Lariza was born in Bogota, Colombia. She moved to the United States and attended Stetson University in Deland, Florida. Lariza has been working with farmworker communities since 2004, when she was still in college. She is passionate about food production systems and farmworker justice.
Dr. Juan Carabaña, Ph.D, is a native of Spain, a molecular biologist by training and a longtime member and current senior warden of ”El Buen Pastor”of Durham, NC.
He obtained his PhD in molecular Biology in Madrid, Spain and came to the US in 1998, to the Triangle. In the past, he was as a researcher at Duke University Department of Immunology and at UNC Chapel Hill Department of Ophthalmology.
He is also very involved with the Latino community at his church as a co-leader of a Latino Girl Scouts group, as director of the youth group and youth soccer, and developing leadership and educational programs aimed to strengthen the Latino community and improve the quality of life of Latino residents in Durham.
He has three children and enjoys spending time with his family, the great outdoors, and playing soccer.
Administrative Assistant & Immigration Specialist
Maria was born in Rio Grande, Zacatecas, Mexico. With her family, she migrated to the U.S. in 1983 and settled in Benson, North Carolina. She graduated from high school in 1994 and is studying for a degree in criminal justice. She began working with EFwM as an immigration specialist in November 1998.
Bishop Robert Skirving
After living in Germany for several years, Lee Albritton returned to Lenoir County to be closer to family and to start an organic farm. He was surprised to hear how the eastern NC landscape had changed: Spanish was being spoken everywhere!
Lee put his Spanish language skills to use, and landed a job helping farmers find and communicate with the new farm workers. This work led him to start a financial services business for Hispanics and, eventually, to become a professional legal and medical interpreter.
Lee now manages the Kinston branch of Self-Help Credit Union. The Kinston native has one daughter with his wife, Amy. They attend St. Mary’s, and like playing tennis, spending time outside (especially on the Pungo River), and cooking.
Sonny Browne representing Bishop Skirving
Dick graduated from The University of Rochester in Rochester New York. He worked for IBM in Rochester, Arista Information Systems and Xerox Corp. He then joined the Oliver Wight Companies where he was an Educator/Consultant. He has been an independent Educator/Consultant since 1992. He is the author of the book,’ Orchestrating Success’. Dick has been a sought-after speaker and consultant on Sales and Operations Planning. He has recently been lecturing in Europe and South America.
Dick is a former Senior Warden and Treasurer of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Haw River. He was chairman of the Outreach Committee at Saint Andrew’s for many years. He is also on the board of the Allied Churches of Alamance County. He resides in Mebane NC with his Wife, Natalie.
Nanci Atkeson grew up in Pennsylvania. After graduating from East Carolina University, she taught in Wake County Public Schools for 30 years, retiring in 2005. Atkeson is active in St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh, singing in the choir and participating in numerous committees, including Adult Missions, Needlepoint, Prayer Shawl, Lay Eucharistic Ministry, ECW, and Bible study. She also sings in the North Carolina Master Chorale.
Atkeson serves as secretary on the EFwM board of directors and is on the ministry’s Finance Committee.
Vicar, The Episcopal Church of the Advocate
Chapel Hill, NC
Marlene Weigert serves as the Canon to the Ordinary for Administration for the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. In this role, Canon Weigert has responsibility for management of all business, financial and administrative affairs of the Diocese.
Canon Weigert has served at the Diocese of North Carolina since 2005, and including that time she has served the Episcopal Church as a lay professional for 33 years. She began her ministry in 1977, and served for 16 years as the Financial Administrator for the Diocese of New Hampshire. From 1993 to 2005, she was the Parish Administrator for the Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine in Houston, Texas.
Canon Weigert resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband Bruce; they have four children and four grandchildren.
Canon Weigert serves on EFwM’s fundraising committee.