Do You Know Your Council Reps?
Glen Burnie, MD – The 2018 election is over and the dust has finally settled. Its time to get to work and make this county great and to achieve this, we have entrusted this task into the hands of some elected few.
Anne Arundel County has 7 council district with seven members representing each district. The County council is the legislative arm of the County empowered to enact, repeal and amend all public and local laws of the county.
Here are your county council members?
The Honorable Sarah F. Lacey
District 1 | Anne Arundel County, MD
Ms. Lacey grew up in several states across the country due to her father’s service as an officer in the U.S. Navy. She graduated as valedictorian from Matthew Fontaine Maury High School in Norfolk, Va., in 1998. Aspiring to become an astronaut, Ms. Lacey (then Farrar) enrolled in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., but soon changed course to chemical engineering. Following graduation in 2002, Ms. Lacey moved to Central Maryland and began working as a process engineer for a manufacturer of microfiltration membranes used in municipal water and industrial wastewater treatment.
After three years, Ms. Lacey changed course again. She earned her law degree and a certificate in Law and Public Policy from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, in Washington, D.C., and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2008. Over the next decade, Ms. Lacey represented individuals and businesses in a broad array of legal matters, in state and federal courts around the country.
Ms. Lacey resides in Jessup with her husband, Keith, and their four children. Their children attend Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Prior to her election, Ms. Lacey served for two years on the board of the Arundel Woods Homeowners Association.
The Honorable Allison M. Pickard
District 2 | Anne Arundel County, MD
She graduated from The College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. She continued her education by earning a Master’s Level Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University.
She has over a decade of professional experience in the field of Senior Housing and Senior Services. This experience spans all sectors to include public, private and non-profit and culminated in serving as the Director of Community Programs with Iona Senior Services in Northwest, Washington DC where she oversaw the management of the Older Americans Act grant exceeding 1 million dollars annually. She was responsible for planning and developing new programs, diversifying revenue sources, and raising community awareness for services. Allison’s commitment to the elderly began after serving two terms with AmeriCorps: National Civilian Community Corps where she led a 12 – member team in a residential program that completed projects across a 17- state region. Allison had the privilege to also serve as Staff Assistant to US Senator Ernest F. Hollings of South Carolina during her last 2 years of College.
Prior to being elected to the Anne Arundel County Council, Ms. Pickard has been active in numerous civic and community organizations. Allison served on her Homeowners Association, Oakwood Elementary PTA, Unity Gardens, and Missions Commission of St. Margaret’s Church. She was awarded Anne Arundel County Public School’s Volunteer of Year Award in 2013 for her work at Oakwood Elementary in Glen Burnie where all three of her children have attended. Ms. Pickard was appointed to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education representing Legislative District 33 in June of 2015. While serving on the Board of Education, she served as the Chair of the Policy Committee and the Legislative Committee of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. Allison also served as President of the Anne Arundel County Council of PTA’s and Vice Chair of the School Board Appointment Commission.
Ms. Pickard resides in the Millersville area, with her husband Joe and their children, Georgia, Henry, and Jamie.
The Honorable Nathan Volke
District 3 | Anne Arundel County, MD
Nathan Volke, Councilman, Third District, is serving his first term on the Council. He grew up in Pasadena and attended Anne Arundel County Public Schools, graduating from Chesapeake High School. He is also a graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County with a B.A. degree in Political Science and University of Baltimore with a J.D. degree. After graduating from law school, Mr. Volke clerked for Judge Paul F. Harris, Jr. on the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, then entered private practice where he currently concentrates on family law litigation.
He previously served on the Anne Arundel County Library Board of Trustees and was the Chair of the Anne Arundel County Republican State Central Committee. He is a member of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association, Pasadena Business Association and the North County Republican Club.
Mr. Volke lives in Pasadena with his wife, Kristi, and their son, Luke.
The Honorable Andrew Pruski
District 4 | Anne Arundel County, MD
Andrew C. Pruski Councilman, Fourth District is serving his second term. He graduated from Niagara University with a B.A. in History and Master’s of Education.
