Members of the Human Rights Commission
Charlene Proctor, Esq., Chair
Charlene Proctor, Esq. was appointed as Commissioner to the Prince George’s County Human Rights Commission in September 2019, elected Vice-Chair in October 2020, and appointed as Chair effective July 1, 2021. Chair Proctor has resided in Prince George’s County for over 30 years. She serves as Senior Counsel in the Office of Equal Employment at the Securities and Exchange Commission. She has provided executive level management of EEO programs at the Commission, Transportation and Security Administration and Merit Systems Protection Board. Prior to that, she served in attorney positions at the Merit Systems Protection Board, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Department of Justice and District of Columbia Court of Appeals, where she recommended decisions on procedural motions, complaints of employment discrimination and appeals from federal personnel actions.
Chair Proctor has a diverse training portfolio and holds certificates in workplace investigations, civil treatment training and alternative dispute resolution practices. She volunteers as a Settlement Neutral for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and as an instructor for Negotiations Works. Ms. Proctor is active in local, regional and national professional associations, community service organizations and 501(c)(3) organizations. She graduated from Hampton University with a B.A. in Economics and received her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and U.S. Supreme Court bars.
Joseph S. Reed, Vice-Chair
Commissioner Reed has spent most of his adult life working on civil rights issues on Capital Hill and at various nonprofits, including nearly six years at the Washington Bureau of the National NAACP. Currently, he works at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) as their Senior Policy Advocate working with community leaders, policymakers, and financial institutions to champion fairness and end discrimination in lending, housing, and business. Commissioner Reed grew up in Fort Washington, Maryland and is a product of the Prince George's County Public Schools, graduating from Suitland High School. A proud alumnus of Hampton University, he obtained his Bachelors Degree in Mass Media with a concentration in Public Relations in 2002. He has also earned a Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies from Georgetown University and a Masters Degree and Graduate Certificate from John Hopkins University in Government and Government Analytics, respectively.
Keith B. Adams was appointed to the Human Rights Commission in October 2022. A native Washingtonian and is a lifelong resident of Prince George’s County. Keith has been a Senior Executive in the Federal Government with multiple Departments and Agencies during an accomplished career of service spanning almost 40 years.
Mr. Adams earned a B.S. Degree in Marketing from Shepherd University (WV) and a M.S. Degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland. He has served as a Board of Director for Homeowners Association’s in Landover and Beltsville MD and is honored to serve as a Commission on this body.
He is the proud father of a talented and gifted son who recently graduated from Bowie State University. Finally, Mr. Adams serves faithfully as a leader at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG) where he finds great joy in impacting the residents of Prince George’s County and all over the world.
Dr. Traci Birckhead
Dr. Traci Birckhead was born in Washington, DC. She relocated to Prince George’s County at the age of 4, so she considers herself a proud, native Prince Georgian. She was educated in the County School System from elementary to high school – attending Valley View, Owens Road, Overlook, Benjamin Stoddart Middle, and, is a PROUD Clipper as a graduate of Oxon Hill High School. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park and then earned her Master of Science and Doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning, with a focus in Organizational Development, from The George Washington University. She also has Masters Certificates in Event Management and Program Management.
Over the last 25 years, Dr. Birckhead has worked for a number of consulting and management firms including Lockheed Martin, MCI, Verizon, General Dynamics, SAIC, as well as other organizations. A Program Manager by passion and trade, she enjoys planning, implementing, and improving processes, policies, and procedures. She seeks to share her knowledge with others and is also comfortable standing alone when others are not committed to what’s right, honest, and just.
She served on the adjudication board of a national, not-for-profit organization whose responsibility was to review, adjudicate, and arbitrate appeals and establish policies and best practices for equitable and just enforcement. Dr. Birckhead and her husband reside in Bowie, MD.
Roslyn D. Brown began her federal career at the EEOC in 1974 as an Equal Opportunity Specialist, investigating private-sector EEO complaints. In 1994 she became the Deputy Director of the National EEO Program at Treasury/U.S. Customs Service. She joined the Internal Revenue Service in June 1999 as the Director of Discrimination Complaint Review. In 2006 she became the Director of Affirmative Employment Programs at HUD. In 2007, she was served as Director of Intelligence Community EEO Outreach for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence where she remained until retirement April 30, 2009. She is currently President/CEO of EEO Workplace Strategies.
Roslyn has an MPA Degree from George Washington University. She is a certified Mediator for the District of Columbia (1992), and she also attended the Program on Negotiations at Harvard University. Over the course of her federal career, she had three articles published: in The Public Manager magazine in 1995; in The New Millennium Treasury Reinvention Magazine in 1999; and in the IRS Leader’s Digest magazine in Oct. 2001. In 2010, became a published author of her book entitled, Executing Enforceable Settlement Agreements: Guide for Federal Agencies available at LRP Publications. Roslyn has made presentations at several national public forums including, but not limited to, the Federal Dispute Resolution Conferences since 2001; and has been a Guest Speaker on several FedTalk radio broadcasts (federalnewsradio.com).
