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PAULINA PETKOSKI

PAULINA PETKOSKI

Paulina is a passionate and creative Detroit native, who splits her time between NYC and Detroit. Channeling these attributes as Executive Director of PLAYGROUND DETROIT. After years of living in both cities she sees various ‘connections’ between NYC and Detroit; both cities share a rich history which have influenced America as we know it,  both are breeding...
SAMANTHA 'BANKS' SCHEFMAN

SAMANTHA ‘BANKS’ SCHEFMAN

Samantha ‘Banks’ Schefman is a multi-faceted artist, born in New York City and raised in Metro Detroit. Living in downtown Detroit while completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing at the College for Creative Studies, she was involved with the creative community. Samantha moved to NYC immediately following graduation in 2009 to begin her career designing costume jewelry...
PHILLIP COOLEY

PHILLIP COOLEY

Phillip Cooley graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts. After modeling for two years primarily in Europe, he moved back to Detroit to pursue more entrepreneurial and philanthropic adventures. Phillip’s latest endeavor is Pony Ride; he is part-owner of Slows BBQ, and a general contractor with O’Connor Development. He dedicates time to serve on the Board...
ERIC BERNSTEIN

ERIC BERNSTEIN

Eric Bernstein is the founder and CEO of Werkly.com, which provides on-demand labor at an affordable rate. As a New York native, Eric was educated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, and has his Degree in Medical Science from SUNY Downstate. Currently, he produces boutique private concerts with groups like The Black Keys, Andrew Bird, Guns and Roses, Jane’s...
BRUNO

BRUNO

BRUNO is a collective design firm, specializing in exhibition and event design, arts programming, and related services. Lead by Isabella Bruno and collaborators, Carol King, Lauren Hemard, Mitch McEwen, Stephanie Mezynski, and Claire Mitchell, BRUNO has been on board and excited about PLAYGROUND DETROIT since its inception. BRUNO has collaborated with team members on the...
ANDREA ROSENFELD

ANDREA ROSENFELD

Andrea Rosenfeld is a fine artist and business specialist behind Mind Your Art Business, an educational company dedicated to teaching the creative community in Michigan how to engage in healthy business and relationship strategies. Andrea works diligently designing and teaching Mind Your Art Business group workshops, privately coaching creative entrepreneurs, building online workshops. She also exhibits and...
THOMAS FOGARTY

THOMAS FOGARTY

Thomas Fogarty is a PLAYGROUND DETROIT contributor focused on speaking with entrepreneurs and influencers in Detroit communities into ‘the PD spotlight.’ Thomas lives in the Virginia Park historic neighborhood in Detroit. He also is an active member of the community, involved with Restore Church, which in addition to providing traditional religious services, is dedicated to engaging the local community and re-building as well as cleaning up the area.