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Mrs. 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, a math teacher, are proud parents of two children who attend HCPS. Mrs. Gauthier, a native of Los Angeles, CA, has lived in Bel Air since 2002, and spends her spare time running her kids to theater rehearsals, baseball practice and going on adventures with her friends and family.
Rachel Gauthier
Rachel Gauthier
President,
Elected Member,
Councilmanic District E, 2019
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Dr. Carol L. Mueller is an experienced educator recently retired from Harford Community College where she was an assistant professor in math and Earth Science. In 2018, Dr. Mueller won the John and Suanne Roueche Teaching Excellence Award from the League for Innovation for her work in developmental education, and, in 2019, she won the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence award for her work at Harford Community College. She serves as treasurer for the National Organization for Student Success and vice president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Association of University Women. Dr. Mueller earned an associate degree in Education from the College of DuPage, a Bachelor of Education in Earth and Space Science, and a Master of Education in Geology and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Arkansas. She is a firm believer in lifelong learning and in the last five years has completed two more certifications, one in Leadership for Higher Education and one in Developmental Education. Her interest in student success led her to serve on the board for the National Center for Developmental Education and as a presenter at the Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Since 2009, Dr. Mueller has worked with three schools in Meru District South in Kenya, helping them with resources needed to provide a quality education to their students. Dr. Mueller moved to Bel Air twenty years ago to work for HCPS. Both of her children graduated from HCPS, her son from Harford Tech and her daughter from Bel Air High School. Dr. Mueller is a strong advocate for students and is looking forward to serving the families of Harford County.
Carol Mueller
Dr. Carol L. Mueller
Vice President
Appointed Member,
Councilmanic District C, 2020
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Dr. Joyce Herold is the mother of a HCPS student, an active school volunteer and a participant in the Parent-Teacher Association. Professionally, Dr. Herold serves as the vice-president of True Life Wellness, LLC, a community health organization and parent company of Maryland Spine Institute (MSI), which she and her husband founded in 2007. In this capacity, Dr. Herold functions as Business Manager at MSI overseeing business operations and team development. Dr. Herold previously served as Academic Program Manager at Towson University in Northeastern Maryland (TUNE) where she oversaw academic program development and helped transfer students make successful transitions within the institution’s bachelor’s degree articulation pathways. Prior to transitioning to TUNE, Dr. Herold served on Towson University's main campus as Coordinator of Off-Campus Student Services where she developed a sustainable model for off-campus student engagement and development. While in this role, Dr. Herold partnered with local residents and government officials to improve Town/Gown relations and help students make successful transitions off campus. Dr. Herold holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration, a Master of Arts in Secondary Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from West Virginia University. She and her husband, Dr. Rochelin Herold, are residents of Bel Air, MD, and have two young children.
Joyce Herold
Dr. Joyce Herold
Appointed Member-at-Large, 2019
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Dr. Roy Phillips graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts and received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School. Originally from Long Island, New York, he migrated back to the east coast for his internship and residency in internal medicine, and fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism, all at the University of Maryland Hospital. In 1982, after completion of his fellowship, he relocated to Harford County where he started a solo practice and became Harford County’s first endocrinologist. He was instrumental in the development of Harford Primary Care, LLC, and sat on its board for five years. Following private practice for 28 years, he joined the endocrinology practice at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in 2010 where he remains today. Additional health care responsibilities over his professional career have included division chief of endocrinology at Fallston General Hospital, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, and Harford Memorial Hospital. Dr. Phillips also served in the capacity of physician advisor for quality assurance and utilization review for 15 years at Fallston General Hospital. He sat on the Harford County Health Planning Commission which reviewed initial plans for both Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and Lorien Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Facility. He spent 13 years as volunteer team physician for C. Milton Wright football from 1982-1995. He has delivered scores of lectures to physicians and other health care providers in the field of endocrinology, primarily in the areas of diabetes, thyroid, lipid and bone disorders. Dr. Phillips has a son and a daughter, both with advanced degrees, and two granddaughters. His wife of 41 years, Rhodora, passed away from breast cancer in 2018. In her honor and memory, he has started an endowed scholarship in her name in the nursing program at Harford Community College.
Roy Phillips
Dr. Roy Phillips
Appointed Member-at-Large, 2019
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Ms. Patrice Ricciardi is the Sr. Director of Business Development at Freedom Federal Credit Union and is responsible for developing strategic business partnerships, which enable their employee groups to enjoy the benefits of the credit union. As a summa cum laude graduate of Siena College, she is member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and graduate studies at Georgia State University. Ms. Ricciardi has been a longtime advocate for education and serves on the Harford County Public Schools Citizens Advisory for Career and Technology Education, where she served as Chair for four years. She served as a PTA President in Baltimore County and was instrumental in the renovation of Carroll Manor Elementary School and the upgrade of the science labs at Dulaney High School. She has served on the Maryland State Department of Education Parent Advisory Council for Education, participates annually with the culminating assemblies for the HCPS Patriot Program, and is a regular volunteer across the school system, contributing to financial literacy education in the classroom. Ms. Ricciardi is also very involved with many non-profit organizations throughout Harford County including the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation and is a member and past Treasurer of Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County. She recently joined the Harford Community College Foundation Board and is the Chair for the Harford County Chamber of Commerce. She has been acknowledged by the Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, twice as a Harford Community College Athena finalist, a Harford Leadership Academy graduate, a member of the Colonie Central High School Hall of Fame, and is a proud resident of Harford County.
