Parishoner Spotlight

Gerrie Mejia was born in Illinois, sixth of, twelve siblings ranging in age from 1-24.  Although she earned a MA at the University of Indiana in political science and international studies,  her career was devoted to bi-lingual education. She worked as a teacher in Puerto Rico and had taught in Bloomington and Gary Indiana and in the Alum Rock District in San Jose. Gerrie and her husband moved to Salinas in 1980. At that time, Gerrie who was fluent in Spanish became a leader in bilingual-education.

 In 1980, Gerrie and Jairo moved to Salinas and she began a job with the Salinas Elementary School District working as leader of state and federal programs. Title One was for low income students and Title Seven was bilingual education. She served all schools in the district.

In 1985, the Mejias joined  Good Shepherd and had their daughter, Miryam, baptized. Gerrie gradually began volunteering to work on the landscape at the church. She is now serving on the Vestry for the fourth time. Over the years, she served on 2 search committees. She was on the Vestry when the decision was made to build a Parish Hall.

Gerri has been both Senior and Junior Wardens. Since her retirement, she serves on the Altar Guild, helps with work days, Double Nickels lunches and helps with the kitchen when we have events. Building and Grounds committee was also one of her volunteer jobs. 

 Gerrie is a cat lover. She was a docent at Garland Ranch. She has belonged for many years to one of Good Shepherd’s book clubs., the Happy Bookers. Reading is her favorite hobby. Gerrie is a valuable member of our church, friendly, kind, and always ready to put her faith into action. 

Tralee Johnson