by WYNNE LOVE | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Since moving to Carmel Valley, the Bath family has become heavily involved in their community.  Lynne, Mark, and their children (Kevin, Ryan, and Mackenzie) moved from Seattle in August of 2000 to be closer to family. “We love living here for so many reasons,” said Lynne, “but the top two would be the great schools and the friendly people.”

Mark, a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is the Director of Global Support for Nexsan Technologies, a local computer equipment manufacturing company. In his spare time, he reads or works in the backyard he helped build, and serves as President of the Torrey Pines High School Foundation. Lynne, a UCLA grad and proud Bruin, got her J.D. from Southwestern School of Law, but has put her law career on hold while she devotes her time to her children and volunteering.

Lynne has served as PTA President, board member for the YMCA and Chairman of the Community Advisory Council for the Regional Special Education Consortium. She is also responsible for the wildly successful “Amazing Quest” fundraiser at Solana Pacific Elementary School and now runs the program as a business as well.

“The whole family loves the television show Amazing Race,” mentioned Lynne, so in 2005 they created a similar event as a fundraiser. “So many people thought it was such a fun family event that they suggested I start a business,” said Lynne, “so I did!” This year, the Bath family planned the sixth annual “Amazing Quest” at Solana Pacific, as well as races for charities and company events around San Diego.

Planning quests has instilled the Bath children with a strong work ethic. Kevin Bath, 19, works as a bag boy at Jimbo’s. He will be studying at Taft College in the fall in their Transition to Independent Living program. Ryan, 17, is heavily involved in sports at Torrey Pines High School and works in Club Services at Fairbanks Ranch on the weekends. Mackenzie, 15, also attends TPHS, loves to write and has started her own project, “Kenzie’s Kupcakes.”

Best of all, they’ve clearly enjoyed working together as a family. “Put all five of us in an empty room,” said Lynne, “and we would never run out of things to talk about.”