Andrés Chamorro, artist / educator / activist, has led the Youth Arts Group of Rural & Migrant Ministry since 2004, where he guides young people in using the arts to create social justice. Prior to joining RMM, he spent 8 years at the Village of Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia, providing arts education to inner city youth, teachers, and adults. Mr. Chamorro also formed Art for Change,...

Lionel Charles is a graduate of Stony Brook University College with a Bachelor degree in Psychology. Mr. Charles spent most of his professional career empowering young adults to create a path to their own success by discussing their personal goals, skills, and motivation to achieve success. As the son of immigrants, Lionel has always heard the calling to assist those who are in need. He spent...

Curlene Coulter-Crawford brings over 15 years of experience with non-profit and corporate industries to RMM. Curlene has spent much of her time teaching, advocating for others – especially children and giving back to the community utilizing her skills in accounting. She has served on the New York City Policy Council for NYC Public Schools as Treasurer, and has worked with the Catholic Youth...

Reed Dunlea is a journalist and activist who grew up outside of Troy, NY and lives in Brooklyn. He most recently worked for three years as a video journalist at Rolling Stone, where he produced videos, photography, writing and podcasts about immigration, climate change, politics and music. He has also worked at Circa News, Vice, WNYC, the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, and the...

Ziheem Edmonds is a 25-year veteran of working with the Rural & Migrant Ministry Overnight Leadership Camp. His background is in music and arts, and he holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Herkimer College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Leadership from SUNY, Canton. He has deep roots in the Hudson Valley, and hopes to use his experiences and education to build...

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...

Elizabeth Grese, an alumni of the Youth Economic Group of Sullivan County, is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where she majored in International Hospitality and Tourism Management, concentrating in Event Management. Elizabeth is a woman, sister, daughter, alumni, volunteer, cancer survivor and Special Events Coordinator. Elizabeth is elated to join the fundraising team and...

Wilmer Jimenez was born in Guatemala and migrated to the United States when he was 14 years old - upon arrival, working in a strawberry and apple farm. Later, he transitioned to a dairy farm in Auburn, New York. He worked there for 2 years as a milker, cow pusher, and machine technician. At the age of 17, he decided to pursue an education at Fulton High School in Upstate New York, graduating...

Rachael Kraft, who formerly interned with RMM, graduated in the spring of 2021 from Vassar College with a degree in Environmental and Hispanic Studies. She currently lives in and works from Brooklyn, New York, and pursues gardening along with her work with RMM. Rachael is passionate about regenerative agriculture, immigrant and environmental justice for all, and indigenous land-back campaigns...

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....

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