Jacqueline Alyea
CTO Advisor
B.A. in Visual Arts with a concentration in Photography, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Jacqueline Alyea joined Bard in October 2017 as the Student Support Specialist, and transitioned to CTO Advisor in 2019. She holds a BA in Visual Arts from UMBC. She is working on her graduate degree in School Counseling at John’s Hopkins University.

Melvin Bond
Associate Dean of Student and Family Engagement
B.S., Business Administration w/concentration in Human Resources, Frostburg State University; M.B.A., University of Phoenix
Mr. Bond is a native of Baltimore and has matriculated through the Baltimore City Public School System and chosen to dedicate his passion for youth success through education. He loves being a school leader, role model, and most of all a husband and father. His hobbies are spending time with family, coaching, writing, and mentoring youth.

Ashley Bubb
School Counselor for 10s, Year 1’s and 2’s with last names A-L
B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Biology, University of Maryland: Baltimore County; M.Ed. in School Counseling, Loyola University Maryland
Mrs. Bubb earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Biology at the University of Maryland: Baltimore County in 2013 and a Master’s of Education in Psychology at Loyola University Maryland in 2018. She has a wide variety of academic interests including science, theatre and other performing arts, and of course, counseling and psychology. Her primary counseling theories and the framework from which she approaches counseling is solution-focused and rooted in the ideas that cognition influences emotion and behavior and that it is important to empower individuals to take ownership of their own “story”. In her spare time, she likes to read, write, act in local productions, and spoil her two cats, Winnie and Hamlet. 

Matt Croson
Dean of Studies, Faculty in History
B.A., Anthropology and Sociology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland; M.F.A. in Historic Preservation, Savannah College of Art and Design; Graduate Certificate in Curriculum and Design, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University
Matthew Croson is the Dean of Studies at Bard Baltimore. Before starting a near 20 year career teaching and managing schools in Baltimore, Mr. Croson was a professional archeologist specializing in the digital documentation and preservation of standing and archeologically discovered buildings. Mr. Croson holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from the National Public Honors College at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a Master’s of Fine Arts Degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a postgraduate certificate in school leadership from the Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Croson is an early college student himself, having left high school early to attend college when he was 16 years old. 

Francesca Gamber
Principal, Faculty in History
B.A. in Afro-American Studies, Harvard University; Ph.D. in Historical Studies, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Marian Hoyt
School Counselor for 10s, Year 1’s and 2’s with last names L-Z
B.A., University of Michigan; M.Ed. in School Counseling, University of Maryland, College Park
Marian Hoyt is one the School Counselors for Grades 10 through Year Two. She is passionate about helping students understand their personal values, interests, and abilities, in the pursuit of becoming college and career ready. She firmly believes that every student (and individual) has the potential to live a meaningful life, achieving (whatever) personal success looks like for them. She holds a Masters of Education in School Counseling from the University of Maryland-College Park and a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. While she loves to discuss all things Maize and Blue, she is also a fan of Pinterest, the Mitten State, and mashed potatoes. Come and chat in Room 105!

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Admissions Manager
B.A. in Political Science and History, with a focus in education, Bennington College

Lindsey Melchior
School Counselor for 9th Grade Students
B.A., Philosophy, Goucher College; M.Ed., School Counseling, Loyola University Maryland

Gwendolyn L. Mountcastle
Office Administrator
B.S., Criminal Justice, Coppin State University; M.S., Human Services Administration, University of Baltimore 

Lyn Townes
Admissions Assistant
B.F.A. in Ceramics from Towson University; M.F. A. in Studio Art from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 
Lyn graduated from PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) with a MFA in Studio Art and a BFA in Ceramics from Towson University. Lyn believes that every child/young adult deserves the opportunity to succeed. She believes that test scores and past behaviors aren’t always the absolute indicator of a child’s/young adult success. If they are willing to put in the hard work, Lyn is willing to invest and support them wholly on their journey to academic and social success. 

Rachel Wasserman
BA, Psychology, Columbia University; M.S.L.S, LMS Concentration, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Rachel Wasserman serves BHSEC Baltimore as the school’s library media specialist. Ms. Wasserman is a Baltimore native, and among her goals for the library is to increase students’ information literacy and research skills, and also to encourage students to read for pleasure. In addition, Ms. Wasserman maintains the school archives, co-coordinates the Deans’ Hour speaker series, and organizes the Research Symposium in which students present their own work. Please check out the school library website! In her free time, Ms. Wasserman enjoys running, sewing, travel, making home videos and book trailers, and playing with her dog Brucie Springsteen.