National Service Center

In addition to the governance of the Board of Directors, RTCA has a staffed National Service Center, located in Lexington, KY, to oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. The staff works to maintain and strengthen the network of Chaplaincies by providing:

 

Chaplain Recruitment & Screening
Chaplain Education
Ministry Resources
Benevolence
Council Funding
Council Start-Up & Guidance
Annual Chaplain School & National Conference
Best Practices Implementation
Relationship building with Track Management, Horseman Groups, and other Industry Partners
And more...

  • Dan Waits

    Executive Director

    Dan, a Central Kentucky native, calls Lexington home along with his wife Gail, their son Corey, and dog Boone. The family regularly attends Southland Christian Church in Lexington, and Dan attends an amazing men’s Bible study every Monday night.  Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, golf, fishing, and running an occasional 5K (for the t-shirt).


    Before taking on the role of Executive Director of RTCA, Dan served as the Executive Pastor at two Kentucky churches.  He also has extensive business and planning experience, serving as an Executive Director in the Kentucky Governor’s Office for Local Development, and as a Program/Account Manager for two of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world–Asahi Glass Corporation and Johnson Controls.  He is a graduate of Southwest Bible College & Seminary (M.A.) and Eastern Kentucky University (B.B.A.).

  • Omar Aracena

    Director of Operations & Administration

    Born in The Dominican Republic, Jose “Omar” Aracena came to the United States in 1993 to continue his High School education in New York. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from The King’s College and just acquired his Private Pilot Certificate. Prior to moving to Kentucky, Omar served as an Associate Pastor in Long Island, NY for three years.


    Omar’s involvement with RTCA began as a volunteer with the New York Race Track Chaplaincy, where he served as an ESL teacher and recruiter. In 2013, God called Omar to expand his service from the local Chaplaincy to the national organization as the Director of Operations & Administration for the National Service Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Here in Lexington Omar has had the opportunity to translate partial interviews from Spanish to English for the book “Canonero II: The Rags to Riches Story of the Kentucky Derby’s Most Improbable Winner” by Award-winning author Milton C. Toby JD.


    Omar and his wife Betsy have made Lexington home, along with their five children Deborah-Jael, Immanuel, Micah, Katherine-Isabella, and Jordan-River.

  • Kim Donaldson

    Account Manager

    Kim has never ventured far from her birthplace of Georgetown, KY and currently lives in Lexington. Kim is a graduate of Georgetown College and Asbury University, where she majored in Communications with a minor in English and Business. Kim also has licensure for Elementary Education.


    When she isn’t in the RTCA office, Kim can be found teaching math and Bible at Veritas Christian Academy, running (well, more of a jog…), or singing with one of the musical groups at Tates Creek Christian Church.


    Kim has two beautiful children, Miller, 21, a senior at University of South Florida, and Blair, 17, a senior at Henry Clay High School and the avid horseman of the family. Kim also claims her four-legged babies: shepherd mix Mollie and long-haired chihuahuas Rambo and Jack. She is an active member of Tates Creek Christian Church and Bible Study Fellowship.

  • Donna Horton

    Administrative Assistant

    Donna was born in Lexington, KY and lived there until the age of 5, when she and her mother moved to Nicholasville.  Donna grew up attending Russell Cave Baptist Church with her dad and step-mom, where she was involved in Children’s Choir and Clown and Puppet Ministry. Her love of working with children led Donna to teaching children’s and youth Sunday School classes.


    Donna spent 15 years as an Administrative Assistant and sales manager for two major retail stores before the birth of her daughter in 2015. After prayerful searching, she was led to RTCA in September 2015. Together with her husband Travis and their daughter Kathryn Rose, Donna attends Russell Cave Baptist Church. She sings in the choir under the direction of her father, who is the Music Director, and Travis plays drums in the worship band. In her spare time, Donna loves to draw, paint, and play with her little girl.