Board and Staff
Board of Directors
Franciscan Mission Service has been blessed with many dedicated men and women, both lay and religious, who have given generously of their time and talents to grow this new branch on the tree of the Franciscan Family. Our staff’s dedication and enthusiasm has breathed new life and a fresh vision into our organization.
Liz is thrilled to lead FMS. It is an honor to partner with individuals living and serving in solidarity with individuals in economically poor communities. Liz’s own mission commitment was shaped through serving as a 4th grade teacher in Birmingham, Alabama with the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and later as a teacher in a bilingual Catholic elementary school in Juticalpa, Honduras.
Liz comes to FMS from the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where she served as the Director of the International Program for three years. Previously, she dedicated over a decade to serving in internationally focused positions with the U.S. government, including two years in Mexico City. Liz graduated with an M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.S in International Studies and Management from Boston College.
In her free time, Liz enjoys tutoring DC junior high students, learning languages, reading, exploring hidden gems of DC, traveling, retreats, and sharing time with family and friends.
Rose is overjoyed to return to FMS as Associate Director. She first served with the organization as Programs Associate as part of the DC Service Corps. Then and now, she resonates with FMS's commitment to formation and accompaniment.
Prior to returning to FMS, Rose's passion for justice work led her to Sojourners magazine. As Advertising Manager, she helped mission-minded organizations, universities, and publishers share and expand their work. Rose's heart for mission was formed by her time serving in a Fe y Alegría Montessori school in the Dominican Republic with Holy Child Volunteers. She studied Theology and American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Rose's hobbies include singing in her church choir, playing guitar and learning new instruments, and cooking. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she and her husband now call DC home and are always in search of good coffee shops.
Emily enjoys overseeing Franciscan Mission Service’s expanding programs, and is grateful to be in a role that allows her to combine her program management skills with her passion for faith-based service. Emily has worked at various local, national, and international NGOs, all of which shared her goal of serving marginalized populations and promoting social justice. Prior to working at FMS, Emily managed different service-focused programs at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command and The George Washington University.
Latin America holds a special spot in Emily’s heart, and she has studied and served in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, and Ecuador. During her time in Ecuador, Emily volunteered with a Catholic service program similar to FMS. Her time living simply in an intentional community, focused on ministry of presence, and living in solidarity with the poor was transformational for her, and she is eager to help support the FMS missioners during their life-giving time on mission.
Emily is a proud native of Portland, Oregon, and a proud Bucknellian (i.e. she graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA), who loves learning about different cultures, exploring new places, being active and going on spontaneous adventures.