Geri grew up in Arizona and graduated from ASU. She spent her summers in San Diego water skiing, sailing and deep sea fishing with her family. After graduation, she moved to southern California, where she pursued her career as a wildlife rehabilitator. Her duties included rescuing and treating sick and injured native wildlife and emergency oil spill response . Upon retiring, Geri became active in several community outreach programs, which is where she and Chris met. They decided to leave the mainland together to pursue their dreams in Kona, where Ohana Sportfishing Adventures was born.