Board of Trustees

About the Board of Trustees

A board of seven members or Trustees appointed by the Board of Education of the Euclid City School District governs the Euclid Public Library for a term of seven years. Trustees are critical to the Library's daily operations and are considered advocates for the Library and the Euclid community.

In addition to implementing policies for the Library, Trustees assist leadership in establishing a vision for the future and evaluating the effectiveness of the Library. As a member of the Board, Trustees oversee but are not limited to the appropriation and budgeting of funds; the establishment and maintenance of libraries and library services; the acquisition, improvement, maintenance, insurance, use, and disposition of properties; the hiring, compensation, and responsibilities of, and the personnel practices concerning librarians and other employees; the selection, collection, lending and disposition of books and other library materials; and the acceptance of gifts.

The policies administered by the Board remain in effect until updated or changed by further action of the Board and is administered by the library staff.

The Euclid Public Library Board of Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of the month for its Committee Meeting beginning at 6:00 PM, and the Regular Board Meeting will immediately follow.

Carmen Epps PictureCarmen Epps

​President, Board of Trustees

Carmen is no stranger to the Euclid Public Library, as she served as an EPL Foundation Trustee until her appointment to the Board. Epps is currently a Compliance Manager at the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and acts as the Vice President of the Euclid Hunger Center Board of Trustees. Epps has an extensive knowledge of federal, state and local compliance regulations, and banking and insurance industry expertise and experience.

August 31, 2023

Allen Hufford PictureAllen C. Hufford

Vice President, Board of Trustees

Allen currently resides in Euclid with his wife Nicole and son. He is a lawyer in the field of bankruptcy, divorce and criminal law at the Law Offices of Allen C. Hufford in Euclid. In his free time, Mr. Hufford enjoys gardening, practicing mock trials, cooking and reading. His favorite all-time book is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.

August 31, 2024

Janeen Copic PictureJaneen Copic

​Secretary, Board of Trustees

Janeen has lived in Euclid for almost 50 years and graduated from Euclid High School. She has worked at Progressive Insurance for the last 20 years. Hobbies include home remodeling, gardening, reading, baking, and spending time with family and friends. Favorite book since childhood is Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.

August 31, 2023

Jerry McPherson PictureJerry McPherson

Jerry has resided in Euclid for more than 40 years with wife, Denise and children Matthew and Megan. Jerry is retired but now works for his wife, a wedding planner, at McPherson Events and Design. He enjoys working on model boats, planes and trains during the winter and gardening in the summer. His favorite all-time book is Rascal by Sterling North. His favorite magazine is "Gardens Illustrated" from England.

August 31, 2025

Frank Barberio PictureFrank Barberio

Frank currently resides in Euclid with his wife Deborah. He works as a technical expert for the Social Security Administration. He enjoys ballroom dancing and playing handball. His favorite all-time book is Animal Farm by George Orwell.

August 31, 2026

Ray FordRay Ford

Ray resides in Euclid, where he is an English teacher at Euclid Middle School. Prior to his teaching career, he was a Young Adult Associate at the Euclid Public Library for six years. Ray is a music enthusiast and avid vinyl record collector, loves the movie theater experience, and loves everything associated with the Christmas holiday season. His favorite book is Native Son by Richard Wright.

August 31, 2029

Larry CielecLarry Cielec

Larry resides in Euclid, and worked for Bridgestone Firestone Tires prior to his retirement. He is an avid reader, and his daughter Elizabeth has been a Children's Associate at the Euclid Public Library since 2021. Since retirement, he has become a certified barbecue judge by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. He has also taken beer-serving and education courses through the Cicerone Organization, with the goal of one day getting a master certification. He is also slowly reading his way through the Great America Read List found at pbs.org/greatamericanread.

 August 31, 2027