About Us

Ray Deckert / Broker Associate

I moved to Ojai in 2005 to be closer to family.  Originally from Chicago, I spent several years in the insurance business during the 80s and 90s.  However, I’ve been working full-time in real estate (first as a realtor, then as a broker) since 2006.  If you ask around, you’ll find that my reputation for honesty and integrity are the keystone of my beliefs when helping people, no matter their real estate goals.

I am the creator and writer/blogger for this website.  As a car enthusiast, you’ll find me at the Ojai Cars and Coffee on the second Sunday of each month.  I enjoy playing sports and music (I’m a singer, percussionist and keyboardist – having opened for such bands as Cheap Trick and Bachman-Turner-Overdrive – back in the day before the term “mullet” had been established).  I love dogs, especially my Standard Poodles, Leo and Logan.  I love Southern California and most especially, Ojai.  I can’t imagine living anywhere else!


Robert Perron / Realtor Associate

Robert joined our team in 2017. He conducted his studies at California State Channel islands, emphasizing Business Management.  He’s been a Ventura Country resident his entire life and an Ojai resident for over a decade.  Robert is task/goal oriented, while also maintaining a positive demeanor.  Robert’s energy and enthusiasm have contributed greatly to our team.  His passion for adventure led him to visit Costa Rica in 2014, to volunteer in a turtle conservation effort in the village of Junquillal.  Robert’s proficiency in conversational Spanish also led him to Suva, Fiji to help educate their youth on sports such as basketball, rugby, volleyball, and soccer.  When he’s not busy playing basketball, you’ll find him on the hiking trails or at the beach.

Maria DePaola / Realtor Associate

Maria joined our team in September, 2015 and has been with the Keller Williams Ojai office since 2010.  Maria has been a great asset and luckily for us, she shares the same values in helping people and in her calm handling of   potentially tricky real estate situations.  Maria’s background in retail management (plus two restaurants!) is what she feels gives her the edge during challenging transactions.  She prides herself on her honesty, dependability, work ethic, and her desire to always be there for clients.  Maria also volunteers as a board member for the Ojai Lavender Festival.  When not working she enjoys hiking Ojai’s abundant trails, water aerobics, music, reading, and most of all – spending time with her children, friends and family.


Simone Volkman – Owner/Transaction coordinator


Simone’s friendly and accommodating personality, combined with her attention to detail, ensures a smooth transaction every time.  She loves helping her agents free up time to build their businesses and enjoy some time off, too.  Simone started at a local real estate brokerage, where she learned all about the details of contracts and disclosures while assisting with broker compliance for the entire office.  She brings this knowledge and eagerness to learn new aspects of the contract to every transaction.  After six years with the company, Simone became the owner and CEO of VC|TC.  She sets the tone of the culture within VC|TC to one of teamwork and high-level customer service.  Simone was born and raised in Ventura County and now works remotely from Southern Oregon.

Christa Green/Transaction Coordinator

Christa’s strong work ethic and “can-do” attitude are what make her a great Transaction Coordinator.  No matter what the issue is, she will figure out a way to get the job done with a positive attitude and a smile.  Christa is the “go-to” girl for making sure that every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed.  Christa has her California Real Estate License as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.  Prior to joining Tera Marie at VC-TC in May of 2013, Christa assisted a Ventura County Top Producing Realtor for two years.  Christa is also a lifelong Ventura County resident with strong roots and a passion to build a strong community.