The Board of Trustees will hold their Regular Monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 17th at 6:00 pm at the Library. For more information and to view the meeting online please click here

Library Info

Board of Trustees


The Library is governed by an eight-member board of trustees, elected by the residents of the Sag Harbor Union Free School District. Board candidates must be residents of the School District, 18 years of age or older, registered voters, and registered users of the library. Board members are elected for staggered three-year terms. If you are interested in joining the Board, please click here for a nominating petition in English or Spanish. Click here to learn more about the nominating and election process. The Board holds 12 monthly public meetings per year at 6:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Additional meetings are scheduled as required.

The next  Meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 6:00 pm This meeting will be held in person at the John Jermain Memorial Library. This meeting will be recorded and will be available to view virtually through Zoom. The Board packet including the agenda and supplemental material will be posted under Open Meetings Law.

Click here to Watch the April Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees (View only)

Click Here for April 17, 2024 Board Packet including agenda, minutes and supplemental information

March 20, 2024 DRAFT Minutes
March 20, 2024 Agenda
March 20, 2024 Regular Meeting Video (pending)
March 18, 2024 Special Meeting DRAFT Minutes
March 18, 2024 Special Meeting Agenda
February 28, 2024 Minutes
February 28, 2024 Agenda
February 28, 2024 Regular Meeting Video (pending)
January 17, 2024 Minutes
January 17, 2024 Agenda
January 17, 2024 Reorganization & Regular Meeting Video 

2023 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes, Agendas & Video
2022 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes, Agendas & Videos
2021 BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING MINUTES

Budget Overview 2024

Annual Statistical Report 2022

Board Members

President
Diane Deger
(Term expires 12/31/24)
Diane received her B.A. in Studio Art and Art History from Manhattanville College, and a M.A. in Art History from Hunter College. Before opening a seasonal art gallery on Main Street, Sag Harbor in 1985, she began her career as a corporate art consultant in New York City. She then took a position with a publisher of signed and numbered limited-edition graphics, and within a few years began publishing her own editions. While looking for a book in Bookhampton here on Main Street, she met her future husband Gregg, and moved permanently to Sag Harbor. As Director of Education at Guild Hall, she initiated new programs for children and adults in both fine arts and drama and organized the first Student Arts Festival. Diane served as an education advisor for CMEE and led workshops in bookmaking for children. In 2001, she was hired by the Perlman Music Program to create an arts and crafts curriculum for the young musicians participating in the Shelter Island summer program. Recently retired from her position as a teaching assistant in the Sag Harbor Elementary School, she spent many years, in its wonderful library, helping readers of all levels find that just right book!

Vice President
Michael Garabedian
(Term expires 12/31/25)
Michael received his Bachelor of Arts degree at New York University, with a double major in English Literature and Classical Civilizations, and received his Juris Doctor from Union University, Albany Law School. He is a partner in the law firm of Egan & Golden, LLP, and is actively involved in the litigating civil cases in federal and state court. In addition to practicing law, Michael is the President of the Board of Directors of Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc., a Hague Convention accredited, not-for-profit international adoption provider dedicated to orphan relief and adoptive placement of children with families in the U.S. and abroad. He is also a member of Board of Directors of the volunteer medical organization, Operation International, Ltd. As former President of the Board of Trustees and two-term board member for the John Jermain Memorial Library, he was actively involved in the renovation of the historic, main building as well as the construction of a new addition, which opened in 2016.

Treasurer
Elliott Sroka
(Term expires 12/31/25)
Following BFA and MFA studies at Carnegie-Mellon University, Elliott earned his Ph.D. in Drama and Humanities at Stanford. He taught acting, directing, and playwriting at San Francisco State University before coming to New York to develop arts programming at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
In 1986, Elliott was named Executive Director of Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the LIU Post campus. During his 29-year tenure, Tilles Center was Long Island’s leading presenter of classical and popular music, dance, touring Broadway shows, family programming, and school performances. Since retirement in 2015, Elliott and his wife Karen have made Sag Harbor their year-round home. 

