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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...

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...

Harriet Sandmeier, retired after 15 years of service as the Chief Ecclesiastical Officer [Stated Clerk] of the Presbytery of the Hudson River, is now commissioned to the Presbytery as Commissioned Elder for Preaching and Teaching. She is a regular preacher at churches throughout the Hudson River Valley, and has served as consultant/teacher throughout the (PCUSA) denomination, including serving...

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...

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...

Irene (Rene) Thiel has been on the Board of RMM for 20 years, serving on the Resource Development Committee for many of those years. She first became informed about RMM as a church member of Hitchcock Presbyterian Church which has supported RMM since almost the beginning. After going on a delegation to see some of the farms and talking to farmworkers, she became more interested and more...

I am an active retiree. I volunteer for my Unitarian Universalist (UU) church, the local YMCA, the Rochester Early Childhood Development Initiative, and co-facilitate the Rochester Children’s Film Festival. I became interested in Farmworkers Rights via a Social Justice General Assembly for Immigration Rights in Phoenix sponsored by my denomination.

Fred Wibiralske was born to be among people. Throughout his thirty years’ involvement with Rural & Migrant Ministry, Fred has been a vital part of every significant march, rally, protest, and vigil as well as more than his fair share of meetings. During Fred’s leadership as President of the Board of Directors, RMM developed its current three programmatic areas - Youth Empowerment,...

Richard has served as Executive Director of RMM since 1991. Ordained as an Episcopal priest, Richard has served in congregations in New York and Massachusetts and as a chaplain at Vassar College. He has also worked for a number of non-profit organizations in Massachusetts and New York including: Greater Boston Legal Services, Oficina Hispana, and the Episcopal City Mission. Richard also...

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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