Commissioners

Members

Merrill Smith, Jr., Chair 

Commissioner Merrill Smith, Jr. is a small business owner and the Chairperson for the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Smith worked in the private sector for nearly 25 years in various capacities including Chief Operating Officer, Vice-President of Operations, and Regional Vice-President. A native of Georgia, Mr. Smith has a passion for Civil and Human Rights that has led him to serve as a Commissioner. Commissioner Smith is President of Van McCoy legacy branch of ASALH, a proud supporter of the 105 Voices of History Choir and is a graduate and lifetime alumni of The Ohio State University. Mr. Smith also has a Lean Six Sigma Certificate from Villanova University. Commissioner Smith has been a resident of Prince George’s County since relocating to the area in 2003.

Janelle Johnson, Vice Chair 

A native of Hampton, Virginia, Commissioner Janelle Johnson attended the University of Illinois with a full scholarship in track and field. She competed in the 1995 Olympic Festival and qualified for the 1996 Olympic Trials. Commissioner Johnson transferred to George Mason University graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, later receiving her Master’s Degree in Business from Johns Hopkins University, after relocating to the Washington D.C. area in 1998. She has held positions in various technology companies, including Sprint and Lockheed Martin, where she served as the corporate Diversity Manager. Her current work assignment is with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) in the Office of the Secretary. She is also an ordained minister on the ministerial staff of Reid Temple AME Church. Commissioner Johnson believes her greatest commitment is to serve God, people, and the community. 

Nora Eidelman, Secretary 

Commissioner Nora Eidelman was born in Asunción, Paraguay and currently resides in College Park, MD. Commissioner Eidelman is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College, and is currently employed with Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County, Inc., where she serves as Deputy Director. Commissioner Edelman served on several boards including the Prince George’s County Child Resource Center and the Family Crisis Center. She was the co-chair of the Hispanic Community Task Force, a member of the Prince George's County Circuit Court Latino Task Force, a founding member of the Prince George’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a founding member of the Maryland Latino Coalition for Justice.

E. Anthony Langbehn  

Commissioner Langbehn is a retired career and vocational rehabilitation counselor with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Personnel Services with specialization in counseling individuals who have disabilities. Commissioner Langbehn has an AA degree in Paralegal Studies. Previously, Commissioner Langbehn was employed in administrative positions with the State of Maryland, including legal assistant to the State Appeals Officer for the Department of Human Resources. He was appointed to the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission in 2012 and also serves on the Prince George’s County Commission for Individuals with Disabilities. Commissioner Langbehn founded and chairs Maryland United for Peace and Justice, a statewide non-profit, advocacy and education coalition. He serves on boards of non-profits, including Pax Christi Metro DC and Baltimore, and Progressive Maryland, and he helped found Maryland Committee to Amend. Previously, Commissioner Langbehn was an elected member of the Democratic State Central Committee of Maryland and Political Action Chair of the AFSCME State Employees Council 92. As a Chief Steward with AFSCME, he handled employee grievances. His disabilities include multiple chemical sensitivity and toxic encephalopathy. After becoming disabled, Commissioner Langbehn served on the Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities and The Advisory Board of the ADA Information Center for the Mid- Atlantic Region.

Johnathan Medlock  

Commissioner Johnathan Medlock believes community leaders are servants first. Currently Vice-Mayor to the City of District Heights, Commissioner Medlock also serves as the Chairman for the Board of Directors for the Brave Heart Entrepreneurial Youth Camp (BEYC). BEYC is a nonprofit organization founded to promote the benefit of youth entrepreneurship. For the past seven years, Commissioner Medlock has volunteered as a mentor to African-American boys in need of male role models through the District Heights Elementary Mentoring Program and through his work as Sergeant-at-Arms and mentor with 100 Black Men of Prince George’s County. He serves on the Board of Directors for the 100 Black Men of Prince George's County and is Chair of that organization’s Saturday Leadership Academy (SLA). He has also organized a “Feed the Hood” program with the National Black United Front.

MaKelia Mitchell   

MaKelia Mitchell, Ph.D. has over 20 years’ experience in education, coaching, supervision and management.  Originally from Charleston, SC, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English, Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC.  Dr. Mitchell is passionate about advocating for the most vulnerable members of our community and has dedicated her life to changing and improving outcomes for all populations, especially children, regardless of zip code.  She is currently employed with the Prince George’s County Department of Human Services and owns several small businesses based in Prince George’s County, MD.