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Librada Paz, born in Oaxaca, Mexico, came to the United States of America at 15, to seek a better future. Librada worked on a farm when she first arrived, then migrated up and down the east coast for 3 years picking fruits and vegetables. She worked on farms for over 10 years while attending school, earning a BA in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)...

The Very Reverend Margaret A. Peckham Clark (Margo) has been the Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Roslyn, NY since 2003, and serves also as the Dean of North Nassau in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island and as the Clerk of the Cathedral Chapter. She previously served as the Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese from 2006-2012. Margo is a graduate of the General Theological Seminary of the...

Michael Phillips currently serves as the Vicar of Trinity Episcopal Church in Saugerties, NY. He has been involved with RMM since 1995 and sees this ministry as central to living out the gospel. He has served parishes in Poughkeepsie, Manhattan, suburban Chicago, and the Pacific Northwest. He has been active in the Diocese of New York through the Hispanic Commission, Campus Ministry...

The Reverend Canon Robert A. Picken has been Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester since 2014. A native of Long Island and ordained in 2006, he has served congregations in Brooklyn and Garden City, New York. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and the General Theological Seminary. Rob became acquainted with the work of RMM during his time in Long Island and is...

Melissa ‘Mel’ Priese, Youth Economic Group Fellow, is a recent graduate from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where she received a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in art and music. A third generation Unitarian Universalist, Mel strives to uphold the UU values of justice, equity, and compassion. As an artist, she advocates for the power of art in social movements. Originally, Mel interned...

Gabriela Quintanilla, an RMM YAG granduate, was born in El Salvador, and migrated to the U.S. when she was 13 years old. In 2016, she graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. She has become a social justice activist with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Student/Farmworker Alliance National Student Network.

Born in Peru, Angel immigrated at the age of 15. While attending Nassau Community College as an undocumented student, Angel joined the Dreamer movement fighting to pass the NY Dream Act. Angel’s main mission as a student advocate was to educate, motivate and create awareness about current issues affecting immigrant students, by speaking at different Conferences, High Schools, and Universities...

Noemi joins RMM's staff and worker Council at the Center of Alliance, Solidarity, and Accompaniment (CASA) in Riverhead, after years of community organizing in the area. Noemi says: "I am a survivor of domestic violence, which is the reason I am involved in advocacy for women's rights. I use my voice to help more women fight for their own rights. RMM gave me the opportunity to help on this...

Harriet Sandmeier, retired after 15 years of service as the Chief Ecclesiastical Officer [Stated Clerk] of the Presbytery of the Hudson River, is now commissioned to the Presbytery as Commissioned Elder for Preaching and Teaching. She is a regular preacher at churches throughout the Hudson River Valley, and has served as consultant/teacher throughout the (PCUSA) denomination, including serving...

Juanita started as a Fellow with the Youth Economic Group and has since transitioned to YEG Coordinator. She was born in Colombia and raised in Sullivan County, NY. Juanita went on to graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology with a major in Biology and minor in Italian. During her college and High School careers she was very actively involved in the community and maintained leadership...

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