[heading] by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography [/heading]

Stephanie Jordan and Todd Stichler started their life journey together when they met and became friends as dorm neighbors at UC Riverside. Friendship blossomed to love as they continued to date throughout their undergraduate studies and on to pursue mutual Master’s Degrees at USD—Stephanie with an M.A. in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling and Todd with an M.B.A. They were married one year later.

Stephanie enjoyed working in many facets of counseling, including nutritional, drug and alcohol, individual, and child counseling, until she became pregnant. The surprise birth of twin girls Ella and Cameryn at only 29 weeks and 2 ½ lbs. each brought her counseling work to a sweeping halt. The girls are now in 6th grade at El Camino Creek, and Todd and Stephanie have since contributed their gratitude for the family’s health and well-being into involvement with the NICU at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns.

Todd is an owner of LendSpark, a national, private commercial lender that helps businesses obtain the necessary financing for growth, inventory, seasonality, new technology, and equipment. He has taught Graduate Level Classes at SDSU, and was a CFO and shareholder of an architectural, engineering, and construction firm.

The Stichlers love their lives of the past nine years in La Costa Valley. They attend and are very active at Coastline Community Church, where Todd and Stephanie serve in the ministry and Cami and Ella are involved in the middle school youth group. Community service through their church is a big focus for the Stichler family. “We enjoy serving dinner at Bread of Life as a family,” Stephanie mused, “and we spent the summer making pillowcases for the homeless for the cold winter months.”

For the past ten years, Stephanie has “…enjoyed nothing else but that of a wife and mother.” She is using her counseling skills again, working with pediatrician Dr. Chrystal de Frietas in a company called Healthy Chats, teaching puberty, birth, and conception seminars throughout the community and beyond. Preteens who attend with their moms learn crucial “Preparation and Knowledge” information that is accurate and age appropriate. Along with LendSpark, Todd is currently on the Board of Directors for the Sharp Healthcare Foundation. The family reads together every night.

The days of Stichler life in the La Costa Valley community are stitched together as a family quilt with equal squares of service, fun, and love.

 

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Parents:  Stephanie Jordan Stichler (40), R. Todd Stichler (40)
Community:  La Costa Valley, Carlsbad since 2003
Parents Hometown:  Stephanie – Oxnard, California, Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Todd – San Diego, CA
Children:  Ella Stichler (11) & Cameryn Stichler (11) – 6th graders at El Camino Creek Elementary School
Pets:  5 year old dog named Fletcher – Golden Retriever

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