Dedicated to the community, Opel mentors, tutors, and volunteers in his free time through his fraternity, as well as with the Howard County Democratic Party. He is 2nd Vice President of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee, member of the Columbia Democratic Club, Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club, and the Howard County Chapter of the NAACP. Additionally, he is a Human Rights Commissioner for Howard County, appointed by then County Executive, Ken Ulman.
Throughout the years, Opel has worked as a systems/software engineer, mathematics lecturer and development officer, and a computer scientist, at Lockheed Martin, Hampton University, Bowie State University, and the United States Census Bureau. He also served as Director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute for several years while at Hampton teaching leadership studies and developing leaders, all the while teaching mathematics and honors seminars.
Opel graduated high school in Prince George's County, received the B.S. in mathematics from Hampton University, the M.S. in mathematics from Howard University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics also at Howard University. He is a proud Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., initiated at Hampton University, and past president of the local Howard County chapter. His professional associations include the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the National Association of Mathematicians. Opel loves music, football, Sudoku, and studies martial arts as he is a black belt in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu karate and a certified judge with the United States National Karate-Do Federation. He and his wife, Shaundra, are extremely proud parents of two boys, Opel II, and Ivan, and a brand new baby girl, Whitley!