by AMY LEHRER | photos by Lauren Nygard Photography

This Athletic and Involved Family Thrives in California Summit Shadowridge

College choices brought Ernie and Judy to Southern California. After receiving a degree from Long Beach State University, Ernie completed his graduate work at San Diego State University. Judy, meanwhile, graduated from the University of San Diego and obtained her Ph.D. in psychology at California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. Judy’s neighbor, who worked with Ernie, set them up on a blind date. Judy explained, “She was sure we would be a good match, and she was right!”

Ernie became an electrical engineer and has worked with the State of California Department of Transportation for 25 years. Judy became a psychologist and has worked at UC San Diego as the Training Director for Counseling and Psychological Services for the past 11 years, overseeing the postdoctoral fellowship program and providing counseling/mental health services for students.
Having lived here for 17 years, the Fermins now consider Vista their hometown. They originally rented a house in California Summit Shadowridge from a friend before buying a house across the street. Its location allowed Judy to maintain family ties with her sister in Vista and mother in Oceanside.


The Fermins have three children. Diana and Emilio attend Rancho Buena Vista High School (RBVHS) while Chloe attends St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. All three play tennis. Diana is captain of her high school varsity tennis team, Emilio plays on the boys varsity team, and Chloe takes lessons and hopes to also play for RBVHS one day. Diana recently earned a Union-Tribune Scholar Award for tennis and the Avocado West League 1st Team Award. Emilio is a Boy Scout working toward his Eagle Scout Award. Chloe recently earned a Catholic recognition award for Junior Girl Scouts, in addition to winning the Knights of Columbus basketball free throw competition for her age division.
The Fermins enjoy spending time together, supporting their church, and supporting community organizations. They’ve enjoyed family trips to Hawaii, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, Mexico City, Oregon, Colorado, and Arizona. “We are always up for adventure and enjoy hiking and river rafting,” shared Judy. All members of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Diana volunteers in the preschool program. Ernie is a member of Knights of Columbus and does volunteer work for the North County Solutions for Change. Judy is a Girl Scout troop leader for her daughter Chloe’s Junior Girl Scout troop. A family of animal lovers, they also support the San Diego Humane Society by fostering animals and especially enjoy the kittens.

Parents: Ernie and Judy Fermin
Children: Diana (18), Emilio (16), and Chloe (10)
Community: California Summit Shadowridge
Parents’ Hometowns: Ernie – Los Angeles, CA; Judy – Tarpon Springs, FL
Parents’ Occupations: Engineer and Psychologist
Pets: Orange Tabbies – Cooper and Tucker
Favorite Places in Vista: Pepper Tree Frosty, The Yellow Deli, Pho Ever, and Vista Tennis Club