Notary Services

A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government —typically by the Secretary of State — to serve the public as an impartial witness to administer oaths, witness the signing of documents, and deter fraud by verifying the identify of a person signing important documents. These official acts are called notarizations, or notarial acts.


Since 2007, Josefina “Josey” Padlan Simpson has been commissioned as a Notary Public for the State of Maryland, and is a member of the American Association of Notaries. All fees collected from notarial acts are donated to various non-profit organizations to support their mission and programs, and she is proud to serve our community in this capacity.

Josey has spent her career serving others and building relationships in her roles with O’Connell & Lawrence, Inc., MCCC, University of Maryland, Argyle Country Club, and UNIGLOBE Travel MidAtlantic.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, with a major in marketing, and is currently enrolled in the MicroMasters for Core MBA Curriculum at the Smith School


Community Engagement

Josey is an active volunteer and has been involved in several community and service organizations.

She is an Assistant Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 264, serving the National Capital Area Council since 1999, and has managed the logistics of 50 Eagle Scout Courts of Honor ceremonies since 2010, and the 100+ Eagles Celebration to honor Scoutmaster Dennis Bogan in 2014.