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.
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 Episcopal Church, New York Law School and Hunter College.
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.
Former President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Stuart currently serves as an Executive V.P. of the 1.3 million-member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, as well as Director of the Legislative and Political Affairs Department. Appelbaum is a V.P. of the National AFL-CIO and a member of their Executive Council. He also currently serves as a V.P. of the New York State AFL-CIO, and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store International Union and Industry Benefit Funds.
Jasmin has been committed to RMM's Mission for decades, having grown up in the Overnight Leadership Camp as well as having graduated from the Youth Arts Group. Presently, Jasmin is a student at Orange Community College studying Child Development, and has been a Member of RMM's Board for over 10 years.
Dr. John L. Ghertner, MD, was raised in the extremist south during the violent era of racial and religious warfare. He grew up watching his congregation rub swastikas off the Temple in Nashville, while his rabbi marched throughout the beginnings of the protest movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. For the past 10 or so years, Lory has been working within the migrant community helping his wife film her acclaimed documentary, 'After I Pick the Fruit.' He spent that time understanding the life of those living in the shadows, hidden from our society.