Rita Rackmil-President















Raised by immigrants in a close-knit Lithuanian community on the south side of Chicago, Rita participated in Lithuanian scouts, Lithuanian school, choir and folk dancing groups.

Her father earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering and encouraged Rita to pursue engineering because she liked Math. She obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Rita worked as a technical sales engineer for over 20 years and stayed home to home-school their children for 14 years.  She & Chuck moved to Michigan when he got a job at Ford. They have been married for over 30 years and have 2 children - Laura, 22 and John, 19.

Rita was a leader in Student ministry at church twice in her life and enjoys close relationships with the girls she mentored who are married and have children of their own. She is involved in coaching women to flourish in their spiritual lives through the Navigators Ministry and her church.

Rita is very enthusiastic about helping ladies of all ages find freedom, purpose and significance in a relationship with Christ, just as she did when she was in her 30’s. People say God’s love flows through her and that her joy is contagious.

board of directors

Robyn Javornisky- Vice Pres Open- Secretary

Valerie Vetter Vice President

Moving to Toledo 12 years ago, Valerie saw this as a stop gap to a different destination but somewhere, early on, she fell in love with Toledo. Easily, its resurgence and its melting pot of gorgeous people and vibrancy had a grasp on her. She is now one of Toledo’s strongest advocates and calls the 419 her home.

Valerie is the Development Director of Leading Families Home, an emergency family shelter and wrap around services agency. She works tirelessly on behalf of their participants and for our community in areas of housing insecurity, survivor empowerment and advocacy, resources, community building, mentoring and activism. She raises the funds and the awareness.

Valerie volunteers with numerous organizations locally, be it on boards and/or committees that represent a multitude of services areas in Lucas County.

Valerie lives in Sylvania with her son Wil and his guinea pig, Snowball. She tries to maintain her plant babies, send prayers.  


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want to become a board member?

before you sign-up please note these responsibilities:

  1. take attendance seriously. we         only meet once a month.

2. successfully carry out the position for a 2-year term.

3. provide support. may it be financially or event volunteering.

4. lastly, to support and help grow our mission! your advocacy will be the foundation of our organization.

What's next?

1. we will contact you back and request to schedule a meeting + your resume.

2. meet the board + express your interest in being a part of the board of directors 

3. after we meet we will contact you back with an approval to be a part of the board of directors! (Note: No guarantees)

4. then you'll attend our next board meeting! We're looking forward to having you a part of the team!

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