Jesse Hamilton was born and raised in New York City, and graduated from Ithaca College. He has an MBA from Long Island University and a JD degree from Seton Hall Law School. He and his wife, Lorna, also an attorney, live in Brooklyn and have two children, Carla and Jesse IV, and a Dachshund named Paxton.
Jesse is proud to have spent his entire career helping people, including over 20 years as an elected official in Crown Heights. The last seven of those years he has spent representing his community as District Leader of the 43rd Assembly District.
Specialist Veronica Reid is an honorably discharged female veteran who served in the United States Army. Her years of service, from November 1983 to January 1988, were saluted by receiving the Army Service Ribbon.
Ms. Reid joined Black Veterans for Social Justice, Inc. in 2003, and began her tenure as a case manager. She is currently the Officer of Veteran Services. She has the sole responsibility of developing, enhancing and working with public officials and legislators to promote new initiatives and funding for homeless veterans, their families and especially women veterans with children.
Sarah Keys Evans was born in rural Washington, NC, in 1929, the second oldest of seven children. After graduating from Mercy Catholic High School, she enrolled in the Perth Amboy, NJ Hospital School of Nursing in 1948, and moved to New York that December. She found a kind home at the Franciscan Handmaids of Mary Convent in Harlem for Career Girls, and remained in New York for two years before enlisting in the Women Army Corps in 1951.Following her honorable discharge as a private first class in 1953, she worked full-time and attended beauty school at night. What followed was a successful 30-year career as a hair stylist, including her ownership of Glamour Nook, Ltd.
The Reverend Doctor Cheryl Gwynn Anthony is an anointed Woman of God who has been called into the kingdom to serve her generation through the power of the Holy Spirit. She possesses the unique ability of gracefully and skillfully blends professional ethics, business acumen, social and cultural activism in order to proclaim a living Gospel. As an artisan and visionary, Dr. Anthony is the Founder, CEO and Pastor of the renowned and awarded JUDAH International Christian Center, Inc. (JUDAH), in Brooklyn, New York. She has served within both local and national government in for more than twenty-five years. Pastor Anthony is a veteran who is committed to community and human development. Dr.
Shimon Herz, born to Holocaust survivors, grew up in a home that was focused on education and helping others, and these principles were deeply engrained into the life of young Shimon.In 1974, he arrived in Crown Heights to study in the world renowned Rabbinical College on Eastern Parkway under the leadership of The Grand Rebbe of Lubavitch, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of Blessed memory. In 1978, Rabbi Herz graduated from the Rabbinical College with honors and soon after married his wife, the former Sheina Weiss of Pittsburgh, PA.
Ms. Marion Romain has been a faithful volunteer in our District Office for more than 5 years. An active senior citizen, Ms. Romain has an extensive background in office operations, having worked for numerous entities until her retirement in the early 1980’s. Every Tuesday morning, Ms. Romain is at her assigned post in the District Office, assisting greatly with receptionist duties and answering the phones. Full of energy and sharp as a tack, Ms. Romain also assists us with various community events outside of the office, and is always willing to lend a hand. We salute you, Ms.
Demetrius S. Lawrence, born in Brooklyn, NY, is paving the way for excellence, diligence, and commitment to community. As the elected 2nd Vice Chairman of New York City Community Board 9, he serves South Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Wingate and portions of North Flatbush. Raised in Brooklyn, Mr. Lawrence attended the High School of Fashion Industries and John Jay College. Employed as a Project Manager for over 10 years by Align Communications, Inc., Mr. Lawrence has the real experience to manage his commitments.His diligent efforts can be seen in his dedication and team spirit which has led him from the background to the forefront, filling several community positions such as: PTA President of P.S.
Specialist Veronica D. Reid is an honorably discharged veteran who served in the United States Army. Her years of service, from November 1983 to January 1988, were recognized by her receiving the Army Service Ribbon.Ms. Reid joined Black Veterans for Social Justice, Inc. in 2003, and began her tenure as a case manager. She is currently the Officer of Veteran Services. She has the sole responsibility of developing, enhancing and working with public offi cials and legislators to promote new initiatives and funding for homeless veterans, their families and especially women veterans with children.
Hazra Joanne Ali, a Trinidadian American, immigrated to the United States in 2003 and founded her own small business, New Hope and Beyond, Inc., a real estate investment company that deals primarily, but not exclusively, with foreclosure properties in Brooklyn.
