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Angelica Harris, Founder & Author

Human Rights Activist Angelica Harris is a successful author, poet laureate, entrepreneur, advocate, and speaker. She is using her personal story to build a community of humanitarians who are compassionate, and together will assist children with special needs and those who need further enrichment towards their educations.

Together, she believes, we can all become Heroes in our own lives.

Angelica was born in New York City. Her love for writing was ignited in high school, when she used the written word to escape the difficulties she faced at home. Harris pursued creative arts at Hunter College, where she majored in history and theatre.

With a lifelong passion for medieval history, especially Arthurian lore, Angelica is the author of three fantasy novels: The Quest for Excalibur, Excalibur and the Holy Grail, and Excalibur Reclaims Her King. Currently in production is her fourth book Excalibur and the Titulus scheduled to be released next year. Harris will remark that writing helped bring her solace as she raised a son with Tourette Syndrome, Dystonia, (ADHD) Attention Hyperactivity Disorder, (OCD) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and (ODD) Oppositional Defiance Disorder. Angelica decided that the programs out there for children such as her son were not enough, and trained with the Tourette Syndrome Association to become a youth advocate for children who needed more than the conventional after-school help. In February 2005, she founded the Excalibur Reading Program, aptly named after her books, a non-profit organization that brings the importance of reading, writing, and the arts to all children, as well as to organizations dedicated to children with special needs. Harris is also known as “Lady Excalibur", the children’s comic book hero in the comic series The Crusaders, and for her historic writing of her two uncles who were crewmembers on the Titanic in the book Titanic The Brothers Peracchio-Two Boys and a Dream. Her book about Titanic is going global in Italy and Harris is preparing for a book signing in Italy in August 2016. Angelica works with the Department of Education and with community leaders to help bring awareness to her program's incentives. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAFW), and is also a member of the Queens Council for the Arts, and a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers.

From 2012-2014, Harris was Judiciary Mentor for District Attorney Richard A. Brown’s Second Chance Program within Queens Borough Hall, directed by retired Assistant District Attorney Gail Giordano. The program is geared to helping ‘Socially Challenged Youths’. Second Chance partners with community leaders in Queens, aiding them with educational services and new pathways to stay out of the system, eventually helping them find employment, attain their High School diplomas and/or their GED. Many have gone on to college, joined the military, and have come back to mentor others in Second Chance.

In September 2012, Assemblyman Mike Miller awarded Angelica the Everyday Heroes’ Award for her work in her community and writing her memoir Living With Rage-A Quest for Solace, about domestic violence, and raising a special needs son. Harris is a recipient of Citations from State Senator Joseph Addabbo and Council Member Elizabeth Crowley for her programs. On December 14th 2013, Angelica, was awarded the City Council Citation Community Service Award by the Royal People Group and from Council member Ruben Wills, and the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Gregory W. Meeks, Member of Congress. She has recently been awarded the VIP Woman of the Year Circle Award from the National Association of Professional Women, and currently the Chairperson of the Poetry and Art Contest Fresh Pond Road Street Festival 2015, with the Italo Americana Association Di Brooklyn and Queens. Angelica partnered with organizations such as The Bridge to Life, Amnesty International and the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) and the Center for the Women of New York (CWNY) and Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), to raise awareness of domestic violence and support healing through story.

She has been interviewed in depth by the media-Channel 34, 54-Channel 67-Channel 1; Rocco Vertuccio of NY 1 made a personal visit to her center for his Queens Person of the Week, and is also the Star of Queens.

Christine Engesser

My name is Christine Engesser. I grew up in Glendale and still live here. I have a BA in History from Fordham University and an MS in Secondary Education from St. John’s University. I love reading and learning new things, especially about history, languages, and cultures. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and my love of learning with the next generation. I feel it is important to be a lifelong learner and to try to use my knowledge and skills to help others. In my spare time, I love cooking and listening to music.

Angela Albergo: Financial Officer

With many years experience in the financial department of local companies, Angela lends her many talents in office management skills and organization. She is an asset to our organization and we are glad to have her on board.

Andrea LoCascio

Bio coming soon!

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