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.

Elizabeth Hughes

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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Meghan Meros

Associate Director

Meghan is grateful that her position allows her to serve in an office setting that incorporates her love for mission and her strong ties to Latin America. Among her various duties, Meghan serves as the day-to-day operations leader, leads/co-leads short-term domestic and international trips, engages in international field evaluation through site visits, helps coordinate the Returned Missioner program, and cultivates the values of FMS within the organization.

Meghan first heard about FMS in 2011 when she met FMS missioner Nora Pfieffer while Meghan was volunteering in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Meghan received her undergraduate degree at Goucher College where she majored in Spanish and English. After graduation, she received her masters in the Spanish: Latin American studies program at American University. Meghan was a Spanish teacher for a few years and has also led trips abroad for high school students to Peru and Ecuador. These experiences allowed her to engage her love for teaching outside the traditional classroom setting where she could empower her students to broaden their minds and their understanding of the world.

Originally from Thousand Oaks, California, Meghan has lived in the DC area since 2006. Before coming to FMS, Meghanworked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a Management and Program Analyst.

 

Emily Norton

Programs Manager

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. 

 

DC Service Corps Office Associates:

These young adults volunteer in our office 35 hours a week and spend Wednesday afternoons serving with marginalized populations in the Washington, D.C. area. Interested in serving in our office? See the program page to learn about this unique opportunity.

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. 

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. 

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.