Life in Perspective
The Kims Find Time to Help Others at Home, School, Work and Abroad[heading]by WYNNE LOVE | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography[/heading]
Stan, Cindy, Kylie and Kellan Kim live in the Silver Saddle area of Poway. “We moved here from Los Angeles to find a quiet life to raise our kids and also to be closer to our parents,” related Stan. “We really enjoy living in Poway because it has an open feel, yet still affords great recreation opportunities for our family and tremendous schools for our kids.”
The Kims take advantage of those opportunities. “Our family is quite active,” commented Stan. “We mountain bike, snow ski, play tennis and practice martial arts; we also love fly-fishing.” Cindy also competes regularly in triathlons and marathons, participates in cross-fit training, and rides horses every week with her daughter, Kylie, age 12.
But keeping active physically is just the beginning. “Our entire family is also quite involved with music, playing and performing together not always brilliantly, but certainly enthusiastically,” joked Stan.
Stan, a UC Davis and UCLA grad, works as a futures trader and Cindy, a Chapman University graduate, is a financial engineer and planner with Northrop Grumman. Despite their demanding jobs, they still make time to help others.
Stan has served on the Board of Directors for Interfaith Community Services, heads the Dad’s Club at Kellan’s school (Kellan is 8 and attends Painted Rock Elementary), and maintains a new website for Meadowbrook Academy (Kylie’s school). Cindy leads the Character Counts program for Kellan’s class and was recognized for her community service with Northrop Grumman’s President’s Award, the highest award the company bestows.
“They are extremely active in community and humanitarian work,” reported Stan’s mother, Sue Kim, proudly. “Stan does portrait photography (www.achildsbeauty.com) and all the money is donated to their charitable work in Mexico.”
“One of our favorite things to do is help other people,” acknowledged Stan. “Our primary activities are helping families that we’ve come to know in Tijuana, Mexico. We provide families and the Casa Hogar Orphanage with living and financial assistance.”
Stan says this commitment to helping others keeps life in perspective. “It’s very impressive to see how resourceful these families can be with so little,” he explained. “Our friends in these neighborhoods struggle, and it trivializes what we worry about on a day to day basis. We are grateful for their friendship.”[box title=”At A Glance” color=”#333333″]
Parents: Stan Kim (53), Cindy Kim (49)
Community: Silver Saddle, Poway since 2003
Parents Hometown: Stan – Sacramento, CA; Cindy – Rockford, IL
Occupation: Stan – Futures Trader; Cindy – Financial Engineer and Planner
Children: Kylie (12), Meadowbrook Academy; Kellan (8), Painted Rock Elementary
Pets: Lola the Cat, Katey the Dog