by LYDIA COBB
photos by Spark Photography

Going with the Flow

The Romana parents were born in different provinces in the Philippines. Jerry Romana came to the U.S. when he was 10 years old and Sarah (Escritor) Romana when she was 16. They met through a mutual friend while Sarah completed her BA in Psychology (1992) at San Diego State University. Jerry graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from UC Irvine (1988).

Married for twenty years, the Romanas have three children and embrace Scripps Ranch as home. “When we first came here I noticed the community involvement as a whole,” said Sarah. “People really want to contribute to something.” She adds that it’s also great to be near Mira Mesa for authentic Asian shops and restaurants they crave. They moved in 2008 from Cerritos because they valued the quality of schools and beautiful scenery.

Jerry is vice president for CH2M Hill, an international environmental and engineering consulting firm. Sarah is an administrative assistant. Their first child, Lexx, is a junior with excellent grades at Scripps Ranch High. He enjoys playing tennis and guitar, and he is a member of the youth ministry program at Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church. Troy is in Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) in 8th grade at Marshall Middle School. He exercises his singing voice in the school’s choir and as a member of Chamber Bravura, an a cappella group of Scripps Ranch students. Troy was with the Chamber when they performed at the Vatican last summer. Little sister Jalene is also a GATE student in 5th grade at Dingeman Elementary. She’s a Junior Girl Scout and loves to flip and cartwheel with SpiritKids Sports, where she’s learning gymnastics.

Family

 

The Romanas enjoy the outdoors and camping, especially summer road trips that inspire the kids to “go with the flow” in Sarah’s words. “We always take a picture twice – one nice and the other goofy,” she added. Favorite memories include rafting on the Colorado River, visiting Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve in California’s Mojave Desert, among many destinations.

Beyond the hearth of home, they’re giving back. Sarah volunteers at Dingeman Elementary and Marshall Middle School. She’s active in Ministry of Mothers at Saint Gregory the Great and has coordinated their annual Mother’s Day Brunch for the last two years. Jerry volunteered as vice president for Luisiana USA of Southern California, a Filipino charitable organization. As the children gain new experiences on the road and in their communities, Sarah acknowledged “they appreciate it’s a one-of-a-kind thing.”

At-A-Glance

Parents: Jerry and Sarah Romana
Children: Lexx (16; 11th grade at Scripps Ranch High School) Troy (13; 8th grade at Marshall Middle School) Jalene (10; 5th grade at Dingeman Elementary)
Community: Scripps Ranch since 2008
Hometown: Jerry – Luisiana, Laguna, Philippines; Sarah – Imus, Cavite, Philippines
Profession: Jerry – Civil Engineer; Sarah – Office Assistant
Favorite Places: Lake Miramar and Scripps Ranch Farmers Market