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Elizabeth Grese, an alumni of the Youth Economic Group of Sullivan County, is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where she majored in International Hospitality and Tourism Management, concentrating in Event Management. Elizabeth is a woman, sister, daughter, alumni, volunteer, cancer survivor and Special Events Coordinator. Elizabeth is elated to join the fundraising team and...

Dr. Khuram Hussain is Dean and Associate Professor of Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His research and teaching explores grass roots visions for collective social action. His highest aspiration is to re-inscribe public education as a site for culturally responsive and community-oriented democratic learning.
For two decades he has served as an educator and facilitator for...

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.

Wilmer Jimenez was born in Guatemala and migrated to the United States when he was 14 years old. Upon arrival, he worked in a strawberry and apple farm for about a year. He eventually transitioned to a dairy farm in Auburn, New York. He worked there for 2 years as a milker, cow pusher, and machine technician. At the age of 17, he decided to pursue an education at Fulton High School in Upstate...

The Rev. Gerald W. Keucher is the priest-in-charge of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Brooklyn NY. He is the author of three books on church leadership and finances. He lives on Staten Island NY.

Jane Konitz is a retired Christian Educator having worked for the New Hackensack Reformed Church, Wappingers Falls, NY for 27 years. She is a Certified Associate in Ministry for Christian Education of the Reformed Church in America, and was the RCA's representative to the formation committee of Rural & Migrant Ministry. Jane served as RMM's first secretary and has served on the Board of...

Jordan Konitz joins our Youth Arts Group & Overnight Leadership Camp Program. Jordan is currently completing her prerequisites in Nursing at Dutchess Community College and is hoping to transfer in the near future. She has a strong passion for music and the well-being of others. Jordan has been a part of Rural & Migrant Ministry since before she could remember and has loved every minute...

Joseph Kovacs is an independent contractor and consultant to custom woodworking suppliers. He has been in this industry for 40 years, working with architects, designers, and cabinet and furniture manufacturers. He has traveled the world extensively for new sources for the woodworking market. Joe is also an Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor intern. As a church elder, his passion is...

Rachael Kraft joins our Development & Rural Women’s Assembly Program, and is "so grateful to be working with Rural &Migrant Ministry this summer! " Rachel lives in Easton, Pennsylvania and is a rising senior at Vassar College. She is super interested in climate and environmental movements, and loves to hike, cook, and read.

Laura Lecour, Managing Director, has worked for over 25 years as an advocate on behalf of children and migrant farmworkers beginning as a Daycare Provider, then a Tutor/Advocate with Migrant Education, an Interpreter/Translator and currently as Managing Director of RMM. She has a B.S. in Marketing and Management from New York University, and is working toward her M.P.A. at Marist College....

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