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Meet the Members of the Board


Nancy Reynolds
Nancy Reynolds
President, Appointed Member-at-Large, 2011
Mrs. Nancy Reynolds, a long-time Harford County Public Schools employee, was appointed to the Board of Education of Harford County by Governor O’Malley, effective July 1, 2011. Prior to joining the Board of Education, Mrs. Reynolds was a principal mentor and service learning facilitator for HCPS. Previously, she served as principal of Bel Air Middle School from 1998 to 2008. Mrs. Reynolds also held assistant principal positions at Southampton and Edgewood middle schools. She began her career with HCPS as a reading specialist. Mrs. Reynolds served on numerous committees during her career and was the recipient of several awards, including National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and National Association of Staff Developers Award, to name just a few. Mrs. Reynolds earned her Bachelor of Science in English from Marietta College and her Master’s degree in Reading from Towson University. In addition, she received certification in administration and supervision from Loyola College. Mrs. Reynolds has two daughters who are graduates of HCPS and four grandchildren, two of whom currently attend HCPS. She is actively involved in CASA as a volunteer and member of its Board of Directors, and she also volunteers at Upper Chesapeake Hospital and with the Neighborhood Youth Panel.


Mr. Francis F. 'Rick' Grambo, III
Francis F. “Rick” Grambo, III
Vice President, Elected Member,
Councilmanic District D, 2011
Mr. Rick Grambo is the Vice President, Sales and Engineering for Pritchard Brown in Baltimore. He has served as a Baltimore City Schools Industry Advisory Board Member and has been an Associated Builders and Contractors Electrical Apprenticeship instructor and Community College of Baltimore County adjunct faculty member. Mr. Grambo completed the Electrical Apprentice Training Program at Harford Community College in 1991, and went on to become a Maryland State Master Electrician in 1996. In 1998, he earned his certification as an Electrical Inspector by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Grambo served as a National Center for Construction Education and Research certified instructor. Mr. Grambo has been a Harford County resident for 37 years. He and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents of two young boys. Mr. and Mrs. Grambo both attended Harford County Public Schools from kindergarten through high school and feel a strong connection to the school system and county alike.


Alysson L. Krchnavy
Alysson L. Krchnavy
Appointed Member-at-Large, 2008
Alysson L. Krchnavy, recipient of a Lifetime Membership to the Maryland State PTA, is a Cum Laude graduate of Grove City College (PA) with a concentration in Business Administration/Marketing and Computer Science. A longtime member and former president of the Hickory Elementary PTA, Mrs. Krchnavy was also a leader in the Harford County Council of PTAs prior to her appointment to the Board of Education. She has been a substitute teacher at Hickory Elementary and a former marketing/sales representative at a local athletic club as well as a network systems account manager. Currently, Mrs. Krchnavy works for Edward Jones Investment Office in Havre de Grace. A youth leader at her church, she has led adult seminars and served as a finance committee member there. She is married to Ronald M. Krchnavy and the couple has a daughter, Madison, who attends Bel Air High School. Mrs.Krchnavy is a Dale Carnegie graduate and scholarship winner and was also awarded the National Junior Achievement Scholarship.


Joseph A. Hau
Joseph A. Hau
Appointed Member-at-Large, 2011
Joseph A. Hau is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Chesapeake Environmental Management, Inc. (CEM), which he and his wife founded in Bel Air in 1993. He holds a M.S. degree in Geology from Kent State University and a B.A. degree in Geology from the University of Northern Iowa. As the CFO of CEM, Mr. Hau is responsible for planning, implementing, directing and evaluating the firm’s fiscal functions and performance. He also serves as one of the firm’s principal hydrogeologists, with more than 27 years of professional scientific experience. He is a certified professional geologist and environmental specialist and is a member of the National Association of Groundwater Scientists, the Soil Conservation Society, the Geologic Society of America and the Environmental Assessment Association. Joe is a graduate of the Harford Leadership Academy (Class of 2000), a Board Member for Home Partnership, Inc., and Committee Treasurer for Pack 809 of the Cub Scouts of America. Joe and his wife, Stephanie, live in Jarrettsville with their two sons. Alex will be entering fourth grade at Jarrettsville Elementary, and Jack will be starting the GSIB magnet program at Edgewood High School.


James D. Thornton
James D. Thornton
Appointed Member-at-Large, 2011
James D. Thornton is the co-founder and principal of Thorwood Real Estate Group, LLC, based in Bel Air, Maryland. In this role, he is responsible for the development of strategy and the acquisition of properties for redevelopment as multi-family units in the Baltimore Region. Jim’s previous experiences include several years in senior management positions with two major Fortune 100 companies. More specifically, he was Senior Executive Vice President of MBNA America Bank, N.A. (prior to being acquired by Bank of America). MBNA was the largest independent credit card lender. He was also Vice President and General Manager with the Sears Tire Group and Sears Automotive. Jim received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Talladega College in Economics. A native of Ashford, Alabama, Jim is the husband of Lorayne and the father of two sons, Anthony and Reginald. He is also the proud grandfather of Anthony, Jr.


