About the Members of the Ethics Panel
Members of the Ethics PanelAndy Flacks, Chair
Andy Flacks retired from the federal government in June 2014 after 36+ years of service, of which 27 years were with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and 9+ years were with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). A proven leader, Andy was recognized for among other things, the initial federal public health and medical response in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, and for the management of federal medical personnel in New Orleans during the first Mardi Gras, post Katrina. He also managed the Continuity of Operations program at HHS and had also served as the liaison between DVA and HHS. Andy also was the lead senior federal official responsible for public health and medical support to New York. New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Deployments included support for 9/11 operations, the 1996 Olympics, as well as DVA/Department of Defense (DoD) contingency planning in support of Operation Desert Storm/Shield and most hurricanes and natural disasters during the time of his federal service.
In September 2014, Andy established Flacks Consulting LLC, a management consulting firm of which he is the Principal. Since the inception of the firm Andy has helped launch a major fitness business in Baltimore; consulted on the reorganization of one of the premiere mental health/substance abuse practices in Baltimore and is currently working as Government Relations Manager with an international corporation recognized as a leader in the field of remote patient monitoring and telehealth.
Andy is co-founder of Excelsis Industries, a Baltimore based hair-care company and is also a co-owner of Arrowwood Shepherds, Inc. Located in Woodbine, MD Arrowwood Shepherds is the premiere dog training operation on the east coast, specializing in canine behavior modification and competitive training. Andy earned his MBA in Health Services Administration at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY in 1979 after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs Management from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI in 1976. Born and raised in New York City, and a graduate of the NYC public school system, Andy is proud to call Baltimore his home where he resides with his wife Cindy and daughter Zoee, who is a student at Thomas Johnson Elementary-Middle School #84.Thomas R. Akras, Esq., Member
Since November 2014, Thomas R. Akras has been the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners of Baltimore City (BLLC). Mr. Akras serves as Chief Legal Counsel to the Board, Chief of Operations, and Public Information Officer for the agency.
Mr. Akras came to the BLLC from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) of Baltimore City where he had served since June 2013 as an Assistant State’s Attorney/Assistant City Solicitor in charge of prosecuting housing code violations. Prior to joining DHCD, Mr. Akras served as an Assistant State’s Attorney within the State’s Attorney’s Office of Baltimore City where he was assigned to the District Court Division. While there from 2010 to 2013 Mr. Akras oversaw the prosecution of thousands of misdemeanor criminal cases and conducted hundreds of bench trials.
Mr. Akras is a 2009 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and was admitted to the bar in the State of Maryland in 2010. Mr. Akras also received his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland with a major in Government and Politics.Brianna Jarrett, Esq., Member
Since her admission to the Maryland Bar in December 2010, Brianna Davidson Jarrett has practiced in the areas of elder law and estate planning. Brianna earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Messiah College in 2007, and then pursued a Juris Doctor at Widener University, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Widener Law Journal, and graduated magna cum laude in May 2010. She then joined The Law Offices of Nomiki Bouloubassis Weitzel, LLC, as a law clerk and, after her admission to the Maryland Bar in December 2010, she became a practicing attorney with the firm and continued as an Associate before joining Offit Kurman in 2018. Brianna is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the American Bar Association, and the Maryland State Bar Association, where she is also a member of the Estates and Trusts Section as well as the Elder Law Section.
Brianna is passionate about assisting her clients with some of their most challenging life stages, such as: asset preservation planning when faced with the costs of nursing home care for an aging parent or spouse, establishing estate plans for married couples who each have children from separate marriages, and developing estate plans for parents of children with special needs. She also has experience in representing clients in the administration of estates. Brianna’s foundation in social work provides her with a unique skill set to counsel clients through these and many other estate and elder law matters.Sammy T. Mah, Member
For over 27 years, Sammy Mah served the shareholders and customers of General Motors in a variety of executive roles. In 2005, he left GM to “make the world a better place”. Since then Sammy has spent over 5 years serving as the President/CEO of World Relief, one of the largest and broadest Christian humanitarian agencies in the world (headquartered in downtown Baltimore); served on President Obama’s White House taskforce on Global Poverty and Development; and helped launch a software technology startup.
