Board Members

Lawrence E. Schmidt
Meet Lawrence E. Schmidt

Lawrence E. Schmidt, Esq.

President
Third Councilmanic District
Appointed: July 2009 – Term Expires: June 2014

Mr. Schmidt is a partner at Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC; a law firm specializing in land use matters including zoning, development, historic preservation, environmental issues, and related litigation. He has served on the Baltimore County Zoning Commission and the Baltimore County Board of Appeals. A 1975 graduate of Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), Mr. Schmidt received his law degree from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Schmidt also has participated in many volunteer and community activities; he served as president of the Greater Towson Committee and on the board of the Home Builders Association of Maryland. He has volunteered for the regional Mock Trial program in association with the Maryland State Department of Education and Baltimore County Public Schools. Mr. Schmidt is married to a Baltimore County Public School kindergarten teacher, and his family members are all products of Baltimore County Public Schools. 

David Uhlfelder
Meet David Uhlfelder
David Uhlfelder

Vice President
Member-at-large
Appointed August 2008 – Term expires: June 2018

Mr. Uhlfelder is a certified public accountant who attended the University of Maryland College Park and earned his degree in business and public administration. He is married and is a member of the board of directors for the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce and a life member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Uhlfelder is also a Board member and treasurer of the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital.


S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D. S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D.

Secretary - Treasurer

Distinguished as a vibrant and driven leader, Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance has united Baltimore County Public Schools students, staff, and the community into Team BCPS, a powerful force committed to deliberate excellence and to producing globally competitive graduates. Working in collaboration with Team BCPS, Dr. Dance spearheaded the development of Blueprint 2.0, a five-year strategic plan focused on improving academics, safety, communications, and organizational effectiveness.

Dr. Dance is highly regarded for his problem-solving, consensus-building, communication, and human relations skills. He believes strongly in the potential of every student and that, through functioning as Team BCPS, all students will achieve at the highest levels.

Since assuming the superintendency in July 2012, Dr. Dance has accelerated activities to prepare for the adoption of Common Core Curriculum in school year 2013-2014; launched an audit of special education services; restructured administration to ensure more targeted support to the schools that need it most; defined a trajectory to ensure that students are college and workforce ready; established a new Office of School Safety and Security; and continues to be proactive in  initiating preventive measures to promote school safety. Open dialogue with the community – both in person and digitally – and professional development for all staff members are additional hallmarks of his administration. At the school system's inaugural State of the Schools event, held in March 2013, Dr. Dance announced plans to move the school system to a 1:1 digital learning environment and to expand world languages so every student has equitable access to learning and developing proficiency in a second language.

Prior to his appointment in Baltimore County, Dr. Dance served as one of three Chief School Officers responsible for the administration of nearly 300 schools in the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the seventh largest school system in the nation. As part of the HISD senior leadership team, Dr. Dance played a significant role in improving student academic performance and launching several innovations including two single-gender college preparatory academies and the redesign of a school to accelerate at-risk students.

Before his tenure in Houston, Dr. Dance served in executive school and district leadership positions in Virginia that leveraged his expertise in curriculum, instruction, assessment, school improvement, and strategic planning.

Dr. Dance earned a doctorate degree in educational leadership and master's degree in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a bachelor's degree in English from Virginia Union University.
A resident of Baltimore County, Dr. Dance is the proud father of a son, Myles Dallas Dance.

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Michael H. Bowler
Meet Michael H. Bowler
Michael H. Bowler

First Council District
Appointed July 2010 - Term Expires: June 2015

A longtime observer of education in Maryland, Mr. Bowler spent 34 years as the education writer, editor, and columnist for The Baltimore Sun until his retirement in 2004. He earned degrees at Columbia College in New York and from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and he has served on the School Improvement Team at Hillcrest Elementary School in Catonsville. A former teacher of English, social studies, and journalism, Mr. Bowler is married and the father of a son, and he enjoys collecting beer cans and spending time with his grandson.


Michael J. Collins
Meet Michael J. Collins
Michael J. Collins

Member-at-Large
Appointed July 2011 – Term expires: June 2016

Mr. Collins currently serves as the Chairman of the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals.  A graduate of the University of Scranton, he also holds an advanced degree from the Johns Hopkins University.  Previously, Mr. Collins taught at Kenwood High School for 30 years, served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for eight years, and served as a member of the Senate of Maryland for 16 years.


Jonathan P. Galla
Meet Jonathan P. Galla
Jonathan P. Galla

Student Board Member
Appointed July 2013 - Term Expires June 2014

Jonathan P. Galla, the student representative of the board, is a senior at Hereford High School and a member of the National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta (the mathematics honors society), the National Chinese Honors Society, and the Tri-M Music Honors Society. He plans to study English literature and political science in college, and plans to continue his involvement in student government and advocacy organizations as well. In his free time, Mr. Galla enjoys reading literary fiction and poetry, playing the violin, and tutoring his fellow students.


Edward J. Gilliss, Esq.
Meet Edward J. Gilliss, Esq.
Edward J. Gilliss, Esq.

