Founders of Renegades Save Our Service Animals
1) Reverend Syndia-Gregoria Morales-Escobar
2) Reverend Rainette Murphy Lopez (Rennie Murphy)
Read their stories below:
Reverend Syndia-Gregoria (Powerchair Diva):
Aside from having multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, severe arthritis, and a host of other medical delights, she has been for the past 22 years, and still is, a housing, tenant, and community activist; she advocated, together with another community leader, Maria Gemma Todaro, for the rights of the homeless women at the Kingsbridge Armory Shelter For Women in 1987 and 1988, together with then Councilman, Jose Rivera, and his Assistant, Anna York; and the Director of The Housing Workshop, Ivine Galarza. Reverend Syndia-Gregoria fought against the intense drug and prostitution problem in the surrounding neighborhood of the Morris Heights Section of the Bronx, together with then activist Maria Gemma Todaro, and the undeniable assistance of the then Bronx Borough President, Fernando Ferrer (1988 to 2001), and the then City Council President, andrew Stein. Reverend Syndia-Gregoria founded and was President of the Buchanan Tenant Association from 1988 to 1994 and was re-elected in 1998 for two more years.
She is a grduate of the CORO Leadership Collaboration Program IV (was recommended for this program by Aurea Magual of the Bronx Borough President's Office). Reverend Syndia-Gregoria founded Buchanan Foster Pet Care, a non-profit organization working to overcome the plight of the abandoned and homeless companion animal and at the same time fulfill the needs of the Disabled and Senior Community. All in all, Reverend Syndia-Gregoria, for many years rescued, trained, and advocated for Service and Assistance Animals. This inspiring woman has appeared on News 12 The Bronx; was written about in the New York Daily News; the Newsletter for Bronx Community Board 12; the Bronx EOC Staff Newsletter; and was involved and appeared on the 1994 Annual Report For The Associated Blind in support of the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Reverend Syndia-Gregoria also wrote several articles about Service and Assistance Animals in the EOC Student Newsletter and expanded her years as a Community Leader in her additional role as a voluntary non-profit consultant for starting out organizations and associations. In 2003, The Reverend became a Board Member for Pet-Abuse.Com, founded by Alison L. Gianotto. Also, that same year, Reverend Syndia-Gregoria became involved in the after school programs at the Harford County Libraries, in the State of Maryland, educating children and young adults about Service, Assistance, and Therapy Animals. During these educational sessions, many had the opportunity to meet and greet the Organization's Mascot, RENEGADE. Presently, through websites, blogs, and social media sites, Reverend Syndia-Gregoria is continuing to educate and advocate for Service, Assistance, and Therapy Animals.
Reverend Syndia-Gregoria and RENEGADE (Service Canine) together with the then Mayor of Aberdeen, Maryland (Mayor Wilson) was responsible for the Special Community Nomination and Award given to Doctor Wendy Dorothy Kloesz for her exclusive work and care for the patients in the Community of Harford County.
As references we will list Wilham Ronda of the Bronx Borough President's Office; Jim Waters of the New York State School of Special Education on Pelham Parkway in the Bronx; including anyone listed in the biography.
Reverend Rainette Murphy Lopez (Royal Irish Diva)
Being a Multi-Disabled individual has not placed brakes on Reverend Rainette from being a source of inspiration to those that know her, both far and near. Her energy transcends itself to the very core of those whom she advocates for. Reverend Rainette has a diversified experience level, which is vital to an organization outreaching to the public, businesses, and politicians for the Disabled Community and their Service Animals. More interesting and commending is the fact that she was the first female student at Martin Van Buren High School, located in New York City, to be able to enroll in Wood Shop and Auto Mechanics. Reverend Rainette petitioned the New York School District in September of 1972 to allow this and was successful at overturning a male only long standing rule.
In the late 1980's Reverend Rainette Murphy Lopez moved to the State of California and became engaged with the Community surrounding her.
During the 1990's and with the increasing violence in the streets of her community, she felt a compelling need to help by participating in a non-profit organization called Mad About Rising Crime, originally organized to establish what would be considered crime-resistant communities through education and outreach. From there she continued on a path to rid the world of abuses towards the disabled and became a founding member of American Alliance To End Handicapped Parking Abuses, created in an effort to reach across state borders, spearheading proactive campaigns for specific reforms in government regulations and law enforcement which fail to protect People With Disabilities PWD's regarding handicapped parking. Their concept, as an organization, is that Handicapped People (PWD's) are a protected class of citizens in America whose basic civil rights in having equal access to parking are being denied.
This, however, is but only a fragment of who Reverend Rainette is. As a friend, soul sister, advocate for the disabled, and founding board member of Renegades Save Our Service Animals there is none other like her.