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Jose is originally from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas and as a youth worked and traveled with his family as a migrant farmworker in the fields of the panhandles of Texas and Iowa. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut where he majored in American Studies with a concentration in Ethnic Studies. Jose worked as a paralegal and accredited representative focusing on immigration in...

Katia Chapman joined RMM in 2012 after graduating from Vassar College. While a staff member at RMM, she took the lead on diverse projects such as Intern and Fellowship Coordination, as well as college preparation workshops and mentorship for all three youth groups. Katia has since graduated with her MA from Teacher's College in Sociology of Education, and now works full-time at Finger Lakes...

Jazmin Chavez is a passionate Social Media Strategist living in New York City. A lawyer by trade, she focuses on social media and movement strategies for non-profit organizations, artists and small businesses across the nation. Currently she is the Social Media and Community Manager for the New York City Council and for the Office of the Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

The Rev. Julie Cicora was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2000. Prior to her ordination, she worked as a sales representative for Hewlett-Packard for 22 years calling on Computer resellers and distributors. Julie served three churches in the Diocese of Rochester before being called to work on the Bishop’s staff as Canon for Mission and Ministry. Her main responsibilities were transitions...

West moved to New York in 2015 after living and working for 20 years on the U.S.-Mexico border, where he founded Project Puente to do educational work along the border and Casa Puente, a hospitality house which serves the needs of interns and volunteers working in the non-profit sector in El Paso. Prior to this West served as a Lay Missioner with Maryknoll, living and working for eight years...

Barbara Deming, noted activist, author and prominent member of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, was instrumental in bringing RMM to Western New York over 10 years ago. Barbara has also served as President of RMM, guiding the organization with a thoughtful and constant presence.

Ruth Faircloth, Rural Women’s Assembly Outreach Coordinator was born in Florida to remarkable farmworking parents. Ruth migrated with her family to the fields of New York State. She has been in the forefront of empowering rural communities for decades, having helped found the youth organization, UNITY as well as the Daughters of Sarah, an ecumenical women's leadership development and support...

Rabbi Michael Feinberg is the Executive Director of The Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition. The Coalition educates and engages the interfaith religious community on issues of worker rights and economic justice. A diverse, multi-ethnic organization with members in all five boroughs, its primary goal is build a sustainable, long-term alliance between faith community and labor movement in...

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...

Laura Garcia, Overnight Summer Camp and Youth Arts Group alumni is the Racial Justice Program Coordinator for YWCA Orange County, New York. She is the Founder of Dreamers with No Borders, a group of young adults whose mission is to educate and empower the Latino, undocumented and migrant community in the Hudson Valley through the attainment of higher education and civic engagement. Laura also...

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