by BECCA BARR | photos by Alan Smith Photography

Close-Knit Family


Janice Miller is a long-time resident of Rancho Peñasquitos, having lived here since 1993. She has been in her Park Village home since 2000 and can’t imagine living elsewhere. “I chose this community in which to raise my family because of the high quality of the schools, as well the cultural diversity,” she shared. “We love having the benefits of city life while having plenty of parks and nearby open spaces to hike and enjoy nature!”

Janice raised her two daughters in that very home. Both girls were adopted from China as infants. Liana was adopted in 1996, and Kara in 1999. They each attended Park Village Elementary School, Mesa Verde Middle School, and Westview High School. Both are currently pursuing their higher education. Liana is now a senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. “She currently works as a physical therapy aide at a sports therapy clinic in Morro Bay, and also works at a dance studio in San Luis Obispo. She will be applying to doctorate of physical therapy programs in the coming year,” Janice said. Kara recently finished her freshman year at Chico State University. She is majoring in liberal studies and plans to become an elementary school teacher.


Parent: Janice Miller
Children: Liana (22) and Kara (19)
Community: Park Village, Rancho Peñasquitos
Parent’s Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Parent’s Occupation: Technical Recruiter
Pets: Two cats – Jacob and Luna and a betta fish named Fish
Favorite Places in PQ: The Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, Yenchim Garden, Golden Bagel, Wonderful Sushi, Cotijas, Hilltop Park, Peñasquitos Creek Park


Janice works as a technical recruiter for Apple. Volunteering in the community is very important to her. Before the girls left for college, she volunteered as the leader for Liana’s Girl Scout troop, and as the assistant leader for Kara’s. Incidentally, both girls earned the Gold Award, the highest award achievable in Girl Scouts. Janice also volunteered for the Southern California Ballet and for Westview’s PTSA. Currently she is involved in her church, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal, where she serves as a cantor, plays cello in the string group, and coordinates the lector ministry.


Above all else, Janice loves spending time with her girls. “Our time together now is precious, so just being together, whether being out and about or hanging at home, is what I cherish most,” she said. They spend a week each summer camping at the South Carlsbad State Beach with extended family, like to relax at home watching TV, and enjoy exploring their respective college towns. “Our faith is the backbone of our family,” Janice related. “I feel grateful to God every day for my family, friends, my work, and this wonderful community.”