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Roger Markovics has worked as a community organizer in Albany, NY, since 1970, in a job sharing arrangement with his wife, Maria, through Albany Catholic Charities. In 1971 their joint organizing efforts brought together a group of low-income tenants that eventually became the United Tenants of Albany. While continually operating as a storefront service center, the United Tenants has...

Entrepreneur | Mentor | Activist Lynne knows that nurturing leadership is about being present with the people we influence. Lynne graduated from RMM's Youth Arts Group, having attended the Overnight Leadership Camp as a camper and returning as a counselor. She received her BBA at Monroe College. After a successful 10 years of management and logistics experience, Lynne walked away from the...

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...

Grayson, who grew up in Western New York, did a fellowship with RMM in 2013. During this period he was the producer/editor and frequent writer of our successful blog THE WITNESS. Grayson went on to work in development for Bard College and then was accepted to the prestigious University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop MFA. He has won several prominent writing awards including a PEN. Grayson has...

Jon Norton is a semi retired clergyman affiliated with the Reformed Church In America. He served three churches in the Metropolitan New York City region: Fort Lee NJ, Hackensack NJ, Spring Valley, NY and for 20 years was the Executive Minister of the Regional Synod of NY, Reformed Church In America. He has had a long association with Rural & Migrant Ministry. He is currently the...

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

Claribel Oliveras has over 20 years of administrative and leadership experience. She has worked for several small and medium sized businesses managing people, processes and accounts. Claribel was born in Puerto Rico, and relocated to the Rochester area in 2010. She is a talented, solutions-oriented, multi-tasker with a passion to connect people with resources to help better their lives. Prior...

Jane Gurley Orcutt, originally from the Syracuse area, moved to Callicoon in 1970 with her husband and two sons. She has a BS in music education and music therapy and taught private piano for over 40 years. She has been active in many area music and community projects as well. She is an elder at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church and has been interested in RMM's work through Hudson River...

Ashlynne Osnato was a member of YEG before graduating HS and going off to college. Ashlynne has a Liberal Arts Degree from SCCC. She would like to continue her education and direct it more towards green energy or other types of green studies. Ashlynne is very goal-oriented and ambitious. She has a thirst for life and is generally a happy, straightforward person who believes in social justice,...

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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