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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...

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...

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...

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.

Clayton Eichelberger serves as Associate Counsel for the New York State Teachers Union and is also a Professor at the University of Albany (SUNY) African American Studies. He has served as Associate Counsel in the New York State Senate and was the Legal and Administrative Counsel for the NYS Catholic Conference. Clayton received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Hampton University (...

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...

Rabbi Michael Feinberg is the Executive Director of The Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition. The Coalition educates and engages the interfaith religious community on issues of worker rights and economic justice. A diverse, multi-ethnic organization with members in all five boroughs, its primary goal is build a sustainable, long-term alliance between faith community and labor movement in...

Jessica García is Assistant to the President of the Retail, Wholesale Department Store Union (RWDSU), UFCW, a national labor union representing workers along the food supply chain, as well as workers in non-food retail and healthcare. She previously served as Deputy Political Director for the RWDSU, where she worked to advance the union’s legislative and political agendas. Prior, she served as...

Laura Garcia, Overnight Summer Camp and Youth Arts Group alumni is the Newburgh Enlarged City School District Family and Community Engagement Coordinator. She is the Founder of Dreamers with No Borders, a group of young adults whose Mission is to educate and empower the Latino, undocumented and migrant community in the Hudson Valley through the attainment of higher education and civic...

Dr. John L. Ghertner, MD, was raised in the extremist south during the violent era of racial and religious warfare. He grew up watching his congregation rub swastikas off the Temple in Nashville, while his rabbi marched throughout the beginnings of the protest movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. For the past 10 or so years, Lory has been working within the migrant community helping his...

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