Harford Community Action Agency Appoints Five New Board Members

Harford Community Action Agency
Harford Community Action Agency


Harford Community Action Agency has appointed five new members to its board of directors for a one-year term:  Renee L. Duzan, LBSW, Trina M. Emory, Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler, Kathy Heidelmaier and Patti Sterling.


Renee Duzan is a licensed bachelor social worker and grants specialist with Harford County Department of Housing and Community Development. A Forest Hill resident, Duzan is active in the community. She is vice president of the Bel Air High School Drama Company Parent’s Association and a longtime volunteer at Mountain Christian Church. She is married with two children, one in college and the other in high school.

Trina M. Emory, an Edgewood resident, is a longtime volunteer at the Harford Community Action Agency. She has also spoken at events held by the agency. The mother of two children, Emory is passionate about giving back to the community. She also volunteers for the Havre de Grace Housing Authority.

Jeff Gahler

Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler was elected sheriff of Harford County in 2014. Before becoming sheriff, he served 28 years with the Maryland State Police in a variety of roles including northern troop commander, commander of the Automotive Safety Enforcement Division and assistant commander of the state’s Criminal Intelligence Division after September 11. Gahler lives in Forest Hill with his wife and children.

Kathy Heidelmaier is senior vice president of It’s PayDay. She is an active volunteer in the community, particularly for the Center for the Arts, where she was a celebrity dancer in 2015; Aberdeen Rotary; Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County; and SMILES. Heidelmaier, who lives in Bel Air, is married and the mother of a daughter.

Kathy Heidelmaier_pp

Patti Sterling works for the Town of Bel Air, where she is grants coordinator in the Department of the Economic Development. She has also worked for the France-Merrick Foundation, one of the largest private family foundations in Maryland, and at Catholic Charities. Sterling has served on numerous nonprofit boards throughout the Baltimore metropolitan region. She and her husband live in Bel Air with their two daughters.

“Harford Community Action Agency is so fortunate to have five new board members join the work we do to help meet the basic needs of those experiencing financial hardships in our community,” said Pamela J. Craig, executive director. “Our board members are active, engaged volunteers, and their hard work helps to bring folks in need back on the path to self-sufficiency.”

Harford Community Action Agency provides programs and services to address the needs of low-income individuals, families and communities in Harford County. For more information about the Harford Community Action Agency, visit harfordcaa.org.

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