sECRETARY
Lisa Frisicano
(Term expires 12/31/26)
Lisa grew up in East Meadow and attended Hobart and William Smith College, earning a BS in Biology while playing on and co-captaining the National Championship-winning women’s soccer team. Lisa graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University and worked in a large family practice in Brooklyn prior to opening a clinic in Southampton with her husband Brian Di Russa. Lisa has volunteered to coach soccer to children in the East End community, including her own kids, Islanell and Nicky and acted as the In-House Coordinator and Treasurer for the Sag Harbor Youth Soccer League. Most recently, Lisa works part-time at the beautiful Sag Harbor Florist, volunteers at St. Andrews RC Church to provide weekly floral decor for the altars, and grows and sells thousands of tulips and hundreds of dahlias depending upon the season. her interests include dahlia breeding, knitting, reading, baking sourdough bread, walking at Long Beach, planning travel adventures with family and friends, and cheering on her favorite football club Liverpool FC.

Dan Glass
(Term expires 12/31/24)
Dan Glass grew up in a small town in upstate New York. As a young child, he traveled extensively, visiting such far-flung locales as Narnia, Xanth and even outer space. Eventually, he settled down in Sag Harbor, got married and started a family.  He continues to travel and looks for many more adventures on the way.

Ann Sutphen
(Term expires 12/31/24)
Ann grew up in New York City, spending her summers in Sag Harbor. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a BA in Political Science and Yale University with an MS in Nurse-Midwifery. She moved to Seattle, where she met and married her husband David Rhoades, a civil engineer. While in the Seattle area, Ann worked as a midwife and then as a volunteer coordinator managing over a thousand volunteers for an annual four-day arts festival. She and her husband took two years and sailed the West coast of the United States and Mexico. On returning to Seattle they had their daughter while living on their sailboat. In 2010 the family embarked on a three-year cruise from Seattle to Sag Harbor, sailing in Mexico and Central America, transiting the Panama Canal and working their way North through the Chesapeake. They now live in Ann’s family home, as the sixth and seventh generation to live in this house. Ann works with her husband in his engineering firm TF Engineering.

Robyn Obler
(Term expires 12/31/25)
Robyn Obler grew up in Brooklyn and received her BA from Brooklyn College in anthropology. In between college and graduate school, she pursued a career in dance and performed in various theaters and studios in NYC. She received an M.A. in anthropology from CUNY Graduate School and taught at several of the colleges in the CUNY system as well as the United Nations School. Thirty years ago, Robyn and her family moved to Sag Harbor where her children attended the local schools and she served as Vice President for the PTA. She taught several courses at Southampton College, worked at a local bookstore and taught Pilates in a local Sag Harbor studio. More recently Robyn worked as a researcher for several Native American groups, traversing the country numerous times to do research at various archives, universities, libraries, government and religious organizations. The data collected was used by Robyn and her associate to write reports for the Native tribes to address issues of tribal identity and recognition, membership and historical connections to specific pieces of land. Robyn and her family have had close ties with the John Jermain Library over the years. Robyn has been in an ongoing book club for six or seven years and her daughter worked at the library before leaving for graduate school in library science. Currently, Robyn is a volunteer at the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry and is working with the Hamptons Documentary Film Festival.

Megan Curren Schmidt
(Term expires 12/31/26)
Megan Curren Schmidt is a graduate of The Bronx High School of Science and of Trinity College (Hartford, CT) where she earned a B.A. in Art History and a Minor in Maritime Studies through Williams College-Mystic Seaport. Beginning her career in New York City, Megan quickly rose through the ranks of the art and advertising departments at Penguin Putnam, moving on to land as a Managing Publishing Associate for Simon & Schuster at age 26.
After marrying her husband Marc in his childhood summer hometown of Montauk, the couple moved, lived and worked on Maui for two years before returning to the East End in 2002.
Outside of her early publishing career, Megan’s professional background lies predominantly in non-profit development and communications, most notably as the former Communications Director at Quinipet Camp & Retreat Center (Shelter Island) and at The CDCH Foundation for Special Children (Wainscott). Megan is a passionate supporter of local food and served on the Board of Slow Food East End from 2012-2018 holding positions as Board Vice-Chair and as Co-Chair of SFEE’s Events and Education committees for the majority of her tenure.
A year-round resident of Sag Harbor since 2009, Megan lives close to Long Beach with her husband and their teenage daughter who is a lifelong student of the Sag Harbor School District, JJML volunteer and a former John Jermainiac Battle-of-the-Books (team spirit award-winning!) member.