by LAINEY KRAL | photo by Off Guard Photography

Teaming Up

family_rice2The Rice family has lived in Rancho Bernardo for just over a year, and it’s a perfect fit. “We are a dual working, blended family, so geography is really crucial for all members of our team,” shared Shannon Miller-Rice. The rest of the team is made up of her husband, David, and their sons Ethan (11) and Dillon (4). Rancho Bernardo is perfectly located for their needs – David’s office is in San Marco, Ethan attends school and splits time at his father’s house in La Jolla, and Dillon attends school in Poway.

“We are a very close group, which extends to Ethan’s father and grandfather, and my mom, who all participate to help raise these two boys,” explained Shannon. “Our mission is to raise healthy and upstanding citizens, who see and learn from our behaviors and relationships.” The boys are doing their parents proud. Ethan – who has played baseball, surfed, and built lasting friendships at Torrey Pines Elementary School – transitions to middle school in September. Dillon is thriving with Country Montessori School’s structure and teaching techniques.


Parent: Shannon Rice and David M. Rice
Children: Ethan Miller (11) and Dillon Rice (4)
Community: Rancho Bernardo since 2015
Hometowns: Shannon – Fresno; David – Barbados
Occupations: Shannon – Interior Designer; David – Executive in Hospitality Industry
Favorite Places to Visit in 92128: Rancho Bernardo Swim & Tennis Club, Barrel Room, Incredible Café, Sprouts Farmers Market


family_rice4Shannon was raised in Fresno. She currently puts her bachelor’s in applied arts from San Diego State to creative use with her boutique interior design firm – Payte Miller Interiors. David hails from Barbados and graduated from Cornell University of Hotel Administration. After serving as president and CEO of the Barbados Tourism Authority, he’s now vice president of strategic initiatives at the Welk Resort.

Both parents are active volunteers. Shannon is a CMS classroom ambassador and fundraising committee member, and also participates in mentorship programs for aspiring designers. David has served as a board member for American Heroes Tribute, and is currently a CMS board member.

“We are an active family with two boys – one can imagine there are lots of events to attend,” said Shannon. “Ethan plays baseball year-round, and Dillon is learning his way through soccer.” David is an avid golfer, tennis player, and cyclist. He added, “Shannon is forever moving, her Fitbit buzzing daily with the number of steps she takes to manage her business, get the boys where they need to be, and circling back around at the end of every day.”

The Rice family has a lot going on, and they’re enjoying every minute of it together.

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