Life Lived Large
Residents since 2006, Brent and Veronika Doud chose Poway for one of its many strengths – the school system. Veronika is a long-time teacher at Poway Unified School District (PUSD), and their three children attend PUSD schools. Brent, a self-taught web developer turned e-commerce owner, runs his successful business, Tosso, selling high-quality, hard-to-find outdoor games from his Poway office.
Sports are paramount in this household. Trevor, 12, plays baseball and recently started running track. Andrew, 9, loves soccer, swimming, and baseball: “Pretty much any sport that allows him to spend time with his dad!” Veronika explained. Addison, 7 and the only girl, spends her time singing, dancing, creating art, and participating in gymnastics. “We are blessed to parent each one of them even though they are each completely different,” Veronika said. Brent and Veronika share in their kids’ love of sports, active themselves in biking and swimming.
Parent: Brent and Veronika Doud
Children: Trevor (12, sixth grade at The Academy at Meadowbrook Middle School),
Andrew (9, fourth grade in the Dual Language Program at Valley Elementary School),
Addison (7, second grade in the Dual Language Program at Valley Elementary School)
Community: Poway Portals since 2006
Hometowns: Brent – San Diego; Veronika – Los Angeles
Occupations: Owners of Tosso.com
Favorite Places to Visit in 92064: Our home – since our backyard is truly a playground with all of the games, Lake Poway, Sushi Lounge, The Pancake House, and mountain biking trails.
Recently the Doud family returned from a year living abroad in Spain. Their children’s enrollment in PUSD’s Dual Language Program made the transition to a Spanish school easy, and Brent’s work allowed him to work abroad. “We enjoyed a year of learning, travel discovery, and culture,” Veronika said. The experience of moving abroad and then returning home has had a great influence on the family. They sold almost everything in their house before the trip, including their car, and today are making their active Poway lifestyle work as a one-car family. As for the house, they are slowly putting it back together with great intention, selecting the pieces they love. “The opportunity of living abroad changed our perspective on many things, but most importantly brought us closer together as a family,” Veronika reflected.
Of those things that the Doud family finds important is giving back to the community – in small ways and large. Brent’s company donates a portion of its October sales to Breast Cancer Angels, providing financial and emotional support to families in San Diego. The family also supports the Challenged Athletes Foundation, as well as hyper-local causes supporting children in the community battling cancer.
The sports, the travel, and the community support are embodied in the Doud family’s mantras: be better than yesterday and when you can, do! “It really does take a village, and we are proud to live in Poway where most everyone shares these goals as well,” Veronika confirmed.