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Meet the Members of the Board

Joseph Voskuhl
Joseph L. Voskuhl
President, Elected Member,
Councilmanic District C, 2015
Joseph L. Voskuhl has a Bachelor’s degree from Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH, and a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Loyola University, Baltimore. His experience includes 40 years as an educator. Mr. Voskuhl began his career as a teacher at Northern High School in Baltimore City in 1970. In 1986, he began his career in Harford County as a social studies teacher and football coach at Bel Air High School. In 1997, he was promoted to Assistant Principal. He served as an Assistant Principal at Bel Air, Aberdeen and Joppatowne high schools. In 2004, he became principal of Bel Air High School. Two years into his role as principal, Mr. Voskuhl was tasked with participating in the planning and construction of the new Bel Air High School and Athletic Complex while continuing to manage and operate the existing school and its programs. He retired from his position as principal on January 31, 2011. He and his wife, Pamela, live in Harford County and their daughter, Sarah, is a teacher specialist at the Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School.

Laura Runyeon
Laura S. Runyeon
Vice President, Appointed Member-at-Large, 2015
Laura S. Runyeon is a paralegal for the law firm of Shaffer, McLaughlin & Stover, LLC. In that capacity, she assists clients with estate and trust planning, estate and trust administration, real estate transactions and business and corporate formation. Ms. Runyeon also has extensive experience in charter school financing, local, multi-state and international commercial finance and leasing transactions, including acquisition financing, asset based financing, asset securitization as well as all phases of commercial and personal property foreclosure matters, receiverships and lending transactions. Ms. Runyeon serves on the Policy Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE). Ms. Runyeon is the recipient of Lifetime Membership in the Maryland State Parent Teacher Association (PTA). She has served as a PTA President, an advocacy trainer for the Harford County Council of PTAs, a founding member of the Build It Now community advocacy organization, and a substitute teacher. In 2015, during her term as PTA President, the Youth’s Benefit Elementary School PTA was awarded the National PTA Local Outstanding Advocacy Award. Ms. Runyeon served for several years as a Girl Scout troop leader and Cub Scout and Boy Scout committee member. She is a Youth Ministry Team Leader for her church and teaches Confirmation. Ms. Runyeon received a Bachelor of Science in Business, Cum Laude, from Notre Dame of Maryland University (formerly College of Notre Dame). She lives in Harford County with her husband and two children.

Joseph A. Hau
Joseph A. Hau
Appointed Member-at-Large, 2015
Joseph A. Hau is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of CEM, Inc., which he and his wife Stephanie 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 33 years of professional scientific experience centered on the responsible management of Maryland’s land and water resources. He is a graduate of the Harford Leadership Academy (Class of 2000), and is a certified professional geologist and environmental specialist. Mr. Hau is a member of the National Association of Groundwater Scientists, the Soil Conservation Society, the Geologic Society of America, and the Environmental Assessment Association. In 2009, CEM was the recipient of the Harford Award based on its history of enhancing Harford County's business climate. In 2014, CEM was awarded the Maryland Small Business Person of the Year honor. He and Stephanie live in Jarrettsville with their two sons, Jack and Alex.

Alfred Williamson
Alfred L. Williamson
Appointed Member-at-Large, 2015
Alfred L. Williamson is currently the principal and manager of Providence Properties, LLC and the real estate broker for R&W Realty as well as a board member for the Harford County Public Library Foundation. He retired as a senior-level manager in charge of program policy for the Supplemental Security Income Program for the Social Security Administration. He also served as president and general manager of the Sandalwood Co-Op, Inc., president of the Penthouse Condominium Association and as a board member for the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Williamson attended Ohio State University and received a Bachelor of Science from Bluffton University. He and his wife, Christine, reside in Harford County and they have a son, Steven, who lives in Pecos, New Mexico.

