Omaira Crane is Head of Banking Regulatory Relations for UBS Bank. She holds a degree in Economics from Barnard College and Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. Omaira is currently on the vestry of Saint James the Less Episcopal Church in Scarsdale. She was born and raised in Washington Heights and is a daughter of Dominican immigrants. She is a wife and mother of two boys and a dog.
Entrepreneur | Mentor | Activist Lynne knows that nurturing leadership is about being present with the people we influence. Lynne graduated from RMM's Youth Arts Group, having attended the Overnight Leadership Camp as a camper and returning as a counselor. She received her BBA at Monroe College. After a successful 10 years of management and logistics experience, Lynne walked away from the corporate world to follow her dream of starting her own business. Today she helps disadvantaged parents navigate their path to success.
Rev. Katherine Pater serves as Associate Pastor of Mission, Outreach, and Church Families at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, NY. She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin with a double major in Political Science and Religious Studies. After receiving her Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, she was ordained to serve a small ecumenical mission in rural El Salvador. Upon returning to the United States, she studied organic and sustainable agriculture at the Farm School in Athol, MA.
Natalia St.Lawrence is a Geneva, N.Y. resident, with experience as a communications professional. As the Senior Communications Coordinator at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, she creates stories, photography and multimedia content for web and print publications. Natalia also has a background in teaching English Literature at the secondary level. Passionate about food justice and food security, Natalia is a volunteer for Food Justice of Geneva.
Annette Jiménez Gleason joined the staff of the Rochester Area Community Foundation in November 2018. As program officer for vitality, Annette oversees grantmaking and leadership in the areas of arts and culture, historical preservation, and successful aging. Previously, she worked as a reporter for El Mensejaro Católico, a publication of the Catholic Courier, for 13 years.
Karen Burke, CSJ, EdD is the Coordinator of Land Initiatives for the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, NY. S. Karen has a Doctoral Degree in Instructional Leadership, St. John's University, New York (1998) and an Advanced Certificate in Campus Sustainable Innovation, University of Vermont (2015). Sister Karen Burke is a former early childhood teacher, middle school educator, and elementary school administrator. She completed her doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University, New York. Karen was a professor in the Child Study Department at St.
Dr. Stein is the Brody Endowed Professor of Nursing at the University of Rochester. Dr. Stein’s clinical expertise is in the area of psychiatric and mental health nursing. She was a Professor of Nursing at the University of Michigan School of Nursing between the years of 1991 and 2011. Since assuming a faculty position at the University of Rochester in 2011, Dr. Stein has established a strong working relationship with the Mexican farmworker community in Western New York.
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 honored to join the board and engage more deeply in this ministry.
Dan was ordained to the priesthood in June 2014 in the Diocese of California. He has served as Program Administrator at All Saints Company. A Masters of Divinity graduate from Church Divinity Schools of the Pacific (CDSP), he has been an active member of St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, San Francisco, Pastoral Associate at All Saints Episcopal Church, San Francisco and Vice President of Oasis California.
Jennifer is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Long Island University, Post (LIU Post). She received her PhD in Sociology at UC Santa Barbara in 2008. After completing her PhD, she was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UC Santa Barbara. Her research today focuses on the relationships between food, technology, gender, and resistance in Latin America and the United States. At LIU Post, she teaches courses on Food & Society, Environmental Sociology, Globalization, and Feminism.