Charles McFadden

Charlie McFadden joined Becket in June 2022 as communications associate. He supports Becket by drafting articles and producing other media related content.

Before coming to Becket, Charlie graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science. At Notre Dame, Charlie was a Sorin Fellow with the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. Throughout his time in school, Charlie contributed to various media outlets on campus, including Scholastic Magazine, NDtv and WVFI radio. His freshman year, Charlie was also an announcer at WSND, an FM radio station that plays classical music. He also acted in several productions on campus, including his dorm’s annual Keenan Revue and as King Creon in an abridged production of the Greek tragedy AntigoneIn the summer before his senior year, Charlie was an intern at the Becket Fund as research assistant to the executive director. 

When he is not spending time with his brother Sean and sister-in-law Keenan, Charlie enjoys cooking meals from various cuisines and playing the guitar. 

Keenan McFadden

Keenan McFadden joined Becket in June 2019 and became External Relations Manager in July 2020. She supports Becket by managing internal and external meetings for the president, CEO and executive director.

Before coming to Becket, Keenan graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and minors in Constitutional Studies and history. At Notre Dame Keenan was a Tocqueville Fellow for inquiry into religion and public life, and a Sorin Fellow with the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. During her senior year, Keenan served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Irish Rover, an independent student paper dedicated to preserving the Catholic identity of Our Lady’s University. Keenan has interned at the Pontifical Academy for Life in Rome and with Pulitzer Prize winning Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan.

Keenan and her husband Sean live in Alexandria, Virginia, but make frequent trips back to their hometown, South Bend, Indiana.

Madeline Hartman

Maddie joined Becket’s communications team as Graphic Designer in April 2019. Before joining Becket, she worked in marketing, design, advertising, and branding for a private study abroad company, and part time as a freelance graphic designer.

Before moving to Washington, D.C., Maddie graduated from the University of Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in art, focusing in printmaking. During her time at UD, Maddie interned with a local letterpress artist, and had two of her pieces published in an international student printmaking exhibit.

In her free time, you can find Maddie frequenting the local art museums, making breakfast tacos, or exploring the hiking trails and wineries around Shenandoah valley with her husband.

Sara Buckley

Sara Buckley joined Becket in 2018 as a communications assistant. Now as digital media manager, Sara plays an active role in telling our clients stories in social and digital media.

Before joining Becket, Sara interned at Contravent, an advertising agency in Salt Lake City, where she performed competitive audits for name-brand clients.

Sara graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a degree in communications, advertising emphasis and a minor in business management. Her capstone research project required conducting demographic research for a global publication to create an online platform for new readers. While at BYU, Sara worked for a BYU Ad Lab, a student-run advertising agency. She also worked as the communications manager for the university library, which under her direction won five social media awards including Best Campaign in 2017.

Originally from Modesto, California, Sara enjoys traveling and checking national parks off her bucket list.

 

Stephanie Keenan

Stephanie Keenan joined Becket’s communications department in 2013. She focuses primarily on writing for the team. Her work while at Becket has been published in USA Today, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Washington Examiner, The Hill, and Detroit News.

Prior to Becket, Stephanie gained communications skills while interning for various public relations and non-profit organizations – including a multicultural advocacy public relations firm, a non-profit coalition against domestic violence and sexual assault, and a pro-bono litigation communications resource that draws attention to mistakes and unfairness in death penalty and juvenile life imprisonment cases. Her experience included writing press releases, op-eds, and letters to the editor, launching and managing several social media platforms, and starting an e-newsletter.

She graduated cum laude from The George Washington University with a B.A. in journalism and mass communications and a minor in psychology. While at GWU, she was involved with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).

Stephanie grew up in Guam. She enjoys baking and cooking for her family. She now lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband and their three children.

Ryan Colby

Ryan Colby joined Becket in May 2014 as a Communications Assistant shortly after completing an internship with the Heritage Foundation. Before making his way to D.C. Ryan attended the College of Charleston where he earned a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Political Science.

As media relations manager Ryan has helped generate over 1,000 Becket print media mentions and over 460 radio and television interviews since joining the firm.

Ryan also tracks media analytics, and assists with the distribution of press releases and video content.

While soaking up the sun in Charleston, South Carolina Ryan was highly involved with various student clubs and activities. He served on the leadership team for the Catholic Student Association, wrote for the school newspaper, and helped start a disc jockey enterprise. During the summers away from campus Ryan was a production intern for TheBlaze and Fox News where he learned to cut and edit video, create graphics, pre-interview guests, and develop historical documentaries.

Following graduation Ryan moved to D.C. and interned with the Heritage Foundation’s web development team where he learned both JavaScript and C++ programming languages, and helped implement much of Heritage’s web content. When that internship came to an end Ryan desperately wanted to work for a powerhouse non-profit organization, and Becket was the ticket.

When Ryan is not in the office he is busy playing pick-up basketball or binge watching shows on Netflix. Ryan is also a sucker for romance comedies and is currently battling a late night addiction to sweets.