Rita assumed her administrative duties at The Family Foundation School in 2000 when her parents, Tony and Betty Argiros, founders of the school, retired. Prior to that, she was associate professor of sociology at St. Cloud State University where her areas of expertise included research methods and statistics, social inequality, and social problems. Rita continues to teach college-level courses in sociology at FFS. As program director she is responsible for maintaining a therapeutically sound culture on campus. The directors of student health, counseling, and the kitchen manager report to her. She is responsible for staffing, Joint Commission accreditation, and Risk Management. A leader at the school in most new initiatives, she is currently focused on The Bridge. Rita founded the Dog Corps at FFS which she curently co-directs with her assistant Jenn Culver. Outside of FFS and her family, she has only one passion: search and rescue. She is the current president of Eagle Valley Search Dogs, and she and her husband, Sid Parham, share their home with search dogs Ripley, Raven and Tank.