Keynote Speaker & Community Agency Panel
Brigit Hurley is a policy analyst for The Children’s Agenda here in Rochester, N.Y. Her role at The Children’s Agenda provides a platform for advocacy efforts including analysis of City, County, and State budgets. This includes oversight of data collection and maintenance, and children’s outcome indicators and success metrics.
Additionally, Brigit serves a number of local community and issue-based coalitions such as the Greater Rochester After-School Alliance (GRASA) and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Coalition. Her professional experience includes ten years in the Office of Social Policy at the Catholic Family Center. There she worked on faith-based educations programs and outreach initiative dedicated to poverty, children’s mental health, and immigration reform.
Learn more about Brigit’s years of service and The Children’s Agenda.
Community Agency Panel
Hear from three different agencies on the work being done in Rochester, N.Y., to combat the growing number of children suffering from the effects of childhood poverty. Discover how you can interface with these efforts to create new avenues for economic, educational, and ecumenical opportunities.
A full list of agency panel participants to come.
Student Research Presenters
Kayleigh Schumske (M.Div. ’16) earned a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in theology and social justice at Northeastern Seminary. She serves as family ministries pastor at Oak Ridge Free Methodist Church in Herkimer, N.Y. In her pastoral role, Schumske helps parents talk to their kids about God, supports teenagers who are walking through deep struggles and hurt, and trains and encourages church and community volunteers.
Angel M. Lebron (M.Div.) will be completing his Master of Divinity degree in May 2017. He serves as senior pastor of Overflow Christian Ministries and is co-founder and executive director of United Christian Community Program (UCCP). UCCP offers vocational training, GED preparation, Christian summer camp for children, computer classes, tutoring services, and referral services to further the mission of education and restoration. Lebron is also a chemical dependency direct care supervisor at Rochester Regional Health Systems, where he serves teens suffering from drug addiction.
Kimberly Patch (MATSJ) is working toward a Master of Arts degree in theological studies and social justice at Northeastern Seminary. Along with being a wife and mother of three daughters, Kimberly works as the homeless housing coordinator at Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes.
Julio Nieves (M.Div) is a Master of Divinity student at Northeastern Seminary concentrating in theology and social justice. He is an artist who has dedicated his craft to expanding the gospel through service, relationship, and creative expression. Julio is a husband and father of two children.