Patrice Ricciardi
Patrice J. Ricciardi
Appointed Member-at-Large, 2019
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Mr. Jansen 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 adult 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.
Jansen Robinson
Jansen Robinson
Elected Member,
Councilmanic District A, 2019
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Dr. David Bauer Dr. David Bauer is an engineer working on the evaluation side of test and evaluation with the Department of Defense. He earned his Ph.D. in the field of computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has long had an interest in education and did a variety of tutoring and student teaching in high school, college, and graduate school. Dr. Bauer, his wife, Annelise, and their daughter, have lived in Harford County since early 2010.
David Bauer
Dr. David Bauer
Elected Member,
Councilmanic District B, 2019
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Ms. Ariane Kelly is the Director of Academic Support at Johns Hopkins University where she manages programs that support students academically and socially as they adjust to college life. After graduating from North Harford High School, Ms. Kelly attended the University of Delaware (Go Blue Hens!) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology and a minor in Biology. After college, she moved across the country to San Diego, CA, to follow her dream to work in the field of marine biology. While on the west coast, Ms. Kelly completed her master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Teaching and Learning and Multicultural Education at National University and entered the world of higher education. Working at San Diego State University, she created and facilitated support programs to create a college-going culture for first generation/limited income K-12 students. In the last 20 years, Ms. Kelly has worked in all levels of education, with diverse groups of students and families and has provided curriculum and resource support to teachers. Ms. Kelly was raised by HCPS educators and currently resides in White Hall with her husband Ted and two children that attend HCPS.
Ariane G. Kelly
Ariane G. Kelly
Appointed Member,
Councilmanic District D
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Mrs. Sonja M. Karwacki, the elected Board of Education member for Councilmanic District F, will serve the communities in the southeast area of Abingdon, Belcamp, Riverside, Perryman, and Havre de Grace. Mrs. Karwacki has been a resident of Harford County for 40 years. She and her husband raised three children, all of whom graduated from Edgewood High School and earned degrees at Maryland universities. Mrs. Karwacki holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Towson University, and a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Johns Hopkins University, Administrator I and II certification from the state of Maryland, and a certificate in Public Education Leadership from Harvard University. Her experience includes 25 years as an educator in Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). During her tenure in BCPS, Mrs. Karwacki achieved diverse experience including classroom teacher, library/media specialist, districtwide resource teacher in the Office of Gifted and Talented, Assistant Principal, assistant to the southeast area superintendent of BCPS, and Executive Director of Special Programs. At the request of then State Superintendent Nancy Grasmick and BCPS Superintendent Joe Hairston, Mrs. Karwacki led a team to facilitate the development of a high school/college partnership that would allow qualified students to earn both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree without having to travel to the UMBC campuses. Additionally, Mrs. Karwacki has presented at local and national conferences focused on effective use of instructional technology in the classroom.
Sonja Karwacki
Sonja Karwacki
Elected Member,
Councilmanic District F, 2019
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Kanae Holcomb, a senior at Harford Technical High School, serves as the 2021-2022 Student Member on the Board of Education. At Harford Technical High School, she studies Animal Science. Kanae has been actively involved in her school community, serving as the Speech and Debate Captain, Students Against Destructive Decisions President, and Science National Honor Society Vice President. On the county level, she served on the Superintendents Student Advisory Council and as 1st Vice President for the Harford County Regional Association of Student Councils. Additionally, she served as 1 of 2 student representatives on the Homework Guidance Work Group for HCPS. Kanae has advocated for students on the state level as well, serving as the Technical Operations Coordinator for the Maryland Association of Student Councils. Furthermore, she advocated for students amongst Maryland’s General Assembly as a member of the Maryland Student Coalition. After graduating high school, Kanae plans to attend a four-year university to major in Business Law.
Kanae Holcomb
Kanae Holcomb
Student Member, 2021-22
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Dr. Sean W. Bulson became Superintendent of Harford County Public Schools on July 1, 2018. Dr. Bulson holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from American University, a master's degree in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) from Marymount University, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from George Washington University.

He began his education career in Montgomery County Public Schools, serving a total of 16 years before relocating to North Carolina in 2011 to become superintendent of Wilson County Schools. In 2016, Dr. Bulson joined the University of North Carolina (UNC) System to lead an initiative to open laboratory schools at UNC institutions to serve students from low-performing schools.

In Harford County, Dr. Bulson serves as a member of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; legislative chair for the Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland (PSSAM); a member of the Council on Advancement of School-Based Health Centers (CASBHC); a member of the Economic Development Advisory Board; an executive committee member of the Harford Business Roundtable (HBRT); a member of the Harford County Education Foundation Board of Directors; a member of the Healthy Harford Board of Directors; and a member of the Susquehanna Workforce Network Board.

Dr. Sean W. Bulson
Dr. Sean W. Bulson
Secretary-Treasurer,
Superintendent of Schools