Town Council

About the Council

Marnie Shaul - Term expires 2021

Marnie Shaul was elected to the Town Council in 2007, and has served as President of the Council since 2008.  She has focused on improving the Town’s infrastructure, budget, personnel policies, and on enhancing community spirit.  During her professional  career, she worked at the United States Government Accountability Office where she did research for Congress on topics such as K-12 education and airline competition.  She also worked in the Department of Development for the State of Ohio.  She has a Ph.D. in economics from The Ohio State University.

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Franny Peale - Term expires 2021

Franny Peale has lived in Somerset since 2000 where she and her husband have raised three children.  She became a Council Member in 2012. She is a graduate of Harvard University, received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and practiced corporate and securities law. She has volunteered at Somerset Elementary School as a room parent and classroom aide, for the PTA as kindergarten orientation organizer, and for the Somerset Elementary School Foundation. Her interests include various craft hobbies, and she enjoys reading, yard work and exercising. 

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Barbara Zeughauser - Term expires 2021

Barbara Zeughauser has lived in Somerset since 1985 with her husband George Schlossberg and her two children, Elizabeth and Will. In 2006, she retired as the Director of Paralegals at a large national law firm, after a 27 year career.  She was first elected to the Somerset Town Council in 2009. During the school year, she works as a substitute teacher at a small primary school.  In her free time, she enjoys walking her dog, Sydney, around Somerset, seeing others along the way, as well as jogging through the neighborhood and on the Crescent Trail.

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Stephen Surko - Term expires 2022

Steve Surko has lived in Somerset since 2005 where he and his wife, Elizabeth Thompson, have raised three children. Steve retired from the Navy as Commander in 2004 and currently serves as the Chief, Office of Technology Development at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP). An Eagle Scout, he has served as a Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster. Over the years, he served as a soccer and lacrosse coach. He was first elected to the Somerset Town Council in 2018. An avid cyclist, Steve commutes to BEP on the Capital Crescent Trail. Elizabeth and Steve enjoy a small zoo of rescue cats and dogs. Steve also enjoys reading and gardening.

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Robin Barr - Term expires 2022

Robin Barr was elected to Council in 2020 after serving as a member of the Town' Budget Committee, and as Chair of the Town's Environment Committee. Among other activities, he led the effort to introduce our municipal composting service. He recently retired after a long career at NIH where he directed a major division of the National Institute on Aging. He is now a Visiting Scholar at the Gerontological Society of America. He and his wife, Leslie Caplan, raised their son, Matthew, n Somerset, and enjoy being grandparents to Ellen. Robin earned his doctorate in cognitive psychology from Oxford University.

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Marnie Shaul, Council President

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Franny Peale

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Barbara Zeughauser

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