New Harford library trustees, foundation board members named

  • Elizabeth S. Hendrix
Elizabeth S. Hendrix (send in photo, Patuxent…)
July 12, 2011|By Aegis Staff Report

Three new members have been appointed to the Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees and to the Harford County Public Library Foundation.

Alex M. Allman, Bruce M. Smith and student representative Cara Reilly were appointed to the trustees board by Harford County Executive David Craig and confirmed unanimously by the Harford County Council at the June 7 meeting, Library Director Mary Hastler said.

"We are fortunate to have these new members join our board of trustees," Hastler said in a news release announcing the appointments. "I know this group of passionate community leaders will be integral to our mission and commitment to serving Harford County."

Representing the Bel Air area, Allman is a lawyer and partner with Offit Kurman P.A. with a practice involving commercial litigation, real property, title insurance, title disputes, foreclosure proceedings and construction litigation. He is a member of the Maryland and federal bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and serves as an adjunct law professor at University of Baltimore. Allman and his family are long-time users of Harford County Public Library and active members of the Bel Air community.

Representing the Joppa/Edgewood area, Smith is an assistant state's attorney for Harford County. He received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1999 and is a member of the Maryland State Bar, U.S. District Court of Maryland and a member of the National District Attorney's Association. Smith and his family have lived in Harford County for 10 years, frequenting the library and its many programs. Smith has coached the Bel Air boys lacrosse team since 2003.

Cara Reilly, is a student at John Carroll School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She is the copyeditor for the award-winning school newspaper and volunteers as a tutor for elementary age children.

Timothy J. Capurso, Pamela J. Ruff and Elizabeth S. Hendrix have been named to the non-profit foundation's board of directors.

Capurso is a 10-year resident of Harford County and is a partner in the litigation division of the law firm of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander LLC in Baltimore. He has extensive experience litigating cases in the Maryland district courts as well as the circuit and appellate courts of Maryland, including cases of medical malpractice, product liability and serious auto accidents. Capurso is a member of the Maryland Association for Justice, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the American Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association.

Ruff has served as executive director of the Maryland Economic Development Association since 2002, a statewide membership organization of more than 500 public and private sector members. Ruff is also the president of Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, vice president of the Homeowner's Association of Wexford, a director of the Havre de Grace Economic Development Advisory Board and a former director of Winds of Leadership, a Harford Leadership Academy effort. She also represents Harford County on the Maryland Board of Maryland Life magazine and is a member of the Leadership Maryland.

Hendrix is the director for the department of community services for Harford County, working with agencies within and outside of government on community issues including programs for at-risk youth, affordable housing, homeless issues, and projects serving the disabled and elderly. Hendrix has long been committed to the library, serving as an officer for the Bel Air Friends of HCPL from 2005 to 2008 and working to implement the Partners in Reading literacy mentoring program that pairs Harford County Public Schools with the library. Hendrix is involved with several local boards, associations and leadership groups, including the United Way of Central Maryland Community Partnership Board, the Susquehanna Professional Association of Non-Profits, the National Grants Managements Association, the Transportation Association of Maryland, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Bel Air Downtown Alliance's Economic Restructuring Committee.

"The Harford County Public Library Foundation enthusiastically welcomes Timothy Capurso, Pamela Ruff and Elizabeth Hendrix to the Foundation Board. Each new member is a recognized leader in the community and brings a unique skill set that will complement our current board and its endeavors," Foundation Director Amber C. Shrodes said in the news release.

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