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Jo Rita Gann

administrator , association executive , social services

Jo Rita Gann, American social services administrator, association executive.


Gann, Jo Rita was born on June 2, 1940 in Talihina, Oklahoma, United States. Daughter of Herbert and Juanita Rita (Fields) Gann.


Bachelor of Science, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1962. Master Theatre Arts, Portland State University, 1970.


Teacher Oklahoma City Public Schools, 1962-1964. Teen director, director health education Young Women’s Christian Association, Oklahoma City, 1964-1967, camp director, teen director Portland, Oregon, 1967-1972, assistant director, program coordinator Flint, Michigan, 1972-1975, executive director Salem, Oregon, since 1975. Chair Northwest regional staff Young Women’s Christian Association, 1983, member constitution commission Young Women’s Christian Association, 1981-1984, national committee to study purpose, 1988-1991, delegate to World Council, Norway, 1991.

Chief Executive Officer business panel Oregonian's Public Company.


  • Co-author: A New Look at Supervision, 1980.


Delaware United Nations Conference for Non-Governmental Organizations. International study delegate on world economic interdependence to Ghana. Speaker Global Concerns, Salem and Portland, since 1981.

Member president's council Salem Summerfest, 1985, 86. Member strategic planning committee National Young Women’s Christian Association. Member National Association Young Women’s Christian Association Executive Directors (board directors), United Way Agency Executives (chair 1987, 88).


  • Other Interests

    Photography, hiking, swimming, travel.


Herbert Gann

Juanita Rita (Fields) Gann