Carrie L. Amos, President
Carrie has a huge heart for helping the most vulnerable people in the city of Danbury and seeing the city transformed in the process. She joined Jericho Partnership in 2007 as director of operations, was appointed executive director in 2009, and named president in 2012. Her responsibilities include leading the Jericho staff team, casting and shaping the vision for new mobilization efforts.
She has more than 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector and has extensive experience in leadership, project management, and client-centered clinical work with individuals and groups. In addition to her position at Jericho Partnership, she is an adjunct professor of social work at Fordham University, teaching various course offerings for Bachelor- and Master-level students.
Carrie received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Manhattanville College and a Masters in Social Work at Fordham University. She served in direct clinical services at Putnam Associated Resource Centers for 12 years and has been involved in community organizing, mentoring and grant writing and clinical work. Carrie is passionate about serving God in the city through word and deed ministry in collaboration with others.
A greater Danbury area resident, Carrie and her husband, Ed, have three children; Grayce, Jackson and Cathryn.
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Mark D. lounsbury, Director of youth ministries
Mark, who spent more than 20 years serving the at-risk population of Greater Danbury, was named Director of Youth Ministries in June 2019, after having served for more than 18 months as Stewardship Coordinator. Before that, he was Director of Programs for REACH-Newtown, a youth-services organization offering mentorship, after-school tutoring, weekend expeditions, and more to referred students. Prior to that, Mark served as Ministry Director for Pathways Danbury, a Jericho ministry partner, offering mentoring for at-risk middle- and high school boys.
In addition to his work in the nonprofit sector, Mark also serves as an Associate Pastor at Lighthouse Ministries, serving alongside his mother and father in the city of Danbury.
It is his strongly held belief that healthy relationships are the key to a successful life. Consequently, Mark consistently works to create environments where interpersonal connections and genuine community can flourish.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Western Connecticut State University (Magna Cum Laude), and a Master of Divinity from The King’s University, Los Angeles (Summa Cum Laude), where he was a Dr. Scott G. Bauer Memorial Award Finalist for academic excellence.
Mark lives in Southbury with his wife, Sandra, and their four children. He enjoys reading, writing, coaching youth sports, playing ultimate frisbee, and vigorously cheering on his kids at their myriad athletic events.
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Lisa Siedlecki, Director of MARKETING & Communications
Lisa joined the Jericho team July 2016 as Director of Communications after a short time as a consultant. She was named Director of Marketing & Communications in January 2018, and is responsible for shepherding the time, talent and treasures God brings our way (volunteer and gift partners), as well as raising Jericho's awareness in the community. Prior to a recent two-year stint as Director of Corporate Communications at Origami Owl in Chandler, AZ, Lisa was served as Communications Director at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel for most of her 13 years there. A graduate of Western Connecticut State University in 1985, (B.A. in English: Writing) she worked for nearly two decades at The News-Times in Danbury as a reporter and columnist before her time at Walnut Hill. A food and wine enthusiastic, she loves to cook for friends and family. She plays the drums and serves on worship teams at both The Community Chapel in Oxford, CT, and Walnut Hill, and is also part of the duo “Ellipses.” She and her husband, Mike, have six grown children and two grandchildren. They live in Southbury, CT, and attend The Community Chapel and Walnut Hill Community Church.
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Mark Grasso, Director OF OPERATIONS
Mark was named Director of Operations for Jericho Partnership in June 2019, after having served since 2014 as Executive Director of Good Samaritan Mission, which serves those recovering from addiction in Danbury. GSM became part of Jericho Partnership in September 2019, paving the way for Mark’s new role. He is responsible for Jericho’s adult ministries, including Discipleship House (previously under GSM), CleanStart, and the Food & Clothing Pantry. He will also have oversight for Jericho’s facilities, as well as other aspects of its day-to-day operations.
Previously, Mark served as a Vice President at Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, as well as in a number of other positions there over a 16-year period. Mark also served as an Assistant Director at Interlude, Inc. of Danbury, and as a Program Supervisor at Green Chimneys Services. Mark has a BA in Communication Arts from Western CT State University, and a MS in Human Services Administration from Springfield (MA) College. Mark and his wife Wendy have 2 children, Sam and Maggie. They attend Calvary Southbury, where Mark is a guitarist on the worship team.
