Alyssa grew up in the Bronx before graduating from high school and studying psychology and child & family development in undergraduate and graduate schools. She brings both knowledge and passion to her work in the community.  As a first-generation American with both parents hailing from Jamaica, Alyssa is very connected to her roots and travels to the vibrant island often. She’s been told she has a strange combination of talents such as playing the trumpet, crocheting and watching the Discovery channel right before bed.