Doris Gentry

Experienced, Devoted, Passionate

Doris Gentry has been teaching and leading for 30+ years. Born in Southern Illinois, she has followed her family tradition of civil service as a 4th generational leader. Doris has been a citizen of Napa for over 32 years. Together with her husband Jim, have raised 4 children and 6 grandchildren and helped to restore the lives of 300 foster kids.

Doris believes in family and working within the structure that is the Napa family and community. When you elect Doris, you get a fighter for those who are disadvantaged and do not have a voice. Doris is a vibrant, open, energetic person who brings people together and empowers them.

When you elect Doris Gentry, you know everything about who she is and what she has done in her life. There are no hidden agendas or secrets. Napa knows the personhood of Doris Gentry.

Serving, Supporting, and Helping Napa

Unique talents, gifts and skills are needed to bring about collaborative relationships on a county and corporate basis. Three decades of building corporations, fund-raising and enhancing public agencies by: making them more creative; expanding consensus; instilling political/legislative savvy; enhancing board development; leading with focus and teaching/training staff is a testimony to that strength. Helping communities grow and prosper has been a common denominator in the life of Doris Gentry.

Doris Gentry chaired the annual Chocolate and Wine Event for Foster Kids 2010-2020

Quick Facts About Doris Gentry

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Planning Commission Experience: serving on a 5 County Regional Planning Commission for 5 years and working as the Business Development Specialist, accessed and handled multi-million dollar loans and networked City and County Governments with Federal and State Grants to help cities re-build failing infrastructure.

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Worked to attract major corporate investment in local communities thereby creating jobs and stimulating the economy. Coordinated HUD funding in conjunction with CDBG Block Grants coupled with State Business Stimulation financing all targeted at job creation for a slow Southern Illinois business climate.

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Owned corporations coast to coast, serving as Executive Director or CEO. Her passion for banking, finance, numbers, is evidenced all her life. From owning an Investment Banking firm to serving as a High School math teacher for in Vallejo, CA.

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Member of Napa Sunrise Rotary 2007-2021

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Founding member of Napa County Family & Foster Parent Association

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Member SEIU, Napa Valley College: Treasurer - 2 years, Vice-President - 2 years - until 2022

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Hosts the live radio show weekly, Talk so Kids Listen in Napa - until 2021

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Chair on Napa County Task Force on Sex Trafficking, 2014-2020

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Host the weekly TV show, On the Edge with Doris in Napa, 2009-Present

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Chair the Annual Chocolate & Wine Event for Foster Kids, 2010-2020

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Founded with the Sunrise Rotary, the Annual Napa 4th of July Parade

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Works for Napa Valley College for 25 years, retired in 2020

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Member of Grace Church of Napa Valley

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MENSA National & International Keynote Speaker and Leader. Serve, teach and support MENSA - 45 years

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Former Mensa Community Action Coordinator & 1025Lead Sponsor for Robot Program at Napa’s New Tech High

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Donates time and money to numerous Philanthropic Napa groups benefiting kids

Teacher for 35 years includes teaching 2 years of High School Math, Community Organizer, Foster & Kincare Specialist at Napa Valley College, Mom that raised 300 Napa Teen foster boys, over 32 year Napa resident, Community Advocate – Doris is pro-active and determined to make a difference!

Community Organizing: the Central Core of Doris Gentry

There is no stopping this ‘Energizer Bunny’. Doris has served as Chair of some 200 philanthropic events for communities across America since 1980. Fundraising and grant writing have been an integral part of Doris Gentry and to date she has raised over $300 million for non-profit organizations.

Doris does not talk about leading; she leads.

Advocacy

Whether fighting for victims of elder abuse or foster kids or adopting yet ANOTHER dog from the Shelter, Gentry is an Advocate. She listens carefully and acts responsively. Her passion for stamping out abuse is genuine and comes from her heart.

Make no mistake, Gentry is a leader, foster mom, teacher, community organizer and advocate, Napa will have a fierce champion as your next County Board Supervisor, District 2.

So Why was Doris a Foster Mom?

While the heritage, DNA & lineage is impressive, life handed Doris lemons growing up. She suffered instability, (living from coast to coast), years of missing educational opportunities and numerous out of home placements. By the time she was 14, she moved into the world of uncertainty, as a runaway in Hollywood, CA.

Gentry created a foster home to offer the kind of home she never lived in herself; one that operated on open, honest communication and believed in kids. Doris became licensed in Napa over 20 years ago and to date has had 300 teen boys living in her former foster home.

Does Doris Have a Day Job?

Doris is now retired from Napa Valley College where she supervised foster training workshops and classes for the past 20 years.

She retired as the Foster & Kincare Education Program Specialist, which means Doris provided training for foster parents licensed in Napa County through a continuing education program.

Generational Leadership

Her heritage shouts, “run for government leadership”. When plowing 150 years back, there is a line-up of leaders:

  • Great-Great G’pa Judge John L Tyer helped define Southern Illinois – farming, serving in the Civil War, lawyer, Judge and co-founder of the only regional bank in Hardin County, Illinois;
  • Great G’pa, ML Tyer, schoolteacher, lawyer & judge;
  • Five of ML Tyer’s girls graduated from college with a teaching degree when few believed women should be educated;
  • One of those girls, Aunt Gertrude Tyer, traveled west and taught school on the Native American Indian reservations, early 1900’s;
  • G’pa Dave Wilson was an evangelical tent revival preacher for the Assemblies of God who also played the accordion.

 Gentry’s heritage is forward-thinking people who are not afraid to step out of their comfort zone to do what is right for others and their community.

Why lead? Why serve? It is in Doris’ DNA, in her destiny to go, work and  serve every day! Doris’ Grandma told her, “I would rather burn out than to rust out!”

Judge M.L. Tyler
Great great great Uncle James Orr Discharge Civil War 1865
The five women who graduated from Teachers College
Grandpa Rev Dave Wilson, an evangelist for the Assemblies of God churches
In 1919, Great Aunt Gertrude traveled to Wyoming in a wagon caravan to teach Native American Indians on the reservations – a bold and gutsy move for a single woman to do back then.

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March 5, 2024

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