A former fashion model and a graduate of UWI – St. Augustine, Ms. Ali is a licensed pharmacist. She worked as an account executive with Akzo-Nobel, a large international pharmaceutical company and later, Ares-Serono, where she managed sales and marketing for the Manhattan market. For 13 years she successfully united her education as a pharmacist with the wealth of marketing training she received in the biotech industry.
Tinneesia White-Flores is a 10th grader at Achievement First Brooklyn High School and has been a Girl Scout for approximately 7 years. She is currently a senior Girl Scout at St. Marks Church/Day School, Troop 2679, in Crown Heights, and she enjoys the many outreach and educational programs it offers.
Mary Beth Artz is a singer, actress and lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY, with a passion for the city's urban wildlife. To her there is nothing more inspiring than to see the “V Formation” of the Canada Geese flying over her home in Windsor Terrace.
One of her passions is helping people connect to the wildlife that share our city and our world. She is a part-time educational instructor with the Wildlife Conservation Society, and that passion led her to study Conservation Biology at The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University.
Paula Overbay arrived in Brooklyn from Portland, Oregon, in 1997, settled into a studio in DUMBO, and continued to paint and exhibit. She became a political activist during the Health Care Debate and moved into the Artist/Activist position when the opportunity arose to spearhead a public mural in her community of Crown Heights. The project is being painted by four talented interns under Overbay’s guidance, and funded generously by Senator Eric Adams, neighborhood leaders, local merchants, and friends.
Jay “Rocket” Ruiz is the president and founder of The Brooklyn Bike Patrol, a group of volunteers who are dedicated to making the women of Brooklyn feel safe as they travel from train stations to their homes in the evening hours.
Last fall, Ruiz was watching a newscast about the spree of sexual assaults in the Park Slope area when he got an idea. “What if every woman was safely escorted home?” Ruiz said to his wife that night in their Prospect Heights home.
“I can do this. I can hop on my bike, bring women home and then they wouldn’t be attacked,” Ruiz said, who rides his bike about 26 miles every day – 11 miles round-trip to work and about 15 miles each night while escorting women for the Brooklyn Bike Patrol.
Elder Stacey S. Latimer is the Founder and Chairman of LAI Foundation Inc. (LAIF), and severs as the Senior Pastor of Love Alive International Sanctuary of Praise Worship Center– New York City, is a non-denominational ministry for all people. He is a United States Army Veteran serving faithfully and honorably from Oct. 1985 retiring in October 1991. Elder Latimer is the Chair of the MSM committee on the New York State Prevention Planning Group. He is a pastoral care representative in the Brooklyn AIDS Task Force. Pastor Latimer is a member of the New York State Faith in Action Coalition and active within the New York State Health Department’s Faith Initiative.
Siobhan O’Neill always dreamed of pursuing a career in theater. Born in Dublin, Ireland, livingin Hong Kong and moving to Kansas in the 5th grade, she attended Walnut Hill School for Performing Arts in Natick, Massachusetts and then Oberlin College in Ohio where she studied theatre, history, cello and voice.
Emory X. Brooks, LCSW, is the President/CEO and Founder of Community Counseling & Mediation, best known as CCM. He created CCM in 1982 in response to the overwhelming problems facing poor, minority and disadvantaged children and families in New York City. CCM was one of the first minority led agencies in the City, operating under the premise that cultural sensitivity coupled with strong programs can make a significant difference.
Carl and Shelley moved to Prospect Lefferts Gardens in 2006. They are the parents of Gabrielle (age 4) and William (age 2).
Shelly worked for Jewelry Designer until she left the fashion industry in 2007 to become a Stay At Home Mom. While staying at home with her children, Shelley realized the need for more family friendly based resources in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, this put in motion the idea of Play Kids.
It has always been Carl’s dream to own and operate his own business. After the birth of his two kids, he quickly realized the need for a quality toy store in the neighborhood. Play Kids is a reflection of the value Shelley and Carl place on having quality, smart, eco-friendly, educational and family oriented toys.
Artist, mother, teacher, and community organizer are among the terms that describe Brooklyn resident Maggie Tobin. Very involved in the Kensington neighborhood, Maggie has recruited residents in the community for many beautification projects including clean up of litter filled areas, seed-bombing abandoned lots, painting murals to get the attention of absentee landlords and city officials, and spearheading many community building events including the Kensington World's Fair.