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Nina is working with the Youth Arts Group and Rural Women's Assembly until February, when she moves to Liberty to work there until September with Youth Economic Group. She is our first volunteer from Germany, and she is doing service for one year through the German organization Eirene, which is connected with BVS (Brethren Volunteer Service). Her interests are peace and justice.

A native New Yorker, Jose has Colombian, Dominican and Italian roots, and spent a good part of his childhood in South America, where he attended school. Having been involved in human rights, immigrant, and economic social justice issues from an early age, Jose comes to RMM with 20 years experience in the labor movement. Working with UNITE! and CSEA, he has accumulated a long list of victories...

Kenneth Neal Shortlidge, was born in Oxford, Penn., 40 miles southwest of Philadelphia. He graduated Oxford Area HS, earned a BS in Economics from Juniata College, Huntingdon, Penn., and an MBA in Finance from American University, Washington, D. C. Ken was an Air Force Officer for four years, and has been with Morgan Stanley as a Financial Adviser for 30 years. Ken is a member of First...

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.

Mike Veny, founder of TransformingStigma.com, is a sought after mental health stigma expert, keynote speaker, and professional drummer. He delivers entertaining, engaging, and educational experiences to conferences and events throughout the world. Mike is fiercely committed to the idea that transforming the stigma into strength starts with people taking a look at themselves. His essential...

Sarina Wallace was a member of RMM's Youth Arts Group, a Leadership Development Program that, Through Political Art, empowered youth to advocate for those in the shadows. Through their activism, her passion for humanitarianism and seeking equality for all was sparked. She is currently studying Neuroscience and Psychology at Syracuse University. She aspires to become a psychiatrist and making...

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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