by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Spark Photography

92128’s Easygoing Community Keeps the Francis Family Healthy and Happy

Cindy and Tracy Francis were seeking a laid-back culture and family-focused community in the late ‘90s when they found themselves drawn towards San Diego. Living in the San Francisco Bay area just didn’t feel like the right place for the couple to start their family. They relocated to 92128 in 1997 and haven’t looked back since. Residents of Buena Vista Del Lago, the Francis family appreciates the quiet neighborhood with a strong sense of community.

family02Cindy, Tracy, and their two children – Dylan, 9, and Madi, 15 – are committed to serving the community they love. Cindy’s volunteer service includes the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego where she oversees the $10 million-plus in donations raised during the annual charity gala. The family works together for Casa De Molina Charity’s annual Children’s Christmas Party. The organization, founded by Cindy’s mother, Vicky Molina, hosts 300 needy children and their families from North County San Diego for a holiday party each year that includes a visit from Santa and gifts. “We are an honest look at a suburban family that cares, gets involved, and makes others a priority,” Tracy acknowledged.

During the work week, Tracy runs the western U.S. sales operations for a Canadian-based injection molding company, and Cindy oversees a small boutique jewelry company. Tracy is also a partner in Kick Your Apps, a San Diego-based app company. “We set out as a little company to create a useful tool for one partner that is a dentist. We discovered that we had created an app that would revolutionize how dentists would communicate with their patients,” Tracy said. Kick Your Apps designed DDS GP, a chairside consultation app for dentists to provide information, pictures, and dental plans directly to patients. It has grown to be the number-one-rated chairside application in the country.

Community alongside access to the outdoors is the perfect combination for this family of four. “We love playing in the outdoors, camping, biking, and hiking,” shared Tracy. The kids also love soccer and play competitively for the San Diego Soccer Club.

The volunteer work, the outdoor activities, and the start up app company provide a small portrait of this Rancho Bernardo family. “We are caring, always welcoming, warm to new faces, and over all pretty easygoing,” Tracy commented, and 92128 provides the home base for the Francis family to do it all.


Parents: Cindy and Tracy Francis
Children: Dylan Francis (9, Chaparral Elementary); Madison Francis (15, Rancho Bernardo High School)
Community: Bernardo Vista Del Lago since 1997
Parents’ Hometowns: Tracy – Belmont, CA; Cindy – Rowland Heights, CA
Parents’ Occupations: Tracy – Regional Manager NA West; Cindy – Operations Manager
Pet: Harley – Yorkie
Favorite Local Spots: San Rafael Catholic Church, RB Inn, 4S Commons, RB Winery, Pura Vida Grill (our backyard)