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. She has worked at leading news outlets including RiverheadLOCAL en Español, News12, Long Island Wins and...

Wanda Martinez-Johncox is the President of Re-lief Corporation, a non-profit, humanitarian organization. She was employed at the Canandaigua Veteran Affair Medical Center (VA) for almost 11 years, and is an advocate for veterans and LGBTQ* Veterans. She is a member of the leadership committee for Rochester Red Cross for the Armed Forces and also volunteers teaching chess to veterans at the...

Sakima McClinton 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...

While a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany for 17 years, Brian O'Shaughnessy 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.

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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Frangelin Pozo has been organizing in various sectors for over 10 years including but not limited to: immigrant rights, criminal justice, student rights, labor and economic justice. She is a vibrant, passionate and dedicated transformative strategist and coalition builder in multiracial, multigenerational and faith communities. During her work at the Nail Salon Worker School, Faith in New York...

Sarah Rescigno got her introduction to RMM as the summer Special Events intern, and is now returning to the staff as an Administrative Assistant. Currently enrolled in her last semester, she is set to graduate from SUNY New Paltz where she majors in English - concentrating in Creative Writing and minors in Journalism and Communications. Having been an avid soccer player growing up and through...

Noemi Sanchez joins RMM's staff and Worker Council at the Center of Alliance, Solidarity, and Accompaniment (CASA) in Riverhead, after years of community organizing in the area. Noemi says: "I am a survivor of domestic violence, which is the reason I am involved in advocacy for women's rights. I use my voice to help more women fight for their own rights. RMM gave me the opportunity to help on...

Juanita Sarmiento is the Catskill Regional Coordinator in Sullivan County, NY, an economically depressed community with some of the highest poverty indicators in the state. Juanita started as a Fellow with the Youth Economic Group (YEG) and transitioned to YEG Coordinator a few years later, a position she still occupies.

Shawn Tallant is a former community organizer, educator and entrepreneur with a background in international human rights law, sustainable development, grassroots organizing, and project design and implementation with youth, rural and indigenous communities. Originally from Idaho, he has lived and worked in California, Oaxaca, the Yucatan, Costa Rica and Spain. He believes in the use of art,...

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