by LYDIA COBB

The Traveling Flournoys

They’re at home in Stonebridge, where they settled eight years ago. Shin and Mark Flournoy and their teens Alec and Ashley appreciate the community’s parks for both kids and dogs. Mark and Shin met through mutual friends. Mark is a graduate of USC and is a VP-CPA at Intuit. Shin was a research scientist in biotech after attending UCSD in both biochemistry and visual arts, with a master’s in biology. Her focus is now on raising their children and growing her personal training business. Shin teaches fitness classes at FIT Athletics, which makes sense, as this is a family on the move.

The Flournoys are drawn to water in all its forms. They snowboard and ski in the winter. At sea level they scuba, surf, and kayak. “We also love the movies and trying new restaurants,” mentioned Shin, who first moved to Scripps Ranch with Mark in 1995. They also travel nationwide, and have been to destinations in Europe, Mexico, and China.

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Alec is a senior and Ashley a freshman at Cathedral Catholic High School. “Alec played a lot of sports in Scripps Ranch, and even got his black belt from Master Hong here,” said Shin. He’s in his third year on the school’s varsity crew team rowing in the heavyweight four-man and eight-man boats. Alec’s four-man boat qualified this year for the CIF Scholastic National Championships. Ashley joins her brother’s spirit in excellence. “Ashley was a competitive gymnast for four years before she turned to competitive cheer,” said Shin. Now Ashley’s a cheerleader at California All Stars in San Marcos, and a flyer and tumbler on the All Stars’ Cali Coed Team. They placed top three in bronze the last couple of years. Cali Coed travels nationally for competitions – experiences that have helped Ashley in varsity cheer this first year in high school.

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They love to help people. “We volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul and Alpha Food Project as a family through donations and helping feed the homeless,” added Shin, along with her children’s philanthropy in school events. They also love animals. “Every summer we take our three dogs on one of our vacations,” she said. In fact, the family just returned from Santa Barbara – all five of her children, wagging tails, and teens on the move.


Parents: Mark and Shin Flournoy
Children: Alec Brandon Flournoy (17, senior at Cathedral Catholic High School) and Ashley Claire Flournoy (14, freshman at Cathedral Catholic)
Community: Stonebridge Estates since 2008
Hometowns: San Diego
Occupations: Mark – Chief Accounting Officer/VP and CPA at Intuit; Shin – former research scientist, stay-at-home mom, fitness instructor and owner of personal training business
Pets: Muffin – Shi-Tzu; Sophie – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; Lucy – Bull Mastiff
Favorite 92131: Yanni’s Bistro, Yogurt Heaven

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