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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 with a BA in Latin American/ Latinx Studies and Education. At RMM, she has taken the lead on diverse projects from Intern and Fellowship Coordination, to college preparation workshops and mentorship within the youth groups. Katia is currently a MA student in the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis at Teachers...

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 recently moved to New York 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...

Katie is a yearlong Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) Fellow working with RMM's Youth Economic Group. Katie graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD with a B.S. Chemistry and Biochemistry in December, before joining BVS in January. An important ideal in her life is helping people through education and empowerment, so when she learned about YEG at her BVS orientation, it...

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.

The Rev. Melissa DeRosia graduated from Alma College and Louisville PresbyterianTheological Seminary with awards in the interpretation of scripture and Christian life.Following the completion of a chaplain residency program working with the spiritual needsof child and adolescent psychiatric patients, she received a call to serve as pastor of acongregation in Michigan.

Cecilia Dinio Durkin has recently joined Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc as Administrative Coordinator for the Rural Women’s Assembly. She has been a long-time advocate, ally, and activist for women’s economic empowerment through her business, Women’s Work. For over 13 years, she brought income to women in Africa, Asia and Central America and looks forward to further expanding RMM’s women’s...

Selina Durio is a native of Long Island who holds a Bachelors Degree from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master's Degree from Long Island University - CW Post and a Certificate in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University. She is a 30-year educator in the North Babylon School District. Since May 2005 she has been an at-large member of the New York State United Teachers Board of...

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