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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...

Natalia St.Lawrence is a Geneva, N.Y. resident, with experience as a communications professional. As the Senior Communications Coordinator at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, she creates stories, photography and multimedia content for web and print publications. Natalia also has a background in teaching English Literature at the secondary level. Passionate about food justice and food...

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...

Shawn is a former community organizer, educator and entrepreneur with a background in international human rights law, sustainable development, grassroots organizing, and project design and implementation with youth, rural and indigenous communities. Originally from Idaho, he has lived and worked in California, Oaxaca, the Yucatan, Costa Rica and Spain. He believes in the use of art,...

Daniel Tamayo is 19 years old and currently attends SUNY Sullivan seeking a Business Administration degree. Danny was a previous participant in YEG's Youth Entrepeneurship Symposium at SUNY Sullivan. He’s taken various classes in marketing and business, while also learning Adobe Photoshop. Danny likes to play soccer, partake in stocks, and tries to stay fit.

Irene (Rene) Thiel was on the Board of RMM for over 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...

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