Thomas Fitzpatrick
Thomas Fitzpatrick
Appointed Member-at-Large, 2012
Thomas Fitzpatrick is currently the manufacturer’s representative with Storm Services, LLC. In this role, he partners with state and local governments to address storm water management, strengthens organizational performance through innovative strategic planning and manages marketing and public relations efforts. Mr. Fitzpatrick holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola College and a master’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing, from the University of Baltimore. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Technical Advisory on Storm Water Issues, the Havre de Grace Lions Club and the County Engineers Association of Maryland. Mr. Fitzpatrick also serves his community as member of the Havre de Grace Planning and Zoning Commission and the Havre de Grace Independence Day Committee; as vice chairman of the Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace; and as chairman of the Streetscape Committee of the Havre de Grace Downtown Task Force.


Arthur Kaff
Arthur F. Kaff, Esquire
Appointed Member-at-Large, 2012
Arthur F. Kaff currently serves as an attorney for the Federal Government. He is also a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Mr. Kaff earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the State University of New York/College at New Paltz, and his J.D. from the University of Bridgeport School of Law, now known as Quinnipiac University of Law. He also has a Masters degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Distance Education Program. Mr. Kaff and his wife Cheryl have resided in Harford County since 2000. They live in Brierhill Estates with their three children, Rebecca, Nicole, and Jason. Rebecca graduated from C. Milton Wright High School, and Nicole and Jason attend Harford County Public Schools. Mr. Kaff has also served as President of the Brierhill Estates Homeowners Association Board of Directors.


Robert L. Frisch
Robert L. Frisch
Elected Member, Councilmanic District A, 2011
Mr. Robert L. Frisch is retired from the Baltimore City Police Department where he was a national and court recognized expert in the field of highway safety. He served as a member of the Governor’s Executive Committee on Enforcement for Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the Baltimore City Highway Safety Committee, the Maryland Drug Evaluation and Classification Committee, and has received special recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for his efforts to combat impaired driving. He has held instructor and train the trainer certifications from the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. After leaving the police department Mr. Frisch worked as a regional manager and safety director for large transportation companies. Most recently he spent nine years as a social studies teacher in Baltimore County where his duties included mentoring student teacher interns. Mr. Frisch earned his Bachelor’s degree from Towson University, a Master’s equivalency from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and currently holds an Advanced Professional Teacher License with certifications in special education and social studies. Mr. Frisch and his wife, Carla, have two sons who both attended Harford County Public Schools. A fifty year resident of Harford County, he has been actively involved in the PTA, Parks and Recreations programs and Scouting organizations. He and his family are longtime members of the Salem United Methodist Church where they are active in numerous volunteer efforts in support of their surrounding communities.


Cassandra R. Beverley, Esquire
Cassandra R. Beverley, Esquire
Elected Member, Councilmanic District B, 2011
Mrs. Cassandra Beverley is a private practice lawyer in Bel Air. Previously, she served as staff attorney for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services. Mrs. Beverley earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law before being admitted to the State of Maryland Bar. Mrs. Beverley is a graduate of the Harford Leadership Academy and she has served in many capacities throughout her career. In 1999, she was appointed by Governor Parris Glendenning to the Judicial Nominating Commission for Harford County; in 2000, she served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention; and in 2007, she was re-appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission for Harford County. In addition, she is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Mrs. Beverley and her husband, Alex, have three children and are residents of Abingdon. She is a member of the Ames United Methodist Church.


Hannah E. Jones
Hannah E. Jones
Student Representative, 2014-2015
Hannah E. Jones, a senior at Patterson Mill High School, was elected as the 26th Student Member on the Board of Education of Harford County by the Harford County Regional Association of Student Councils (HCRASC) in December 2013. In addition to serving in this capacity, Hannah participates in a variety of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. She is president of both the Student Government Association and the French Club and is an active member of the National Honors Society, the Tri-M Music Honors Society, the Rho-Kappa Social Studies Honors Society, and the Future Educators Association. Hannah also plays on the Patterson Mill Golf Team and is a manager for the Varsity Boy's Lacrosse Team. Hannah plans to continue her education at a four-year university where she will major in both political science and pre-medicine.


Barbara P. Canavan
Barbara P. Canavan
Secretary-Treasurer &
Superintendent of Schools
Barbara P. Canavan was selected Superintendent of Schools for the Harford County Public School System by the Board of Education on May 13, 2013. Her appointment, effective July 1, 2013, is for a one-year term. Mrs. Canavan is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in secondary education and French. She received her Master of Arts in Middle School Education from Columbia University Teachers College and a Master of Arts Equivalency in Administration and Supervision from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. Her career in the field of education began in 1970 as an elementary school teacher at the Sacred Heart School in Brooklyn, New York. In 1973, she made the move to the Harford County Public School System, serving as a teacher at Aberdeen Middle School before accepting a position as assistant principal at Edgewood Middle School in 1978. She moved on to become the assistant principal at Magnolia Middle School in 1983, and in 1989, Ms. Canavan accepted an assistant principal position at Southampton Middle School where she became principal in 1991 and remained there for the next 19 years. Upon being named the executive director of middle school performance in 2010, Mrs. Canavan assumed the responsibility of the direction of curriculum development and instructional programming. While serving in this role, she was able to gain a global perspective of school system management, serving the needs of students and staff throughout the county. Throughout her career with Harford County Public Schools, Mrs. Canavan has served on and chaired many committees and task forces in Harford County, which have been instrumental in determining policy and procedure as well as the vision and mission of the school system. She has presented key education topics at the local, state and national levels.