Team Trop is here to make sure you have the ultimate first year experience. Please contact us at (805) 968-0351 with any special requests, questions or concerns.
Our Executive Director, Director of Residence Life, and Resident Director 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 Housing 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.
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 Resident Life
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.
Associate Director of Residence Life
Danitza was born and raised in El Centro, CA. She is a 2018 UCSB alum where she double majored in Global Studies and Italian Studies. Danitza started at Tropicana in 2014 as a resident and has moved up from a Resident Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Leasing Specialist, Judicial Affairs Officer, and finally Director of Judicial Affairs and Risk Management. She recently completed her final year at Santa Barbara Colleges of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate degree.
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 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.
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 Resident Experience
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.