Ohio RCRC is led by our executive director and a Board of Trustees. We are currently searching for more board members who offer a range of skills, experiences, and connections and will enhance our religious, geographic, ethnic, and racial diversity. Help us promote reproductive justice for all Ohioans - email us at info@ohiorcrc.org to receive a board member application.

Elaina Ramsey has served as Ohio RCRC's Executive Director since June 2017.

Elaina Ramsey has served as Ohio RCRC's Executive Director since June 2017.

Elaina ramsey

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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

Chair

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

Vice Chair

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.

secretary

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

Treasurer

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.


Rev. Kelly burd

Rev. Kelly Burd is pastor of the historic Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio. Pastor Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Ohio University in 1992. Following graduation, she bartended at the world’s longest bar on South Bass Island in Lake Erie and taught English in Tokyo, Japan before matriculating at Yale Divinity School, where she earned a Master of Divinity. Among other justice pursuits, Rev. Burd is a skilled sexuality educator and advocate of Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive sexuality education program co-published by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association.


Rabbi robert nosanchuk

Robert Nosanchuk is Senior Rabbi of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Cleveland, Ohio. Known for his spirit of collaboration and dialogue in and beyond the synagogue, Rabbi Nosanchuck also serves as co-chair of Greater Cleveland Congregations; holds a seat on the boards of NATAL: Israel’s Trauma and Resiliency Center and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; and acts as Co-Chair of the Rabbinical Leadership Council for ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America. He received master’s degrees in both Hebrew Literature (1999) and Jewish Communal Service (1994) at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Counseling and Spiritual Wellness at John Carroll University.