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.