Rhonda was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Capitol Region of New York State. She has also lived in Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Connecticut, and Vermont.
Rhonda’s childhood love of Creation drew her to pursue a BS in Earth Sciences from Adelphi University on Long Island.
This was followed by a Masters Degree in Geology from the University of Michigan. She and her husband, Keith, lived in Greensboro Vermont for almost 20 years, which is where they raised their two daughters, and where Rhonda’s call to ordained ministry emerged.
From the Northeast Kingdom, she commuted eight hours round trip to Andover Newton Theological School in Newton MA for four years to earn a Master of Divinity. She was ordained by the Vermont Conference UCC in 2009. Rhonda served as a local church pastor in Connecticut for 12 years, then on the staff of the Southern New England Conference UCC as the Bridge Area Conference Minister for the South Central Region. After relocating to Rutland, Rhonda joined Grace Church in the winter of 2022, then stepped into the Bridge Minister position a few months later.
While serving as a local church pastor, Rhonda co-led several ecumenical racial justice education opportunities in her community. She has completed Coaching For Clergy training and is in the process of accumulating the required practice hours towards a professional credential from the International Coaching Federation.
Rhonda enjoys travel, knitting, bicycling, and science fiction books and films. She and Keith have two adult daughters – Kelton and Kaela, and two grandsons – Ozzy and Finn.