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Homewood Library Foundation

Mission Statement
The Homewood Library Foundation serves to enrich the Homewood Public Library as a cultural center of the community by raising private funds to supplement public funding for facilities, services, projects, collections and technology.

Sponsorship Levels

$50 - 249 - Book LoversFoundation Logo
$250 - 499 - Book Enthusiasts
$500 - 999 - Atticus Circle
$1000 - 3999 - Guttenberg Society
$4000 - 9999 - Philanthropics
$10,000 + - First Edition Society

Homewood Library Foundation Board of Directors

Valerie S. Gordon

Valerie S. Gordon recently retired from UAB's Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, where she was chair of Library Communications and Marketing for UAB Libraries. Valerie grew up in Homewood and her mother, Barbara St. Pierre, was a long-time volunteer and then employee of Homewood Library in the 1980s and early 90s. Valerie and her husband Geoff raised two children in Homewood and are very grateful for the many ways that the Homewood Library has enriched their lives.   

Brandy Herschbach

CEO at Moxy, a talent and creative agency in Birmingham.

Fran Jones

Fran Jones has been a Homewood resident for fourteen years and has raised three children in the community. Ms. Jones is a former secondary school teacher and was instrumental in the development of the Homewood Library Foundation.

John Krontiras

John Krontiras is a long-time resident of Homewood as well as a long-time business owner in the community. He owns and operates Nabeel’s Mediterranean Cafe and Market. He is a member of the Homewood Rotary and has served on several boards. He currently serves on the Library Board of Trustees for Homewood Library.

Julie Mizerany, President

Julie Mizerany relocated from Peoria, IL to Birmingham 11 years ago.  She has an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and a Masters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Mrs. Mizerany was a Financial Advisor for over 12 years, but is currently working part-time from home.  Mrs. Mizerany is very active at her children's elementary school (Shades Cahaba), a member of the Service Guild of Birmingham, on the Administration Board of Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood and has served on multiple other boards over the years .

Roy Morton

Owner of Architectural Heritage in Birmingham.

Julee Potter

Julee Potter is a native of Anniston AL, graduate of Georgia Tech, and has lived in Homewood since 1992.  She is an architect and has worked with Davis Architects in Birmingham for over 20 years.  With the firm, she has been involved with projects around the Southeast, but closer to home she has thoroughly enjoyed working on many projects at Samford University, the new Homewood Recreation Center, and especially Homewood Public Library when it was renovated in the late 1990's. Ms. Potter has two teenage boys and is super appreciative of the amazing education provided at all of our Homewood City Schools.  She loves seeing our community services thrive and enjoys playing an active role in keeping Homewood a great place to live!

Debbie Roberson, Treasurer

Debbie Roberson has been in the banking industry for over 30 years, primarily as a manager and consumer/business lender. She is currently the Banking Center Manager of the Homewood Iberia Bank. Mrs. Roberson is active in the Homewood Rotary, the Homewood Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Homewood BNI Peak Referral Group. She is a member of Church of the Highlands and enjoys opportunities to serve the community.

Joe C. Sanders, Jr.

Joe C. Sanders, Jr., is a native of Greenville, Alabama, and a graduate of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He is the President of Master Image, Inc., in Homewood, Alabama, a business specializing in graphic art, direct mail services and printing. Mr. Sanders serves on the Board of Directors of the  Birmingham-Jefferson County Civic Center Authority, is a committee chairman for the Mountain Brook High School PTO, and is a member of the Homewood and Mountain Brook Chambers of Commerce. He has served as a Commissioner of the Alabama Rail Commission on the Southern Rapid Rail Transit Commission. Mr. Sanders and his wife have two children.

Jennifer Schmidt

Jennifer Schmidt earned a Bachelor's degree from Auburn University and a law degree from the University of Georgia before starting an internet business, BirminghamMenus, which is now Instagift, with her husband, Nate.  Ms. Schmidt and her husband have three sons and attend All Saint's Episcopal Church in Homewood. She is actively involved with the Family Promise ministry.

Melissa Schultz-Jones

Melissa Shultz-Jones is an illustrator. She primarily illustrates literature for children, but you can find her work around Birmingham, such as at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and in or on the cover of Birmingham Parent Magazine, or even at local art events. She is active in her community; leading workshops and teaching lessons. She lives in Avondale, with her sweet little family. 

Leah Smith

Leah Smith is a teacher at All Saint’s Preschool. Originally from Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Mrs. Smith moved to Homewood after graduating from Auburn University. She and her husband have three sons attend Trinity United Methodist Church. In her free time Mrs. Smith takes long walks, watches her sons play sports, reads, and travels.

Elizabeth Vander Kamp

Elizabeth Vander Kamp grew up in Homewood and earned her BS in psychology from Spring Hill College. Moving up north, she wrote, acted, and toured her one woman show, The Babe's Back, about the world's greatest athlete - Babe Didrikson Zaharias. 20 years later, in 2003, she moved back to Homewood with her husband, Phi, and soon thereafter they had two daughters. Mrs. Vander Kamp is currently an Artist in Residence with UAB's Institute for Arts in Medicine telling stories, teaching Zentangles, and facilitating movement.  Her company, Summer red designs, celebrates the beauty of language through storytelling, calligraphy, and movement.

Phil Vander Kamp

Phil Vander Kamp is a resident of Homewood with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two daughters. Phil is a 6th grade social studies teacher at Pizitz Middle School in Vestavia Hills. Even though he is a Yankee from Michigan, he is enjoying the sunny south. Phil strongly believes education is the best way to make positive change in our society and the library contributes to an informed, educated, and responsible citizenry.

Lois Woodward

Lois Woodward is a Homewood resident and has previously served two terms on the Library Board of Trustees. She is a practicing attorney and was instrumental in developing the By-Laws for the Homewood Library Foundation.

Rhetta Wright

Rhetta Wright graduated from Auburn and did social work in Birmingham at the beginning of the civil rights movement. She has lived in Homewood since 1961 and has been a card-carrying member of Homewood Library since 1962. Currently she is in four book clubs and is a docent at the Birmingham Museum, where she gives tours to children and adults concerning their wonderful collection.

Dr. Paul Doran, Library Board of Trustees Liaison

Dr. Paul Doran is currently the President of the Library Board of Trustees and serves as the Library Board Liaison for the Foundation. He has served on numerous Foundation Boards over the years and was the driving force behind the development of the Homewood Library Foundation.

Ms. Deborah Fout, Executive Director

Deborah Fout is the Director of the Homewood Public Library and the Executive Director of the Homewood Library Foundation. She has worked at Homewood Public Library for over 31 years and became Director in 2009. Ms. Fout has been serving as the President of the Jefferson County Library Association's Executive Board since 2015. She also serves on the Board of the Homewood Rotary.