Deborah Bourne-Alley joined the United States Army in 1990. On the momentous day of August 2, 1990, when she commenced her basic training, the international conflict known as the Gulf War was triggered by the invasion of Iraq by Kuwait. Coincidentally, years later, this was the day she chose to be married.
From an early age, Gail Reed-Barnett, Ed.D. and her siblings were instilled with the value of education by their parents, William and Lillian, who were actively involved in their children’s education. They knew that a good education was the only tool that would ensure their children’s place in society. Dr. Reed-Barnett earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Medgar Evers College, a Master of Science in Counseling and Development from Long Island University and a Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University, with a concentration in Child, Youth and Family Studies. The love and dedication was not limited to empowering herself – she was also determined to share what her parents had taught her with young people in her community.
Paul Morales, a native of Honduras, immigrated to the United States in 1965. He joined the United States Army and was sent to Fort Gordon, Georgia, for basic training. After his Advance Infantry Training (AIT), he served at Fort Carson, Colorado, in preparation for overseas duty in South Korea.
Mr. Morales was assigned to C-Company, First Battalion, 9th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division, and his Unit was responsible for the security of Observation Post (OP) Collier and Bunker-Hill 104. The Demilitarized Zone at the 38th parallel was declared a combat zone, and on January 23, 1968, North Korean soldiers attacked the Second ID Sector. Mr. Morales was wounded in that attack and sent to the Seventh Evacuation Hospital where he remained for three months.
Michelle McClymont has over 16 years experience in business development and client relations in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Ms. McClymont has shown true dedication and passion for improving her community by assisting entrepreneurs and managing small business development.
In her prior role, as Senior Account Manager at New York City Business Solutions, Ms. McClymont diligently worked with small businesses to ensure growth and success. She placed a key focus on assisting business owners with recruitment and training of employees. In as little as two years, Ms. McClymont used her expertise and guidance to successfully help small business owners train, hire and retain over 1,500 employees.
Officer Robert Thybulle was born in April of 1976 in Brooklyn, NY. He attended P.S. 235 and graduated from Brooklyn College Academy H.S. in 1994. Upon graduation Robert Thybulle joined the United States Army where he attended basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and then was assigned to the 1st Battalion 6th Field Artillery in Bamberg, Germany.
While stationed in Germany, he was deployed for a peace keeping mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. For his heroic efforts, he was awarded an Army Achievement Medal, an Oversees Service Ribbon, a NATO Metal and other commendations.
Kwayera Archer-Cunningham is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, Inc., a non-profit organization, which is dedicated to supporting the creative, educational, and vocational development of youth of African descent in central Brooklyn.
Donald Day is a vice commander with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Department of New York. A United States Marine, he was honored with the Leatherneck Award from Leatherneck Magazine. He is a Vietnam-Era veteran with tours of duty in Europe and Southeast Asia.
He was injured while working with the 3rd Light Anti-Aircraft Missile Battalion at the 2nd Marine Corps Air Wing. Assigned to the staff of the Judge Advocate, Donald Day served as a Legal Chaser and Court Bailiff in Summary, General and Special Court Marshals. While on duty as a field radio operator Corporal Day was awarded with the United States Marine Corps Certificate of Commendation for his “esprit de corps” in the multi-national NATO arena and a Medal of Good Conduct.
Glyger G. Beach is a man of many achievements – both in his military service and in his community – who believes in not only serving ones country, but God and family. Upon completion of training courses, Mr. Beach was deployed to Iraq where he was assigned as Chaplain of the 301st Area Support Group. He had a total of sixty-five personnel working with him to provide area religious support to an entire population of 40,000.For his military service, Mr. Beach received numerous awards including: the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and many others.
Grace Johnson has distinguished herself in the food and beverage industry. As Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Crystal Manor, she has worked tirelessly to uphold the Manor’s reputation as a longstanding ne dining and catering establishment based in the heart of Flatbush. The success of Crystal Manor is largely due to Ms. Johnson’s enterprising, hospitable and authoritative set of business skills.
In 1996, Ms. Johnson opened the Manor to provide Brooklyn and outer borough communities with an upscale venue to hold momentous and celebratory events including weddings, receptions, church functions, political conferences, proms, Sweet 16’s, and birthday parties. For the last 14 years, Ms. Johnson and her staff hosted more than 2000 well-received affairs.
I would like to thank PS #91 and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”