Library Board

  • No. of Members: 7
  • Term Length: Three Years
  • Term Limit: Nine Years (Three consecutive terms)
  • Compensation: None
  • Training Required:  None
  • Meeting Schedule: Bi-monthly, 3rd Wed of alternating months – 5:15 p.m.
  • Appointment:  4 members are appointed by the Douglas County Board of
  • Commissioners; 2 members are appointed by the Douglas County Board of Education; 1 member is appointed by the City of Douglasville Mayor and Council

The Board receives reports from the Library Director and Regional Director, discusses policies, trends, etc., and also tries to find ways to assist the libraries in their Mission.  This group is an advisory board. 

Qualifications:  resident of Douglas County who is interested in the library. 

The DC Library Board is an advisory and advocacy board.  Two members of the county board also serve on the West GA Regional Library board in Carrollton.  The regional board makes policy concerning matters that are within local authority, generally oversees regional library construction projects, and hires the regional library director.  

The county board meets at 5:15 p.m. on the third Wednesday of alternating months at one of the libraries in the Douglas County system. A typical meeting consists of reports from the County Librarian and from the WGRL Library Director and general discussion of library issues.

Current Board Members


Iteah PoundsIteeah Pounds image 

Iteeah Pounds started her professional career in Corporate America as a Human Resources and Training professional. Currently, she is employed with the Georgia Tech Research Institute on the Student Recruiting team. Iteeah began her Higher Education Career at the University of West Georgia where she connected employers with students for career and internship opportunities. 

Iteeah is proud to say that she developed and presented the first Cultural Diversity training for the City of Douglasville's Police Department. She has also been a Workforce Development Trainer for several non-profit organizations and community groups. 

Iteeah has made a personal commitment to make a difference in the community and have a Positive impact on its future. As a result of this commitment, she is actively involved in various professional and community organizations such as the Immediate Past President, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Northwest Georgia Chapter, Trustee for the West Georgia Regional Library Board in Douglas County appointed by Commissioner Kelly Robin-son, and Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Douglas, Class of 2016. 

Iteeah received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University and a Master’s Degree from the University of West Georgia. 

Appointing Agency: Douglas County BOC 

Term 1 Appointment Date: 

Term 2 Appointment Date: 7/1/2012 

Term 3 Appointment Date: 7/1/2015 

Term 4 Appointment Date: 7/1/2018 

Current Term Expiration Date: 6/30/2021


Shannon Bentley imageShannon Bentley

I am a Realtor for 29 years; serving Douglas, Paulding, Carroll and West Cobb areas. Currently selling new homes at The Georgian in Villa Rica. I have lived in Douglasville since 1981, originally from Augusta, Ga. Married to David for 51 years. We have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Love to cook, travel and read, especially at the beach! I have been on the Regional and Local Douglas County Board since 2012. I was asked by Wes Tallon to replace him and appointed by the Douglas County Commissioners. 

 

Appointing Agency: Douglas County BOC 

Term 1 Appointment Date: 7/1/2012 

Term 2 Appointment Date: 7/1/2015 

Term 3 Appointment Date: 7/1/2018 

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Current Term Expiration Date: 06/30/2021


Urshla Fouch imageUrshla Fouch

I'm a mother of two, a daughter in college at Clayton State University pursuing a Dental Hygienist career and a son working for D.G.S - Delta Global Services at the Atlanta Airport. I became a resident of Douglas County in 2005. I'm currently employed as the Executive Director for Strides Horse Park T.E.M.S Inc. since 2014 and my role for the Non-profit organization is to develop, lead and execute long-term strategies with the goal of increasing the shareholder(s) value. 

I am a Phoenix graduated, with a Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice & Masters in Public Administration. I believe that this pathway groomed me towards my career choice in serving my community proficiently. I work closely with the GA Department of Labor to assist Convicted Felon's in job development training for employment, Contract Service(s) for GVRA, DBHDD & Transitional HS Students to reach their full potential in the workforce. I began serving on the Board for the Boys & Girls Club (B.G.C) in Douglasville GA, since July 2019; City Appointed Douglas County Representative for West Georgia Regional Library System (W.G.R.L) in 2016 and recently accepted the opportunity in becoming a Board of Trustees Member for the WGRL System. 

