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. These experiences and insights have helped build my robust understanding of the vacation rental market.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Business from California State University, Fresno, and I have 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 and husband.
My specialties include: Working with buyers and sellers in the residential home market and managing 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
My favorite local wine/ beer is: Figueroa Mountain
Best trip I’ve ever taken: Thailand with my daughters
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 (VROSB”s sister company) since its’ inception 15 years ago, and she has been with VROSB since 2006. She has helped 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/ beer is: Ariste
Best trip I’ve ever taken: Pre-kids, it was traveling throughout Australia with my husband on our honeymoon. Post-kids, it was a month-long family road trip to all of the Western National Parks!
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.
Emily McCarthy, Operations Manager
Emily graduated from Westmont College in 2018 where she double majored 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 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: Coffee at French Press then wandering the Farmer’s Market and Art from Scrap on Saturday mornings
I eat too much at: Romanti-Ezer’s
You can find me walking on: Miramer Beach
My favorite local wine/ beer is: Captain Fatty’s or Third Window.
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 is a close second!
Why I love VROSB: I enjoy sharing what I love with people- so what is not to love about Santa Barbara and the VROSB team? I have learned so much from this great group of people as they tirelessly strive to make each and every guest’s experience in Santa Barbara enjoyable.
Kiffaya Haj, Property Care Specialist
Originally from Israel, Kiffaya lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and kids. Kiffaya attended Santa Barbara City College and obtained an A.S. 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: Butterfly Beach
My favorite local drink is: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Best trip I’ve ever taken: Maui, Hawaii with my husband. We went on a lot of adventures and had a ton of fun; I laughed enough during those two weeks to last a lifetime!
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 my coworkers are sweet, fun-loving, enjoy a high level of professionalism, are customer-service oriented, and know the true meaning of team spirit.
Blake Parsons, Property Care Specialist
Blake has lived in Santa Barbara for over three years, but has lived on the Central Coast for eight. He received his BS in Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. A true California native, he has also lived in Napa, Oakland, Long Beach, and Bakersfield. Blake loves everything music! As a Bass player, he once opened for the King of Surf Guitar: Dick Dale.
Favorite Santa Barbara weekend activity: During the day, spear fishing. At night, live music.
I eat too much at: The Habit
You can find me walking on: “The Playground” hiking trail
My favorite local wine/beer is: Firestone DBA
Best trip I’ve ever taken: 5 months backpacking through Mexico
Why I love VROSB: I get to work with a great team of awesome people! Also, as someone who loves a good vacation, it is rewarding to help people have the best time possible.
Lisa Champion, Property Inspections Specialist
Lisa has lived in Santa Barbara for almost 30 years, as it is where she and her husband raised their now adult children. She is excited to be with the VROSB team where she cares for the vacation rentals just as she would her own home- very meticulously! Lisa also assists with office accounting and special projects.
Favorite Santa Barbara weekend activity: Spending time with my husband
I eat too much at: Home
You can find me walking on: Inspiration Trail
My favorite local wine/beer is: All of the establishments in The Mill!
Best trip I’ve ever taken: Annual family trips to Cardinal Village Resort in the Easter Sierras
Why I love VROSB: I enjoy working with likeminded and dedicated teammates.
Kristen Harmony, Guest Relations Specialist
Santa Barbara native, Kristen Harmony, graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2006 majoring in Communication and minoring in Professional Writing. She has had a successful career in public relations, marketing, and sales every since. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys the beach with her husband, son, and their pet bird. Whether stand up paddle boarding, watching the sunset, or gathering sea glass at low tide- there’s never a shortage of fun things to do near the ocean!
Favorite Santa Barbara weekend activity: Saturday Farmer’s Market and then enjoy a homemade cinnamon roll across the street at Recipes Bakery.
I eat too much at: Enterprise Fish Co. The scallop risotto is the best!
You can find me walking on: The ocean bluffs Devereux
My favorite local wine/beer is: Any cider from Santa Barbara Cider Co.
Best trip I’ve ever taken: New York at New Year’s to see the ball drop at midnight in Times Square!
Why I love VROSB: I love working with the team to help guests find the perfect place to stay so they can enjoy all that our town has to offer!