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 twelve 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!
Kiffaya Haj, Property Care Manager
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.
Emily McCarthy, Office Manager
Emily graduated from Westmont College in 2018 where she double majored in Economics & Business and Political Science. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she has found Santa Barbara to be the perfect mix of both a busy city and relaxed coastal town. In her spare time, Emily enjoys going on new adventures with friends, listening to podcasts, and petting cute dogs.
Favorite Santa Barbara weekend activity: Grabbing a latte from French Press then wandering around the downtown Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning.
I eat too much at: Super Cucas Restaurant
You can find me walking on: Hendry’s 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. Paris for New Years 2018 is a close second!
My favorite local beer is: Either Third Window or Lama Dog. So good!
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 people, and they tirelessly strive to make each and every guest’s experience in Santa Barbara both memorable and enjoyable.