Luis Figueroa, JOY Theater Fellow

Luis Figueroa is originally from New Jersey. He recently graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre in May 2018. During his time at the colleges, Luis began his theatre work as an actor. After growing accustomed to performing in front of an audience in classical and contemporary plays, he expanded his horizons by working in stage management and directorial positions. To supplement his collaborative and performing knowledge, he took on a Dance Minor and studied the ways in which movement and theatre go hand in hand.

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Mark Green, Controller

Mark Green joins Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc. and brings more than 30 years of progressively responsible financial, systems and project management experience with small businesses, non-profit companies, as well as multi-national corporations.

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Angel Lopez, Long Island Coordinator

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. Prior to coming to Rural & Migrant Ministry, Angel worked as a Community Organizer with LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

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Geoff Herzog, Hudson River/Catskills Coordinator

Geoff joined RMM in 2018, as Coordinator for the Hudson Valley/Catskills Center. As a student activist at Rutgers University, he organized around various social justice issues. From 1989-1997, he worked with the Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), in a number of elected positions. From 1997-2009, Geoff worked in El Salvador with several organizations promoting international solidarity, democratic rural development and leadership development.

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Juanita Sarmiento, Youth Economic Group Coordinator

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 roles in organizations that did the same, from litter clean up to hosting formal banquets for charity.

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Sara Carbajal, Western New York Administrative Coordinator

Sara Carbajal was born in Mexico and migrated to the USA when was 24 years old to marry her husband. Since then she’s worked in apple orchards, picking and harvesting fruits, and trimming and planting trees. She has also worked as crew recruiter. Her skills include supervisor and business management, strategic planning, resources allocation, leadership techniques, and administrative coordination of people and resources. Sara is also a Translator and Interpreter.

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Sandra Cuellar Oxford - Donor Engagement Coordinator

Sandra Cuellar Oxford proudly serves as RMM’s Donor Engagement Coordinator. Her roots as a community & labor organizer, educator, and trainer were nurtured in the Mid-Hudson region. Sandra’s appointment to various governmental Boards and her volunteer service on numerous not-for-profit Boards dedicated to health, legal representation for the indigent, youth services and immigrant advocacy spans two decades.

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Noemi Sanchez, Long Island Associate Coordinator

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 project on Long Island with farmworkers, as well as invite more women to become involved so their voices are heard."

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Juan Antonio Zuniga, Farmworker Outreach Fellow

Juan Antonio is a lifelong community organizer and farmworker. In El Salvador he worked the fields and managed a cooperative that helped bring electricity and clean water to the community. After spending years traveling around the United States doing farmwork and construction, Juan Antonio moved to Long Island in 2005 where he now lives and works alongside his loving family.

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Sakima McClinton, Administrative Coordinator/ Assistant Bookkeeper

Sakima is an Iraqi war veteran who graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in Engineering, and went on to get her Master's in Business with a minor in Accounting. She is a Board Member of the Dutchess County Mental Health of America, sits on the City of Poughkeepsie Planning Board, and a social member of the Exempt Firemen Association. Sakima was the first female Commander of the Veteran of Foreign wars in their 75 year history. She is a member of the American Legion, and also served as President of the Poughkeepsie School District Board.

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