Our Team

 

 

 

Dave Wilcox, MEd

Executive Director
Tropicana Student Living
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Dave has been Executive Director of Tropicana Student Living since 2002. Previously, Dave spent nine years at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), starting as a Resident Assistant, moving up to Assistant Hall Director, Hall Director and Area Coordinator. He has a BS in Recreation Administration and a Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on College Student Personnel.

Ben Sample, MBA

Executive Director
Tropicana Del Norte & Tropicana Villas
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Ben came to Tropicana in 2010 as the Director of Residence Life, bringing with him 8 years of prior Resident Assistant and Resident Director experience from the University of Northern Colorado, Signet Hall, and Notre Dame De Namur University. Ben has a BS in Kinesiology and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

 

Laura Versola

Director of Leasing and Administration
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Laura has worked at Tropicana since 2005.  She has extensive expertise in café office management, summer coordination, leasing and accounting. Prior to working at Tropicana, Laura spent 10 years at Francisco Torres Residence Hall (now known as Santa Catalina Residence Hall at UCSB).

 

Dave Sample, MS

Director of Staff and Student Community 
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Dave came to Tropicana in 2010 as Area Director of Facilities. He has owned single-family rental properties for 40 years, was a school teacher/coach for 6 years and managed people as well as projects for 32 years in the high tech industry. Dave has a a Masters Degree in Mathematics. 

Erika Bellitt

Director of Residence Life
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Erika has been with Tropicana Student Living for five years and has fallen in love with Res Life ever since she started as an RA back in 2011. She graduated from UCSB with a degree in Communication and received her certification in Sports Management. Being active and living a healthy style is something she has always been passionate about. Her other passions include building community, event coordinating, and just enjoying the beauty Santa Barbara has to offer. She lives on site with her cute pup, Rey. She values the relationships she creates throughout the year and encourages all to dream big and accomplish their goals in life.

 

 

Joseph Hill

Director of Technology
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Joe started at Tropicana in 2006 as a resident and has moved up from Summer Crew Employee, to Desk Attendant, Resident Assistant, Residence Director, Associate Director of Technology, and finally Director of Technology. Joe has a BA in Psychology from UCSB.

Enrique Alvarez

Director of Facilities 
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Enrique joined the Tropicana Student Living team in April of this year, serving as Director of Facilities. He is a 31 year old single parent who enjoys spending time with his 9 year old son. Born and raised in Goleta, he began working two jobs at a young age; this experience gave him a strong background in construction and maintenance environments. He is passionate about working hard and helping others.

 

Matt Garcia

Director of Accounting
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Matt has been with Tropicana since 2007, working his way up from a resident, to Tour Guide, Desk Attendant, Accounts Receivable Clerk, and now Associate Director of Accounting. Matt graduated from UCSB with a BS in Business Economics.

 

 Brendan Langley

Director of Marketing and Communications
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Brendan came to Tropicana originally as a transfer student in 2009 and has since lived and worked for Tropicana as a part of the Residence Life and Marketing teams. He graduated from UCSB in 2011 with a BA in Film Studies.

 

Mayra Vazquez

Director of Front Desk Operations
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Mayra has worked for Tropicana Student Living since 2012.  She previously lived at Tropicana Gardens as a student where she also worked as a Resident Assistant and Residence Director.  Mayra graduated in 2007 from UCSB with a BA in Music.