Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

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.

Ms. 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.

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Fr. Sean E. O'Brien
Associate Director

Fr. Sean E. O’Brien, is a native Albanian who grew up a couple miles from Siena College. He graduated from Niagara University with a B.A. in English Communications. Prior to entering the friars Sean worked in the legal service industry before heading off toCovenant House in New York City, where he worked with homeless and runaway youth.

Sean entered the friars in 1991 and has been privileged to serve in a variety of pastoral ministries. Before returning home he served nine years as a parish priest atSacred Heart Church in Tampa, Florida.

He enjoys running, skiing and hiking, and is looking forward to working in Franciscan Center For Service and Advocacy and being part of the mentoring program.

Contact Fr. O'Brien at

Mrs. Susan Corcoran

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.

Contact Sue Corcoran at