Board of Education of Harford County
Meet the Members of the Board
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 F. Kaff, Esquire
Appointed Member-at-Large, 2012
Arthur F. Kaff currently serves as an attorney for the Federal Government.
He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
He was mobilized in the U.S. Army in 2011, and served in Afghanistan where he was
awarded the Bronze Star. 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
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
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.
Benjamin C. Barsam
Student Representative, 2013-2014
Benjamin C. Barsam, a senior at Bel Air High School, was elected as the 25th Student
Representative to the Board of Education of Harford County by the Harford County
Regional Association of Student Councils (HCRASC) in December of 2012. In addition
to serving in this capacity, Benjamin participates in a variety of extracurricular
and co-curricular activities. He is president of the National Honor Society and
is a member of the Student Government Association, the Speech and Debate Team and
the Swim Team. Benjamin also sings in two choirs – Counterpoints and Pop Choir –
and participates in drama productions. Benjamin works as a swim instructor and lifeguard
at Rock Spring Swim Club. He plans on applying to the Naval Academy. Benjamin is
the oldest of four children, and his siblings attend Bel Air High, Bel Air Middle
and Red Pump Elementary schools.
Barbara P. Canavan
Interim 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.