My aspirations in life are simple help strengthen my community! 

Appointing Agency: City of Douglasville 

Term 1 Appointment Date: 7/1/2016 

Term 2 Appointment Date: 7/1/2019 

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Current Term Expiration Date: 6/30/2022 



Janet Payne imageJanet Payne 

GeorgiaCares SHIP Counselor

Georgia Legal Services Program

Appointing Agency: Douglas County BOC 

Term 1 Appointment Date: 7/1/2014 

Term 2 Appointment Date: 7/1/2017 

Term 3 Appointment Date: 7/1/2020 

Term 4 Appointment Date: 

Current Term Expiration Date: 6/30/2023 


Tracy Crooks imageTracy Crooks

Tracy Crooks has been a resident of Douglas County for over 15 years. She is an Account Manager for the American Red Cross; Biomedical Division for the Southern Region of the United States. Tracy has had the opportunity of working with two other Fortune 500 companies in her professional career; United Parcel Service and The Sprint Corporation. She has been nationally recognized for being a top performer and contributor in sales & marketing within national accounts. Tracy is extremely active in Douglas County. She has served on several steering committees for the City of Douglasville’s Economic Development, Planning and Zoning, and The Douglasville’s Downtown Master Plan. Currently, she’s a member of the Douglas County Library Board 2019-2021. Appointed by Chair of Commissioners Dr. Romona Jackson – Jones. The Democratic Women’s Council – VP for District 1 and Post Seat Holder for District 1 for the Democratic Party. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; she is a Silver Star and has served in several roles within her local chapter. Currently, Tracy Crooks is the Stakeholder and Community Engagement Coordinator -Let’s Count Douglas -2020 Census for Douglas County. In her spare time; Tracy’s has managed to combine two of her passions; love for people and marketing; which she formed her own company; “Tracy’s Fabulous Fashion Finds LLC”; her company specializes in creating and perfecting personal & professional branding through wardrobe imaging. Tracy ‘s a firm believer and share’s this quote as a message to all - When you have the confidence in your abilities and the look to match…. You are a positive influencer of change! 

Appointing Agency: Douglas County BOC 

Term 1 Appointment Date: 6/18/2019 

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Current Term Expiration Date: 6/30/2022 


Katie Henry imageKatie Henry

Katie Henry is one of the newest members of the board, appointed by the Board of Education. She grew up in DeKalb and then Douglas County attending Chapel Hill Middle School and is a 3rd generation graduate of Douglas County High School. From there she attended Young Harris College earning an Associate’s Degree in Education then went to LaGrange College where she earned her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. Katie then returned to Douglas County to teach. She began her career at New Manchester Elementary teaching 1st grade then moved to Bright Star Elementary teaching 4th and 5th grades. While at Bright Star she completed her Master’s and Specialist Degrees in Media Technology at The University of West Georgia. She then became Media Specialist at North Douglas Elementary where she has been for ten years. Katie served as the Director of Children’s Ministries at Bright Star United Methodist Church for three years. She also currently serves on the state board for P.E.O., an International Philanthropical Educational Organization for women. 

Appointing Agency: Douglas County BOE 

Term 1 Appointment Date: 6/18/2019 

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Current Term Expiration Date: 6/30/2022 


Kathleen French imageKathleen French

Kathleen French is Director of K-5 Curriculum and Instruction for the Douglas County School System. She has been with DCSS for 25 years in several capacities including teacher, assistant principal and principal. Most recently, she served as principal at Mason Creek Elementary for 10 years where they earned national and international STEM certification through Cognia. Her favorite author is Kim Eldredge author of “The Sky is the Limit”, a former col-league and friend in the Douglas County School System! 


Appointing Agency: Douglas County BOE 

Term 1 Appointment Date: 6/18/2019 

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Current Term Expiration Date: 6/30/2022