RTNI Board Members:
From 1994 to 1998 she served as vice president, president elect, president, and past president of the Reading Recovery Council of North America (RRCNA) Board of Directors.
Joetta worked as an elementary teacher for over thirty years. She served as a classroom teacher (K-5), a reading teacher (2-6), a Reading Recovery teacher leader, a K-5 Language Arts/Assessment coordinator, and an Early Education teacher-leader.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (1966), Masters Degree in Reading (1973), and Reading Recovery Teacher-Leader Certification (1986) from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
She is the primary author of the Developmental Reading Assessment K-3 (DRA2 K-3) and the DRA Word Analysis. In addition, she is a co-author of the Developing Writers’ Assessment (DWA K-6), the Developmental Reading Assessment 4-8 (DRA2 4-8), and DRA2 Progress Monitoring Assessment (1st-6th grades). She has also conducted workshops and presented at a variety of conferences in the United States, Canada, and China.
Joetta currently resides in Columbus, Ohio. Her three sons and four grandchildren live nearby. She is an active member of The Connection Church and serves on its board of directors and as an elder over the women and children’s ministries.
Shawana Jackson is a CPA and Audit Manager at Plante Moran, the 13th largest accounting and management consulting firm in the nation and 6th largest in Central Ohio. She provides audit and general business consulting services to middle market, privately-held companies in the healthcare, higher education, and not-for-profit industries. Her responsibilities include client relationship management, staff supervision and training, verification of a client financial records following Generally Accepted Auditing Principles (GAAP), and the development of content for and the facilitation of technical training at Plante Moran. She serves as a co-chair of the firm’s African American Staff Resource Group, which is an affinity network aimed at supporting the professional growth and advancement of African American staff.
She received her Master of Accounting degree from The Ohio State University, Max M. Fisher College of Business, and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from Marquette University. She is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the Ohio Society of CPAs, and Women in Public Finance.
She is actively involved in her church, Linden Life Fellowship, and serves as the women’s ministry co-leader.
Aaron Starr is one of the founding Board Members of RTNI. He serves in the role of President and is the vision-caster for RTNI’s three branches. His responsibilities include vision-sharing, networking, fundraising, staff development, planning, and oversight.
Aaron is a lead team member for RXN Youth ministry (for ages 12-18). His responsibilities include youth development, training, and instruction, curriculum development and selection, volunteer recruitment and training, and the leadership of RXN Real Men.
Aaron has a combined fourteen years of active involvement in youth ministry with Fire Youth Ministry (volunteer youth leader), Young Life (volunteer youth leader), Hesed Christian Fellowship (youth pastor), and RXN Urban Ministry (Team Leader).
Aaron has also developed relationships around the world and has shared the gospel in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North, South, and Central America. He has had the great privilege of living, studying, working, ministering, or visiting in twenty-two countries. He has served five times as a Team Leader with Global Expeditions (Teen Mania Ministries), has served in the role of Project Director and Team Leader for Open Door Fellowship, and has preached in both Spanish and English. He desires that all the world might know that Jesus is Lord!
Aaron is an Analyst for Citigroup. He has worked in their Alternative Investment Services, Wealth Solutions, Fund Accounting, and Enterprise Support Services (Corporate Actions and Pricing) groups. His experience includes operational, project team, and training roles. He has served as an SME on both externally and internally driven projects. In 2012 and 2013, he participated on an offshore-office-launch project team, travelling twice to Gurgaon, India.
Aaron holds a B.A. in International Business and Economics from Mount Union College and a Ministry of Arts Diploma from the International Leadership Training Institute of Ohio. He is currently studying for his Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.
Aaron has a heart to reach the lost with the gospel and disciple them into mature followers of Jesus Christ. He seeks to model Christ-like character, a Spirit filled life, and the role of a godly husband. He enjoys developing leadership in those he serves and has taught leadership classes for both youth and adults. He has conducted low ropes initiatives that encourage team building, effective communication, and leadership skills development.
Aaron and his wife Emily live in the community of Milo-Grogan in Columbus, Ohio.
Emily currently serves as the Director of RXN Young Disciples ministry (for ages 5-12), in which she has taken the lead role since its inception in April, 2008, and she is lead team member in the RXN Youth ministry (for ages 12-18). Her combined responsibilities include youth development, training, and instruction, curriculum development and selection, volunteer recruitment and training, relationship building with parents, and event coordination. She is our supplies buyer, volunteer coordinator, and RXN Youth and Young Disciples mission, service, and field trip coordinator.
Emily is an agent of change in the Milo-Grogan community and has served as a Community Leader in a joint initiative between RTNI and Habitat for Humanity. Whether cooking meals for hungry adolescents, administering first aid to a hurt child, or tutoring students in Math and Spanish, she is a role model of a servant-leadership in Milo-Grogan.
At the age of thirteen, Emily made the decision to follow Jesus as Lord. At fourteen, she took her first mission trip to Venezuela and has now been on thirteen overseas mission trips, three of which she served as a Team Leader with Teen Mania Ministries. She has served in youth ministry for over nine years and seeks to impart a passion for God and a desire to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost.
Emily holds a Ministry of Arts Diploma from the International Leadership Training Institute of Ohio.
She and her husband Aaron live in the community of Milo-Grogan in Columbus, Ohio.
Bishop Thomas Burns, 2010-2015
Rev. Joe Young, 2010-2013
R. Wesley Starr, 2009-2015