Board of Education of Harford County
Meet the Members of the Board
President, 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.
Joseph L. Voskuhl
Vice 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.
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.
Laura S. Runyeon
Appointed Member-at-Large, 2015
Laura S. Runyeon is a paralegal for the law firm of Miles & Stockbridge P.C. In that capacity,
she has represented clients involved in 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 is the recipient of a Lifetime Membership to 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 is also a Girl Scout troop leader, a former
Cub Scout and Boy Scout committee member, and a Youth Ministry Team Leader for her church. 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, both of whom attend Harford
County Public Schools.
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 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 L. Frisch
Elected Member, Councilmanic 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.
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.
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.
Amanda N. Dorsey
Student Representative, 2016-2017
Amanda N. Dorsey
is the 28th Student Representative on the Board of Education of Harford County. She was elected by the Harford County Regional Association of Student Councils (HCRASC) in December 2015. Ms. Dorsey is a senior in the International Baccalaureate Program at Edgewood High School where she serves as the President of their Student Government and Senior Class. Ms. Dorsey is an active member of the National, French, and Math honor Societies, the Cross Country team, Symphonic Band, and the Science Olympiad Team. In addition, she serves as an Executive Board Member and Certified Leadership Workshop Trainer for the Maryland Association of Student Councils. Ms. Dorsey plans to attend a four-year university to study neuroscience and attend medical school to become a neurologist.
Barbara P. Canavan
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.