Emerson C. Davis is a retired police officer with the Anne Arundel County Police Department. He retired as Deputy Chief of Police after serving 35 years. He has served as an Ex-Officio member of the Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues and the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Commission. Mr. Davis has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from York College of Pa. in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Applied Behavioral Science and Leadership. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Mr. Davis, born and raised in Pennsylvania, has lived in Anne Arundel County since 1976 and resides in Arnold with his wife Donna. He has two grown sons. Mr. Davis is a registered Republican.
Jonathan P. Kagan is a trial attorney who has been in private practice in Anne Arundel County since 1993. He graduated cum laude from Boston University and with honors from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. After law school, Mr. Kagan clerked for the Honorable Robert H. Heller, Jr. on the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County. He is a past President of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association, and the Chair-elect of the Litigation Section of the Maryland State Bar Association. Mr. Kagan serves on the Board of Trustees of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Anne Arundel County Advisory Board of BB&T Bank. He is the former Vice Chairman of the Ethics Commission for the City of Annapolis. Mr. Kagan resides in Annapolis with his wife Marnie and his two children. He is a registered Democrat.
Donna McCabe Schaeffer is a family law attorney who has been in private practice in Anne Arundel County since 1986. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, Cum Laude, in 1980 and from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1985, With Honor. Following her law school graduation, Ms. Schaeffer clerked for The Honorable James F. Couch, Jr. on the Maryland Court of Appeals from 1985 to 1986. Ms. Schaeffer resides in Annapolis with her husband, Kevin, and their three children. She is a registered Republican.
J. Adger Stokes is retired after working in sales and management positions with the DuPont and Agfa Corporations. He is a Vietnam War veteran, spending four years in the Army and rising to the rank of Captain in Military Intelligence. Mr. Stokes graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He is a former member of the Severn School Board of Trustees and served as Board Chair from 2005 – 2007. He was also a board member of the UNC Educational Foundation, the fund-raising arm of the UNC Athletic program. He was a past President of the Preserve at Broad Creek Homeowners Association. He is currently a commissioner of the Anne Arundel County Veterans Commission. Mr. Stokes was born in Richmond, VA and raised in NC. He has lived in MD since 1985. He resides in Annapolis with his wife, Sandra. Mr. Stokes is a registered Republican.
Betsy K. Dawson, the executive director, is a lawyer admitted to practice in the State of Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and the 4th Circuit United States Court of Appeals. She has worked for the Ethics Commission since 1996. Ms. Dawson is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Case-Western Reserve University School of Law .
Gina Scerbo, who joined the staff as the commission secretary in August, 2007, has over 20 years of secretarial experience. Ms. Scerbo is a native of South County and resides in Dunkirk with her husband and two daughters.