NYC Council Members are:
- Ashley Crouch
- Bob Flanigan
- Jim McLaughlin
- Fr. Gerald Murray
- Fr. Dan O’Reilly (Columbia Chaplain)
- Daniel Schreck (Chairman)
- Dave Smith
Columbia FOCUS Missionaries
Daniel Taylor is the 5th child from a family of seven. He was raised in Michigan where he attended Kettering University for his Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering. This is his 3rd year as a FOCUS missionary. His first 2 years were spent serving at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
Jessica Yap hails from San Francisco, and is the eldest of four. She graduated from Harvard University in 2015 with a bachelors in Earth and Planetary Science and this is her first year with FOCUS. She enjoys photography and has been documenting the team’s adventures as missionaries in New York. Feel free to follow her on instagram @jc.yap
Sarah Judge is from Philadelphia, where she attended Temple University and graduated with a degree and certification in Secondary English Education. At Temple University Sarah worked with FOCUS as a student-missionary, and is now excited to begin her first year as a full-time FOCUS missionary at Columbia University!
Niru De Silva is a fourth year missionary at Columbia and has served there his entire time with FOCUS. He graduated from the University of Virginia with Chemistry and Religious Studies degrees. Having converted to Catholicism from Atheism, he is particularly passionate about the relationship between faith and science. He is also an avid Batman fan.
NYU FOCUS Missionaries
Ryan Noll is a recent graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Visual Communications. This is his second year serving with FOCUS, and he is so excited to be at NYU because of the diversity in NYC and all the fantastic food! Ryan is the oldest of 6 children and loves all things art: from theatre, to music, to graphics.
Will Clerx hails from the capital of Red Sox Nation (Boston), Massachusetts, but don’t let that fool you—he is nonetheless excited to explore Yankee Territory and thrilled to serve at NYU for his first year in FOCUS. An alumnus of Harvard University, Will graduated in 2014 with a degree in molecular and cellular biology, a minor in global health and health policy, and a pre-medical focus. Will enjoys running, hiking, the outdoors, music, theater, travel, and spontaneous adventures.
Sarah Mutchler graduated from Temple University in Philly with a Spanish major. This is her second year with FOCUS and she is overjoyed to be serving at NYU! Sarah loves Apple Cider Vinegar, Saint Francis of Assisi, and reaching out to the homeless.
Emily Martinez graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with a double major in Theatre Performance and Theatre Management. This is her third year serving with FOCUS and her first year as a Team Director. Emily’s heart is set on sharing the beauty, truth, and goodness of our Lord!