Eileen Neave Purkeypile is CERI's Director of Marketing and Development. In her position, Eileen develops and implements all aspects of CERI’s annual development plan to augment revenue for child sponsorships, devise creative marketing strategies that promote CERI’s sponsorships and overall mission, and generate both internal- and external-facing content to create meaningful connections for the agency.
Eileen joins CERI after serving as the agency’s part-time consultant, working to strengthen and expand CERI’s programs and services to youth and families in need around the world. Before joining CERI, Eileen contributed her expertise as Director of Global Child Development Operations for Feed the Children, an effort to provide nourishing meals to more than 260,000 children around the world.
Eileen's passion for children and families was ignited in refugee camps in Yemen, where she met women and children fleeing conflict in the Horn of Africa. Their hope and determination motivated her to begin a career in service to humanity worldwide. Throughout her career, her work in children’s advocacy has taken her across borders to serve in Ukraine, the Philippines, and Honduras. She counts her work in Bolivia toward the protection and well-being of children through a child development program in suburban neighborhoods as a formative experience in her career.
“Eileen has carved out a successful career dedicated to serving children and families,” says CERI Executive Director Connie Belciug “She has a proven track record as a leader with emphasis on developing infrastructure, strategies, and implementation. We are excited for her continued involvement.”
A native of Eagle Pass, Texas, Eileen is fluent in English and Spanish, and holds a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the culinary arts and spending time with her husband, Jarrod, and their two children, Noel and Amelia.
"I am excited to join such a passionate team and look forward to contributing toward the advocacy for children and families around the world."