As a New Orleans native, Catherine knew that her passion for her hometown would always bring her back. Following her graduation from the University of Missouri she returned to New Orleans and enrolled at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She became keenly aware at this time that she could effect change within her very own community through work within the criminal justice system. While attending law school, Catherine worked with the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice as a Rule XX student practitioner in the Criminal Defense Division. Catherine continued her passion for the protection of the citizens of New Orleans by entering into private practice as a criminal defense attorney subsequent to her graduation. She has maintained active engagement with New Orleans and its citizens through several volunteer opportunities and organizations. She firmly believes that by empowering the citizens of New Orleans, the city can reach its greatest potential.
Born and raised on Southern cooking and rich culture, Kiana’s passion and hope has led him to work helping rebuild communities and lives. During his long hiatus inside, Kiana developed skills to apply outside. His work has ranged from supporting fair and equal pay to voting rights for the formerly incarcerated. Kiana founded Project Detour, a non-profit mentor organization working with at-risk youth. At Roots, Kiana assists the Construction Crew Leader and manages the organization’s mentorship program with participants. Kiana fundamentally believes that no matter what our own personal advantages or disadvantages are, we all have parts to play to make our country great.
Construction Crew Leader
Dvhante Woods was born and raised in New Orleans where he graduated from John McDonogh Senior High. A business administration major at Delgado Community College, Dvahnte has more than six years of non-profit experience with JOB1 and Youth Rebuilding New Orleans (YRNO). At Roots of Renewal, Dvahnte oversees the construction training program with participants. He is a teacher, a mentor, and a leader. He cites construction as a life changing passion which put him on a path to change lives one house at a time.