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Meet Team Trop

Team Trop is here to make sure you have the ultimate first year experience. Please contact us at (805) 968-4319 with any special requests, questions or concerns.

Our Executive Directors, Area Coordinators for Residence Life, and the Resident Directors oversee the general operations of our student communities, as well as offer assistance to residents. You’ll work with the Director of Leasing & Administration and her staff to finalize your contract and room assignments. Our Customer Service Representatives operate the front desks and answer questions for residents and parents. The Director of Facilities oversees building maintenance and the housekeeping staff, who are responsible for light housekeeping of the suites and building. Any questions that may arise regarding your payments are handled by our Director of Accounting. Each staff member is here to better your Tropicana experience.

 

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.

LaDonte King

Director of Residence Life
Tropicana Student Living
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LaDonte King is a southern CA native and 2001 alum of UC Santa Barbara, where he was an active student-leader in various student organizations and a 3-year letterman on the UCSB Men’s Basketball Team.  With over 15 years of experience as a collegiate students affairs professional, LaDonte has developed a keen and thoughtful passion for coaching college-aged students to academic success.  Outside of helping students to achieve their goals, LaDonte also enjoys music, being the best uncle to his nieces and nephews, and golfing.  

Laura Versola

Director of Leasing
Tropicana Student Living
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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).

Autumn Felix

Leasing Coordinator
Tropicana Student Living
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Autumn joined the Tropicana team in 2017 after moving to Santa Barbara with her husband Mario and their two children. Autumn studied Education at the University of Kansas and has previously worked in the fields of Special Education and Domestic Violence. She has over 10 years of experience working with young adults and children, including the rich experience gained from being a parent herself! Outside of work, Autumn enjoys reading, writing, nature, and seeking new cultural experiences.

Josh Siley-Waters

Director of Front Desk Operations
Tropicana Student Living
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Joshua Siley Waters joined the Tropicana Student Living team in Summer 2017 after graduating from Westmont College with a degree in Economics and Business. Starting at Tropicana as an Accounting Associate, Joshua grew to love the community and events at Tropicana while continuing to aid the under served community throughout Santa Barbara County. Prior to moving from the San Fernanado Valley, Josh gained a great appreciation for Motorsports, Economics, Cross Country, Healthcare, Mountain Biking, and more. Today he manages the Customer Service Operations team and is committed to the Tropicana residents, parents, guests, and the neighboring community of Isla Vista.

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.

Bob Harriman

Director of Housing
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Bob joined Tropicana in 2017 after working for 25 years in higher education, including positions in residence life, admissions, academic advising and MBA program management. He received his Master’s Degree with anemphasis in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University.

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.

 

 

 

 

Testimonials

  • In addition to all the fun I had living at the Villas, something that I also think is important no matter where I live is customer service, and the relationship a tenant has with the property manager. Whenever I had a problem with anything, like the water not running right, or being locked out, there was always someone around or someone I could call to help me out, and they were always fast about it, which I really appreciated. Overall, living at the Villas was an awesome experience.

    - Annie J.

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  • We really had a welcoming, community feeling to our building which made it that much better to come back to every day after class or work. The Villas at Tropicana has really felt like a home to me and I can't wait to come back for another year.

    - Ashley J.

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  • I loved spending my senior year at UCSB in a nice apartment that was in Isla Vista but wasn't submersed in the party atmosphere.

    - Emeri K.

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