Board of Trustees

  • Chairperson: Audrey Orr

    Ms. Orr is a retired financial industry leader. Prior to her retirement she served as Vice President of Member Services for Sussex County Federal Credit Union where she was responsible for personnel and the overall performance of a $200 million branch network consisting of four offices in Sussex County, DE. Ms. Orr’s professional experience has resulted in her expertise in the following areas: business development; branch operations and customer service; consumer lending; financial analysis; bank compliance regulations; procedure development; internal controls; and audit management. Since leaving full time employment, Ms. Orr has expanded her involvement with the community. She was selected as Rotarian of the Year by her Rotary Club. She is also a member of the Friends of Wicomico Public Libraries Steering Committee. She served as co-chair for the 2020 Light of Literacy Awards. In her submission to the Board of Trustees’ Nominating Committee, Ms. Orr highlighted her lifelong use and support of public libraries when explaining her desire to be on the Library’s Board. Ms. Orr also highlighted the positive impact a vibrant public library has on the surrounding community’s property values. Ms. Orr cited the need to identify and build partnerships as an avenue to build support for the Library.

  • Vice Chairperson: Charles "Chip" Dashiell, Esq.

    Charles R. “Chip” Dashiell, Jr. holds 45 years of law experience, in addition to his private and public sector education advocacy experience. Currently, he is Vice President of the Maryland State Board of Education, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, having served as chair of that board from 1999-2012, and serves as a member of the Wicomico County Education Foundation. He is also a former vice-chair of the Board of Governors of Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. Mr. Dashiell and his wife, Ruby, a retired school psychologist with the Wicomico County Board of Education, are lifelong residents of Wicomico County. He is an active member of his community, serving as a director and treasurer of First Shore Federal Savings and Loan Association, and as chair of the Salisbury Wicomico County Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. Dashiell earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor Degrees from Wake Forest University, and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wesley College. He is a recipient of the Rotary Four Way Test Award, the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Award, and the Boy Scout Distinguished Citizen Award.

  • Treasurer: Karen Treber, Esq.

    Karen Treber joined Salisbury University as its General Counsel in March 2017. She serves on the President’s Executive Staff and provides legal and strategic advice to the president and senior administrators. Ms. Treber previously served as General Counsel at Frostburg State University from 1997-2017, and as University Counsel at University of Maryland University College from 1996-1997. Prior to her work in higher education, Ms. Treber was in-house counsel at several corporations in the Washington, DC area where she practiced corporate and securities law. Karen has taught as an adjunct professor of higher education law at the graduate and post-graduate levels. Ms. Treber is the recipient of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Award for Extraordinary Public Service to the University and the Greater Community. She holds a B.A. degree from Bryn Mawr College and a J.D. from George Washington University. She is a member of the bars of Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. Before moving to Salisbury in 2017, Ms. Treber served the community of Frostburg for many years on numerous non-profit boards and community organizations, including the Allegany Law Foundation, Allegany County Habitat for Humanity, the Foundation for Frostburg, and Frostburg Soroptimist International. She was an elected member of the Allegany County school board from 2006-2010. Ms. Treber is a long time member of the executive committee of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, located in Washington, D.C. and currently serves as its treasurer. As chair of her local AFS-USA chapter, an international student exchange program, Ms. Treber was instrumental in bringing hundreds of students to her area; and she and her family have hosted six international students who each spent a year at their home in Frostburg. Her dedication to the AFS program stems from her strong belief in the benefits that rural communities and local students experience through international and cultural exchange. Her favorite pastimes include playing the viola with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and studying Portuguese with her teacher in Lisbon.

  • Secretary : George Demko Ph. D

    George Demko came to Salisbury over 35 years ago, accepting a position as Director of the Microbiology Laboratory at Peninsula General Hospital and adjunct instructor of Medical Technology at Salisbury State College.   He retired from the hospital in 2000 and returned to college to pursue a master’s degree in TESOL (teaching English to  speakers of other language).   After achieving certification as an ESOL teacher, he taught for 4 years in Maryland public schools, first in Cecil County and later in Wicomico County.  Since leaving the public schools, he has continued to mentor several of his former ESOL students and teaches English on a part-time basis to adult ESOL students.  He is also active in his church, St. Albans, where is currently serving as Senior Warden.  He has always loved the library and considers it essential to the health of our community.

  • Michele Canopii, Ph.D.

