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County Executive Nominees Confirmed By County Council

P.G. County | 6/29/2010, 11:12 a.m.

Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson's nominees for the Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel (CCOP), the Commission for Children, Youth and Families and the Commission for women were confirmed by the County Council today.

"All of these individuals possess the qualities, skill and knowledge to be excellent members of these boards and commissions," Johnson said. "I know they will work hard to represent the interests of the citizens of Prince George's County."
The CCOP reviews the investigations of the Police Department and the Human Relations Commission and reports the thoroughness and objectivity of the investigations to the Police Chief.

Vernell Richardson was sworn into the CCOP immediately following her confirmation hearing.

Richardson, a resident of Temple Hills, is a Manager for Jerome and Brenda and Associates at a Dunkin Donuts in Washington, D.C. where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the store. She is retired from the International Union of Operating Engineers where she worked for over 30 years in the roles of Clerk and Membership Accountant.

Richardson is a member of the National Council of Negro Women and serves on the Hospitality Committee at the LeDetroit Baptist Church in Oxon Hill.

Joseph Pruden, Rhonda Hanson, Norma Hatot and Reverend Robert Lee, Jr., were sworn into the Commission for Children, Youth and Families immediately following their confirmation hearing.

Pruden, a resident of Cheverly, is the Owner of Pruden Photography where he specializes in portraiture and event photography. A veteran of the United States Army, he served as a military intelligence officer and was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain. Pruden earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and was certified as a Medic while in the U.S. Army.

An active member of the Prince George's County community, he serves as the Vice Chair of the Board for the Turning Point Academy, Chair of the Board of Election Supervisors for the Town of Cheverly and instituted a successful mentoring program for at risk students at Suitland High School.

Hanson, Hatot and Lee are reappointments to the Commission. All have served on the Commission since 2006.

Hanson, a resident of Accokeek, retired from teaching in the Prince George's County Public School System in 2008. Hatot, a resident of Mitchellville, is a Senior Nurse Consultant with the United States Public Health Service. Lee, a resident of Upper Marlboro, is an Engineering Consultant and he will continue to serve as the Chairman of the Commission.

Rita Robinson, Linda Johnson Thomas, Penelope Guzman Mendoza, Amanda Welch, Agnes Diane Williams were sworn into the Commission for Women immediate following their hearing.

Robinson, a resident of Clinton, is the President of Creative Learning Enterprises, Inc., an education consulting firm and a graduate-level Adjunct Professor in Counseling at Bowie State University. She retired in 2004 after an illustrious 46 year career as a Teacher and Administrator in the public school systems of Prince George's County and the District of Columbia.

Robinson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the District of Columbia Teachers College, a Master of Education degree in Counseling and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland. She has several certifications including Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Elementary and Middle School Principal - Supervisor and National Certified Counselor.

Robinson is a member of the National Association for Multicultural Education, the Association for Counseling and Development, the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. She has received numerous awards including the "2007 Bridgebuilder Award" from the American Counseling Association and the "Community Service Award" from the Prince George's County Human Relations Commission.

Baldwin, Mendoza, Thomas, Welch and Williams are being reappointed to the Board.

Baldwin, a resident of Bowie, is employed by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission as the Child Care Coordinator for two County childcare centers: the Prince George's County Employees' Child Care Center and the Prince George's County Public Schools Employees' Child Care Center.

Mendoza, a resident of Bladensburg, is a Project Coordinator for Census 2010 at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Thomas, a resident of Mitchellville, is an Executive Senior Sales Director for Mary Kay, Inc. and is responsible for the management of sales representatives in 13 states.

Welch, a resident of Upper Marlboro, is the Reentry Unit Chief at the Prince George's County Department of Corrections where she assists ex-offenders with transition into society. Williams, a resident of Bowie is a retired Senior Contract Specialist and the Owner of Christol Salon and Spa in Clinton.