John was born and raised in Southern California, moving to Ventura in 1979 as a corporate move from Downey. John has been married to Kathy Walker since 1967. They have two married daughters, Christine and Rhonda. John has five grandchildren. Both their daughters are highly involved in local education, Christine Walker-McCloskey is Assistant Superintendent Business Services in the Hueneme District and Rhonda Grant is involved in the VUSD Budget Information Advisory Committee. John is a United States Marine Corps, Vietnam Veteran. John retired from Verizon with 34 years of service. Since January 2003, John was employed as Human Resources Director/Risk Manager for the Ojai Unified School District, retiring in 2013.
Education: Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Pepperdine University; Bachelor of Science in Economics from California State University Long Beach. John also holds a California lifetime community college teaching credential.
Community Involvement (past and present):
Ventura Unified School District board member since 1989, President six times; Board of Directors for California School Boards Association (CSBA) in 2006; CSBA Regional Director for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties; CSBA Governmental Relations Chair (state and federal lobbyist for school districts); Ventura County School Board's Association, past president two terms; National School Board's Association Early Childhood and Day Care Council; California Latino School Board's Association Member; City of Ventura/VUSD Joint Liaison Committee Member; City of Ventura/VUSD Executive Long Term Planning Committee Member; Ventura County Commission on Children and Families Commissioner; City of Ventura Volunteers in Policing; Vietnam Veterans of Ventura County Board Member; First Memorial Honors Detail (military burials); Ventura Kiwanis; Ventura County Workforce Investment Board Youth Council Member; Ventura Red Cross Past Board Member; Greater Ventura Chamber of Commerce; California Indian Education Center Board of Directors; California Industry Education Council Past Blue Ribbon Committee Member; Ventura Alcohol Community Collaborative Committee Member; PTA President Little Lake School District