A native of West Virginia, Michael Garman has lived in Maryland since 2002. In 2003, while serving at Fort Meade, Michael and his family moved to Easton. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2008 with 21 years of service as a Russian and Pashto linguist. Michael currently works as a program manager and principal training specialist for the KEYW Corporation in Hanover, MD. He has a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Management from Regent University.
Michael and his wife Melissa have been married for 13 years and each has one son from a previous marriage, as well as one grandson.
Board Vice President
Sandy Kleppinger studied Elementary Education and earned a Masters in Education from Salisbury State College. She taught in Caroline County for 8 years, worked as an education consultant and manager of education products and curriculum development. She later worked in technology design and development for the military and is a business owner.
Sandy and her husband graduated from Easton High. They have two sons who attended and graduated from Saint Michaels Middle/High.
Otis Sampson has been active in the community with youth outreach since his time with the Boy Scouts. He has been active in the Kiwanis Club, the Westside and East End neighborhood associations, Talbot County Park Board, Habitat for Humanity, the Talbot County branch of the NAACP, Talbot County Commission on Aging, and CASA of Talbot County, among others. He is currently acting President of the Talbot County NAACP.
He and is wife Deborah live in Easton. They have four children and four grandchildren, all of which attended Talbot County Public Schools.
Juanita Hopkins is a Talbot County native and Easton High School graduate. Her son graduated from Easton High School in 2006.
She has been president of the Easton High School Alumni Association, on the board of directors of the ACE Mentor program and a past president of the Easton High School Support Our Sports organization. She has been very active in the Maryland Association of Boards of Education.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught elementary physical education in Richmond, VA for several years. She then earned her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She has a limited, home-based law practice, and also works in Annapolis in the hospitality industry. She resides in Easton.
Susie Hayward, of Cordova, is a lifelong resident of Maryland and she works with Benson and Mangold Real Estate. Her interests include horseback riding, woodworking, reading and community volunteering. Hayward has seven grandchildren, one of whom attends Talbot County Public Schools.