Leader Spotlight

Leader Spotlight: Michael Okinczyc

By Katie Dubielak | November 18, 2013

Michael is the Lead Organizer of VOICE-Buffalo. In addition to his full time work as an organizer he is attending Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY and pursuing an masters degree in Religious Philosophy and Political Philosophy. He grew up in San Diego, California. Currently, Michael is living in Buffalo, New York. Michael…

Leader Spotlight: Pat Kerrigan

By Katie Dubielak | November 18, 2013

Pat is a life-long resident of Youngstown, Ohio. In addition to his J.D. Law and Master’s in Criminal Justice, Pat is working on his dissertation for a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Kent State University. He was an attorney for 30 years, including Youngstown Municipal Court Judge in criminal justice for 10 years. Pat is…

Leader Spotlight: Rita Aguilar

By Katie Dubielak | November 18, 2013

Rita grew up in Pilsen, a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois and she has lived there for most of her life. She is the Vice President of the Pilsen Neighbors Community Counsel (PNCC), which is an affiliate of Gamaliel and she has been working there for about ten years. In 2010, Rita had participated in the…

Leader Spotlight: Aida Cuadrado

By Katie Dubielak | October 18, 2013

Aida grew up in New Jersey in the Puerto Rican Neighborhood speaking only Spanish. She currently lives in Lansing, Michigan and is an organizer of ACTION of Greater Lansing. Aida works with four different task forces: Children’s Health Equality and Access, Civil Rights for Immigrants, Restraint and Bullying, Housing Code Enforcement and the Disability Caucus.…

Leader Spotlight: Mary Lim-Lampe

By Katie Dubielak | October 18, 2013

Mary is the lead organizer of GENESIS, an affiliate of the Gamaliel network in Oakland, California.  GENESIS is dedicated to creating a unified voice for social justice and public policy reform, with a focus on leadership development, relationship building and successful action in the public arena. Mary grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and currently…

Leader Spotlight: Sr. Cheryl Liske

By Katie Dubielak | October 18, 2013

Sister Cheryl Liske, OP  is a Dominican Sister of Adrian Michigan. She grew up on the west side of Detroit in a neighborhood of post WWII housing. Sister Cheryl currently lives a block west of her childhood home in Detroit. She is the Michigan state director and is a member of Sts. Simon and Jude…

Leader Spotlight: Leticia Seitz

By Katie Dubielak | September 18, 2013

Leticia Seitz is a community organizer with Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU). MCU is an interdenominational, multi-racial community organization of faith congregations and institutions in the  St. Louis Metropolitan region that are working for a common purpose: to create a better life for all residents. Leticia was born and grew up in Mexico City and currently…

Leader Spotlight: Christina Gonzales

By Katie Dubielak | September 18, 2013

Christina Gonzales is the lead organizer for Gamaliel affiliate, Justice Overcoming Boundaries (JOB). JOB is a community of institutions united by a desire to end isolation, to treat others with dignity and to seek justice, equality and opportunity in San Diego County. JOB’s priority is to organize communities to build a positive change and take…

Leader Spotlight: Father David Preuss

By Katie Dubielak | August 18, 2013

Father David Preuss is a priest and Capuchin friar at St. Martin de Porres in Milwaukee, He got his Masters in Divinity from St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee.  Originally, from Detroit, Fr. David spent the majority of his ministry in Detroit, but has been back in Milwaukee the past 5 years. How did you your…

Leader Spotlight: Mark Spadafore

By Katie Dubielak | August 18, 2013

Mark Spadafore is a political organizer with 1199 SEIU. He grew up and still lives in Liverpool, NY, a suburb of Syracuse. Mark attends St. Joseph the Worker in Liverpool, and he is also part of the Executive Board of ACTS.  What is your relationship with Gamaliel and how did it begin?  ACTS is an…