We are the DC Service Corps class of 2019-20! We come from all different places and backgrounds to join together in Washington DC for a year of service rooted in the Franciscan charism. Through various positions of service, we are building a foundation for a lifelong commitment to social activism and our Catholic faith.

DC Service Corps Members


Megan McCarthy
Communications Associate

Megan graduated from St. John’s University in the Spring of 2019 with a B.S. in Communication Arts with minors in Business Administration and International Studies. She is passionate about people, culture, travel, music, writing and social justice. In college, she participated in many domestic and international service trips with St. John’s campus ministry. She hopes to develop a deeper connection and understanding of the Franciscan faith through her time in service so she can better help those in need around the world. 

Hannah Puvalowski 
Programs Associate

Hannah recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago where she studied Business Management with minors in Leadership Studies and Sustainable Business Management. She is energized to apply her business background in the service for and with others as the FMS Programs Associate. Hannah finds joy in simplicity and community life. 

Kate Keeley
Development Associate

Kate graduated from James Madison University in the Spring of 2019 with a Communication Studies (concentration in advocacy) major and a general business minor. Her passion for helping others has been a driving force her entire life. In college, she was heavily involved with JMU’s Habitat for Humanity chapter and participated in an Alternative Spring Break Program in Trujillo, Peru. Kate is excited to expand upon her love for serving others by learning more about the development sector of nonprofits. She expects to grow in faith, community, and service over the course of the next year.

Julia Pinto
USCMA Publications and Communications Associate

Julia graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a B.S. in Mathematics and Secondary Math Teaching Certificate and has spent the last four years teaching math to public high school students. She is excited to gain new experiences, getting an in-depth look at faith-based nonprofit agencies and growing alongside her peers as she volunteers and serves in the local community. 

Michael Broughton
Fr. Mckenna Center Volunteer

Michael Broughton graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a major in Psychological Dimensions of Performance. Prior to that, he lived in Rochester, NY with his two older sisters and mother, all of whom he is very close to. Michael’s time at St. Bonaventure introduced him to core Franciscan values such as contemplation and solidarity with the poor. He hopes to apply these values, as well as his background in Clinical Psychology, to his position as a Case Worker at the Father McKenna Center. Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending time with friends and family, preferably in the outdoors. 

Marina jerry
Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School Coordinator

Marina Jerry graduated from Saint Michael’s College with majors in Political Science and Religious Studies. Prior to serving with DC Service Corps, Marina interned with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development anti-poverty program and engaged in short-term service projects both within and outside of her community. She is excited to dedicate a year to living out Catholic social teaching and being part of an intentional community. Marina will be serving at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, where she will help coordinate the school’s Corporate Work Study Program. 

Mathew Fichter
Fr. Mckenna Center Volunteer

Matthew Lawrence Fichter is 26 years old from Gaithersburg, MD where he was born and raised as the youngest sibling in a family of four sisters and one brother.  He is pretty close to all members of his immediate family despite some living further away in the great states of Arizona and Montana.  In addition to being a son and a brother, Mathew is also an uncle to one nephew, and two nieces (Addy, Blake, and Emmy). He studied at University of Maryland and graduated in December 2015 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.  Mathew started his postgraduate career in February 2016 with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company where he stayed until August 2019.  While on the Whiting-Turner team, he worked as project engineer and assistant project manager on construction projects in Virginia, D.C., Bethesda, MD, and Cary, NC. For fun, Mathew likes to enjoy the outdoors as often as possible.  He likes to bike and hike, or play pick-up basketball games with friends.  Mathew also enjoys following professional and collegiate sports of all types.  His favorite teams are the Maryland Terrapins, Villanova Wildcats, Baltimore Orioles, and Philadelphia Eagles.  Mathew also enjoys watching movies, going to concerts, and finding free things to do in the DMV area.