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Name: Brendan Francis O'Connor, 25. Who he is:  The North Tonawanda native graduated from SUNY Fredonia where he majored in political science. He now works in county government in downtown Buffalo and lives in Amherst. He attended Cardinal O'Hara High School for three years and graduated from North Tonawanda High School. He broke both wrists eight weeks ago inline skati…

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Name: Jackie LoVullo, 60. Who she is: Designer of handmade, whimsical wreaths who calls her business Zenjoy (a combination of "zen" and "enjoy.") She's a gardener, power walker and workout enthusiast and celebrated her 60th birthday by tandem skydiving from 10,000 feet. She grew up in North Buffalo and graduated from Bishop McMahon High School in 1977. She and her husba…

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Name: Yolanda Fields, 43. Who she is: Chairwoman of Garden Walk Buffalo, with which she has been involved for 12 years – including seven as a headquarters manager. The Buffalo native, vice president in the commercial lending department at a local bank, graduated from Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and attended Spelman College in Atlanta. She volunteers a…

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Name: Jimmy Stelianou, 30. Who he is: DJ who works primarily through CJ Sound and plays music at school dances, proms, corporate parties, bar/bat mitzvahs and other events including the  Starry Night in the Garden, an annual outdoor concert and fundraiser at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The Kenmore native moved to East Amherst with his family in 1999. …

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Name: Phylicia Dove, 31. Who she is: Fashion designer and owner of Black Monarchy, a global artisan and fashion boutique at 527 W. Utica St. in Buffalo's Five Points neighborhood. The boutique specializes in custom clothing and jewelry from around the world, mainly Africa. The Brooklyn native graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., where she ma…

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Name: Katherine Kolber, 24. Who she is: Marketing director of Buffalo Dental Group. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy and St. Lawrence University, where she majored in business and psychology. The middle child of five, she grew up in Clarence and enjoys hiking and skiing. What she's wearing: Paige brand jeans she bought at TJ Maxx; linen T-shirt from Brooks Brot…

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Name: Leigh Fox, 47. Who she is: Yoga teacher (Vinyasa style); co-owner along with Carrie Jacobson of East Meets West Yoga with studios in The Foundry, 1738 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, and Village Glen, 162 Mill St., Williamsville. She and her husband, Eric Fox, owner of Mr. Fox Tire Inc., are residents of Amherst and have three children –  Maya, 20; Max, 18 and Eli, 11. A n…

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Name: Donna White, 49. Who she is: Library director at Brighton Place library/community resource center, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture at SUNY Buffalo State and taught courses in figure modeling there for eight years. She also worked as a restoration artist; projects included decorative painting and plaster …

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Name: Ryan Dils, 20. Who he is: University at Buffalo student majoring in computer science; Western New York Prosperity Fellow at UB (the fellowship program is supported by the Prentice Family Foundation to assist students from UB and Canisius College "who are actively preparing for careers that further economic development and growth in the Western New York area"); sof…

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Name: Tricia Mekarski, 30. Who she is: Wearer of vintage clothing, often garage/estate sale finds. Soft goods engineer at Fisher-Price in East Aurora where, as she described it, "I manage any Soft Good project from development through manufacturing. This includes technical problem solving, costing, liaising development between supplier, vendors, and design/development t…

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Name: Amy Bueme, 42. Who she is: Owner along with her husband, Joe, of Catalyst Fitness – which is expected to open its seventh location in September, this one on Meyer Road in Amherst. The Western New York native graduated from Depew High School and attended Erie Community College. The Buemes live in Buffalo and have four children, ages 22, 20, 18 and 10. What she's…

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Name: Stephanie Robb, 61 Who she is: Jewelry designer and owner of Turnstyle Designs, a boutique specializing in women’s apparel (including American-made brands), accessories and aromatherapy products at 298 Ashland Ave. (at Lexington Avenue). Co-owner of the nearby  Wild Things, a shop featuring handmade artisan jewelry, ceramics, prints and more, 224 Lexington Ave. Th…

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Name: Tim Waziak, 45. Who he is: The guy behind Timothy Aaron Creative who designed a room called “Surface Details” at the 2019 Decorators’ Show House. He graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with an associate’s degree in fashion, buying and merchandising. His background includes working as a design assistant in New York in children’s wear and in a multitu…

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Name: Janet McNally, 38. Who she is: Associate professor of English at Canisius College; poet-in-residence at Buffalo Seminary; author of two young adult novels – "The Looking Glass" and "Girls in the Moon" (HarperCollins) – and a prizewinning book of poetry, "Some Girls" (White Pine Press);  volunteer home tutor at Journey's End Refugee Services. The Western New York n…

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Name: Jessie Fisher, 44. Who she is: Executive director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara (PBN), in the Market Arcade, 617 Main St. The former director of planning at Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper (now Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper) is a board member of the National Preservation Partners Network and Buffalo Niagara River Land Trust. She has a master’s degree in urban design a…