Ohio RCRC is led by our executive director and a Board of Trustees. The board is currently searching for new members who have a range of skills and connections and will enhance our religious, geographic, ethnic, and racial diversity. Help us promote reproductive justice for all Ohioans - email us at email@example.com to become a board member!
With a decade of campaign, advocacy, and communications experience at the intersections of faith and politics, Elaina loves listening to people’s stories and engaging communities for social change. She has served as a gender justice advocate and community organizer for various nonprofits and campaigns, including Sojourners, Women’s Action for New Directions, and Obama for America.
Elaina received her bachelor's degree from Capital University in Columbus, OH. She holds a master's degree in both Theological Studies and International Peace & Conflict Resolution from Wesley Theological Seminary and American University, respectively. Elaina hails from Chillicothe, OH, and adores her wild and wonderful family.
Rev. Richard Venus
Rev. Venus is a Unitarian Universalist Minister of the First Universalist Church in New Madison, Ohio. His ministry began while attending Union Theological Seminary and serving in New York’s Riverside Church, where he worked for three years with Puerto Rican youth living in the Harlem housing projects. He then served United Methodist churches in Detroit, Southfield, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. From there, he earned an Masters of Arts in Journalism from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. He then served Unitarian Universalist churches in Jackson, Michigan, and Dayton, Ohio.
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith
Rev. Dr. Smith is the pastor and president of “Crazy Faith Ministries,” a worshiping community at Summit United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio. She served as pastor of Advent United Church of Christ in Columbus for more than 20 years. Prior to that, Rev. Dr. Smith served at Trinity UCC in Chicago with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. She is an author and musician residing in the Columbus, Ohio area. Her blog appears regularly in the Huffington Post.
Megan M. Hunter, Esq.
Ms. Hunter serves as a resident attorney at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services in Akron, Ohio. She graduated from Vermont Law School in 2014, where she served as chair of their chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. During that time, she brought Dr. Katharine Morrison of Buffalo Women’s Service (a woman who opened a birthing center in her abortion clinic) to speak at their annual Roe v. Wade Anniversary Dinner.
Ms. Hunter is a licensed attorney in New York and Ohio and continues her work in the Buckeye state with legal issues at the intersection of environmental and reproductive justice. She is a proud pro-choice Catholic.
Rev. Dr. Rita Root
Rev. Dr. Root serves as the Associations General Minister for the Eastern Ohio and Western Reserve Associations. Prior to her accepting this call, she served as the Interim Conference Minister in the New York Conference and as the Interim Association Minister of the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference. She has served in the local parish in urban, suburban, and rural settings, as well as at a campus ministry at a state university. Rev. Dr. Root graduated summa cum laude from Minnesota State-Mankato with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Religious Studies. Later, she received her Masters of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago and her Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary.