On Staff

  • Cammy Enaharo

    Cammy Enaharo was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She graduated from School Without Walls High School and is a Nazareth College alumna. As a singer songwriter, she spends her…...

  • Maria Engels

    Maria grew up in Rochester, New York and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clark University. After working in college admissions for two years, Maria returned to Rochester in September 2015…...

  • Chiamaka Ikpeze

    Chiamaka Ikpeze, mainly referred to as “Chi,” was born in Nigeria and moved to America with her family December of 2000. She is a Brighton School District alum via the…...

  • Dana Lundquist

    Dana Lundquist moved to Rochester 10 years ago to study at the University of Rochester. After graduating she began working with local youth through AmeriCorps then moved into the classroom…...

  • Spero Michailidis

    Spero is a New Jersey native and has been proud to call Rochester home since 1997.  After graduating from Lehigh University with a degree in Environmental Science, and spending a year in…...

  • Yahoda Miller

    Yahoda is a Rochester native and has been volunteering at the Institute since 2012. He has been working through the partner corporation Seedfolk City Farm for over two years, has been…...

  • Kit Miller

    Kit Miller has served as the director of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence since 2009. Her prior position was as director/celebrator of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication in Oakland, California.…...

  • Christina Mortellaro

    Christina is an AmeriCorps VISTA member working at the Gandhi Institute through a partnership with Rochester Youth Year. She was born and raised in Batavia, NY and graduated from SUNY…...

  • David Sanchez

    David is a native New Yorker and is proud to call Rochester his home. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Nazareth College and is passionate about Restorative Practices, mindfulness, and…...

  • Erin Thompson

    Erin Thompson was born in Rochester, and graduated from John Marshall High School, Monroe Community College and SUNY Brockport (BS in Accounting). Raised in an artistic, socially aware family, Erin’s…...

  • Malik Thompson

    Malik is a Black gender/queer person who hails from Washington, DC and is overjoyed to be apart of the Gandhi Institute and larger Rochester community. Currently, Malik works at Wilson High…...

Our Partners

To more effectively create systemic social change and to efficiently utilize a variety of resources, the Gandhi Institute partners with other individuals and organizations in many synergistic endeavors.

We seek to support and learn from our partners’ experience and support their missions as part of our work. Partnering with other organizations is one way to acknowledge our interdependence; it models sustainable, resourceful social change for others.

While the Gandhi Institute is a 501(c)3 organization, we are grateful to the University of Rochester for hosting the Institute and providing a substantial part of our yearly budget along with pro-bono professional services. We enjoy working with University students, faculty, and staff on campus and in the community.

We recently received this thank-you note from Seedfolk, a partner organization focused on youth development through urban agriculture:

“Dear Kit,

I just wanted to say, a deep an heartfelt thank you for the wonderful hospitality and generosity that you and the entire Gandhi community have shown to the Seedfolk program. It is such a gift to be able to use your beautiful, peaceful space for our summer youth program as well as for our culminating block party. It feels very much like home, for us Seedfolk, and that has so much to do with the deep sense of peace and sharing and openness that you all have cultivated there. Thank you for accepting Seedfolk into your community with such open arms. I can only hope that we can try to be as much of a blessing in return as you have been to us.

Love, Lisa and Seedfolk”

Here are some of the diverse organizations we currently partner with: