Our Staff

Our counselors, consisting mainly of outstanding UCSB students, are one of the most important assets of the Family Vacation Center. These exceptional people are enthusiastic, energetic, and positive role models for your children. We encourage vacationers to socialize with staff members—invite them to have dinner with your family and become friends with them.



We choose our staff from a large pool of applicants, basing decisions on each individual’s skills and personality. Every member of our staff, from front desk attendant to age group counselor, is first aid and CPR certified. Plus, they go through an extensive screening and training process—so you can be assured that you and your entire family are in safe hands.


2016 Summer Staff
Name Position Years on Staff
Darren Adams Tennis 1
Andrew Angeles Assistant Director 4
Danielle Arena Kids Group 1
Aylin Arreola Crafts 1
Hailey Baker Kids Group 1
Kendal Baker Aquatics 1
Jorge Barajas Magdaleno Small World 1
Max Bieber Kids Group 2
Luke Buchanan Aqutics 1
Kaelyn Caretto Kids Group 1
Miguel Castellanos Crafts 1
Vanessa Chau Summer Inn Manager 1
Valu Colburn Programs 2
Megan Collis Programs 1
Hannah Cooperman Kids Group 1
Alex Davila Kids Group 2
Sophia Dycaico Kids Group 1
Jules Finch Summer Inn Manager 1
Fish Fisher Aquitcs 1
Taylor Gannon Kids Group 1
Jake Garcia Front Desk 1
Kara Godfrey Kids Group 3
Caleb Gonzalez Crafts 1
Bianca Graves Kids Group 1
Raleigh Grossbaum Tennis Pro 1
Steffi Huynh Small World 1
Kelly Ikeda Assistant Director 3
Nicholas Jordan Aquatics 1
Emmett Keith-Jones Programs 1
Soph King Office 1
Allie Kole Front Desk 1
Cami Kwan Front Desk 5
Meesh Lee Kids Group 2
Liebs Liebert Kids Group 2
John John Loprieno Kids Group, CIT Supervisor 2
Austin Matloff Front Desk 1
Sam Maybrier Crafts 2
Nick McKeon Kids Group Supervisor 3
Matty Meredith Programs 3
Sierra Newell Kids Group 2
J Newman Programs 2
Rodney Newsome Kids Group 2
Melissa Olmeda Small World Supervisor 3
Adelle Panico Small World 1
Pavia Pavia Kids Group 2
Tori Pool Small World 1
Joey Presley Aquatics 1
Sara Reichel Crafts Supervisor 1
Danica Renyer Front Desk Supervisor 2
Sass Robertson Programs 1
DeAnna Rodriquez Front Desk 1
Nena Romo Aquatics Supervisor 2
Andrea Ronell Small World 2
Hayles Rovito Kids Group 1
Hayden Rusk Photographer 2
Kyle Skinner Programs Supervisor 3
Brendan Soto Front Desk 1
Elliot Thornton Kids group 2
Minnie Tucker Aquatics 2
Nerwel Zhao Small World 1


Our Directors

Sheri Fruhwirth


Director: Sheri Fruhwirth

Hometown: Kingman, AZ


Years with FVC: 6th Summer


Education: BS, Recreation Systems Management : San Diego State Class of 2003, CPR and First Aid Certifications


Professional Experience:

• Recreation Assistant Director – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Pennsylvania

• Cruise Staff – Disney Cruise Line, Disney Wonder

• Activities Manager – Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado California


Other than the FVC: Sheri loves many things… silly things like pink sparkles and cupcakes… and more grown up things like Broadway musicals, spending time with her family, all kinds of music (especially top 20) and anything country. She also loves hiking, kayaking and living at the beach!

Sandy Thhor


Business Manager: Lesli Brodbeck

Hometown: Claremont, CA


Years with FVC: 2nd summer


Education: B.A. Business Economics, UC Santa Barbara. Professional Certificate, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. CPR and First Aid Certifications


Professional Experience:

• Financial Analyst – Chevron Corporation

• Buyer – Macy’s California


Other than the FVC: Lesli loves to create stuff. She paints (Scuba Fun Blue is her favorite color), stalks flea market finds, and makes the best Salted Caramel marshmallows ever! When you’re at Home Depot you may even see her dancing hula as she goes through the aisles.




Here is what previous vacationers have had to say about our staff…


“Smart, fun, compassionate, sensitive, silly and amazingly talented.”


“The staff are wonderful, personable, energetic and genuinely interested in the activities they lead.”