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Ethics Panel

As established under the Code of Ethics, the Ethics Panel interprets the code and advises those who are subject to it. The panel has five members who must be residents of Baltimore City and are appointed by the chair of the Board of School Commissioners for overlapping terms of three years (or until successors are appointed).

Candidates being sought to serve on the Ethics Panel. Apply by May 31.

Panel Chair

Andy Flacks retired from the federal government, after more than 30 years with the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services. During his service, he was recognized for public health and medical response in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and was responsible for public health and medical support  in support of 9/11 operations, the 1996 Olympics, contingency planning for Operation Desert Storm/Shield, and numerous natural disasters.

Andy is founder and principal of Flacks Consulting LLC, a management consulting firm in the area of health and wellness. He is also co-founder of Excelsis Industries, a Baltimore-based hair-care company, and a co-owner of Arrowwood Shepherds, a dog-training operation.

Andy earned his MBA in Health Services Administration at Wagner College after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs Management from Michigan State University. He is the parent of a City Schools student.

Panel member

Thomas R. Akras is the deputy executive secretary of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners of Baltimore City, serving as chief legal counsel to the Board, chief of operations, and public information officer for the agency. Previously, he served as an assistant state's attorney/assistant city solicitor at the Department of Housing and Community Development in charge of prosecuting housing code violations, and as an assistant state's attorney assigned to the District Court Division, where he oversaw prosecution of thousands of misdemeanor criminal cases and conducted hundreds of bench trials.

Thomas graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law. He holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Baltimore and an undergraduate degree from University of Maryland with a major in government and politics.

Panel member

Brianna Davidson Jarrett earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Messiah College and her law degree from Widener University, where she served as editor of the Widener Law Journal and graduated magna cum laude. She practices in the area of elder law and estate planning, assisting clients with such challenging matters as asset preservation when facing the costs of nursing home care for an aging parent or spouse and developing estate plans for parents of children with special needs. 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. Brianna

Brianna is counsel in the Baltimore office of Offit Kurman, Attorneys at Law. Previously she was a law clerk and associate at the Law Offices of Nomiki Bouloubassis Weitzel, LLC. 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 and Elder Law sections.

Panel member

Sammy T. Mah held a variety of executive roles at General Motors, leaving after more than 25 years to “make the world a better place.” He was president/CEO of World Relief, one of the largest and broadest Christian humanitarian agencies in the world, served on President Obama’s task force on global poverty and development, and helped launch a software technology start-up.

Sammy serves on the Board of Directors for Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, a major insurer of churches and related ministries, where he chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee, Executive Compensation Committee, and Nominating Committee. He has been certified as a lead auditor for ISO9000 Quality Systems since 1996.

Sammy earned his MBA in Operations Management from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University). He works with teachers at Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School in the areas of math and science instruction.

Panel member 

Reverend Domanic A. Smith is pastoral outreach coordinator and leads faith community relations for LifeBridge Health. He is the organizing pastor of The Ezekiel Church and Ministries and was the founding director of pastoral care at the Maryland Baptist Aged Home, where he is also a founding member and secretary of the home's development corporation pursuing a goal of building a new state-of-the-art nursing home facility. He chairs the Board of Trustees for the Kings Landing Women's Service Club. 

Reverend Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communication studies from Morgan State University. He earned a Master's of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, while simultaneously studying at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh. While in North Carolina, he served Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Apex, as assistant to the pastor and youth pastor and was active in the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc., and the New Hope Missionary Baptist Association.

Reverend Smith has participated in the missionary work of the United Baptist Missionary Convention and Auxiliaries of the State of Maryland, Inc., since age three, and has served the organization in a number of administrative capacities, most recently as the first elected executive secretary. He is pursuing a doctorate with a focus on faith and health.