Lioniemar Reyes, Lily, is a peace love and positivity, protector of individuality, energetic soul. She is a 90's baby who grew up in Newark, New Jersey. She and her brother were raised by two proud and hardworking Puerto Rican parents. She attended Middle School and High School at North Start Academy Charter School of Newark and went on to study Psychology and Theater at Rutgers University-Newark Campus. She is constantly learning every day who she wants to be in this world, that of which is constantly changing. She has been a Library Assistant, Peer Educator, Mentor, Teacher's...
Kysheif DeGraffenreid was born and raised in Newark, NJ attending some of the finest schools from St. Benedicts to Montclair State University earning a Bachelors in Sociology. His academic career has led him to provide mental health counseling to many of his peers in the neighborhood. After working for many years in community and public health, Kysheif launched KD REID Interiors to pursue his passion. KD Reid Interiors, which was established in 2020, addresses interior design entirely from the standpoint of the client. This tactic and Reid's distinctive, individual designs are only two of the...
Perris Straughter is the Director of Planning for Queens and Staten Island for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. He is charged with leading the planning activities related to affordable housing development and preservation for these boroughs, the City’s two largest by land area. Previously he was Supervising Planner in the City of Newark, where he coordinated the development approvals process for the City. During his tenure in Newark Perris also managed a $20 million commercial revitalization program and served as the coordinator of Newark's mural program,...
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