by AMY LEHRER
photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Devoted Family

As Wisconsin teenagers, Dennis and Chris met while working in a grocery store. Fast forward to now and the duo is thriving in the Sands neighborhood of Torrey Hills. The Braunreiters recently celebrated their twenty-sixth wedding anniversary. They love the diversity of San Diego, the beach, the family environment, the people and the Carmel Valley schools.

Dennis works for Leidos (formerly SAIC) – a government contractor providing technical oversight and program management on research and development projects – as a chief scientist. Formerly, he was the division manager at SAIC and the director at Raytheon Missile Systems. He received Technical Fellow Honors at Leidos and Raytheon Missile Systems and has co-authored eight patents. He received his PhD and Master’s degree from UCLA in electrical engineering, and his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University in Wisconsin.

Kris earned an Associate’s degree in information processing and worked as an office manager at Valuation Research. She also worked as an executive assistant at Dole Food Company Corporate Headquarters before retiring when pregnant with her daughter, Kylie.

Her proud father boasted, “She and her team received a special recognition letter for their softball achievements from California’s 77th State Assembly district assembly member.”

As a family, the Braunreiters enjoy photography, reading, attending St. James services in Solana Beach, going to the beach, taking road trips up the coast, shopping, sharing frozen treats, attending Kylie’s softball games and celebrating holidays. Kris enjoys hosting over twenty family members each year for Thanksgiving. One year, their German Shepherd, Quixote, even sat on a dining room chair as if he were ready for Thanksgiving dinner! Kris also enjoys decorating the house for Halloween and Christmas, and according to a 7-year-old neighbor, the Braunreiter’s have a reputation for giving out the most candy on Halloween.

Torrey Pines 9th grader, Kylie, excels as a fast pitch softball pitcher, playing for three teams this past fall. One of the teams she played on took first place in the Northern San Diego ASA District, seventh place in California and fifth place at Western Nationals. Her proud father boasted, “She and her team received a special recognition letter for their softball achievements from California’s 77th State Assembly district assembly member.”

Kylie’s devoted parents completed volunteer work to support her. Dennis became a board member for two different softball leagues, coached girls softball and soccer, taught religious education and became a YMCA Indian Princess Tribe Leader. Kris became a Brownie and Girl Scout co-leader, served on a softball board and volunteered at her daughter’s school.

At a Glance

Parents: Dennis Charles Braunreiter and Kristin Ann Braunreiter (nee Paust)
Child: Kylie Cherise Braunreiter – 9th grade at Torrey Pines High School
Community: Sands in the Torrey Hills Master Planned Community since 2004
Hometown: Dennis – Menomonee Falls, WI; Kris – Germantown, WI
Profession: Dennis – Chief Scientist and Technical Fellow; Kris – Homemaker
Pet: Quixote, German Shepherd
Favorite Local Spot: Del Mar Highlands Plaza