Houston plays a critical role in educating neighborhood residents and organizations through workshops, seminars and individualized training and meetings, and is often called to attend community meetings and make presentations to different community groups and organizations regarding County government and OCR programs and initiatives. He coordinates speakers from different departments and/or outside organizations to speak to different community groups, upon request, on subjects related to community organizing and revitalization. Houston also serves as a conduit for citizen complaints about neighborhood issues, and coordinates with other County departments and outside organizations to better serve the public.
Houston has been, and continues to be, instrumental in providing information on available resources to OCR staff for distribution, and makes sure that important community resources and information are shared with all community groups on an ongoing basis. In addition, Houston markets the OCR website, Neighborhood Link sites, and e-mail publications. He uses these and other marketing tools as a means to offer communities with both access to information and a broader network base to share their successes, communicate with each other, and build a closer link to the local government.
Houston has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and Associate of Arts Degree in Industrial Engineering, from Harbor Jr. College.
Ruth is passionate about her work and provides an energy and focus that inspires others. She is recognized for her extensive knowledge and experience in community revitalization and comprehensive planning, and for her “we can do it attitude,” as she always strives for finding efficient methods to serve the OCR and the greater community. Ruth has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Masters Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning, from the University of Buenos Aires, as well as a Masters Degree in Community Planning with an area of concentration in international development, from the University of Cincinnati.
Chrystal provides ongoing technical assistance to residents and nonprofits, and has been instrumental in empowering residents to get together to reach common goals. She is passionate about community-building and engagement, and plays a critical role in educating neighborhood residents and organizations through individual meetings and training, workshops, and seminars. Whether facilitating a workshop, providing training to fellow workers, providing specialized training to the public, or assisting with different small and large scale projects, Chrystal is always ready and willing to help, takes great pride in her work, and serves the public and the OCR with dedication and enthusiasm. Chrystal has a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, in Tallassee, Florida.
Audley Reid, Senior Planner
Audley also develops the monthly Community Connect Grants information newsletter. Major responsibilities include: researching and disseminating grant opportunities to local neighborhood groups and non-profit organizations; providing grant information during relevant community events, tools and information that can be used to assist in community revitalization efforts; preparing the publication; and distributing it via e-mail to over 1,500 individuals and organizations on a monthly basis. Audley also assists in grant writing for procuring funds that supplement departmental programs and initiatives.
Audley holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Science, from York University in Toronto, Canada, and both a Masters and a Doctorate Degree in Political Science specializing in American Government and Politics, Urban Politics, and Afro-American Politics from the University of Florida, in Gainsville.
William Wynn, Senior Planner
William also serves as the Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Operations Area 4 (EOA 4) for disaster preparedness, and is a member of the Palm Beach County Disaster Recovery Coalition team. William is motivated and constantly working to gain more experience and exposure in his endeavors. He also enjoys the diversity and the nature of his work. William holds a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Sociology from Tuskegee University, in Tuskegee, Alabama.