Jansen Robinson
Jansen M. Robinson
Elected Member, Councilmanic District A, 2015
Jansen M. Robinson is a Vietnam-era veteran and currently serves as a security specialist/antiterrorism officer with the Department of Defense. Mr. Robinson earned an Associates of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from the Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Georgia; a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice; and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Mr. Robinson and his wife, Bertha, have resided in Harford County since 1991. They live in the Forest Oaks Community in Edgewood and are the parents of three grown children who were educated in Harford County Public Schools. Mr. Robinson has served his community as a member of the Harford County Human Relations Commission and the Harford County Public Schools Citizens Advisory Committee; he is the former chair of the Edgewood Community Council; and is currently a member of the Edgewood Community Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Rooted Fellowship Bible Church in Edgewood.

Robert Frisch
Robert L. Frisch
Elected Member, Councilmanic District B, 2015
Mr. Robert L. Frisch is a social studies teacher in Baltimore County where he has taught American Government, U.S. History, Psychology and Juvenile Justice. He is also a supervising instructor for teacher interns. Prior to his teaching career, Mr. Frisch had a twenty-year career with the Baltimore City Police Department where he was a national and court recognized expert in the field of highway safety. He has held instructor and train the trainer certifications from the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. He has also received special recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for his efforts to combat impaired driving. Mr. Frisch served as a member of the Governor’s Executive Committee on Enforcement for Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the Baltimore City Highway Safety Committee, and the Maryland Drug Evaluation and Classification Committee. Mr. Frisch earned his Bachelor’s degree from Towson University, has certifications in special education and social studies, and is nearing completion of his Master’s degree in Leadership in Teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. After leaving the police department, he worked in the transportation field serving as safety director and regional manager for large transportation companies. Mr. Frisch and his wife, Carla, have two sons who both attended Harford County Public Schools. A forty-seven year resident of Harford County, he has been actively involved in the PTA, Joppatowne Parks and Recreations 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.

Nancy Reynolds
Nancy Reynolds
Elected Member, Councilmanic District D, 2015
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, in 2011 and elected to the Board again in 2015. 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 volunteers at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. She serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) and on the Board of Directors of the Jarrettsville/Norrisville Community Advisory Board. She also serves as a member on the UM UCH Patient Family Advisory Council and as a member on the Nationwide Person & Family Engagement Network.

Rachel Gauthier
Rachel Gauthier
Elected Member, Councilmanic District E, 2015
Rachel Gauthier is a school counselor for Baltimore County Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Towson University, where she double majored in psychology and sociology. She is a Cum Laude graduate of McDaniel College, where she received her Master of Science in Counselor Education. She holds certification from the Maryland State Department of Education as a school counselor, pupil personnel worker, and Administrator I, and has earned ancillary credits in special education. Mrs. Gauthier has been honored with an Excellence Merit Award for exemplary service to advance minority achievement by the Achievement Initiative for Maryland’s Minority Students and the Maryland State Department of Education. Mrs. Gauthier and her husband, Chris, have two children, Chloe and Connor, both of whom attend Prospect Mill Elementary School. Mrs. Gauthier, a native of Los Angeles, CA, has lived in Bel Air for 13 years.

Thomas Fitzpatrick
Thomas Fitzpatrick
Elected Member, Councilmanic District F, 2015
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 a 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.

Matthew E. Resnik
Matt E. Resnik
Student Member, 2017-2018
Matt Resnik, a senior at C. Milton Wright High School, is the 29th Student Member on the Board of Education of Harford County. He has attended C. Milton Wright High for the past three years, where he has taken part in a variety of activities. He was recently inducted into the National Honor Society and serves in an active leadership role for his school’s Mock Trial Team. In addition, he has been a member of the Academic Team all three years at C. Milton Wright High. He currently owns a company, The Resnik Organization, LLC, which has branches in lawn mowing and T-shirts, among other things. Mr. Resnik plans on attending a four-year university to obtain his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and pursue a career in real estate development.

Barbara P. Canavan
Barbara P. Canavan
Secretary-Treasurer &
Superintendent of Schools
Barbara P. Canavan was selected as Superintendent of Schools for the Harford County Public School System, with a four-year term, by the Board of Education on February 24, 2014, during its regularly scheduled business meeting. 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.