Board of Trustees

Board Officers

  • Dean E. DePiero

    President

    Mr. DePiero has served as Of Counsel for McDonald Hopkins since 2005 and is currently the Law Director for the City of Aurora and Assistant Law Director/Prosecutor for Broadview Heights. Mr. DePiero had also served as the Mayor of Parma and as an Ohio State Representative. He was appointed by the Cuyahoga County Executive with confirmation by the Cuyahoga County Council; his term expires in January 2024.

  • Allyn A. Davies

    Vice President

    Ms. Davies is the Co-Owner of The Merrymeeting Group. She also serves on the Cuyahoga County Library Foundation Board and Cleveland Central Catholic High School Advisory Board. She was appointed by the Cuyahoga County Executive with confirmation by the Cuyahoga County Council. Her term expires in March 2029.

  • Maria L. Spangler

    Secretary

    Ms. Spangler is the Community Engagement Manager for The Sherwin-Williams Company. She was appointed by the Court of Common Pleas. Her term expires October 2024.

Board Members

  • Edward H. Blakemore

    Board Member

    Mr. Blakemore is Assistant General Counsel at Rockwell Automation where he has primary responsibility for product liability, commercial and toxic tort litigation filed against the Fortune 500 company. He was appointed for a seven-year term by the Cuyahoga County Executive with confirmation by Cuyahoga County Council. His term expires December 2026.

  • William J. Leonard

    Board Member

    Mr. Leonard is Executive Vice President of Oswald Companies. He serves on the board of St. Edward High School. Mr. Leonard has formerly served on the Boards of the Children Aid Society and NOACA. He was re-appointed for a seven-year term by the Court of Common Pleas. His term expires November 2028.

  • Patricia A. Shlonsky

    Board Member

    Ms. Shlonsky is Partner-In-Charge of Ulmer & Berne LLP's Cleveland office and chairs the firm's Employee Benefits and Tax Practice Groups. She was appointed for a seven-year term by the Cuyahoga County Executive with confirmation by Cuyahoga County Council. Her term expires January 2027.

  • Amira K. Thomas

    Board Member

    Amira Thomas is the Executive Director of the OAK Nonprofit organization. She graduated from Cleveland State University where she received her bachelor's degree in psychology and a masters's degree in education. Ms. Thomas was appointed by the Cuyahoga Municipal Courts. Her term expires October 2025.

Board Meetings

Cuyahoga County Public Library’s (CCPL) Board of Trustees meets eleven times a year, typically on the fourth Tuesday of each month. All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at:

Cuyahoga County Public Library
Administrative Offices Auditorium
2111 Snow Road
Parma, Ohio 44134

Board meeting reports are available online following each meeting. Board meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change. If you are planning to attend a meeting, it is suggested that you call 216.398.1800 in advance to verify the meeting date, time and location.

2022 Board of Trustees Meetings

CCPL’s Board of Trustees welcomes public input in its deliberations and recognizes both the importance of public comment on issues before the Board and of members of the community expressing their views on matters of interest to CCPL.

Public participation is governed by the CCPL's Public Participation at Board Meetings Policy.

CCPL Chief Operations Officer Scott Morgan is the Board's Fiscal Officer and Finance Director Robert Dolan is Deputy Fiscal Officer.

Board Committee Meetings

Board Committee meetings take place throughout the year and are open to the public. Board Committee meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change. If you are planning to attend a meeting, it is suggested that you call 216.398.1800 in advance to verify the meeting date, time and location.

2022 Finance Committee Meetings

  • January 25 / 4:00 PM
  • March 22 / 4:00 PM
  • May 24 / 4:00 PM
  • July 26 / 4:00 PM
  • September 27 / 4:00 PM
  • November 15 / 4:00 PM

2022 Capital Committee Meetings

The Capital Committee meets in the Administration Building Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. There are currently no Capital Committee Meetings scheduled in 2022.

2022 Policy, Planning & External Relations Committee Meetings

The Policy, Planning & External Relations Committee meets in the Library Administration Building Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.

  • February 22 / 5:00 PM
  • April 26 / 5:00 PM
  • June 28 / 5:00 PM
  • October 25 / 5:00 PM
  • December 13 / 3:00 PM

2022 Records Commission Meetings

Records Commission meetings are held in the Administration Building Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.

  • November 15 / 4:45 PM