Tropicana Student Living
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.
Director of Residence Life
Yoli has been with Tropicana since 2012 and is thrilled to serve on staff as the Director of
Residence Life. After graduating from UCSB, she worked at a non-profit where she specialized in mentoring at-risk youth and then went on to
pursue a Masters of Education. She loves working in residence life because it combines her passion for mentoring young adults as they navigate college life and her desire to give back to her community. Yoli works with incredible student leaders on her team, which makes the role that much more fulfilling! Yoli enjoys spending her free time reading a good book and exploring Santa Barbara with her fiancé and their two dogs, Kuma and Nina.
Anjanette Aguilar, the Resident Director of TDN is a Santa Barbara local and SBCC transfer attending CSU Channel Islands as an English major with an emphasis on Education. She loves going to the beach, getting some sun rays or watching the sunset. She and the Res Life team are committed to making this year a safe and memorable experience.
Director of Leasing and Administration
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).
Director of Front Desk Operations
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.
Director of Resident Engagement
Elisa was born and raised in the Bay Area of California, but lived in Florence, Italy for 20 years where she worked in school administration and owned a business in the restaurant industry. She joined the Tropicana team in 2021 when she moved to Santa Barbara. She has a BA in Psychology and truly enjoys working with people in many pursuits. She loves the active lifestyle living in Santa Barbara offers.
Director of Housing
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.
Director of Accounting
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.
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Dolores started at Tropicana in 2013. She’s locally raised in Santa Barbara. Dolores has more than 15 years experience in accounting. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two daughters.
Director of Marketing and Communications
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.