After retiring from a 45 year nursing career, Rita, decided she wanted to volunteer outside of the nursing realm. She was introduced by friends to the Starfish initiative and the Rockin Reader program. 

She has been volunteering with this program approximately 5 years and loves the time she spends with the kindergarten children reading to them weekly.Prior to this she volunteered at the History Center in Sarasota. 

Originally from Dayton, Ohio she  moved to Sarasota with her mom,dad,and sisters in 1956, attended local schools and graduated from Sarasota High School and Manatee Junior College Nursing program. 

She worked at Sarasota Memorial and Doctors Hospitals in Sarasota after living in Tampa,while husband working on his masters,and Orlando. 

Married with 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren,whom she loves spending time with,Sarasota holds a special place in her heart.