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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....

Madeline Lee’s consulting services include individual attention in a variety of disciplines critical to successful non-profit activity, including program development and planning; meeting planning and facilitation; writing and editing; search processes; and individual coaching.

Alan B. Lubin, New York State United Teachers’ (NYSUT) former executive vice president serving from 1993 to 2010, helped guide the union's massive political mobilization and legislative efforts. He came to Albany after 26 years as an educator and elected leader of the United Federation of Teachers, NYSUT's affiliate in New York City. He served from 1995 to 2010 as a vice president of the...

Roger Markovics has worked as a community organizer in Albany, NY, since 1970, in a job sharing arrangement with his wife, Maria, through Albany Catholic Charities. In 1971 their joint organizing efforts brought together a group of low-income tenants that eventually became the United Tenants of Albany. While continually operating as a storefront service center, the United Tenants has...

Manuel Martinez was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He grew up in the coastal region, where he worked on banana plantations, both as a laborer and as a union organizer. Since 2006, Manuel has lived in Fallsburg, New York. During this time, he has been active in various community organizing efforts in Sullivan County such as Census 2010, the Green Light Campaign, and other issues. Manuel...

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...

Emma Merchant joins our Western, NY Program. Emma is a Capricorn currently studying at Smith College. She is passionate about storytelling and how to use stories as a method of empowerment and survival. This summer Emma is most excited to be. "working on my online community skills and learning to make ice cream!"

Jon Norton is a semi retired clergyman affiliated with the Reformed Church In America. He served three churches in the Metropolitan New York City region: Fort Lee NJ, Hackensack NJ, Spring Valley, NY and for 20 years was the Executive Minister of the Regional Synod of NY, Reformed Church In America. He has had a long association with Rural & Migrant Ministry. He is currently the...

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