Since our beginnings in 1997, the staff of the Incarnate Word Foundation has collaborated with countless community partners in service to people who are poor or marginalized. Meet our staff and read about the ways they serve our mission.
Bridget McDermott Flood
Bridget McDermott Flood is the founding executive director of IWF. Her passion is bringing the Incarnate Word Sisters’ relational vision of the world to the Foundation’s work in neighborhoods and community.
Bridget served on the White House Task Force to Reform the Neighborhood and Faith-Based Office during the Obama administration, and is on the boards of Headwaters, a nature sanctuary sponsored by the Incarnate Word Sisters, San Antonio, and FADICA, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities. In 2016, she received the Woman of the Year Award from Voices for Women, and the Excellence for Collaboration in Philanthropy from the Gateway Center for Giving in 2014.
Bridget’s book, Blue Hole Wisdom: My Journey with the Sisters, will be published in 2020. She is a life-long South St. Louisan, a ceramic artist at her studio, Carondelet Pottery, and an avid quilter.
Sister Helena Monahan has been an educator all of her life, beginning with service in the Congregation’s elementary schools and continuing at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio. Sister most recently served as President of Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis. Sister’s current passion is collaborating with civic and educational leaders to develop projects which will empower people and improve the quality of life in the Greater St. Louis community.
Michael Fitzgerald has been serving children and families in the St. Louis area for 40 years. He has worked primarily in mental health and child welfare. Michael holds his undergraduate degree in psychology from West Virginia University, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University and a Master’s in Health Management from Webster University. Michael has both direct clinical and administrative experience.
Lisa attended Hickey School of Business and has 15 years-plus of office experience. She brings her expertise to the foundation in support of its mission.
Sister Annette Pezold has been in various Congregational ministries, such as: education, parish pastoral associate, social worker at Catholic Charities, hospitals and retirement Homes. Now retired she continues on the IWF Board and also volunteers there as well as at a nursing home and where ever else a need arises. Sister Annette enjoys staying active and being able to give her time to ministries.
Maria Rodgers O’Rourke
A mother, wife, and all-around communications pro, Maria Rodgers O’Rourke has over 20 years of experience in media and nonprofit management, and holds a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies.
The Incarnate Word Foundation promotes efforts in our community to empower the poor and marginalized, especially women, children, and seniors, to attain quality of life.
Board of Directors
The Incarnate Word Foundation is grateful for the contributions these community leaders make in service of our mission and the people of St. Louis.