Catholic Franciscan Volunteer Service Experience for Post-Graduate Young Adults | Syracuse, New York

Meet our new volunteers / FC16

August 26, 2014

FC16 Volunteers

Whitney, Ashley, Brendan, Beth, Brittany, Erin, Emily, Carl, Justin, Bianca, Kristen, Claire












Bianca Villaseñor, is from Ramona, CA attended Loyola Marymount University and received a BA in Sociology and Spanish.  Bianca will serve in Costa Rica at Nino Con Carino with young “at risk” girls.

Carl Fisher, is a native of Kankakee, IL and studied for a BS in Biology at Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN. Carl will work in the Physical Therapy department of Hogar Santiago Crespo; a seniors home for people of modest means.

Erin Twiehaus, hails from Carmel, IN and got a BA in Social Work at St. Louis University, MO.  The children and moms of Rostro de Maria will benefit from her service.

Justin Oloriz , a Laguna  Niguel, CA native attended the Catholic University of America and obtained a BA in Spanish for International Service. Justin’s service will focus on men with addictions and homelessness at Rostro de Jesus and Hogar El Buen Samaritano.

Whitney Williams , comes to us from Colorado Springs, CO and went east to study for a BS in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester. She will be working with abandoned disabled persons at Mano Abiertas.

Ashley DiStefano, is from Ballwin, MO and went to school at Benedictine College, KS where she got a BA in sociology.  Ashley will feed the poor at the Assumption Food Pantry.

Beth Meisinger , is a native of Omaha, NE and received a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame. Beth will be attending to the patients and volunteers at Francis Home;  a home for hospice.

Brendan Foley , hails from Binghamton, NY was awarded a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Scranton. The refugee community will find Brendan at the Northside CYO Refugee Resettlement Office.

Brittany Wilcox, from close by in Rome, NY and studied at SUNY New Paltz where she got her BA in French. Brittany will care for the hungry and homeless at the Cathedral Emergency Services.

Claire Thibodeaux , come to us all the way from Saint Martinville, LA and received a BA in Philosophy at Louisiana State University A&M.  The children and parents of the Bishop Foery Foundation after-school program will be happy to have her with them.

Emily Petrie , was born in Newton, MA and grew up in Needham, MA.  She was educated by the Benedictines at Saint Anselm College where she obtained a BA in Elementary Education. She also will serve at an after-school program at Vincent House.

Kristen Rayfield , is from Eatonton, GA and studied Anthropology at the Catholic University of America. Kristen will serve at our Franciscan sisters’ own St. Joseph Hospital & Health Center

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