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Shirley Jean Sarmiento

Shirley Jean Sarmiento, American educator, court advocate, activist. Member Art Space, since 1995; founder Urban Arts, Buffalo, since 1994; volunteer Burchfield/Penny Art Gallery, Buffalo, since 1994; board directors Jubilee Fund, Buffalo, 1989-1991; volunteer MLK Committee, 1993, Movin On Residential House, 1995-1996; board member Housing Resident Council.


  • Sarmiento, Shirley Jean was born on November 28, 1946 in Buffalo.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies and Social Science, Medaille College, 1980. Master Arts and Sciences, State University of New York, Buffalo, 2000.


    • Community health worker Jesse Nash Health Center, Buffalo, 1979-1983. Educator Western New York Peace Center, 1984-1989. Substitute teacher Buffalo Board Education, 1990-1991.

      Counselor, court advocate LHI, Buffalo, since 1990. Family advocate to learning disabled Western New York LDA, since 1997.


    • Narrator fundraising video, 1993. Editor: Drum Beats, 1996. Composer: (poems) Doin Me, Elmuseo Art Gallery.


    Member Art Space, since 1995. Founder Urban Arts, Buffalo, since 1994. Volunteer Burchfield/Penny Art Gallery, Buffalo, since 1994.

    Board directors Jubilee Fund, Buffalo, 1989-1991. Volunteer MLK Committee, 1993, Movin On Residential House, 1995-1996. Board member Housing Resident Council.



    Writing, travel, theater, movies.


    • Daughter of John Clyde and Claudia Mary (Hall) Laughlin. Divorced; 1 child, Tolley C.
    • father: John Clyde Laughlin
    • mother: Claudia Mary (Hall) Laughlin
    • child: Tolley C. Sarmiento
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    Born November 28, 1946
    (age 70)