Samantha Ireland, Owner
As a resident of Santa Barbara for the past three decades, I have a great appreciation of Santa Barbara’s unique ambiance. I have worked in a variety of industries in the real estate field. Prior to the past nine years in real estate sales, I have worked in the banking and lending industry for 14 years, giving me the background and training to understand the financial aspects of buying and selling a home, as well as understanding the vacation rental market.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Business from California State University, Fresno and also attended Westmont College. I am currently a member of several business and community organizations and maintain a residence in Santa Barbara with my lovely daughters.
My Specialties Include: Working with buyers and sellers in the residential home market and Property Management for high-end Vacation Rentals in the Santa Barbara area.
Favorite Santa Barbara weekend activity: Tennis, tennis, and more tennis!
I eat too much at: Los Agaves
You can find me walking on: Butterfly Beach
Best trip I’ve ever taken: Thailand with my daughters
My favorite local wine/beer is: Local beers from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company are great.
Why I love VROSB: I love to share our wonderful city with others and provide them with beautiful and comfortable homes to stay in.
Wendy LaBrie, Accounting
Wendy has been with LYNX Property Management since its inception 15 years ago and VROSB since 2006. She has helped to build the vacation rental business to serve the needs of a select group of exquisite luxury and beach oriented properties.
Favorite Santa Barbara weekend activity: Going out to the Channel Islands
I eat too much at: The Palace
You can find me walking on: Hendry’s Beach with my dog & 5 kids
My favorite local wine is: Artiste
Why I love VROSB: The people are easy to work with and they are always trying to make everyone’s stay as fabulous as possible.
Sheri Grose, Guest Relations
Sheri has been with VROSB since June 2013 and a resident of the Santa Barbara area since 1987. Originally from Northern California, Sheri loves the Santa Barbara sunshine and warm climate that allows her to be outside year round. Prior to joining VROSB, Sheri had a successful career in marketing and sales in both the telecommunications and packaging industries. After taking some time off to raise her children, Sheri is happy to be back to work. She loves getting to know her clients to find just the right home for them, and telling them about all of the great activities and events that can be found in Santa Barbara. In her free time, Sheri loves spending time with her husband and two children, and taking long walks on the beach.
Favorite Santa Barbara weekend activity: Riding bikes from the Bird Refuge along the waterfront and visiting Ty Warner Sea Center on Stearn’s Wharf
Favorite Beach: Haskell’s in Goleta
I eat too much at: Pascucci’s
My favorite local wine is: Melville
Why I love VROSB: I love that we are small enough to give our guests personal attention. I get to talk to so many different people to help them choose the right property for their special event or vacation. Santa Barbara is a great place to live and I love sharing it with people. My guests often feel like friends. And, I work with a dedicated, fun group of women! It makes my job fun!
Katy McDaniel, Property Care Manager
Katy is the Property Care specialist and has been with VROSB for almost two years. She loves meeting happy people who are visiting Santa Barbara and enjoying themselves.
Favorite Santa Barbara weekend activity: Garage sales, tennis games, Beach walks with family and Beagle
I eat too much at: Sakura for lunch, Handlebar for coffee, DeVino for a glass of wine…lots of other places to eat!
You can find me walking on: Secret Beach (I can’t tell you!)
Best trip I’ve ever taken: Can’t name one…hiking, eating, swimming in the Cinque Terra was very memorable.
My favorite local wine is: Beckman
Why I love VROSB: We’re small, we take good care of our owners and guests. We’re a fun office.
Kiffaya Haj, Property Care Assistant
Originally from Israel, Kiffaya lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and kids. Kiffaya attended Santa Barbara City College and obtained an A.S. degree in Interior Design and Architectural Drafting.
Favorite Santa Barbara weekend activity: Fishing
I eat too much at: Brophy Brothers
You can find me walking on: Montecito Beach
Best trip I’ve ever taken: New York
My favorite local hangout is: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and The Lovin’ Spoonful Frozen Yogurt.
Why I love VROSB: Santa Barbara is a wonderful tourist destination, as well as a great community to live in. Thousands of tourists come to visit every year and I love making their visit very special by providing amazing vacations for our guests. The team at VROSB is so wonderful to work with; all of whom are sweet, fun loving, enjoy a high level of professionalism, are customer service oriented, and know the true meaning of team spirit.
Caitlin Stouffer, Property Manager Assistant
Originally from Colorado, Caitlin moved to Santa Barbara with her husband after a vacation down the Pacific Coast Highway. Santa Barbara’s culture, community, beaches and baseball are among the many reasons they came to this beautiful city. Caitlin has a Business degree from University of Colorado and has worked with a number of small businesses as an accounting consultant. Caitlin is thrilled to work with the team at VROSB and is looking forward to helping you pick the perfect home for your vacation.
Favorite weekend activity: I’m a Colorado girl who grew up with the mountains. Now that I live in Santa Barbara, I take full advantage of living by the ocean. I also enjoy tasting wine in Santa Ynez Valley with my husband.
Favorite Beach: All of them! I seem to spend a lot of time at Shoreline Park watching the amazing sunsets.
Best trip I’ve ever taken: I went to Italy in Junior High and again in 2012 to teach English. There are so many reasons I love Italy, so those trips stand above the rest. Honeymooning down the coast of California was a great time too! That trip encouraged us to pack our bags and move to Santa Barbara.
Favorite local wine/beer: I haven’t tried enough to have a favorite, but if I was going to spend the day tasting, I would head to Los Olivos for a day. I would also try out Figueroa Mountain Brewery in downtown Santa Barbara (especially if they have a live band playing).
Why I love VROSB: The team! We are a local company with a strong, professional team. The beautiful properties! Every time I visit a VROSB listing, I am always impressed by the decor, scenery, and maintenance of the property.
Whitney Barkman, Marketing
Whitney has been worked for VROSB in several different capacities since 2010. She earned her B.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has extensive experience in small business marketing strategies. Whitney loves to travel and because of her passion for traveling and sightseeing, she enjoys creating fantastic travel experiences for VROSB guests.
Favorite Santa Barbara weekend activity: Walking on the beach with my husband and dogs.
I eat too much at: Trattoria Vittoria
You can find me walking on: Ellwood Beach
Best trip I’ve ever taken: So hard to pick! A 2015 European vacation stands out in my mind.
My favorite local wine is: Riverbench
Why I love VROSB: Santa Barbara is a wonderful community and a special place to vacation! The VROSB team is like no other – our team is hardworking, fun, cohesive, and strives to create wonderful experiences for our guests.
Emily McCarthy, Property Management Intern
Emily is currently in her last year at Westmont College, where she is double majoring in Political Science and Economics/Business. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she has found Santa Barbara to be the perfect mix of both a busy city and a relaxed coastal town. In her spare time, Emily enjoys running, spending time at the beach with friends, and exploring this beautiful place she calls home.
Favorite Santa Barbara weekend activity: Walking to the farmer’s market then grabbing a vanilla latte from French Press with some friends.
I eat too much at: Super Cucas Restaurant
You can find me walking on: Santa Claus Beach
Best trip I’ve ever taken: India! I traveled all around the country in 2015 – the sights, tastes, smells, and faces were all truly unforgettable.
My favorite local beer is: Beer tasting anywhere in the Funk Zone is always a treat.
Why I love VROSB: I enjoy sharing what I love with people – and what’s not to love about Santa Barbara and the VROSB team?! I have learned so much from this great group of women, and they tirelessly strive to make each and every guest’s experience in Santa Barbara both memorable and enjoyable.