Emmjolee Mendoza-Waters – Chair
Emmjolee is Associate Director of Campus Ministry and Community Service at Catholic University’s Office of Campus Ministry. She graduated from Catholic University with a BA in Politics and then volunteered for two years as a missionary serving in Punta Gorda, Belize. At CUA, Emmjolee worked to develop missionary programs in the United States, bringing college students back to Belize, as well as to Jamaica, Tanzania, Costa Rica, and Mexico. In addition, she has a master’s degree from the National Catholic School of Social Service focusing on social justice and social change.
Kelly McCracken – Vice Chair
Kelly McCracken is the president at Franciscan Media and has been with the organization since April 2014. Franciscan Media, a non-profit ministry supported by the Franciscan friars, publishes St. Anthony Messenger magazine, books, multiple e-newsletters, and has a substantial digital platform that receives almost a million visits per month. Franciscan Media’s mission is to share God’s love in the spirit of St. Francis, seeking to reach people where they are.
Prior to that she worked as the director of client relations at Aileron, a non-profit business training and consulting organization in Tipp City, Ohio.
Kelly and her husband, Mike, will celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2020. They are the proud parents of two daughters—one a junior at Miami University in Ohio, and the other a junior in high school.
Patricia Maloney – Treasurer
Pat is currently the Principal Director for Joint Operational Programs for Aerospace at the Goddard Space Flight Center in MD, supporting remote sensing and environmental monitoring and weather programs. She is a lector and Chair of the Finance Council for her parish in Reston, VA, St John Neumann, and also on the Board of Directors for InTrust and the Washington Theological Union.
Mary Tyler Curtis – Secretary
A writer and nonprofit communications specialist, Tyler has been affiliated with several Catholic organizations in her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Dismas Ministry – a national, Catholic outreach for prisoners, victims, their families, those released from prison, and the community. Her previous experience includes serving on the leadership team of Franciscan Missions – a national, Catholic fundraising organization that promotes the worldwide missionary work of the Franciscans (Order of Friars Minor). In addition, she worked for the Sisters of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians), Marquette University, and Mount Mary University. As a consultant, she worked for other nonprofit clients in health care, real estate, and the arts. She has written feature articles, grants, and philanthropy profiles, and developed public relations strategies for nonprofit organizations. Tyler is a 1988 graduate of Marquette University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She is grateful for the invitation to serve the FMS family, and support lay missioners and servant leaders who live and work in the Franciscan tradition.
Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF
Margaret Carney, OSF, was the 20th President of St. Bonaventure University, a position she held from 2004 until July 2016. Prior to that, Sr. Margaret served as the dean and director of the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure. The Institute operates a center for research and textual scholarship in the field of Franciscan/medieval theology, history and philosophy and a school that educates leaders for the various branches of the Franciscan religious orders in the Catholic Church.
She holds master’s degrees from Duquesne University (theology) and St. Bonaventure University (Franciscan Studies) and her doctorate (theology) was awarded by the Franciscan university of Rome — the Pontifical University Antonianum.
Dr. Hans Dethlefs
Hans is a native of Omaha, Nebraska where he attended Creighton University. Prior to studying medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center he spent a semester as a volunteer in Tijuana, Mexico with a group of Franciscan Sisters. He trained in family medicine in Wichita Kansas. Shortly after his training he spent three years in Ocotepque, Honduras as a volunteer with Unbound. His focus during that time was working with children who were sponsored through Unbound, and collaborating with a group of Franciscan Sisters caring for severely malnourished children. Hans has worked since 2000 at a community health center in south Omaha that serves the primarily Hispanic population of that area. Since 2012 Hans has worked as the medical director for an Omaha-based non-profit called Chronic Care International (CCI). CCI provides care to patients with chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure in the Dominican Republic. Hans’ wife, Andrea, is an elementary education teacher, and they have 3 adult children, Allison, Chris, and Rachel. Allison was an FMS volunteer in Bolivia.
