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. Kiana joined Roots in 2017 as Program Manager where he assisted the Construction Crew Leader and managed the organization’s mentorship program with participants. In 2020, he became Roots' Executive Director. Kiana fundamentally believes that no matter what our own personal advantages or disadvantages are, we all have parts to play to make our country and communities 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 nine years of non-profit experiencem with stops at JOB1 and Youth Rebuilding New Orleans (YRNO) before Roots. 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.