When Jody and Mark Campillo met in college at the University of San Diego they never imagined where life would lead them. “[We] became instant friends and enjoyed each other’s company, however, we never dated in college,” said Jody. Their friendship lasted beyond graduation, and after they had divorced their first spouses, the pair reunited in 2003. “I, at first, did not want to date Mark as I didn’t want to risk messing up our great friendship,” explained Jody, “but Mark persisted in his courting me and in 2004 we went on our first date in January, were engaged in April, married in September, and pregnant by November!” Today, with their four children, Barry (20), Ashley (18), Bradley (14), and Noah (8), the family is making an impact in the Poway community.
The Campillos moved to Poway in 2005. “We moved primarily for the school district,” explained Jody. “What we didn’t know was that we would find our ‘home’ and a welcoming and supportive community.”
And keeping their “home” thriving is a top priority for the Campillos – they are avid volunteers within the community. Mark is the Cub Scout Master, where he leads Noah and over 75 other scouts, and is a member of the Grad Nite committee at Poway High School.
Jody has been instrumental in bringing the Williams Syndrome Awareness Walk to Poway, with her oldest child, Barry having been diagnosed with Williams Syndrome – a genetic condition marked by amazing social and music skills paired with challenges in social cognition, developmental delays, and some health issues. She also manages and fundraises for Poway’s Special Olympics Softball Team. Jody is an active member of Parent Advocates Seeking Solutions, a parent support group for special needs young adults in Poway, and next year she will support Next Stage U, a nonprofit organization providing a venue and resources for adults with special needs.
Jody and Mark make an effort to show each of their children the importance of giving back. “We believe we have truly instilled a great sense of community involvement in our family,” noted Jody. Aside from Barry’s participation with local special needs sports leagues, he is very active in his church; Ashley is a member of Best Buddies Club, where she mentors students with special needs; Bradley volunteers with children and with the special needs community; and Noah attends AWANA Christian education at his church. “I love to see that the children can see how simple it is to impact positive change in our community,” Jody said. “I often remind them that, ‘It only takes a spark to get a fire going!’”
Parents: Mark Campillo (46) & Jody Campillo (44)
Community: Poway (Green Valley/Vineland Hills area since 2005
Hometown: Both Mark & Jody were born in San Diego
(both at Balboa Naval Hospital)
Profession: Mark, GEICO – Corporate Trainer; Jody, CareFusion, Inc. – Senior Project Manager, Commercialization – Dispensing
Children: Barry Cunningham (20, Abraxas Continuation School),
Ashley Campillo (18, Poway High School senior),
Bradley Campillo (14, Poway High School freshman),
Noah Campillo (8, Chaparral Elementary School third grader)