Family Vacation Center

Unforgettable Beachside Family Camp

About Family Vacation Center

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 50 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


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 top 20) and anything country. She also loves hiking, kayaking and living at the beach!


Business Manager: Lesli 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), stalks flea market finds, and makes the best Salted Caramel marshmallows ever! When you’re at Home Depot you may even see her dancing hula as she goes through the aisles.

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

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

The 2018 Summer Staff

Name Position
Kendal Baker Aquatics
Griffin D'Inca Aquatics
Laura Jones Aquatics
Max Kalber Aquatics
Travis Kim Aquatics
Jose Lopez Aquatics
Joey Presley Aquatics
Natalie Dye Crafts
Kim Fuentes Crafts
Lyzzee Garcia Crafts
Minerva Carrillo Ortega Crafts
Peter Steiner Crafts
John Pavia Assistant Director
DeAnna Rodriquez Assistant Director
Danielle Arena Front Desk
Demi Ayala Front Desk
Imosemen Omiunu Front Desk
Adithya Krishnaswarmy Front Desk
Conor McCarthy Front Desk
Allie Mittelstet Front Desk
Sobez Sobil Front Desk
Mitch Algert Kids Group
David Aspland Kids Group
Axel Broome Kids Group
Shane Broome Kids Group
Jackson Coldiron Kids Group
Zach Frizelle Kids Group
Alex Giuliani Kids Group
Kara Godfrey Kids Group



Name Position
Bianca Graves Kids Group
Meesh Lee Kids Group
John John Loprieno Kids Group
Briana Martinez Kids Group
Austin Matloff Kids Group
Carly Miron Kids Group
Sierra Newell Kids Group
Julie Nguyen Kids Group
Mellissa Olmeda Assistant Director
Hayles Rovito Kids Group
Nerwel Zhao Kids Group
Paul Romero Kids Group
Roger Monroe Kids Group
Katalina Vang Office
Ethan Collins Programs
Jake Garcia Programs
Gavin Hatter Tennis Pro
Kyla Jarrar Tennis
Robert Kaehms Programs
Kaylee Meyer Programs
Hayden Rusk Programs
Lesley Guerro Summer Inn
Yasmine Ibrahim Summer Inn
Taylor Santos Summer Inn Manager
Jorge Barajas Magdaleno Small World
Eva Bilange Small World
McKenna Elton Small World
Andrea Garcia Small World
Cynthia Shim Small World

Employment Information

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

The 2019 Staff Application form is now available.

Important Dates

New Staff Information Session January 22, 2019 2:00-3:00pm UCEN Flying A room UCSB
New Staff Information Session January 23, 2019 2:00-3:00pm UCEN Flying A room UCSB
New Staff Information Session January 23, 2019 6:00-7:00pm Mosher Alumni House UCSB
New Staff Applications Due February 1, 2019 Online or due in Family Vacation Center
Interviews (by invite) February 12 & 13, 2019 6:00-9:00pm Mosher Alumni House
Personal Interviews (by invite) February 19-28, 2019 Mosher Alumni House
New Staff Orientation April 24, 2019 6:00-8:00pm UCSB
All Staff Retreat May 3-5, 2019 Mosher Alumni House UCSB
UCSB First Day of Work at FVC June 17, 2019 UCSB
Last Day of Work at FVC August 18, 2019 UCSB

How to apply

Fill out and submit the 2019 Staff Application form.

Completed applications and resumes can also be printed and hand delivered to our office at the Mosher Alumni House on the UC Santa Barbara campus..

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 a flexible day off per 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

    By Mail, Phone, or Fax

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

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

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