by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

No Place Like Home


Jim and Cheryl Hernandez met years ago at a college service organization convention. The event took place in Victoria, British Columbia (Jim’s hometown), and was sponsored by Kiwanis, an international organization focused on serving the community.

“We put a lot of importance on family.”


Fast-forward to the present day, and Jim and Cheryl – who have remained involved with the Kiwanis organization for 20 years – are happily married and settled in Poway. “We like living here because of its central location to all of San Diego,” stated the pair. The couple has two teenage children, Miranda (17), a senior at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace High School, and Jimmy (14), a freshman at Rancho Bernardo High School.

Parents: Jim and Cheryl Hernandez
Children: Miranda (17, senior at Academy of Our Lady of Peace)
Jimmy (14, freshman at Rancho Bernardo High School)
Community: Rancho Arbolitos since 2009
Hometowns: Jim – Victoria, British Columbia; Cheryl – Glendale, CA
Occupations: Jim – Sales Training;
Cheryl – Event Planning Consultant & Assistant Events Coordinator

Pets: Flash – Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and poodle mix)
Favorite Local Spots: Original Pancake House, Brigantine, Poway Community Park, and Poway Farmers Market

family_hernandez6“Miranda is working on her Gold Award project of concussion awareness in kids’ sports,” explained Cheryl. “She has witnessed many first-hand and feels it is important to have coaches be aware of signs and symptoms. She is also looking forward to playing college level basketball.”
Jimmy – who is legally blind – is equally ambitious. “Jimmy has adapted remarkably to his diagnosis,” stated Cheryl. “He is a Life Scout in Boy Scouts, and he is an amazing skier with no fear on the slopes. He is on the roller hockey team, does altar service at St. Michael’s Church, and is an up-and-coming movie producer!”

family_hernandez5Jim works as president for SBC Inc., a company that provides training and consulting for sales and management, corporate meeting, event planning, and consumer and employee research services. Cheryl works in the events and facilities department at the Academy
of Our Lady of Peace.

Apart from staying involved with the Kiwanis organization, Cheryl volunteers as chair of the finance committee for St. Michael’s Church, is involved in the One Small Voice Foundation, Parents in Prayer, Altus Charter School, and Girls Scouts of San Diego.

Despite their busy schedules, the Hernandez family makes spending time with one another a priority. “We put a lot of importance on family,” shared Cheryl. “We have dinner almost every night together. We have incredible family conversations that result in many laughing fits, and as the kids have gotten older they have gotten more fun, involved, and noteworthy.” She added, “We just love hanging out and being at home!”