In 2007, he was elected to the Board of Directors for Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, a major insurer of churches and related ministries in the U.S. Since 2013, he has been appointed as the Chairman of the Audit Committee; which provides oversight of all financial reporting processes, supervises both internal and external auditors, conducts investigations of matters including conflicts of interest and violations of policy, and works closely with insurance regulatory bodies. Sammy is also appointed to the Executive Committee, Executive Compensation Committee, and Nominating Committee. Lastly, he was certified as a Lead Auditor for ISO9000 Quality Systems in 1996.
Sammy earned his MBA in Operations Management from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University). He and his wife Lorelei thoroughly enjoy living in the city. The combination of corporate big business, non-profit, federal government, and tech startup experiences have significantly fueled his desire to continue to “make the world a better place”. For the past two years, he has been serving some wonderful teachers at Francis Scott Key Elementary and Middle School in the areas of math and science instruction.Domanic Smith, M.Div., MemberThe Reverend Domanic A Smith is employed with LifeBridge Health as the Pastoral Outreach Coordinator within the department of Population Health. Formally, he served as the protestant staff chaplain but now he leads the LifeBridge Health System in all its faith community relations.
Licensed in 1999 as a minister of the Gospel, Reverend Smith was ordained into the Christian Ministry through combined efforts of St. Paul Baptist Church and Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Apex, North Carolina on Saturday, December 13, 2003 in Baltimore, Maryland. While in North Carolina for educational pursuits, Reverend Smith served Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Apex as the Assistant to the Pastor/Youth Pastor from May 2000 through December 2004. He was directly responsible for the development and growth of the Youth and Young Adult Ministry, the Praise and Worship Team and provided oversight for the financial growth of the church. He was also active at the state and local level of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc. and the New Hope Missionary Baptist Association. Formally, he served as the secretary for District Three of the Association.Since December 2007, Reverend Smith serves as the organizing pastor of The Ezekiel Church and Ministries… A Baptist Church Operating in Excellence. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Reverend Smith worked with the ministries of St. Paul Baptist Church beginning at age three. Reverend Smith was the founding Director of Pastoral Care at the Maryland Baptist Aged Home; which was organized in 1910. Reverend Smith is a founding member of the Maryland Baptist Aged Home Development Corporation with a goal of building a new state of the art nursing home facility. He serves as the Secretary for the corporation.Reverend Smith has participated in the missionary work of the United Baptist Missionary Convention and Auxiliaries of the State of Maryland, Inc. (UBMC) since age three. He served with the Young People’s Department as Treasurer, Chair of the Worship Committee and as the Lead Counselor of the Royal Ambassadors. Formally, Reverend Smith operated as the Chief Editor of the Baptist Voice of Maryland ~ the State Convention magazine, Chair of Communications and the Executive Administrator (Chief of Staff) to the President UBMC while continuing to serve as a member on the Executive Board. In 2014, Reverend Smith was elected as the Recording Secretary and most recently became the first elected Executive Secretary of UBMC.Reverend Smith serves as the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Kings Landing Women’s Service Club. This organization was founded in 1964 to provide assistance to the YMCA Camp Director to improve attendance, facilities and programming. For more than 50 years this organization has made significant contributions to programs and projects geared toward improving the quality of life for young people as well as other meaningful programs in the Greater Baltimore area. Since 1975, KLWSC sponsors the longest running Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast on the East Coast.Reverend Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, a Masters of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, while simultaneously studying at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Reverend Smith is pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry degree with focus in faith and health. He has studied at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Reverend Smith is the hands-on father to his son, Dillon-Seth Anthony Smith.