We are the DC Service Corps class of 2021-2022! We come from all different places and backgrounds to 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
Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School Corporate Work Study Volunteer
Anna Fluharty is from Newark, Ohio and is a recent graduate from Franciscan University of Steubenville. At Franciscan, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology, with minors in Biology and Philosophy. She heard the Lord call her to a year of service, so she is serving at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School through Franciscan Mission Service. There, she ministers to high school kids in the form of a coach, an adult leader of youth ministry, and as a mentor. After her year of service, Anna plans on going to graduate school for Bioethics with a focus in embryology.
Fr. Mckenna Center Volunteer
Chris graduated from Loras College in December of 2020, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies. He is doing a year of service with the Franciscan Mission Service and is serving at the Father McKenna Center. He is excited about this new chapter in his life and is ready to encounter God through the people he will serve in this year of service. After this experience, he is planning to attend graduate school for a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
Franciscan Mission Service Communications Associate
Emily Putzke is a native of Western New York and graduated from SUNY Empire State College with her BA in History. With a background in writing and editing for historical non-profits, she is looking forward to gaining experience working for a Catholic non-profit while cultivating new skills as the FMS communications associate. Emily is excited to grow deeper in her Catholic faith and Franciscan spirituality while serving in DC with the FMS community.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Protection Counselor
Grace Kueber is a recent business administration undergraduate from Alma College and is originally from Northville, Michigan. Grace is excited to join the DC Service Corps as a UNHCR volunteer and gain an understanding of what it means to be a pillar of support for refugees and their families. She is grateful for the opportunity to be surrounded by kind and virtuous people as she continues growing in her own spirituality and faith life. In her free time, she enjoys writing short stories, doing puzzles, and learning new hobbies.
Franciscan Mission Service Programs Associate
Originally from Bethlehem, New York, Joanie McMahon recently graduated with a degree in studio art from the Catholic University of America. In her free time, Joanie enjoys painting, spending time with her nieces and nephews, and working with farm animals. Joanie is looking forward to building meaningful relationships with her Casa housemates and supporting lay missioners during their Formation program.
Father McKenna Center Volunteer
Lauren graduated from St. Bonaventure University in May of 2021, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and minors in Sociology and Theater. She is spending her first year out of undergraduate working as a DC Service Corps member, volunteering at the Father McKenna Center which serves men experiencing homelessness. After her year of service, she would like to continue higher education by getting her master’s degree. Lauren is incredibly grateful for this opportunity to grow in faith, service, and community.
Franciscan Mission Service Development and Operations Associate
Hailing from the town of Honeoye Falls in Upstate New York, Victoria Wangler graduated from St. Bonaventure University in May 2021 with her Bachelor of Arts. Victoria double majored in Professional & Creative Writing and English Literature and minored in Marketing and Spanish. She is excited to grow her skills in donor relations, communication, and data organization during her year working as an office associate for Franciscan Mission Service. In her free time, Victoria enjoys reading, writing poetry, gardening, and cooking. She is looking forward to deepening her spirituality and faith as she lives and serves alongside her community members in the Casa this year.