Maplewood Memorial Library Board of Trustees
Members of the Board of Trustees
Dr. Katherine McCaffrey, President
Dr. Katherine McCaffrey was appointed to the Maplewood Library by Mayor Vic DeLuca in January 2010 and has served as President of the Board since 2014. She is an associate professor of anthropology at Montclair State University and has conducted long-term research in Vieques, Puerto Rico. An innovative educator and scholar, she has created, organized, and led summer field schools in Guadalajara, Mexico and Vicos, Peru, in addition to service learning trips to New Orleans, LA and Ecovillage Ithaca, NY. A former director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Montclair State, she has served in numerous leadership roles in the Latin American Studies Association, including Chair of the Environmental Section. She is the author of Military Power and Popular Protest: the U.S. Navy in Vieques, Puerto Rico, numerous academic articles and book chapters, and was a founding editor of Anthropology Now magazine which she lead for seven years. In addition to her academic work, Dr. McCaffrey has been a visible public scholar, and was invited to speak at the White House before the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico. She has been interviewed on WNYC radio, Al Jazeera America, and other media outlets. She received her BA from Tufts University and her doctorate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Carol Buchanan, Vice-President
I have loved living in Maplewood for over forty years. When I began to get more involved in Maplewood’s community life, I joined the Memorial Library Board of Trustees which has been a very fascinating and exciting experience. I think the Library serves such an important role as the center of our community.
Twenty-one years ago, I was one of the founders of the Hilton Neighborhood Association and have continued to enjoy working to keep our neighborhood a vital and a lovely place to live. I spent my professional career as both a mathematics teacher and children’s librarian in Rutherford, East Orange and Bedminster. I earned my undergraduate degree in Mathematics Education at Montclair State College, and later earned my Masters of Library of Science degree at Rutgers University. While working as a school librarian in East Orange, I served on the Head Start Board of Directors for several years. In my last position in Bedminster, I was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” by the Bedminster Board of Education.
After I retired, I worked at the Westfield Public Library as a children’s librarian, taught mathematics at Union County College, and served as a volunteer tour guide for the South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. My husband Jim and I were honored by both the Rotary Club and the Maplewood Civic Association for our volunteer work.
Jim and I have one lovely, hardworking daughter Rebekah who lives with her husband Rabbi Greg Harris and our three wonderful grandchildren in Bethesda, Maryland. My husband Jim grew up in Maplewood, and we both feel truly blessed to have spent so much of our adult lives here. We purchased our small home in the Hilton area many years ago. Now we say that was when we bought our retirement home too!
David R. Huemer, Treasurer
David Huemer has been a member of the Library Board of Trustees since 2004, first as the Mayor’s designee while a member of the Maplewood Township Committee, then as a public member. He has hung around libraries in New Jersey since Dwight Eisenhower was President. The Eisenhower Era also dates our Maplewood library buildings. David is excited to be part of the community effort to renew, rebuild, and revitalize our library infrastructure.
Carrie E. Puglisi
With some of her fondest memories as school child volunteering as a library helper instead of going out to recess, Carrie Puglisi was appointed as a trustee of the Maplewood Memorial Library by Mayor Vic DeLuca in 2012. Her career in community development has taken her from Bali (studying sustainable development and cultural tourism), to Boston (working in the youth development and affordable housing fields) to the Dominican Republic (focusing on micro-enterprise in the Peace Corps), to Newark at La Casa de Don Pedro, a community-based social services and community development nonprofit organization, where she has served as its Director of Program & Fund Development since 2009.
Ms. Puglisi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Wheaton College, MA, Phi Beta Kappa, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has been a resident of Maplewood since 2006 and has a son who attends Seth Boyden Elementary School.
Deborah A. Purdon
A lifelong book lover, reader and library user, Deborah Purdon was appointed as a trustee of the Maplewood Memorial Library by Mayor Vic DeLuca in March 2014. Prior to joining the board of the library she was on the Friends of the Maplewood Library board for about fifteen years. After serving as Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Co-Chair of the spring book sale she continues to contribute to the Friends’ efforts as a committed book sale volunteer. She also volunteers in the book department of Morrow Church’s Turnover Sale and has participated twice in Morrow mission trips to Mizak, Haiti. Her previous community involvement includes serving on the board of the Newcomer’s Club of Maplewood and South Orange and as a Vestry member, Junior and Senior Warden and choir member of St. George’s Church. She has held positions in prospect research and prospect management at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, City Harvest, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières and AFS-USA (formerly known as the American Field Service). She received her BA in English Literature from Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she worked in the Madeline Clark Wallace Library.
Mayor Vic DeLuca, Ex-oficio
Mayor De Luca is serving his sixth, three-year term on the Maplewood Township Committee. For eleven of his 17 years in office, he has been elected as Mayor by his Township Committee colleagues. He is a board member of NJ Citizen Action, the Springfield Avenue Partnership and Downtown New Jersey.
De Luca is the former President of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, which supports organizations working to change environmental, social, economic and political conditions to bring about a more just, equitable and sustainable world. He served on the boards of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, Philanthropy New York, and the Funders Network for Population, Reproductive Health and Rights. A former VISTA Volunteer, De Luca was the director of the Ironbound Community Corporation, a Newark community-based organization.
Jennifer Latimer, Superintendent’s Alternate
Jennifer Latimer was appointed to the Maplewood Library Board of Trustees as the Superintendent’s Alternate for the South Orange Maplewood School District in September 2016. She is the School Media Specialist at Clinton Elementary School in Maplewood and an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Technology at New Jersey City University. A leader in educational technology, she is a frequent presenter at state conferences on alternate forms of literacy education. She is a contributing author of the International Society for Technology in Education book Teaching Literacy in the Digital Age. In 2015, she received the Jean E. Harris Progressive School Library Media Program Award for her work at Clinton Elementary School. Jennifer received her BA from The Pennsylvania State University and her MLIS from Rutgers University.