Board of Library Trustees

The Southern Maryland Regional Library Association (SMRLA) is governed by a board of trustees. The board consists of three members representing each Southern Maryland county. Members are drawn from the boards of trustees for Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s libraries, as well as community members. Each county library may nominate two members of its respective board. The third individual may be a member of the county’s board or may be a citizen of that county. Trustees serve a three-year term and officers are elected annually to serve a one-year term.  You may contact the board of trustees via email (

Board Meetings

The SMRLA board meets the second Tuesday of every other month at 5 p.m. Meetings are currently held virtually via Zoom. Meeting notices, including the agenda and Zoom log-in information, are posted below:

Board Meeting Start: September 13, 2022 at 5:45 PM

Zoom Meeting ID:   944 6980 6695
Passcode:   075242

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Agenda for Board Meeting on September 13, 2022 at 5:45 P.M.

Call to Order

Approval of Minutes

CEO’s Report

FY 2022 Budget Transfers

Unfinished Business

  • Regional Library Statute Implementation
    • SMRLA Bylaws Revision
    • New Board Member Recruitment Process
    • SMRLA Board Job Description

New Business

  • FY 2023 Budget Adjustment
  • SMRLA Staff Day 10/28/2022
  • Law Enforcement Surveillance Footage Request Policy
  • Contract Attorney Retainer Agreement
  • Financial Advisor Contract
  • EDI Consultant Contract
  • Notice of RFPs: salary study and delivery study
  • Board Retreat
  • Agenda Building

Closed Session

  • 3-305(b) “To discuss the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom this public body has jurisdiction; any other personnel matter that affects one or more specific individuals”

Download a PDF of the agenda here.

Meeting Minutes

Historical Meeting Minutes available upon request.

Board Members

Ronald Crupi (2019-2022) is SMRLA’s Board President and a member of the Calvert Library Board of Library Trustees.

Martha Grahame (2020-2023) is SMRLA’s Treasurer and a member of the Calvert Library Board of Library Trustees.

Suzanne Darby (2022-2025) is a member of the Charles County Public Library Board of Trustees.

Beth Roth (2020-2023) is a community representative for St. Mary’s County. She is a retired librarian and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, a master’s of library science from University of Iowa, and a PhD from George Mason University. Roth is a member of the Patuxent Presbyterian Church, the Democratic Women of St. Mary’s County, and the Head Start Policy Council for St. Mary’s County Public Schools.

Tom Russell (2022-2025) is a member of the St. Mary’s County Library Board of Trustees.

Terese D. Wells (2021-2024) is a community representative for Calvert County. She earned a bachelor’s degree in library science from Millersville University. She is an active church volunteer and a director on the Calvert County Fair Board, and has served on various committees for Calvert County Public Schools.

Pat Vaira (2022-2024) is a member of the Charles County Public Library Board of Trustees. Now retired, she was formerly a school psychologist and Director of Student Services for Charles County Public Schools. Vaira holds a BS degree from Towson State College and an MA and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She volunteers with the Mattawoman Creek Art Center and with her neighborhood homeowners association.