Lucy is a native of Chihuaha, México and now lives in Philadelphia with her family. She is an active member of Visitation Parish in North Philadelphia. Her participation in NSM began when she needed help with a personal case and was surprised to find the services and support she needed. She joined the NSM board because she believes that it is important to participate and contribute in both large and small ways to the work for immigrant rights in the US. She also finds the work to be interesting and engaging. While NSM needs people “in the street,” she identifies her role as being behind the scenes: helping to inform and support people quietly and consistently. She knows that her ability to connect with neighbors and share relevant information related to immigration issues is vital to her community. Her belief in God tells her that it is right to put things in God’s hands: whether good or bad, God has a reason and a plan. Her message to the public is: I know that things can be difficult, but remember that you are not alone. Do not fear! There is a community of support for you at NSM.
Heather is a member of Tabernacle United Church in West Philadelphia, a NSM member congregation. She is a native of Georgia, and lived and worked at the Open Door Community, a Christian community of radical hospitality and activism in Atlanta. In the late 1990s, Heather lived and worked in Mexico, where she witnessed the flow of migrants to the North in the wake of NAFTA. In 2000, she returned to the U.S., committed to working for hospitality and justice for immigrants in this country, after watching their home communities be economically devastated by U.S. driven policies. She is honored to be part of supporting the work of NSM where the values of welcoming the stranger and justice for the oppressed are central.
Originally from south central Pennsylvania, Jessica began working with social justice working in Honduras in 1999. Since then, she has worked with CATA – The Farmworkers’ Support Committee, as a community organizer, and lived in Philadelphia for the past 10 years. She is a member of Tabernacle United Church, a NSM member congregation, and a participant of the Romero Interfaith Center – a volunteer led effort that has sustained a sistering relationship with El Salvador for over 20 years. Jessica is excited to join the NSM Board to support the important and critical work that NSM is doing to support immigrant communities in Philadelphia and to build relationships of solidarity across the city.
Juan was born in Philadelphia as the second of five children to Colombian parents. He spent most of his childhood and adolescence in Cochabamba, Bolivia where his parents worked in holistic health and community development. During his time in Bolivia, Juan worked with rural and peri-urban communities supporting community-based programs such as: center or victims of sexual abuse, a health clinic, elementary school, health promoter training program.Since 2008 Juan has worked for Congreso de Latinos Unidos, a multi-service organization with a mission of strengthening Latino communities. He is currently a member of Central Baptist Church Wayne, a NSM member congregation. Juan joined the NSM Board because of his belief in the dignity of every human being and the importance of living out faith through service, thus achieving a more just and humane world for all.
Chantelle Todman-Moore is originally from Miami, FL but has called Philly home for 11+ years. She attends Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, a NSM member congregation, where she serves as part of the pastoral support team. She first connected with NSM through several inspiring coffee dates with Blanca Pacheco while working in her previous role organizing and resourcing Anabaptist congregations in Philly. She joined the board because as a child of immigrants she grew up hearing about her family’s amazing and sometimes costly immigration journey and desires to be part of creating a world were all people are valued and welcomed across lines and borders.
Gerardo Flores is from a small town called Tianguistengo, Acatlan de Osorio, Puebla, Mexico. He finished high school in agriculture and his dream was to enter Chapingo University. He passed the academic exam in 1975, but not the socioeconomic examination (requiring money and land) and they suspended me after that. He began to organize students in the Peasant Torch group to return to their villages to fight injustice and the exclusive control of power. The organization sent him to the US to Chicago in 1985 and then to New York and Philadelphia in 2006 to financially support the organization. Gerardo has been a member of NSM since the beginning, 10 years ago. During the day he owns his own food truck with his wife Teresa. Gerardo is a member of Visitacion BVM church.
Rabbi Michael Ramberg
Michael grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and Madison, Wisconsin. He now lives in Mt. Airy with his partner and their daughter and son. He is a rabbi in the Reconstructionist Jewish tradition and a member of Mishkan Shalom, a NSM member congregation. Michael is motivated in his work for immigrants’ rights after living in Peru for a year and developing relationships with many people who have since immigrated to the U.S. When he learned of the exploitation they faced, he felt obligated to help bring an end to it. Michael is on the board of NSM because he believes in the power of people drawing from the rich wells of their faith traditions to make the world a fit dwelling place for creatures created in God’s image.
Tara, a proud third-generation Irish American, is native to Norristown, PA, and now lives in the East Mount Airy section of Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters. She celebrates at Our Mother of Consolation Catholic Church. Tara’s professional experience includes community organizing and fundraising in agricultural California, service-learning programming in Tijuana, México, faith-based educational and advocacy efforts on justice and policy issues in San Francisco, and human rights accompaniment work in Guatemala. Tara continued her involvement with U.S./Latin America affairs as a Board member of the U.S. Office on Colombia. Tara graduated with a degree in English Literature from George Washington University and holds a Masters of Arts in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University. She feels privileged to be a part of NSM because she hopes to accompany others in their journey.