by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography

Active Life

family_gable5For the Gable-Bilski family, being busy is a way of life. Michelle is the vice president of investor relations for a publicly-traded software company and the internationally bestselling author of A Paris Apartment. Dennis is the chief financial officer of a biotech company. He also coaches the softball team of their two daughters, who are both avid softball players. “Both Paige and Georgia play softball essentially year-round, between fall ball, spring ball, and All-Stars. Dennis is a head coach and I’m usually team mom, so our weekends are mostly spent at the fields,” related Michelle.

While she admits that juggling everything can sometimes be challenging, Michelle credits Dennis with ensuring that everything runs smoothly when she is traveling for work or on a book tour. “I’m so lucky that Dennis can jump in where I leave off. He simply knows what needs to be done and does it. I joke that I basically throw a bunch of plates into the air, walk out of the room, and he catches them all,” revealed Michelle.

Parent: Michelle Gable and Dennis Bilski
Children: Paige Bilski (11) and Georgia Bilski (9)
Community: Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Hometowns: Michelle – Del Mar; Dennis – Virginia Beach, VA
Occupations: Michelle – Author and VP of Investor Relations; Dennis – CFO
Pets: Cat – Kipper; Dutch rabbit – Storm
Favorite Spots in 92024: Cardiff Sports Park, Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company, Seaside Market, The Besta Wan Pizza House, Encinitas Sushi Lounge, any Cardiff beaches, Barnes & Noble, and Xtend Barre


Michelle, a proud San Diego native, and Dennis met while attending the College of William & Mary in Virginia, but were only acquaintances. It wasn’t until they were both working for Arthur Andersen in Washington, D.C. that they began dating. They moved to San Diego in 2001 and have lived in the Cardiff area for eight years. “We love the people, the fact that you can walk everywhere, and that it has a small town feel,” revealed Michelle, who also loves living near her parents and gets a kick out of the fact that her daughters were born in the hospital where she was born.

family_gable7family_gable6In addition to softball, Paige and Georgia both love to read and partake in other hobbies. “Paige just joined her middle school volleyball team, plays the alto sax, and loves taking care of our cat and rabbit. Georgia loves fashion – playing the flute – and anything to do with music,” said Michelle, who also revealed that, although the girls are very different, they are best friends.


Spending time together is extremely important to the Gable-Bilski family. They enjoy traveling, going out to dinner, playing board games, and attending Padres, Chargers, and Aztec games. “We also spend a lot of time at La Costa, be it at the pool, on the tennis courts, or golf course. Although I don’t golf, the girls love it when Dennis takes them out,” shared Michelle.