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 has a M.S. in Public Accounting from Mercy College, a B.S. in Accounting from Lehman College and an A.A.S. in Accounting from Bronx Community College. Having a strong sense for education, I have spent most of time teaching and giving back to my community with skills in accounting and advocacy for others, especially with children. I’m a daughter, wife and proud mother...

Working with not-for-profit and social justice groups and in the public sector for more than 40 years, Debi has developed a broad range of skills and capabilities. She writes and edits for diverse audiences to make information and services more accessible. She has served the needs of members and constituents in both national and regional groups, organized dozens of conferences and professional...

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, he worked in a strawberry and apple farm for about a year. He eventually 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...

Rachael Kraft originally joined us in Summer 2020 as our Development & Rural Women’s Assembly Program intern. Rachael is a graduating senior at Vassar College, majoring in Environmental and Hispanic Studies. She has experience in social-justice nonprofit event planning and development, and is passionate about climate justice. Rachael grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania, but soon will call the...

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....

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...

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