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Family Vacation Center 2023

An All-Inclusive Vacation for both UCSB Almuni & Non Alumni
Online Registration is now open!

Remember summers filled with hiking, horseback riding and awesome friendships? Here’s your chance to relive the magic of camp. In fact, your whole crew can dive into the fun at UC Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center. At the all-inclusive week-long getaway on the university’s campus, you’ll find everything you need to kick back. Here’s the details:

  • Welcoming and convenient, the beachside setting offers a low-key atmosphere that’s perfect for unwinding.

  • There’s engaging activities for tots, teens, and everyone in between. Plus, the nursery takes babies as young as two-months-old.

  • Best of all, you’ll get to indulge in a little R&R of your own. You’ll find tons of grown-up diversions on the roster including massages, wine tastings, and yoga classes.

  • Spacious suites sleep up to eight and overlook the mountains and courtyard. You’ll barely have to lift a finger since delicious meals and daily housekeeping are included.

  • Bonds with fellow families are just another reason guests return year after year.

Okay, now pass the s’mores.

FVC History

The Family Vacation Center, originally called the “Alumni Vacation Center,” has been hosting families since 1969. Our program was created by the UCSB Alumni Association with the primary purpose of engaging Alumni and their families. Dale Lauderdale spearheaded the inaugural summer with a staff of 9. Today, we host about 2,000 guests each summer with a staff of 65 college-aged students. Overtime, the Family Vacation Center has developed countless family traditions, such as the cozy family campfire – s’mores, singing and sunsets included!

Learn more about the UC Santa Barbara Alumni

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.

Program Directors

DeAnna Rodriguez

Director: DeAnna Rodriguez '18

Hometown: San Dimas, CA

Years with FVC: Since 2016

Education: BA English Literature, UC Santa Barbara. CPR and First Aid Certifications

Professional Experience:

  • F&B Staff - Andaz Hotel, Hyatt Corporation
  • Legal Assistant - Dannis Woliver Kelley

Other than the FVC: DeAnna loves to travel and meet new people! She is just back from living abroad in Dubai, and is excited to share all her stories. While a student at UCSB, she was heavily involved with the FVC as well as the Cheerleading team and her favorite spot in IV is Freebirds. She also loves to read or listen to True Crime podcasts, spend time with family and friends, and is obsessed with chai lattes.


Business Manager: Lesli (Ritter '85) Brodbeck

Hometown: Claremont, CA

Years with FVC: Since 2015

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), gardens and builds mid-century modern houses! If you're ever at the Santa Barbara Harbor you may even see her with her teammates in their outrigger canoes.


Director: Sheri Fruhwirth

Hometown: Kingman, AZ

Years with FVC: Since 2011

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 musicals) and anything country. She also loves hiking and lazy days at the beach!

Sheri will be spending Summer 2022 at home with her family and welcoming a new baby girl in mid June!

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

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

2022 Summer Staff

Name Department
Ariana Araujo Front Desk
Christopher Baker Kids Group Supervisor
Asher Broome Kids Group
Axel Broome Assistant Director
Alexa Brown Crafts
Adam Campuzano Front Desk
Rasberry Carpenter Kids Group
Caitlyn Carrow Aquatics
Minerva Carrillo Ortega Assistant Director
Molly Castaneda Kids Group
Seth Cavazos Kids Group
Ashley Davis Front Desk Supervisor
Angela Friedman Small World Supervisor
Tiana Garcia Kids Group Supervisor
Kyle Godfrey Kids Group
Weston Gray Crafts
Nicholas Grove Programs
Jordan Guevara Aquatics
Meryl Grace Guingao Kids Group
Simran Jain Crafts
Adelaide Johnson Kids Group
Clementine Johnson Kids Group
Name Department
Megan Kan Programs
Teia Kirkey Aquatics
Sophie Luskin Kids Group
Hannah Marmorstein Kids Group
Ian Matthews Kids Group
Grace Medrano Small World
Emily Miranda Front Desk
Roger Monroe Aquatics Supervisor
Lynn Perez-Miranda Small World
Alexa Richman Office Assistant
Paul Romero Programs Supervisor
Jennifer Romo Front Desk
Brett Shapiro Programs
Talyah Simmons Small World
Morgan Steinhilber Crafts Supervisor
Simone Stout Programs
Dana Tarbell Photographer
Alejandro Tlaseca Kids Group
Sean Tran Summer Inn
Melanie Winn Front Desk
Natalia Wysocka Crafts

Employment Information

We are excited to be planning for the 2023 season of the Family Vacation Center.

