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Prince George’s County Council Approves County Executive Appointees for Commission
Prince George’s County Council Approves County Executive Appointees for Commission

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Today, the Prince George’s County Council approved Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III’s appointments of Walakewon Blegay, Nora Eidelman, Gail L. Heath, E. Tony Langbehn, Dario Muralles, and Nichele Vaughan to the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission.  The Prince George's County Human Relations Commission is a volunteer commission committed to the development of Prince George's County as a great place to live, work and play; where all are free to pursue their talents and dreams unhindered by bias, misunderstanding and conflict based on race, religion, color, gender, national origin, age, occupation, marital status, political opinion, personal appearance, sexual orientation, disability, or familial status.


“I want to thank the Prince George’s County Council for approving these appointees to the Human Relations Commission,” said Baker. “For our County to fulfill our potential, the Human Relations Commission is critical to creating an open-minded, fair, and unbiased community of diverse individuals.  I am proud to have the volunteer service of these six esteemed residents serving on the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission.”


According to Sec. 2-185 of the Prince George’s County Charter, the Human Relations Commission shall be a function of the County government to foster and encourage the growth and development of the County in such a manner that all persons shall have an equal opportunity to pursue their lives free of discrimination imposed because of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, occupation, marital status, political opinion, personal appearance, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap, or familial status.  Discriminatory practices based upon the foregoing criteria are declared to be contrary to the public policy of the County.  The County government shall direct its efforts and resources toward eliminating discriminatory practices within the County in the areas of housing, employment, law enforcement, education, public accommodations, commercial real estate, and any other facets of the lives of its citizens where such practices may be found to exist.


“The Commission Staff and the entire County leadership is very appreciative of the citizen candidates stepping forward to accept positions as Commissioners to ensure that we continue to protect the civil rights of residents and visitors; as we all strive to embrace diversity and end discrimination,” said D. Michael Lyles, Executive Director, The Prince George's County Human Relations Commission.


Biographies of Appointees:


Walakewon Blegay

Blegay  is currently an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board.  She originally was raised in Washington DC and spent over 10 years in Prince George’s County.  Walakewon has ran numerous campaigns in Maryland, including a mayoral, state senate, county executive, city council president and attorney general race.   She has also worked with the Maryland General Assembly, Congressman Steny Hoyer, AFSCME, SEIU and the AFL-CIO. 


She worked with legal issues in employment discrimination, securities, labor, health and family law. In addition, she has published articles on current developments in employment and health law..  Walakewon is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Government and Politics and earned a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.  Walakewon is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and currently resides in District Heights, MD. 


Nora Eidelman

Eidelman was born in Asunción, Paraguay, moved to the United States in 1988, and moved to Prince George's County in 1995.  She currently resides in Adelphi, MD. Nora was the co-chair of the Hispanic Community Task Force and a member of the Prince George's County Circuit Court Latino Task Force.  She served as board member of various non-profit organizations including the Prince George’s County Child Resource Center, the Family Crisis Center, the Mental Association for Prince George’s County and Action Langley Park.


She was a founding member of the Prince George’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where she served as secretary, and founding member of the Maryland Latino Coalition for Justice where she served as vice-president. Nora has been featured in the Prince Georges County Bar Journal, the Achiever Alumni Magazine of the University of Maryland University College, and was named by the Washingtonian Magazine as one the “100 People to Watch”, December 2000 edition. 


Currently she is employed with Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County, Inc., where she serves as Deputy Director.


Gail L. Heath

A native of Chicago, IL and now a resident of Laurel, MD.  Heath has a degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and J.D. from Howard University School of Law. 


She currently works as a representative for UFCW Local 400 based out of Landover, Maryland.  In her position, Heath uses the skills she learned in law school to enforce collective bargaining agreements with a variety of employers, negotiate contracts and help workers with problems on their job.


E. Tony Langbehn

Langbehn, a resident of Bowie, is a retired career and vocational rehabilitation counselor. Langbehn has a Masters degree in counseling and personnel services with specialization in counseling individuals who have disabilities and others who have career concerns.


Previously, he worked for the state of Maryland Department of Human Resources as a field supervisor of local departments of social services and legal assistant to the State Appeals Officer for the Department. Additionally, he owned a part-time, private career counseling practice.


Langbehn founded and chair the statewide non-profit, advocacy and education organization, Maryland United for Peace and Justice. He also serves on the Board of Directors of a Catholic peace organization, Pax Christi Metro DC and Baltimore. Recently he has leader and organized of the organization, Take Back Democracy—Maryland. He is also a board member of Progressive Maryland. Previously, Langbehn was an elected member of the Democratic State Central Committee of Maryland and Political Action Chair of the AFSCME State Employees Council 92.


Lengbehn 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. He has also served on the Prince George’s County Commission for Individuals with Disabilities since 2004 and was appointed an official member in 2006.


Dario Muralles

Muralles was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, moved to the United States in 1989, and moved to Prince George's County in 2006.  He currently resides in Mount Rainier, MD.


He was a member of the Montgomery County Health Care for All and also a board member of the Maryland Latino Coalition for Justice.  In 2004, Muralles received the Linowes Leadership Award presented by the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region and was a 2005 finalist for the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award presented by United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. 


Currently he is employed with the Capital Area Food Bank, where he serves as Bilingual Partner Relations Coordinator.


Nichele Vaughan

Vaughan has been a resident of Prince George’s County since 2006 residing in Bowie. Ms. Vaughan’s spirit for advocating the civil and human rights of the citizens of Prince George’s county led Vaughan to her appointment as a Commissioner in 2007.  Vaughan is currently a member of the Commission’s Executive Committee and continues to work diligently to adjudicate discrimination cases and find creative ways to engage in community outreach.


Vaughan currently is a certified yoga instructor and an independent consultant.  She has a Masters of Business Administration and worked in the private sector supporting large government clients for several years prior to her current work.  She also has a Masters of Arts degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University and is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Maryland. 

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