing for (a) Change®, Jacksonville

Organizer, Women's March Florida - Jacksonville Chapter

Jennifer Wolfe is a writer, facilitator, and business owner who’s been facilitating change for corporate clients for the past 20 years. As the owner of LEARN INC and the founder of a new business, Women Writing for (a) Change®, Jacksonville, Jennifer uses writing as a powerful tool to help facilitate personal, community, organizational, and planetary change. She conducts private and public classes for individuals, community organizations, non-profits and corporations. Jennifer believes libraries, whether in the home, in the community, and particularly in a university, are a central and powerful tool for building community engagement and knowledge. She spent much of her youth with her nose in a book, either at Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, at the Trinity College library in Hartford, and at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism library in New York. She currently facilitates writing circles at the Main Library downtown as part of her outreach programs, and hopes to learn more about the UNF Carpenter Library, where she has already fallen in love with the art, architecture, and atmosphere.  Jennifer has provided programs for the Women’s Center at UNF since starting her writing business in Jacksonville, and serves on the communications team for Generation W. She also serves on the Board of City Beautiful Jax and is the editor of Dorothy’s List, a non-partisan newsletter aimed at raising women’s voices, values, and leadership in Jacksonville. A social entrepreneur and a ukulele fan, Jennifer has taught at Tulane University, raised two children, kept a journal, written a blog, started a Happiness Project, launched a recycling program, and tended a garden. A journalist and a journal-keeper, she writes about her life, politics, nature, and social change in "In the Garden Down by the River". Jennifer has been a member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean’s Leadership Council since 2017. Jennifer is the council's current Vice-Chair and was nominated by her peers to serve as Council Chair following the two-year tenure of current chair, Andre Le Gras Boutte.