The Family Vacation Center operates between the months of June and August. The 2023 Staff application form is now available.

Important Dates

New Staff Information Session 1 January 25, 2023 2:00pm at UCen Flying A
New Staff Information Session 2 January 26, 2023 2:00pm at UCen Flying A
New Staff Information Session 3 January 26, 2023 7:00pm at Alumni Hall, Mosher
All Staff Retreat May 5 - 7, 2023 UCSB Campus
UCSB First Day of Work at FVC June 19, 2023 UCSB
Last Day of Work at FVC August 17, 2023 UCSB

How to apply

Fill out and submit the 2023 Staff Application form.

COVID policy

The Family Vacation Center staff are employed by UCSB and will be required to follow all current policies regarding vaccinations, masking and other precautions. To review the current policies:

When we hire

Recruitment and hiring begins at the beginning of each calendar year. The New Staff Application will be posted online and applications will be accepted until the application deadline. Group and Individual Interviews will take place in early spring.


Room and board are included, as well as monetary compensation. Please contact our office at (805) 893-3123 for salary structure.

Living Arrangements

Staffers live in the singles halls of San Rafael Residence Hall. In general, staff living quarters are close, but each staff member has a private room. Three meals are provided each day (with some exceptions) and the staff is encouraged to eat with the guests.

Staff Handbook

Guidelines and policies of the Family Vacation Center are explained for hired staffers in the Staff Handbook. Violation of any policy may result in disciplinary action, up to, and including, termination of employment.

Who we hire

We are looking for outgoing, energetic, hard working and responsible college students who are ready to have a fun summer experience. The FVC is not just a job. Staff must be personable and ready to go above and beyond the call of duty, including but not limited to working unscheduled hours or having to change a diaper. Liking children and adults is a must!

FVC Location

San Rafael Residence Tower and Clusters located on the UC Santa Barbara Campus.

Work Schedule & Time Off

Staffers typically work a 40-50 hour work week, including evening hours and weekends, with Saturday off each week. Working at the FVC is a full-time commitment, and we discourage other summer obligations. Scheduled hours vary and are not determined until the end of workweek or later.


ALL staff must be certified in CPR and First Aid. This is a condition of employment. In addition, aquatics staff must obtain a Lifeguard Certification prior to the summer season. It is recommended that you make plans early to attend an upcoming training class. All staff will be subject to a background check.

Counselors in Training

The Family Vacation Center operates between the months of June and August.

CIT Basic Responsibilities

Work with college-aged students to help supervise children of all ages, individually, and in a group setting. CITs help organize games and crafts, assist an assigned Kids Group Counselor, participate in group activities and most importantly, help maintain safety within the group.


Must be 16 years of age. CITs must live in the Santa Barbara area. CITs must be punctual, responsible, and comfortable around children.

Consider the Benefits

  • Excellent Working Skills: being on time, responsibility, supervision, etc.
  • Valuable work experience for future jobs
  • Recommendations for future employment
  • Exposure to UCSB and highly motivated college students
  • Fun and Lifelong Friendships
  • CITs have been known to become full-time staff counselors

    Work Hours

    CITs work approximately 30 hours per week, with Saturdays and Wednesdays off. Depending on the amount of CITs hired, they will be asked to work a minimum of 4 weeks or a maximum of 8 weeks during the summer. The Family Vacation Center offers flexible hours for family vacations.


    Call office for details about compensation. One meal per day is provided and Community Service Credit is available for those who choose not to receive monetary compensation.


    Contact Us

    Family Vacation Center
    UCSB Alumni Association
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106-1120

    Office Hours: M-F 8am-4pm Pacific

    Tel: 805-893-3123
    Fax: 805-893-2927

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