by LAINEY KRAL | photos by Spark Photography

West Coast Life

family_coast2This December, Michele and Mark Coast celebrate 20 years in Rancho Bernardo. They’ve come a long way since they met while attending Cal State University Northridge. Michele now works from her home office as a media buyer for Cannella Response Media, and Mark is a Colonel in the USMC-Reserve – he’ll be retiring in April 2017 after 30 years of service and moving forward with his own business, Ceveal Solutions, which he’s opened with two other military reservists. The couple moved to Rancho Bernardo in 1996 when Mark was sent to work here as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

They’ve been in their current Montelena home for 14 and a half years, and the family now includes Nick, 18, Alex, 16, and Lauren, 14. “We moved to Montelena when we were expecting our third child and wanted a yard for our growing family,” explained Michele. “We love our neighborhood and all the close-by amenities.”

Parent: Michele and Mark Coast
Children: Nicholas (18), Alexander (16), and Laurent (14)
Community: Montelena for 14.5 years; Rancho Bernardo for 20 years
Hometown: Los Angeles
Occupations: Michele – Media Buyer for Cannella Response Media; Mark – Colonel in the USMC-Reserve, retired Drug Enforcement Administration special agent
Pet: Maverick – 20-month-old Maltipoo
Favorite Local Spots: The RB Inn, Urge, and Brothers Provisions

family_coast6 family_coast5 family_coast4Those amenities include plenty of opportunities for the whole family to stay active. “Our family logs a lot of hours at baseball games,” Michele shared. Nick is currently a freshman in college and is headed to Cal Lutheran in January, where he’ll play baseball for the Kingsmen. His younger brother Alex is a junior at Rancho Bernardo High School and plays baseball for both the Broncos and the West Coast Clippers. Lauren is an eighth grader at Bernardo Heights Middle school – she’s a member of the California Junior Scholarship Federation and hopes to play golf for the Broncos next year.

“We of course love our San Diego beaches, as well as skiing and snowboarding in the local mountains,” Michele added. “Mark and I are both gym junkies – he works out at LA Fitness, and I work out at Studio Sweat.”


There have been challenges along the way. “When Lauren was only 10 weeks old and the boys were three and four, Mark was activated by the USMC-Reserve to go to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 1,” Michele said. Mark served four tours, leaving Michele and the children to manage the home-front operations. Without much internet access, the family relied on snail mail and DVDs of Mark reading books to the kids to stay connected. Michele said, “While there were some trying times, our family became stronger because of it.”

Now, this close-knit family is enjoying the life they’ve built together here in 92128.