We are the DC Service Corps class of 2018-19! We come from all different places and backgrounds and 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

Amy Brandt
Communications Associate

Amy graduated from Western Washington University in the Spring of 2018 with a marketing major and a communications minor. She is passionate about her faith and learning about different cultures. Prior to joining DC Service Corps, Amy has served on short-term mission trips in Washington State and Mexico City. As the Communications Associate, Amy is excited to use her marketing background to support FMS so that it can continue to grow and serve others.

Kevin Ruano
Programs Associate

Kevin is a graduate of Columbia University where he majored in Comparative Literature and Society. Equipped with the programs experience he gained at ONE DC and the Laundromat Project, he is eager to begin supporting the programs at FMS which offer a unique perspective on mission and ministry of presence. Throughout the year he will also be attempting to grow by living deliberately and practicing active contemplation.

Nadia Barnett
USCMA Associate

Nadia recently graduated from the University of Maryland College Park, where she was the producer and reporter of a news-entertainment radio talk show called Drop the Pop on the university’s radio station. Nadia graduated with a dual degree in Journalism and Criminal Justice/Criminology. She is very interested in criminal justice reform in the United States, but also interested in expanding her knowledge about public policy domestically and abroad. Over the past 15 years, Nadia continually engaged in community service, participating in activities ranging from visiting nursing homes, environmental clean-ups, tutoring children, and visiting safe havens for battered women and children. Nadia is spending my time in DC Service Corps at the United States Catholic Mission Association as a the social media manager and a contributing writer. 

Nayeli Garcia
Service Access Team Member at the Father McKenna Center

Nayeli recently graduated from Neumann University with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to joining DC Service Corps, Nayeli has participated in Habitat for Humanity trips to South Carolina and Virginia and traveled to Bolivia for a short term mission trip through FMS. This coming year she will be spending time at the Father McKenna Center coordinating various tasks such as their food pantry and their clothing distribution.  Nayeli is excited to be part of a new community and to share her gifts and talents with others.