by LAINEY KRAL | photos by Spark Photography

Keeping it Riehl

Christina and Johner Riehl began their journey together when they met playing softball at a friend’s Fourth of July party. “There were fireworks right from the start!” said Johner.

Christina is senior staff attorney for the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego. She’s been instrumental in inspiring legislation and policy initiatives to help children within California and the entire country, with a special emphasis on children in foster care. Johner is vice president and creative director for Wonacott PR, where he leads promotion of video games and apps. “I’m also the host of a national podcast called Parent Savers where we talk with experts about a variety of topics to help out parents with young kids,” he shared.

With sons Quinner (8), Whitaker (6), and Zyler (4), they’ve made a home in Old Scripps. “When we first moved to Scripps Ranch, it was the first time we really felt like we were in the place where we wanted to spend the rest of our lives,” said Johner. The family loves the area’s unique atmosphere, with the mix of young families like themselves along with the longtime residents who form the backbone of the community. Johner added, “What we love the most about being here is being surrounded by families who are so willing to donate their time, money, and more to create a community that we are all so proud to live in.”

family_riehl_2Quinner is in third grade at Jerabek Elementary, and Whitaker is in first grade. Both boys take part in Cub Scouts and Adventure Guides as well as playing baseball, basketball, and soccer. Zyler is in preschool at Jerabek. He plays soccer at the YMCA and looks forward to joining his big brothers in their activities. Christina and Johner like staying involved too; Christina volunteers in several roles for the Cub Scouts and Jerabek Elementary, and also volunteers for the Women’s Resource Fair. Johner volunteers for the school, Scripps Ranch Little League, and Scripps Ranch Soccer Club. In his spare time, he plays with the Scripps Ranch Old Pros.

They give back through innovative community building. Johner was inspired by Christina’s book club to start the Beer Club of Scripps Ranch – the club is now over 100-strong, with a website at Johner concluded, “We think Scripps Ranch is an amazing community, and we just are trying to do what we can to be a part of it. We look forward to the kids being a bit older so we can pay back to those serving the community now.”


Parents: Johner and Christina Riehl
Children: Quinner (8, third grade at Jerabek Elementary);
Whitaker (6, first grade at Jerabek Elementary);
Zyler (4, preschool at Jerabek Elementary)
Community: Old Scripps near Jerabek Park since 2010
Hometowns: Johner Riehl – St. Louis, MO; Christina Riehl – San Marino, CA
Occupations: Johner Riehl – Vice President and Creative Director, Wonacott PR;
Christina Riehl – Senior Staff Attorney, Children’s Advocacy Institute, University of San Diego
Favorite Places in 92131: Lakeview Park, Chile Peppers, Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club, Ballast Point, the streets of our neighborhood on a pleasant evening with neighbors