Turkessa L. Brown
Turkessa L. Brown was appointed Commissioner to the Prince George’s County Human Rights Commission in March 2023. A Prince George’s County resident since 2006, Ms. Brown holds a Bachelors Degree in English Literature, a Law Degree, and a Certificate in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
A practicing attorney for over 20 years, she represents clients in litigation, regulatory, and enforcement actions initiated by various government agencies. She is also a member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and serves on the board of a few local non-profits. Commissioner Brown is a resident of Bowie, MD.
Regina C. Gilmore
Regina C. Gilmore was appointed as a Commissioner to the Prince George’s County Human Rights Commission in March 2023. Born and reared in Washington, DC; she has been a proud Prince Georgian since 1974. She holds an AA Degree in Corrections Administration, a BA Degree in Social Psychology and a Master of Theological Studies (Urban Ministries).
Ms. Gilmore is a US Civil Service and DC Government retiree; having served as a Deputy Warden for Programs and Special Needs; Policy, Compliance and Accreditation Manager and Reentry Programs Coordinator. During those 40 years of service in the DC Department of Corrections, she was also an EEO Counselor and Hearing Officer for complaints of employment discrimination and employee disciplinary recommendations. Later, she inspected and provided project management to federal, state and private prisons and detention facilities for compliance with national performance-based operational standards. Ms. Gilmore also contracted with the US Postal Service as an EEO investigator for several years.
Ms. Gilmore served as a member of the Prince George’s County Citizens Complaint Oversight Panel prior to its reorganization in 2022. She currently consults with assisted living facility and psychiatric rehabilitation programs in Prince George’s County as they prepare for licensing and/or accreditation surveys. Ms. Gilmore has served as an officer with her homeowners association and is very active in The Shepherd’s House International Christian Church social justice and faith-based community initiatives in Prince George’s County.
Wendi J. Howard
Wendi Howard earned her Bachelor's degree in Business and Organizational Communication from Akron University and pursued further education by earning a Master of Business Administration degree from Trinity University and a Doctoral Degree from both TIU and Walden University. Wendi's extensive academic background in business, communication, and leadership equipped her with the knowledge and expertise to excel in her professional and personal pursuits. She has been employed with the Department of Energy for over 20 years working on managing human resources, training, and diversity. Additionally, Wendi has been serving as a Human Rights Commissioner for three years and counting, making sure that there is equity within employment and housing in Prince George's County.
Beyond her academic and professional achievements, Wendi is also deeply committed to serving her community. She has been volunteering with the Bowie Fire Department for 16 years, demonstrating her dedication to helping others and keeping her community safe. She is also a mentor to students, guiding and inspiring the next generation of leaders, and an active member of the NAACP, working to promote equality and justice. In addition to her many accomplishments and contributions, Wendi values spending quality time with her family and friends. She enjoys pursuing her passions outside of work, such as writing and public speaking.
Daryl D. Jackson is a highly motivated, results-driven chemical dependency counselor with diverse experience in developing treatment plans for consumers, maintaining quality service by establishing policies and procedures, and driving optimum levels of performance by motivating and mentoring staff.
Residing in Oxon Hill, Maryland; Daryl is best known for his contributions to criminal justice, child welfare, and treatment court field. When he isn't busy administering the drug court implementation project at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), you can find him volunteering with local community agencies, Historically Black College & University, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is also on numerous community relations boards throughout the United States.
Dr. Jackson is a 2007 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, focusing on African American studies. In 2010 he earned his MSW degree from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, and in 2015 he earned a Ph.D. in counseling from Cleveland State University. In 2021 he earned an executive graduate certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is also certified in cognitive behavioral/motivational enhancement therapy and is a licensed chemical dependency counselor.
Sylvia L. Johnson
Sylvia L. Johnson was appointed to the Human Relations Commission early in Fiscal Year 2020. A native Washingtonian, she has resided in Prince George’s County for more than 25 years. The founder and CEO of JI-Solutions LLC, a woman owned 8a certified Health IT and Biomedical Consulting Company, Commissioner Johnson is also the president of DC Technology Systems, an IT Cybersecurity company. Commissioner Johnson started her 18 year career in public service with the US Federal government with the NIH/NCI and the US/FDA as a research scientist, compliance officer, lead FDA Inspector and Specialist for the FDA Commissioner working on International Affairs. After leaving the federal government, Commissioner Johnson held executive positions with several Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies. She’s a trusted strategic advisor and Subject Matter Expert/Expert Witness in her field. Ms. Johnson earned a BS Degree in Biology from the University of the District of Columbia and a MS Degree in Technology Management (Biotechnology Specialty) from the University of Maryland/ University College along with several professional certifications from the SBA & MIT. She’s the proud mother of one son, a recent graduate of Benedict College.
Dr. Ademola Moses Oduyebo
Commissioner Oduyebo earned a Master's Degree in Mediation and Conflict Resolution and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Criminology and Justice System Studies. He is an effective Mental Health Clinician working with youth of all backgrounds and cultures. He has lived in Prince George's County since 1989. He has worked with domestic and international leaders and business consultants in a variety of industries and comes to the Commission with a deep passion to assure Prince Georgians that the County cares, that it is willing and ready to protect their interests through a fair arbitration process that could help in breaking impasses and overcoming resistance and hurdles. Dr. Oduyebo is a proud husband and father to four young men.