He has business experience in the fields of real estate, construction sales and management, but has spent most of his professional career in the field of education. His educational work experience ranges from his work at the United State Department of Education to serving as a high school Social Studies teacher. Mr. Pruski has served on several national panels regarding educational issues including the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education’s blue-ribbon panel studying teacher preparation. He currently serves as the Supervisor of Internal Assessment for the Prince George’s County Public Schools System. In this capacity, he manages and supports internal assessment programs administered within the school system.
Prior to being elected to the Anne Arundel County Council, Mr. Pruski has been active in numerous professional, civic, and community organizations. He served as a member of the Anne Arundel County Board Appeals, an At-Large member and Past President of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education, and as the past President of the Four Seasons Community Association. In addition, Mr. Pruski is also a coach and volunteer for the Gambrills Odenton Recreation Council (GORC) and active member of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Pruski resides in the Four Seasons Community in Gambrills, with his wife Roxanne and their children, Jacob, Clara, and Walter.
The Honorable Amanda Fiedler
District 5 | Anne Arundel County, MD
Born and raised in District 5, Amanda resides just 10 minutes from her childhood home and is a graduate of Broadneck Senior High School.
Since earning her BA from Salisbury (State) University, Amanda has worked in political advertising and media. Her current position is Senior Media Buyer for a political strategy firm where she has worked since 2010.
Amanda has always had a deep compassion for people and making a difference in the community. In 2012 she founded a non-profit to support the Blood Donor Center at Anne Arundel Medical Center. In 2015 Amanda started an advocacy group for parents to support educators in Anne Arundel County. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Women’s and Children’s Patient Advisory Council and sits on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Quality Control Council at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Amanda also serves as PTO President for a local elementary school and is an active member of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce. Amanda believes strongly in giving back to the community in which she lives.
Amanda is the mother to 3 sons and has been married to her husband for 11 years. They currently reside on the Broadneck peninsula and enjoy spending time with family and friends, visiting local parks, attending sporting events and experiencing music and the arts.
The Honorable Lisa D. B. Rodvien
District 6 | Anne Arundel County, MD
District 6 | Anne Arundel County, MD
Lisa Rodvien is a public school teacher in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. While Ms. Rodvien currently teaches at Arundel Middle School in Odenton, Maryland, she began her work in the field of education as an attorney. In the early 2000s, she worked for a law firm that helped state education agencies implement the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. Eventually she learned that she wanted to work directly with young people and transitioned to a career in teaching.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, her Master’s in Education from George Mason University, and her Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Lisa lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband, George Rodvien.
The Honorable Jessica Haire
District 7 | Anne Arundel County, MD
Jessica Haire, Councilman for District 7, is serving her first term on the County Council. Born on Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jessica attended George Washington University for college and received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, graduating first in her class of civil engineers.
After graduation, Jessica worked as a project engineer, completing storm water and sanitary sewer design, grading plans, erosion and sediment control plans and pavement design. She spent time in the field as a resident engineer solving on-site construction difficulties resulting from differing site conditions and other unforeseen conditions.
From there, Jessica attended a dual degree program at American University, where she received a law degree and a master’s degree. Since receiving her law degree in 2011, Jessica has been a Government Contracts Litigation Attorney at Fox Rothschild LLP’s Washington, DC office. Jessica helps clients navigate federal contract claims, bid protests, and other federal government contracts issues under the Federal Acquisition Regulation and relevant statutes.
Jessica is also active in the community as a volunteer with the Court Appointed Special Advocates in Anne Arundel County (CASA for children). She serves as the Maryland State Republican Party legal counsel and in that capacity has had the opportunity to defend Governor Hogan’s right of appointment at Court of Appeals in Maryland. Fuller v. Republican Central Committee of Carroll County, 444 Md. 613 (2015). Prior to the election, Jessica also served as a commissioner on the Anne Arundel County Commission for Women. She lives in Edgewater with her husband and their children.
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