O’Neil’s Barber and Beauty SHOP
It takes a crew of talented barbers with hearts of gold and a few tattoos to come to work on their day off, give a perfect haircut, and help kids read. These men are the LINE4LINE team encouraging readers, asking questions, listening, helping, and offering advice. We salute the men of LINE4LINE.
When O’Neil Curtis began cutting hair at age 12 his dream was to become a professional barber. Today O’Neil’s Barbershop & Beauty Salon is a successful business located in the heart of Baton Rouge.
In 3rd grade something remarkable happened that changed the course of his life. His teacher, Ms. Jarrod from Merrydale Elementary School saw his spark and made a choice to focus it. Over the year she became his mentor and helped him to blossom. Line4Line is just one of the many ways O’Neil honors his mentor’s simple kindness, as he knows first hand how one person does indeed have the power to change a life. O’Neil believes in giving back and inspiring others to be their best. His professional and personal life is rooted in faith, family, hard work and helpfulness. O’Neil hopes Line4Line inspires others to give more of themselves to their community.
Lucy Perera is the program coordinator and co-founder of Line4Line. Perera has worked in arts education since 1998. Her expertise lies in effectively developing and presenting school, youth, family, teen and adult outreach programs that inspire people from diverse backgrounds to find joy through creating. Perera has extensive experience in program evaluation, grant writing and knows the ins-and-outs of small community non-profits.
Lloyd Oliver has been with the LINE4LINE program since day one. A steady and constant presence; he is also a dedicated father and husband. Lloyd sees LINE4LINE as a opportunity that was never possible to him when he was a kid and enjoys making a difference.
Keith Davis, AKA Jimi Jump started with LINE4LINE two years ago. A childhood friend of O’Neil, who has lived in California and Texas before returning to Baton Rouge and joining the team. Keith has been dedicated to the program. He enjoys seeing kids consistently get better and better with their reading skills and is known to take a book or two home from the Line4L library to read in his spare time. Jimi Jump leads Line4Line’s bowling program teaching kids skills while having fun.
Ron Brady has been working with Line4Line since 2018. A childhood friend of O’Neil’s Ron works full time at BREC and cuts hair at O’Neil’s Barbershop on his off days, and on evenings. Brady adds to the team and coordinates Line4Line’s youth basketball program.
Paige Dampf Wormser
Paige Dampf Wormser, a native of Baton Rouge and certified teacher, joined Line4Line’s team in 2021. She teaches arts + literacy programming at local schools and organizations and is piloting the Change the Narrative program.
Tammy Mulhearn is a certified teacher and children’s librarian. She uses books and story sharing as a catalyst for conversations about diversity and identity and a context for joyful art, science, and making to affirm the power of the child and their influence on their world.