Laura Lecour, Managing Director, has worked for over 25 years as an advocate on behalf of children and migrant farmworkers beginning as a Daycare Provider, then a Tutor/Advocate with Migrant Education, an Interpreter/Translator and currently as Managing Director of RMM. She has a B.S. in Marketing and Management from New York University, and is working toward her M.P.A. at Marist College....

Manuel Martinez was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He grew up in the coastal region, where he worked on banana plantations, both as a laborer and as a union organizer. Since 2006, Manuel has lived in Fallsburg, New York. During this time, he has been active in various community organizing efforts in Sullivan County such as Census 2010, the Green Light Campaign, and other issues. Manuel...

Sakima is an Iraqi war veteran who graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in Engineering, and went on to get her Master's in Business with a minor in Accounting. She is a Board Member of the Dutchess County Mental Health of America, sits on the City of Poughkeepsie Planning Board, and a social member of the Exempt Firemen Association. Sakima was the first...

While a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany for 17 years, Brian served in numerous roles, including parish associate, HC chaplain and Director of the Peace and Justice Commission (which taught modules on “effective organizing for social justice” throughout the diocese). He also was the diocesan Refugee Resettlement Coordinator for 3 years.

Claribel Oliveras has over 20 years of administrative and leadership experience. She has worked for several small and medium sized businesses managing people, processes and accounts. Claribel was born in Puerto Rico, and relocated to the Rochester area in 2010. She is a talented, solutions-oriented, multi-tasker with a passion to connect people with resources to help better their lives. Prior...

Jeannine Otis, RMM’s Music Director has become an important ally in our quest for farmworker justice in NYS. Jeannine has produced RMM’s Voices of Hope CD and leads the music programming at the Overnight Leadership Camp and our Annual Rural Women’s Conference. As a songwriter, singer, actress, and recording artist, she moves from style to style. She has worked with Grover Washington,
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Born in Ivory Coast, Francklyne immigrated at the age of 14. She attended Saint John Fisher College where she majored in International Studies and minors in French, Spanish and Women and Gender Studies. After facing and observing some injustices on campus, Francklyne and her three close friends decided to form a Black Students Union Committee to fight and educate students and staff members on...

María del Mar Piedrabuena is an award-winning multimedia journalist, editor and publisher. She is the founder and publisher of Tu Prensa Local, a local Spanish news site on the East End of Long Island. She is also a reporter for RiverheadLOCAL and a contributor of Voices of New York. Maria has over 10 years of experience working as a journalist. She is passionate about local journalism and...

Gabriela Quintanilla, an RMM YAG granduate, was born in El Salvador, and migrated to the U.S. when she was 13 years old. In 2016, she graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. She has become a social justice activist with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Student/Farmworker Alliance National Student Network.

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...

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