Marvin Floom, OFS
Marvin Floom, OFS, is a Secular Franciscan at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Triangle, Virginia, where he serves as chairman of the finance council. Marvin was a U. S. Marine for 27 years and retired as a colonel. He ministers to hospice patients and serves in various ministries at his parish.
Fr. David Gaa, OFM
Fr. David is the Provincial Minister for the St. Barbara Province on the West Coast of the U.S. Fr. David spent seven years as pastor of a parish in Kazakhstan and more recently as pastor of Mission San Xavier del Bac, on a Native American Reservation in Arizona for six years. In 2016, Fr. David was elected Provincial Minister and has held the post since then. Fr. David has joined the FMS board to support “the wonderful opportunity for young people to engage in the divine exchange between rich and poor, that occurs when we are generous and self-giving in our mission.”
Fr. Larry Hayes, OFM
Larry Hayes, OFM, a native of Mineola, New York, has been serving in pastoral ministry at St. Camillus Parish-Friary in Silver Spring, Maryland, since January. His previous assignments have included guardian of St. Mary’s Friary in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, and as parochial vicar at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in New York City. Before his election as provincial vicar in 2014, he served as the pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Durham, North Carolina. He also served as the pastor and guardian at St. Camillus Parish from 2002 to 2008, and as parochial vicar from 2008 to 2011. Larry professed his first vows as a Franciscan in 1984 and his final vows in 1988. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1989 and elected to the Provincial Council in 2011. Since 2014, Larry has served as the Province’s secretary for formation and studies.
Fr. Brad A. Milunski, OFM Conv.
Brad was born is originally from Amsterdam, NY. He studied philosophy and Franciscan studies at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, MA, and received a Master of Divinity degree from Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC. In 1989 he professed final vows as a Conventual Franciscan friar, was ordained to the priesthood in 1993, and served for three years in parish ministry. From 1996 to 2000, Brad studied in Rome, Italy, at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and was awarded a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture in 2000. After further post-graduate studies, Brad served in the interprovincial ministry of initial formation in both Indiana and the greater Washington, DC area. From 2010 to 2014, Brad was pastor of Assumption Church in Syracuse, NY. Brad is currently based in Chicago, where he serves as the Postulancy Director for Our Lady of the Angels Province.
Laura Rainey, OFS
Laura Rainey, OFS, is a Secular Franciscan, currently serving as Minister of the St. Anthony of Nagasaki fraternity. “SFOTony” meets at Franciscan Mission Service’s Casa San Salvador and is honored to provide an open space for future and returning missioners to join in monthly meetings and share their experiences. Laura participated in FMS’s 2014 short-term mission trip to Bolivia, where she witnessed first-hand the joyful ministry of presence provided by FMS missioners in La Paz, Cochabamba, and Carmen Pampa. Laura grew up around the world as an Army brat, graduated in 1991 with a degree in Accounting from St. Bonaventure University in NY, is a member of Holy Trinity parish in Georgetown, and works as an auditor at a Federal agency.
Teresa Redder, OFS
Teresa Redder, OFS, is a Secular Franciscan and has served in every office of her local fraternity in New Jersey. She had a 30-year career as a senior program manager with Lockheed Martin. Prior to that, she served as a second lieutenant in the Air Force, after graduating from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She is involved in several ministries at her parish as well as prison ministry at the Burlington County men’s jail. She and her husband, Jeff, have been married 42 years and have four adult children.
Sr. Patricia D. Reid, OSF
Sr. Pat has been an Allegany Franciscan for more than 50 years. She was born in Bronx, NY, and after graduation from high school went to St. Clare Hospital School of Nursing and graduated as a registered nurse. She received her Masters at Loyola in Maryland, entered the Franciscan Sisters and shortly thereafter continued her ministry in the healing profession in Brazil, where she served as a nurse, midwife, counselor and retreat director for 40 years. Sr. Pat speaks fluent Portuguese and learned a great deal from Brazilians about hospitality, living with less, and the importance of family and community. She was elected as a councilor to her order’s leadership team, where she served for eight years.