Volunteer advocacy coordinators network (VACN)

The MCC Washington Office has a network of “volunteer advocacy coordinators”. The network is an effort to increase advocacy throughout the U.S. through engagement with the Washington Office. Coordinators represent the states of California, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Meet the VACN members:

Melonie Buller headshotMelonie Buller lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Charlie Wilson.  She is Financial Manager for Homes on the Hill CDC, an affordable housing developer and housing counseling agency.  She enjoys reading, traveling, and watching Kansas Jayhawk basketball; she is an occasional poet.



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John-Michael Cotignola Pickens serves as the Advocacy Program Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Council of Churches.  He and his wife, Heather, live in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with their two dogs, Rachel and Quinn. John-Michael has been known for making a pretty good beef brisket in his smoker.


Anne headshotAnne Hausrath has been an artist (fabric art and knitting), advocate, activist all her adult life. She speaks Spanish fluently and is learning French. She attends Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship.


Susan headshotSusan Mark Landis lives in Goshen, IN with Dennis Landis. She volunteers with Ten Thousand Villages, the Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network and the Michiana Relief Sale Online Auction. She appreciates yoga, her Wisdom Circle and Assembly Mennonite Church.


IMG_2137Andres Mata is a student at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. At the age of 13, Andres became the youngest member ever appointed to the City Commission of Salina, Kansas.


Bori headshotBoris Ozuna is originally from Sincelejo, Colombia. He holds a B.A. in peacebuilding and development and an M.A in restorative justice from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). He currently works at James Madison University leading a coalition to prevent alcohol and drug use among youth.


Hardaye headshotHardaye Ramjit was born in Trinidad and is currently living in Macedonia Ohio. She is a wife and a mother to three sons. She is currently an Elder at Lee Heights. Community Church in Cleveland Ohio while pursuing a master’s degree in church leadership from Eastern Mennonite Seminary.


Yami headshot.jpgYammilette Rodriguez is the senior director for Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) in Central California. Yami and her husband Jaime Rodriguez are volunteer Senior Pastors of United Faith Christian Fellowship (UFCF), Mennonite Brethren and they have a seven year old girl, named Lizette and a one year old, Juliette.