    Wicomico County native, Michele J. Canopii currently serves as the program manager of the Catholic Charities Seton Center where she leads Eastern Shore Social Services programs for the region. With more than two decades of public sector human service management experience, she has worked on behalf of Maryland residents facing challenges for the Wicomico County and Baltimore City Departments of Social Services. Educated on the shore, she earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Master of Education and Political Science Bachelor degrees while attending Salisbury University. She is actively involved in the community and previously served on the Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Board and Tri-County Boy Scouts of America District Committee. Armed with a passion for helping others achieve their goals, Dr. Canopii is committed to ensuring all have access and opportunity to our most valuable learning environment, an essential tool to economic growth.

  • Richard Keenan, Ph.D

    Richard Keenan has a PhD degree in English and American Literature from Temple University, and a  Master’s Degree in Education from St. Joseph’ s University in Philadelphia.  He is Professor Emeritus in English at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he served as chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages.  He is a former associate editor of Literature Film Quarterly, and the author of a book of critical analysis on the career of film producer and director Robert Wise.  Currently, he is a volunteer working with the library ESL program, and a member of the St. Francis de Sales school board.

  • H. Scott Duncan Ph. D.

    H. Scott Duncan has a PhD., anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles and a BA in economics from Dickinson College.  He has been the Country Director for the United States Peace Corps, Director of Development for the American Friends Service Committee and is currently retired and serving on the library board as well as volunteering in the Technical Services Department.  He also volunteers his time with the Salisbury Choral Advisory Board and as a classical music program announcer on WSCL.

  • Maida Finch, Ph.D

    A member of the Salisbury University Faculty, Dr. Finch comes to the Eastern Shore from the Denver, Colorado area where she was a Literacy Coach and Literacy Specialist as well as a Special Education Teacher. Dr. Finch has numerous academic and research publications and has served on several university level committees, is involved in the Shore of Maryland Education Consortium as well as several professional organizations. Dr. Finch holds a Masters in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University.

  • Michele Schlehofer, PhD

    Dr. Michele Schlehofer is a Professor of Psychology at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. She earned her PhD in Applied Social Psychology in 2007 from Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California. She received a 2017 Board of Regents Award in Public Service for several initiatives conducted in Wicomico County and the Lower Shore area. This included conducting a pro-bono community-based needs assessment of county-wide resources for families and children for the Wicomico Partnership for Families and Children. Since 2012, Dr. Schlehofer have been involved in advocacy efforts by, with, and for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning) people. She serves as Executive Director of Salisbury’s PFLAG Chapter (which she founded in 2015), and co-chairs the public policy committee for Division 44: the Division for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of the American Psychological Association. She was recognized by the Salisbury University faculty with a 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award.

  • Brian Bergen-Aurand

    Brian Bergen-Aurand is the Director of the Center for Instructional Technology and Online Learning and a Lecturer in the Digital Media Studies Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He has taught comparative literature, screen studies, and disability studies at various universities around the world for more than thirty years. In his current position, Brian focuses on issues of flexibility, equity, accessibility, privacy, and safety in digital teaching and learning and information sciences. He has traveled extensively and worked with institutions of higher learning and library organizations in Singapore, Berlin, Chicago, and Istanbul. He completed a PhD in comparative literature with a specialty in film and ethics at the University of Maryland College Park, a Master's Degree in literature at Salisbury University, and a Bachelor's Degree in English and history at Purdue University. He has written and edited more than 100 articles and three books in these fields. Brian has worked as a library liaison in Europe, West Asia, South East Asia, and across North America, including most recently in Seattle, Washington. In this capacity, his focus has been on collection development, circulation expansion, and mentoring projects—especially reading, math, and chess programs. While most often concentrating on expanding access to films and other audio-visual resources, he has also seen the library as an open and necessary part of the larger campus or neighborhood community. This concern for the vitality of libraries has led him to examine even further how such institutions serve their disabled communities to their fullest extent. Returning to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2020, Brian has begun working on digital accessibility with regard to library resources on his campus and hopes to continue to emphasize equity and outreach development as a Trustee of the Wicomico County Libraries.

  • Farah Yahya

    Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Farah Yahya came to America in 1990 after obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Saint Joseph College. She worked as a Project Supervisor for Lynch Homes in Willow Grove, PA, managing group homes for those with physical and mental disabilities. Farah and her family moved to Salisbury, MD in 2001, where she was able to represent the Muslim community at town hall meetings, Q&As and panel discussions, and work with interfaith environmental groups. Farah has also volunteered for Salisbury City events such as Salisbury Marathon and Salisbury Folk Festival. She has maintained steady support and work for local city shelters and held positions on numerous advisory boards and planning committees.