Geri Ventura

Communications

Where grew up? I grew up in Ventura County, eventually moving to Santa Barbara after being hired at Montecito Fire District. 

How long in area? When we retired last year, we tried RVing full time, and came to the area in September. We soon realized that we preferred living in a sticks and bricks home vs the motorhome, and found a fantastic property that would enable us to create a more sustainable lifestyle, while also being able to travel and RV part time.

First and most current/last job: I got my first real job (outside of babysitting) when I was 16, where I eventually sold home electronics. That job enabled me to purchase my first home at the young age of 19. At 21, I left retail sales to begin my career in the Fire Service. After getting married and starting my family, I felt it would be a more secure and stable job to support a family. I worked 4 ½ years as a Dispatcher at Oxnard Police and Fire. After a short stint trying to be a stay at home mom, I went back to dispatching at Montecito Fire. That position soon morphed into an entirely different position that encompassed many duties, including website and network management, public information officer, public education / instructor, volunteer coordinator, back up accounting, back up dispatcher, assistant to the Fire Chief, and Clerk of the Board of Directors. I retired in March of 2016 after a combined total of 27 years in public safety.

Family/pets: My husband and I are both on our second (and last) marriages, and we have been together since 2000. I have two sons from my previous marriage. One son is very much alive, and one son is now alive in memory and spirit only. He and his friend were killed in a vehicle accident in 2016. His passing was the impetus of learning how to live life full and be a better steward of our planet. My husband has 4 children, and one granddaughter, so we are quite the Brady Bunch. We have no pets. Hobbies: Home improvement projects, traveling, RVing, cooking, writing, hiking, eating great food, drinking good wine and socializing with friends. 

Most proud of? My ability to retire young and use this newfound time to enjoy my family and life in general.

Currently reading: The Backyard Homestead (Carleen Madigan) and slowly getting through Walden & Civil Disobedience (Henry David Thoreau)

Why you joined Rogue Indivisible: I had been involved with establishing the Santa Barbara Indivisible last year, and being new to Grants Pass, I knew this would be a great place to start finding my “tribe”.  It is important to me to get involved, and to fight for our country by resisting those who are motivated by hatred, greed and power. I want to help make this truly an America for all, and Indivisible is a great organization to do this.