Fifth Council District
Appointed July 2013 – Term Expires June 2018

Mr. Gilliss has practiced law for more than 30 years and is a partner in the Towson law firm Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid, LLP. There, his broad civil practice includes litigation, estate planning, estate administration, and representation of restaurants throughout the State of Maryland. He was the county attorney for Baltimore County from 2001-2004, served on the Baltimore County Planning Board from 2007 through 2013, and presided as the chairman of the planning board from 2008 through 2013. He also serves as vice-chair of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center Board. Mr. Gilliss is a 1977 graduate of The College of Wooster and a 1980 graduate of The University of Maryland School of Law. His three children attended Baltimore County Public Schools, and he served in many capacities in the schools they attended including a term as president of the Dumbarton Middle School PTA. He is a past president of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Baltimore County Bar Association. He and his wife, Barbara, reside in the Towson area.


Rodger C. Janssen
Meet Rodger C. Janssen
Rodger C. Janssen

Sixth Councilmanic District
Appointed August 2004 - Term Expires: June 2014

Mr. Janssen has begun his ninth year on the Baltimore County Board of Education.  He served as Vice President in 2006-2007, and served on the Policy Review Committee from 2005 until 2011, the Ethics Committee 2007-2008, and currently serves on the Building and Contracts Committee (since 2005), and on the Budget and Audit Committee (since 2004) of which he is Chairman (since 2008).

Mr. Janssen, who will become MABE's President in October 2012, became a member of the MABE Board of Directors in October 2007, and for the past two years has served as an officer.  He also is a member of MABE's Resolutions Committee (since 2005; he was the Chair from 2007-2011), and MABE's Nominating Committee (since 2005).

In 2007, Mr. Janssen was appointed as a Trustee of MABE's Workers Compensation Group Self-Insurance Fund.  Additionally, Mr. Janssen has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the National School Boards Association's (NSBA) "BuyBoard" since its inception in 2010.

Mr. Janssen served on the Baltimore County PTA Council in various capacities from the early 1990s until his appointment to the Baltimore County Board of Education in 2004.

Mr. Janssen is in Facilities Construction for the Maryland Transportation Authority.  He is married with two children and two grandchildren.

Marisol A. Johnson
Meet Marisol A. Johnson
Marisol A. Johnson

Member-at-Large
Appointed July 2013 – Term Expires June 2018

A graduate of Baltimore County Public Schools and a parent of BCPS students, Marisol A. Johnson is the owner and CEO of The Johnson Insurance Team and an active member in the Parent Teacher Association at Summit Park Elementary School. She's also an advisory board member for the Youth Dreamers of Baltimore, a member of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, Security Woodlawn Business Association and Woodlawn/Westview Rotary. Ms. Johnson is a graduate of Towson University, and she is married and the mother of three daughters.


Charles McDaniels, Jr.
Meet Charles McDaniels, Jr.
Charles McDaniels, Jr.

Fourth Council District
Appointed July 2011 – Term expires: June 2016

A lifelong Marylander, Charles McDaniels currently works as a steel sales and technical consultant.  He recently completed a 33-year career as a metallurgical engineer and sales/marketing manager at a Sparrows Point, MD, steel facility.  His educational background includes a bachelor of sciences degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Maryland.  He is the married father of a son and daughter.


George J. Moniodis
Meet George J. Moniodis

George J. Moniodis

Member-at-Large
Appointed July 2010 - Term Expires: June 2015

Currently a commercial sales associate for Coldwell Banker in Catonsville, Mr. Moniodis has more than 44 years of public affairs management experience, including 35 years as Public Relations Director and Director of Governmental Affairs for St. Agnes Healthcare. He has served as a member of the Maryland Citizen Advisory Council for the Red Line and recently won the 2010 St. Agnes Healthcare Caritas Award. The married father of two daughters, Mr. Moniodis is a graduate of Baltimore City College and earned a degree in Industrial Management from the University of Baltimore. He has also served as president of Buddies, Inc., and as president of the Greektown Community Development Association.


H. Edward ParkerH. Edward Parker

Seventh Council District
Appointed: July 2006 – Term Expires: June 2014
Vice President 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

A Dundalk native, Mr. Parker is the retired principal of Sollers Point Technical High School. He came to his career as an educator following an 11-year manufacturing career in the private sector. Mr. Parker received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore in Business Management and a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Educational Administration. He has served as a trustee for the Community College of Baltimore County and is a member of the board of directors for the Dundalk Renaissance Corp., member of the Bayview Medical Center Community Advisory Board, and the residential community representative for the Port Land Use Development Advisory Council. Under his leadership as principal at Sollers Point Technical High School, the school became ISO-9001 registered in 2000 – the only high school in the nation to meet the quality standards of business and industry.  During his 30 years with Baltimore County Public Schools, Mr. Parker also served as supervisor of vocational-technical education. He is proud of his five children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Romaine N. Williams, Esq.
Meet Romaine N. Williams, Esq.

Romaine N. Williams, Esq.

Second Council District
Appointed July 2009 – Term Expires:  June 2014

Ms. Williams serves as senior counsel to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. She earned her law degree from the University of Maryland after also receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science from Goucher College. She also holds a master’s degree in theology from the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. Married and the mother of a daughter, Ms. Williams is a member of both the Maryland and Baltimore County bar associations.

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