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Talbot County Board of Education

Michael Garman

Board President


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.

Susie Hayward

Board Vice President


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.

Otis Sampson

Board Member


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

Board Member


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.

Sandy Kleppinger

Board Member


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.


Susan Delean-Botkin

Board Member


Susan Delean-Botkin, a family nurse practitioner with AAMG Family Care of Easton, has been a health care professional in Talbot County for 20 years. She has been a resident of the Eastern Shore since 1991, and currently resides in Oxford Maryland.

She is actively involved in the local and regional community and in several professional organizations. An avid sailor, she also finds time for cycling, skiing, hiking, and dancing.

Mrs. Delean-Botkin is married, has one son, two step sons, one step daughter and six grandchildren.

Mary Wheeler

Board Member


Mrs. Wheeler, is a customer service representative with Easton Utilities Commission, and resides in Easton with her husband Wayne. They have three children and five grandchildren. Her daughter teaches 5th grade for Caroline County Public Schools and her youngest grandchild will be attending Talbot County Public Schools in St. Michaels.

She is a dedicated public servant and has been actively involved in the local community and in several organizations. Mrs. Wheeler served on the Board of Directors for the Waterfowl Festival, The Talbot County Chamber of Commerce and the Talbot Family Network. She was also a past member of the Chesapeake Women's Network, the Rotary Club of Easton and the VFW Auxiliary.