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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.

Executive Director

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.

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Associate Director

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.

Director of MIssion Integration

As the Director of Mission Integration, Meghan enjoys providing comprehensive formation and holistic support to individuals who have discerned a call to mission. Meghan is grateful that her position provides myriad opportunities for building community with the FMS family and for helping the Franciscan charism unfold in the world today.

Meghan has an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University of Maryland is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Meghan also has an M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from American University and Bachelor's degrees in English and Spanish from Goucher College. Previously, Meghan served as the Associate Director of Franciscan Mission Service from 2016-2022. In addition to her current work with FMS, Meghan provides counseling services through a local sliding scale counseling practice.

Outside of work, Meghan enjoys taking ballet classes, ice skating, and singing in a community choir. To nurture her spiritual life, Meghan participates in a faith sharing group and attends yearly silent retreats.