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,...

Deirdre is a writer and educator with a background in community-based projects and faith formation. Raised in a Catholic Worker family in the City of Newburgh, NY, she earned a Bachelors degree at Smith College and a Masters at the Graduate Theological Union. As a young adult, Deirdre was mentored by the international Grail women's movement. She has been active in various grassroots efforts...

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...

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...

Mark Green joins Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc. and brings more than 30 years of progressively responsible financial, systems and project management experience with small businesses, non-profit companies, as well as multi-national corporations.

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....

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