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PAULINA PETKOSKI

PAULINA PETKOSKI

Residing in Brooklyn, New York for the past five years, Paulina is a passionate and creative Detroit native, channeling these attributes as Executive Director of PLAYGROUND DETROIT. Through spending time between both cities, she sees various ‘connections’ between NYC and Detroit; both cities share a rich history which have influenced America as we know it,...
SAMANTHA 'BANKS' SCHEFMAN

SAMANTHA ‘BANKS’ SCHEFMAN

Samantha ‘Banks’ Schefman, a multi-faceted artist, was born in New York City and grew up in Metro Detroit. She lived in downtown Detroit while completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing at the College for Creative Studies. Beginning her career immediately following graduation in 2009, Samantha designed costume jewelry and watches for internationally recognized...
ELENA SHANBAUM

ELENA SHANBAUM

Elena Shanbaum is a New York resident that grew up in Metro Detroit. While Elena’s professional background lies mainly in international relations, she has a special passion for her hometown of Detroit, which she believes has a resilience and unique artistic spirit that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.  She applies her experience in...
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...
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...
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.