The staff of the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy (FCSA) is a community that embraces both its Professional Staff and Event Coordinators.
Our Event Coordinators are students who work at FCSA. Some of these students receive work-study benefits. Others volunteer their time and talents. All of them are united in their passion in to serve the Siena community and the wider community of the Capital Region. You will meet them at any of our events, which they develop, plan and lead throughout the academic year. If you are interested in becoming an Event Coordinator, please speak with any of these students, or with a member of our Professional Staff.
To meet our Professional Staff, please scroll down and read their short biographies. You may also visit us at our offices in Foy Hall, or speak with us as we may our way across campus. Our pictures will help you to pick us out in the crowd.
Russel Murray, O.F.M., Ph.D.
Fr. Russel entered the Franciscan Friars shortly after his graduation from Fordham University in 1991. He professed his vows as a friar in 1993, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1998. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Ontario.
Fr. Russel came to Siena College from the Washington Theological Union, the seminary in Washington, DC from which he received his Master of Divinity and where served as an Assistant Professor and acting Chairperson of the Department of Systematic and Moral Theology. Before coming to Siena College, it was his passions for ecumenical and Interreligious dialogue that took him across the world. Now as Director of FCSA, it is Siena’s students, who so generously devote their time and talent to serving others in the Franciscan and Catholic Tradition to which he has dedicated his life.
Fr. Russel currently serves on the Directorate for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation for his Franciscan Province of the Holy Name of Jesus, and on the Franciscan Order’s Commission for Dialogue. He is the author of several articles on Catholic theology, ecumenical dialogue, and the Franciscan Tradition.
Judith L. Dougherty, ‘06
Judy is a native of Albany, NY and a graduate of Siena College, Class of 2006. She also earned a Certificate in Franciscan Studies from American & Franciscan Colleges & Universities (AFCU).
Judy began working at Siena in 1994 in the Chaplain’s Office and worked there for 10 years before transferring to the Franciscan Center for Service & Advocacy. Moving to the FCSA gave her the opportunity to put faith into action and share various kinds of volunteer service work with students. From SIENAserves community service days, advocacy walks, to service immersion trips, Judy loves getting to know and serving with students. Her great joy is sharing Siena’s Franciscan Tradition of being in service to others.
Judy is the Advisor to three of the largest clubs on campus: Siena’s Habitat for Humanity Club, the American Red Cross Club and the Volunteer Ministry Club. She sits on the Boards of FVM (Franciscan Volunteer Ministry) and Habitat for Humanity Capital District.
In 2009 & 2010 Judy was honored with the Trustco Bank Certificate of Excellence and Achievement for dedication and commitment to service programming for the Siena community. In 2012 she was honored with the College’s Jim Knust Award for Excellence in Administration.
Mentoring Program Director
Jim is the Director of the Mentoring Program, which he started in 1965. The Mentoring Program is the oldest program of its kind in the United States. It is now an integral part of the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy.
Jim and his family have many ties to Siena College. His wife and 4 children are all graduates. It is not surprise then that Jim has imbued the Mentoring Program with the values inherent in the Franciscan Tradition of service. For 47 years Jim has enabled Siena students to reach out to the youth of Capital Region. It is his hope that together they have made a difference in the lives of these young people.
Assistant to the FCSA
Sue manages our office here at FCSA. She is responsible for all phone and walk-in business, supervises our Event Coordinators, provides administrative assistance to Fr. Russel and Judy, and assists with programs and special projects.
Sue finds it extremely rewarding to work with a committed staff and students who are so passionate in helping the people in our community.
Sue lives in Niskayuna, NY with her husband Jerry Corcoran, Class of 1982, and children Jenna and Michael.
We’re located in Foy Hall. Click the photo below to see a map.