Jeff Cripe worked in the fire service for over 27 years. Over the years, Jeff has dedicated himself to service, including becoming a peer counselor for fire fighters with PTSD and developing the Venice Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on assisting fire fighters, their families, and the community in times of crisis. Outside of his work in the fire department, he has lived in the Sarasota community for 41 years and volunteered at many non-profits, including Easter Seals, SPARCC, Mayors Feed the Hungry, Dream Oaks Camp, Loveland Center, InStride, and Whitfield Volunteer Fire Department. Jeff believes that meeting people where they are at is critical to helping those affected by trauma. Mr. Cripe currently serves as the Treasurer and Finance Chair for Resilient Retreat.