Clayton County Library Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees consists of 10 members appointed by the Clayton County Commissioners. The Library Board is a legal entity that has the authority to make policy and govern the affairs of the Library.

What the Library Board does:

  • sets policy for the Library
  • defines the purpose and direction of the Library
  • demonstrates accountability to the community
  • advocates on behalf of the Library to ensure acquisition, development, and sustainability of resources and services

Board Meetings


January 8, 2019 Battle Creek Library Headquarters Regular
February 12, 2019 Battle Creek Library Headquarters Special Call
March 13, 2019 Battle Creek Library Headquarters Special Call
April 9, 2019 Battle Creek Library Headquarters Regular
May 14, 2019 Battle Creek Library Headquarters Special Call
June 11, 2019 Battle Creek Library Headquarters Special Call
July 9, 2019 Battle Creek Library Headquarters Regular
August 13, 2019 Battle Creek Library Headquarters Special Call
September 10, 2019 Battle Creek Library Headquarters Special Call
October 8, 2019 Battle Creek Library Headquarters Regular






To confirm the date, time, and location of a particular meeting, please contact the Headquarters Library at 770-473-3850.

All board meetings are open to the public.


CCLS Board Members (June 2018)

  • Deetra Poindexter, Chair
  • Shavawn P. Simmons, Vice-Chair
  • Brenda Harrison, Treasurer
  • Slone Williams, Library Board of Trustees Member
  • Courtney McFarlane, Library Board of Trustees Member
  • Emmett L. McCord, Jr., Library Board of Trustees Member
  • Stuart Lange, Library Board of Trustees Member
  • Yasmeen R. Nyjah, Library Board of Trustees Member
  • Alma Gosier-Brown, Library Board of Trustees Member
  • Lillie K. Golden, Library Board of Trustees Member

About the Board

Deetra Poindexter, Chair

Ms. Poindexter has been a resident of Clayton County since 1998. Joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1989 as an accountants. From there she studied Early Childhood Education which lead her the opportunity to open her own family daycare center “My Second Home”, from there she taught at Clark Atlanta Head Start for several years. She retired from the Internal Revenue Service after 13 years of services. Currently she is the president of a nonprofit organization, The National Hook Up of Black Women Atlanta Metro Chapter, formally established in 1974. NHBW Atlanta Metro improve the lives of women and families by supporting the domestic violence shelters and safe house, homeless daycare center, homeless shelters and local school system. Some of the problems we address: sex trafficking, bullying, self-esteem, peer pressure, and other problems of the youth. The organization provides yearly scholarship to local schools.




Shavawn Simmons, Vice-Chair

A native Floridian, Ms. Simmons began her career in education with Broward County Public School system. She fulfilled a variety of roles as an educator–including middle school Language Arts instructor, Communications and Broadcast Arts Magnet Coordinator, and Assistant Principal/grant writer for Workforce and Career Development. Mrs. Simmons continued her education career after moving to Clayton County in 2005. She joined the English faculty at Mundy’s Mill High School.  Always developing her skill set, Mrs. Simmons earned her Reading Endorsement through Clayton County Public Schools’ endorsement program.   Not one to slow down, Simmons’ post-retirement activities include a Strategic Planning Consultancy for Literacy Consult, Inc and Director for Family Literacy of Georgia, Inc.  She is honored to serve her adopted Clayton county.





Brenda Harrison, Treasurer








Slone Williams, Member

Williams has a MBA in International Business from Clayton State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Mass Communications and Media Arts. Williams’ expertise centers on video production, mass communications, government relations, digital marketing and web design. Williams prides herself with having a great work/life balance where she spends time with her family, travel, volunteer, landscape, interior/exterior design and often enjoys creative writing.





Courtney MacFarlane, Member








Emmet L. McCord, Jr., Member

Mr. McCord has over 30 years of sales experience and great relationships with businesses and organizations with the Metropolitan Atlanta area.  He has been recognized for his many years of community service and volunteerism from the City of Atlanta, Fulton County Commission, the Butler Street YMCA and many more.  He has been a primary account manager for several projects including the closed-circuit television camera installation for MARTA, a special project for the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Morehouse College, and the Georgia International Convention center, among others.







Alma Gosier-Brown, Member

Mrs. Brown is a retired Librarian with 35 years of service with the Miami-Dade Public Library System, receiving her M.A., degree in Library and Information Science, from the USF Tampa, FL, and B.S degree from the Barry University, Miami, FL. Mrs. Brown has served on various leadership and policy making committees, forecasted and developed operating budget, orchestrated the acquisitions of the African American Fisk University collection.  She is a widow and the mother of lovely twin daughters






Lillie K. Golden, Member

Mrs. Golden is a graduate of Georgia State University.  She is experienced with volunteer coordination and training.  She worked as a contractor for AT&T, a billing analyst for CI2 and was a contractor for the FAA for FEMA.  She is a wife, mother of three and a grandmother of four.




Yaasmeen R. Nyjah, Member

Mrs. Nyjah has seven years of experience working with the New Rochelle Public Library System. Mrs. Nyjah has many years of experience in helping improve community relations with constituents.  Mrs. Nyjah majored in Communications and Public Relations at The College of New Rochelle. Which lead her to having a Radio talk show that focused on people and organizations that help make positive changes within the community.






Stuart Lange, Member

Mr. Lange born and grew up in the Chicago area. He’s been married (to the same woman) since 1970 and we have two adult children. He spent 5 years on active duty in the Air Force and another 24 years in the Air National Guard and USAF Reserve. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College and two Master’s degrees from Georgia State. Besides his military service, I’ve worked for the State of Georgia, Home Depot, and Lowe’s. I’m retired from full time employment but I do occasional work as a mediator.