by LYDIA COBB | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Empowering Youth

Being happy and cheerful comes naturally to Kari Shea, a wife, mother, entrepreneur, blogger, and personal coach. “Celebrate each day. Finding the good in each moment is a deliberate choice,” reflected Kari. She and her husband Mark Shea raised their son Skyler in 92129 after relocating from Los Angeles when he was a toddler. Skyler graduated last year from Westview High School and now attends Sonoma State University. Their 14-year-old pug, Ketchup, fills in the family. Kari and Mark are the creative team behind 611 Development Inc., a residential real estate investment firm. Giving back through volunteerism is also a driving force behind Kari’s mindfulness.


Kari got involved with the Westview High School PTSA in 2012 at the suggestion of her friend, Sue Melnick. She is serving her second year as president of the board, and mentioned, “I’m focused on instilling empowerment, creating harmony, and having fun, not just within the PTSA but the school as a whole.” She described how board members and Principal Todd Cassen possess wholeheartedness and dedication. “They have a genuine love for what they do which is inspiring,” added Kari.
She knows it takes a village to raise funds for student programs. The PTSA launched a new website and ecommunications. The annual Grad Nite celebrates seniors’ experiences and achievements – and parent volunteers are encouraged to join through PTSA. Kari explained, “Being a volunteer makes a tangible, long-lasting difference that ripples outward, benefiting not just students of the current year but those of generations to come.”

Group: Westview High School PTSA
Mission: To make a positive impact to the Westview High School community and to enhance the overall well-being of students, staff, families, and the community.

Name: Kari Shea
Community: Rancho Peñasquitos
Volunteer Affiliation: Westview High School PTSA and The One Love Movement
Profession: Entrepreneur and Managing Partner in 611 Development, Inc.
Family: Husband – Mark Shea; Son – Skyler; Pug – Ketchup
Hobbies & Interests: Growth and development of all kinds, working out, running with Sue, meditating, cooking, entertaining, date nights, movies, caring for family and friends, and celebrating each day
Favorite  Local Spots: Del Mar Beach, Sbicca, Studio Barre, Peet’s Coffee, Nekter Juice Bar, Westview High School, home

It’s her way of honoring the gratitude she and Mark have in the school’s support for Skyler. In 2010, their son had a serious concussion with significant complications. His recovery took years as he strengthened and found CrossFit, and now competes in Spartan obstacle races. She is in awe of the compassion that the PTSA and others extended to their family.

Next year, Kari will turn her focus to the international expansion of The One Love Movement, a nonprofit that works to better the lives of underprivileged youth. You can learn more about the organization at As for now, she reflected, “I’d love nothing more than to see Westview PTSA continue to grow and flourish as a diverse, tight-knit, and supportive community.”