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Karmia Berry

Founder/Executive Director

Native of: Queens, New York

Alma Mater/Degree: Hampton University - BA in Psychology. Hofstra University - MA in Marriage and Family Therapy.  

Occupation: Actress. Therapist. Philanthropist

History of non-profit work: Girl Scouts of America: Daisy and Brownie.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (Active member) Initiated through the Gamma Theta chapter, Spring 2004: Developed a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) College Tour Program at the age of 23 with the Delta Rho Omega chapter. Visiting 12 HBCUs from Maryland to Georgia in five days, the program has mentored over 500 high school students to date.

College Ministry The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York: Providing college preparatory resources. 

Kicks 4 the City (Volunteer): A charitable program, that is committed to providing shoes for homeless communities within select cities across the U.S. and worldwide.

BRKTHRU (HUHC5K): an organization that supports the mental health community and empowering mental fitness.

The New York Foundling: MST Family Therapist, providing an intensive, family-focused and community-based treatment.   Close to Home Supervisor, overseeing New York City youth adjudicated as juvenile delinquents, whom Family Court has determined do not require a secure placement but will reside in non-secure levels of placement close to their family with therapeutic support.   Assistant Vice President, supervising three programs that clinically support youth and young adults with developmental disabilities to live independent, stable and fulfilling lives.

Favorite travel destination:  There are many and so choosing one is hard. My top three in no particular order – Egypt, learning about King Tutankhamun and the Great Sphinx of Giza in the 5th grade and then to actually see it and take a cruise down the Nile River from Luxor to Aswan, amazing! Tanzania- the people, the Serengeti. Waking up and adventuring out, I witnessed a canvas of colors around me and the “Big 5” in their natural habitat. To be so close, it was breathtaking. Israel-one of the oldest cities in the world. The Dead Sea, Jordan River, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Wailing Wall, Dome of the Rock, a trip of self-reflection and appreciation. Oh and Rome, Italy the architecture, the food. Ok that was four.

Hobbies: Travel, dance, reading, watching broadway/off broadway shows, listening to live music and attending cultural festivals 

What inspires me: My travels, the arts, "Bold Change Makers." in the community. I am inspired by my mother, the elders in my family, those who are still here and those who have passed on. I am inspired by those who go after their dreams.

I believe travel can…Make you fearless. Challenge critical thinking, educate, teach patience and compassion. Travel can shift your purpose in life. 

Favorite quote: “To thine own self be true” –William Shakespeare

 

For more on Karmia Berry, please visit: www.KarmiaBerry.com