Notary Work Group Information

Purpose: The purpose of the Notary Work Group is to study, review and make recommendations about the entire body of law, including Remote Notarizations, physical presence, fees, enforcement, and more in the State of Maryland. 
Goals: To determine if the notary law needs to be revised, to align the notary law with related laws in the State of Maryland, and to propose recommendations regarding the body of notary laws and remote notarizations that currently exist in other states.

Meetings of the Notary Work Group will be held in compliance with the Maryland Open Meetings Act, §§ 3-201 through 206 of the General Provisions Article of the Maryland Annotated Code. 

If you are not a member of the Notary Work Group but would like to attend and observe any of the Open Meetings, please contact Michael Schlein (see contact information below) by 11am on the day of the meeting that you would like to attend.

Notary Work Group Roster

  1. The Honorable Michael Leahy, Secretary, Department of Information Technology (DoIT) 
    Lance Schine, Deputy Secretary of State, DoIT 
  2. Clerk Marilyn Bentley, Clerk of the Court, Baltimore City 
  3. Toby Musser, CEO, MNS Group
  4. Penny Reed, SVP Strategic Engagement and Financial Reform, Wells Fargo
  5. Denise Pope, VP Branch Administration, Tower Federal Credit Union 
  6. Shelly Gross-Wade, President & CEO, FSC First
  7. Kenneth Frederick Krach, Administrative V P and Senior Counsel, M &T Bank
  8. Janelle Straszheim, Senior Vice President Trust Division, Sandy Spring Trust
  9. Senate: Cody Corcelius, Chief of Staff for Chairman Bobby Zirkin
  10. House: Delegate Richard W. Metzgar
  11. Lydia Williams, Program Manager, Guardianship, Legal Services and Elder Abuse Programs Department of Aging
  12. M. Clare Schuller, JD, Progressive Title Corporation 
  13. Jean Quattlebaum, General Manager, Monument Sotheby's International Realty
  14. John Nicholas (Nick) D'Ambrosia, Long and Foster, Chair: Maryland Real Estate Commission
  15. Michael Kasnic, Executive Director, Maryland Real Estate Commission
  16. Alexandria (Alex) Montanio, JD, Gordon Feinblatt
  17. Richard (Ricky) Adams, JD, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP
  18. Frieda M.A. McWilliams, Dir of Admin., MD Dept. of Labor, License and Regulation, Office of Financial Regulation
  19. Rodney (Rod) Ritter, General Manager, Fitzgerald Cadillac
  20. Katherine (Kathie) Connelly, Consumer, Notary Public
  21. William (Bill) A. O’Connell, First American Title Insurance Company
  22. Michael Higgs, Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation


  1. Notarize: Michael Adam Chodos, General Counsel, Senior VP
  2. NotaryCam: C. Richard ‘Rick’ Triola, Founder, CEO
  3. World Wide Notary: Bob Rice, CEO
  4. First Class Signing Services: David Shean

Office of the Attorney General:

Josaphine Yuzuik

Office of the Secretary of State:

Marquita Lewis, Notary Officer and Notary Public
Michael Schlein, Co-Chair, Division Administrator, Charities & Legal Services Division
Kathleen M. Smith, Chair, Assistant Secretary of State