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Jansen Robinson

Jansen Robinson

President,
Elected Member,
Councilmanic District A, 2019

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.



Rachel Gauthier

Rachel Gauthier

Vice President,
Elected Member,
Councilmanic District E, 2019

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.



David Bauer

Dr. David Bauer

Elected Member,
Councilmanic District B, 2019

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 and his wife, Annelise, have lived in Harford County since early 2010. They have a daughter who attends HCPS.



Kathryn Carmello

Kathryn Carmello

Elected Member,
Councilmanic District C, 2019

Mrs. Kathy Carmello is retired as the Harford County Public Schools Governmental Relations Facilitator. Her proficiency in understanding the budget process as well as the legislative process, regulations and policy changes will be beneficial as a member of the school board. As the Charter School Coordinator, Ms. Carmello was involved in writing the first charter school policy and application for the state of Maryland. Mrs. Carmello is married to Ed Carmello and they have four children and 13 grandchildren. Mrs. Carmello served as a member of the Harford County Council Budget Advisory Board, the Harford County Core Service Agency, and the Harford County Health Planning Commission. She has served as the Legislative Chair for the Maryland Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) and is currently a member of the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and also worked for a tobacco industry international and research group as a legislative analyst. Mrs. Carmello served on the Harford County Council of PTA’s and was president of the Bel Air High School PTSA as well as vice president at Bel Air Middle School and Ring Factory Elementary School PTA’s where her children attended, and now has grandchildren attending Harford County Public Schools.



Joyce Herold

Dr. Joyce Herold

Appointed Member-at-Large, 2019

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.



Sonja Karwacki

Sonja Karwacki

Elected Member,
Councilmanic District F, 2019

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.



Roy Phillips

Dr. Roy Phillips

Appointed Member-at-Large, 2019

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.



Patrice Ricciardi

Patrice J. Ricciardi

Appointed Member-at-Large, 2019

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.



Tamera Rush

Tamera Rush

Elected Member,
Councilmanic District D, 2019

Ms. Tamera Rush is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TENAX Technologies which focuses on communications, cyber security, and engineering for government customers. Ms. Rush founded TENAX in 2014. Some of her accomplishments include the Hammer Award given by Al Gore for significant work reinventing government principles that support development of nontoxic ammunition, 50 Women to Watch (Baltimore Sun), one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women (Daily Record, 2012), and the 2011 Athena International Award for Women’s Leadership. Her company is the proud 2018 Harford Award Recipient in the R&D/Technology Category. Ms. Rush was educated in State University of New York School at Potsdam where she earned her master’s degree in Organic Chemistry and her bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Secondary Education. She is involved in the community with the Spousal Abuse/Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC), CharHope, and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Ms. Rush and her husband Jim have three children, Hope, Theodore, and Colin, and reside in Forest Hill.



Christian Walker

Christian Walker

Student Member, 2019-2020

Christian Walker, a senior at C. Milton Wright High School, will serve as the student member for the 2019-2020 school year. At C. Milton Wright, he is a member of the National Honor Society and a founder of the school’s Principal’s Action Committee, which works to plan assemblies and develop new programs for students. He also serves as a peer helper to incoming freshmen and students who move to C. Milton Wright during the school year. Outside of school, Mr. Walker volunteers at local food drives and temporary housing programs. He has also served as a member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council under Mrs. Canavan and Dr. Bulson. Mr. Walker will serve as a local consultant for Harford County economic and community development during the upcoming year. After high school, Mr. Walker plans to pursue a four-year degree.



Dr. Sean W. Bulson

Dr. Sean W. Bulson

Secretary-Treasurer,
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Sean W. Bulson became Superintendent of Harford County Public Schools on July 1, 2018. The Board of Education approved his appointment for an initial four-year contract during its regular business meeting on June 11, 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 (MCPS) where he was an ESOL teacher; assistant principal and later principal of Bethesda–Chevy Chase High School; Director of School Performance; and Community Superintendent. Dr. Bulson served a total of 16 years in MCPS.

In 2011 he relocated to North Carolina to become superintendent of Wilson County Schools supervising 12,000 students and 25 schools. While in Wilson, he led the development of a district-wide strategic plan and co-led the establishment of a community wide youth plan which yielded benefits in health, safety, and workforce development. To better prepare students seeking employment after high school, he engaged the business community and the community college to envision, plan, and open the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology, an early college high school preparing students for careers in advanced manufacturing. During his tenure, Dr. Bulson served on the North Carolina House Education Innovation Committee, and presented at national and state conferences on topics such as Developing a Youth Master Plan, Creating a Welcoming School District Environment, and Teacher Leadership.

In 2016, Dr. Bulson joined the University of North Carolina System (UNC) to lead an initiative to open laboratory schools at UNC institutions to serve students from low-performing schools. He left his UNC position as Interim Vice President for the Division of University and P-12 Partnerships to join HCPS.