Our dedicated team works with clients, partners, and donors to strengthen families that are at risk of child abuse and neglect. We provide parenting education and support to achieve the vision that all children live in a world free of abuse and neglect.

Rhonda Neal​

Fueled by a passion to lift those in need, Rhonda Neal joined Saint Joseph Parenting Center (SJPC) as Executive Director in 2019Leveraging her proven ability to identify and convert new opportunities and build relationships, Rhonda quickly grew SJPC from $600,000+ to $1.5M in annual revenues winning grants including $250K from the State of Connecticut and $3.3 million 5-year grant from the Federal government.

At SJPC, Rhonda applies the same creative and critical thinking to expand SJPC’s reach that have marked her career to date. In 2021, SJPC served 350 parents in Stamford, and, with the addition of our Danbury Center in January, we expect to serve 22% more parents in 2022. Using organizational skills honed during the earliest years of her career as Manager of Green Energy Projects at INROADS and managing a $1.1M budget across diverse industries at Guideposts, Rhonda successfully managed SJPC through the Covid-19 pandemic transitioning fundraising, courses and community-support offerings from in-person to online and then back to in-person as she also increased SJPC staff from 9 to 19 to accommodate growing demand for SJPC’s child abuse prevention services.

A woman of deep faith, Rhonda believes, “I look to the hills from where my help comes from, it comes from the Lord,” and she works hard to create a culture of inclusion, community, support and love around her. Rhonda graduated from Hampton University with a degree in Business Management and an MBA from the University of Bridgeport followed by a master’s degree from Clark Summit University where she graduated summa cum laude. Currently a Danbury resident, Rhonda is an avid tennis player and student of golf. She loves jazz, traveling, fine cuisine and trading stock options. She is the proud mother of Niema Riley, her only child, who graduated with honors from Virginia State University’s school of social work.

Lauren Goodman

Crystal Perkins

Linda McLaughlin

Barbara Russell

Joe Murray

Kevin Doherty

Maureen Decker

Monica Castro

Valerie Derisme

Evelyn Morales

Edith Ramos

Maria Abril

Melissa Cecunjanin

Jennifer Garcia


Measi O’Rourke

Measi O’Rourke started her career as a registered nurse in 1982, and came to focus on the maternal and pediatric areas of nursing. After a career break to raise her 5 children, in September 2004, Mrs. O’Rourke accepted the position of Director of Volunteer Services at Saint Joseph Parenting Center in Akron, OH. For two years, she facilitated along with the Executive Director, the growth of this nonprofit parenting education and resource center. She recruited and managed over a hundred volunteers, coordinated a curriculum of 24 different parenting classes and supervised instructor delivery.

In 2006, Measi’s husband’s job brought him to CT so the family moved and spent a few years getting settled into their new life. She spent most of 2009 writing a business plan, establishing governance and collecting seed money to establish a replicated model of the OH based SJPC. Saint Joseph Parenting Center – Stamford was founded in 2009, as a 501(c) 3 corporation. The mission is to strengthen families that are at risk of child abuse and neglect by providing parenting education and support. She has worked closely with the Department of Children & Families, Juvenile/Family courts in Fairfield County, as well as many other social services, serving over 300 families annually.

After 10 years of providing vision and expertise in nonprofit management to SJPC, Mrs. O’Rourke stepped down from her role as Executive Director in 2019. She remains on the SJPC board, and serves as the Board chair of SJPC’s Expansion Committee, exploring how the organization can serve additional communities that need help.