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Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
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.
Moving to Toledo 13 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 was the Development Director of Leading Families Home an emergency family shelter and wrap around service agency for many years. 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.
Advisory Board Member
Donald works for Comfort Line LLC and has been with them for 17 years as a paint room supervisor. He is not only a husband, but father of seven adult children, seventeen grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Donald was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. He joined the U.S. Army and was enlisted for 5 years. He moved to Toledo, Ohio in 1994 to marry the love of his life Tina Robinson in 1995. In 2015 Tina started the organization Butterflies 15 and he has supported her all along. This cause is a great concern for him.
Advisory Board Member
Chuck is a mechanical engineer with 40+ years of technical expertise. He was born in Philadelphia, but makes his home in SE Michigan. He and Rita have been married for almost 37 years and have 2 children, Laura who is almost 25 and John who is 21. Chuck was struck by the need to help survivors of human trafficking about 5 years ago and asked his wife to get involved. She reached and is now the board president. Chuck is on the advisory board now and very passionate about this cause.