Rev. E. West McNeill, Executive Director
Tel: (518) 217-5644
Originally from Fairport, NY, West joined Labor-Religion Coalition in 2014 as Lead Organizer. West is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. They hold an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where they were a Fellow with the Kairos Center, a national network of grassroots and religious leaders organizing to end poverty. Prior to joining LRC, West was pastor of Parkland United Methodist Church and associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Tacoma, WA. West has also worked with United Methodist Kairos Response, a denominational network advocating for justice and human rights in Israel/Palestine. They have a B.A. in journalism from Ithaca College.
Rev. Joe Paparone, Lead Organizer
Tel: (518) 212-7697
Joe Paparone is a life-long New Yorker, growing up in the Mid-Hudson Valley, near New Paltz. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose in 2004 and a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2012. He is a licensed minister of the Mennonite Church USA. Joe has organized for immigrant rights and prisoner justice with Capital Region groups such as New Sanctuary for Immigrants, ICE-Free Capital District, and Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration.
Joe lives in Albany with his wife Lesley and their dogs, Artax and Nym. He plays tenor and baritone saxophone in two local bands: Kimono Dragons and Victory Soul Orchestra. In his free time he enjoys exploring the Adirondacks via foot, bike or canoe.
Pauline Pisano, MSW. Digital Organizer
Pauline Pisano is an artist, cultural worker, and community organizer. She recently graduated from Silberman School of Social Work, where she was awarded the Carmen Ortiz Hendrick Award for Excellence. Pauline also holds a certificate from Boston University's Center For The Digital Imaging Arts and a Bachelor's Degree from New York University's Tisch School Of The Arts. Pauline is currently a coordinator for the New York State Arts and Culture Committee for The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. While in New York City Pauline was a DOVE Advocate at New York Presbyterian Hospital and and activist in spaces fighting for human rights and dignity for all.
Pauline has recently relocated to rural Maryland where she runs a music/video production studio whose projects goals are to build movements to end poverty, engage the community in creative work, lift up unheard voices, and culturally support campaigns rooted in human rights and dignity for all. She believes in organizing artists to organize, and organizing organizers to utilize the cultural arts as a pathway to freedom and humanization. We are all artists.