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DEACON Michael Ronan, Administration & human resources
Deacon Michael joined Jericho Partnership in 2008 after a career in business and law, serving as Secretary, Treasurer, Stewardship Director, and Director of Operations. He is a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church Diocese of Bridgeport assigned to St. Rose parish in Newtown. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Connecticut, a Juris Doctor from Pace Law School and a Masters in Theology from St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, NY. He worked for the Perkin-Elmer Corporation in Danbury during the design, manufacturing and build of the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, then practiced law in Danbury for more than 20 years before joining Jericho. Deacon Michael is also the Executive Director of Kevin’s Community Center Free Medical Clinic in Newtown and has served on numerous nonprofit and community boards over the course of his career. He and his wife Kathy are Newtown residents.
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Clara Perkins, program director, S.A.Y. Yes!
To say Clara has spent her life serving youth isn’t a stretch. She’s been with Jericho Partnership since the very beginning, and today directs its thriving after-school tutoring program, SAY Yes!, serving as a mother, a mentor and friend to all. (But don’t walk astray; one “look” from Miss Perkins will get you back on track!)
She’s been a member of New Hope Baptist Church for more than 44 years and has served as Superintendent of Sunday School, Youth Director, Scholarship Committee Chair, and is a founding member of the annual HBCU college tour which has operated for more than 20 years and continues to expand. On that annual tour, 40 students - many of them Jericho students - travel the Northeast, Southeast or Mid-West region touring up to 10 majority, specialized, and historically black colleges and universities during the Danbury public school spring break.
Clara served on the Head Start Advisory Board before becoming employed at David & Geck, where she worked for 25 years as a Quality Control Clerk, Manufacturing Coordinator, and Production Planner. She was a member of the Ebony Club of Danbury, which focused on raising funds for scholarships to help students continue their education. She also served with the NAACP youth membership committee.
From the beginning, Clara’s home has been open to family, friends, children and even a few perfect strangers. She counts it a blessing to be part of so many lives.
Michelle Ross, Program director, Naomi Girls’ Mentoring
A native of Danbury with a passion for working with adolescent girls, women, and the homeless, Michelle is the inaugural director of Naomi Mentoring, our mentoring program for girls, which began in 2011. She also serves as alternate director of our SAY Yes! afterschool program, as well as our summer learning program.
Michelle holds a MSW (master’s degree in social work) from Fordham University; she earned her Bachelor’s in Human Services & Psychology at the University of Bridgeport, and her Certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor at Gateway Community College. She has 15 years of human service work experience with an emphasis on women, children and the homeless & addicted, and is viewed as a mother figure and mentor to many young women in Danbury. Her most successful accomplishment, she says, is being the mother of one daughter, Kyra Ross-Thompson.
Michelle desires to leave a “legacy of change” in her hometown and believes this is her charge: “to love these young women unconditionally, to love them hard, and when I have done this, I have loved God.” In her free time, she enjoys watching psychological movies, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Dotsy Torres, CityServe MANAGER
Dotsy joined our staff full-time in 2018, having been hired to serve as CityServe Coordinator after working for five years as Director of the Summer Learning Camp at Jericho's Spring Street Neighborhood Center. She was promoted to Manager in 2019. Before coming to Jericho, Dotsy was a teacher at Christian Life Academy for 12 years and, prior to that, was Office Manager for a law firm in New York City. She received a BS in Child Studies from Charter Oak State College. An active member of First Assembly of God in Brookfield (where she's led various programs for children and girls), she has volunteered in the area of childcare with YoungLives for the last six years. She's married to Benny Torres; they have four children and are currently fostering a child.
Her favorite bible passage is Isaiah 61:1-4 - "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion -to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair… They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations."
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kelly clarke, case manager/cleanstart coordinator
Donna Cook, Administrative Assistant
Donna, who has a passion for helping people, joined the Jericho staff December 2015 after volunteering at its welcome desk and administrative offices since April of that year. For most of her life, Donna lived in Massachusetts, where she volunteered for several years at ‘The Wish Project,’ a furniture, home goods and baby supplies bank in Lowell MA, which serves clients of nonprofit agencies in the Merrimack Valley. In her professional career, Donna worked in various levels of IT, from programmer to project leader and SAP application support. She is currently an active member of Faith at Newtown church, Sandy Hook and volunteers at least three days a week at the Monroe Food Pantry, serving clients there. She and her husband Ken have two grown boys, who live in Lowell.
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