Your RAs

Your Resident Assistants (RAs) are SBCC students who are trained for over eight weeks to assist you with many of your day-to-day needs and college survival skills. RAs wear a lot of hats. They are a “been-there, done-that” source of information about SBCC and the community. They are our community’s “cruise directors,” planning social, recreational and educational events. They also help keep the peace, so you have a study-friendly atmosphere.

Crystal Whitehead This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TG RD Hello! My name is Crystal and I am originally from the Bay Area. After attending SBCC for two years, this will be my first year attending UCSB as an economics and accounting major. In my free time I usually hang out with friends, go to the beach, and just enjoy life! Im so excited to meet everyone and see what memories this year has to offer! 
       
Garrett Michael This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TG RD Hi I'm Garrett! I'm an applied math major at UCSB and I expect to graduate this spring. During the summer, I manage a pool and love soaking up the sun. During the school year,  you'll most likely see me playing piano in the rec room or heading out to my garden. Im TERRIBLE at surfing but I'm gonna do my best to improve those skills. I'm so excited to be an RD at trop gardens because getting to interact with the residents is a wonderful experience. It's going to be a great year and I can't wait to get to know everyone!
       
Courtney Knudsen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TG RD Hi, I'm Courtney and I am from the cool small town of Simi Valley, CA. I am going into my fourth year as a Communications Major and I just transferred to Cal State Channel Islands. In my free time she I am either at a wedding, playing volleyball, at the beach, or watching Bachelor on Monday nights. Give me a call if you need a partner for a game of beach volleyball, or need someone to gossip with about the Bachelor. This is my third year working at Tropicana and I cant wait to see what this year has in store for programming!
       
Eduardo Bernal This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TG RD Hi, my name is Eddie and this is my 4th and final year here at UCSB. I am an Environmental Studies major from the city of Whittier, CA. I love  to explore the beautiful city of Santa Barbara, and eat Freebirds nachos. My  favorite activity to do in Santa Barbara is a morning beach walk to Campus Point.  I have worked at Tropicana all 4 years of college and I look forward to this last year working here.
       
Addie Kelleher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TG Hi, I'm Addie! I'm from Orange County, California, and I am a second year student at SBCC studying English. I definitely love to try new things and put myself out of my comfort zone, but I am a huge lover of Netflix and The Bachelor when I need some downtime! I'm an RA here at Tropicana Gardens and I am excited to guide any incoming freshman and show them around Isla Vista! My Instagram is @addiekelleher, feel free to message me :)
       
Carlile Soldo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TG Hi, I'm Carlile. I'm a 2nd year student at SBCC studying sociology and philosophy. I am a Santa Barbara local and I love exploring all parts of my beautiful city. I also enjoy laying low and binge watching shows when I’m not studying. I'm the RA for the St. Lucia quad and I can’t wait for this coming year!
       
Evamaria Haro This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TG Hello, my name is Eva Haro I’m a third-year communications major. I love paddle boarding and exploring Santa Barbara. I am the 2nd floor Barbados RA, I’m super excited to get to know all of you and am looking forward to making memories this year.
       
Graham Faust This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TG Hello, my name is Graham Faust and I am a 3rd year at UCSB studying statistics. I'm really into video games, going on runs, and getting to talk to people about music, philosophy, or life over good food. I will be the RA for the St. Croix quad, and I will try my best to enrich your college experience!
       
Jack Walsh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Hi, my name is Jack. I was born in panama and moved around a lot because I am a part of a military family. I took part In multiple clubs and sports including basketball, football, swim and waterpolo. I participated in choir and theater and I am a passionate musician. I am currently a second year SBCC Econ major and I plan on attending UCSB.
       
Kayla Sanchez This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Hi, my name is Kayla and I was born in Woodland Hills California. I took part in both soccer and softball, but went on to play softball at Santa Barbara City College my freshman year. I also participated in choir throughout middle school and high school. I enjoy anything outdoors, as well as spending time with my family. I am currently a criminal justice major at SBCC, and I plan on transferring to UCSB. After that I am planning on either going into law enforcement or the military.
       
Matt Skjerven This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TG Hi, I'm Matt Skjerven. I am a second year at SBCC studying business administration with a double concentration in business analytics and finance, as well as a minor in economics. I love to surf, hike or anything outdoors and like to hang by the beach to unwind. I am the RA for second floor Cayman so I am hoping to be a great resource for you in the upcoming school year. 
       
Melissa Fishman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TG Hi, I'm Melissa Fishman! I'm a second year student at SBCC studying communications. I love to hang out with my with friends and go to the beach to unwind. I'm the RA for Barbados Quad so I'm hoping to be a great resource for you in the upcoming school year!
       
Nick LaQuay This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TG Hi, I'm Nick LaQuay. I'm a fourth year biology major and new transfer to UCSB. Whenever I've got a spare minute I'm either jamming on the keyboard or breaking a sweat at the gym. I'm the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator as well as the RA for first floor Barbados so feel free to swing by if you need anything! I'm excited to meet everyone and am looking forward to a great year!
       
Olivia Hernandez This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TG Hello! My name is Olivia and I’m a sophomore at SBCC. I’m studying Environmental Studies and I would like to transfer to UCSB next year. I love spending time with animals and I like to surf with friends at the beach to chill out. I’m really excited to be an RA at Tropicana Gardens and I hope to be a great resource for you in the upcoming year!
       
Paul Tucker This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. CP RD Hi, I'm Paul and I am a third year history major who’s originally from Orange County. Besides watching movies and playing soccer, I enjoy going to the beach for sunset or trying his luck at surfing. I have aspirations to one day work in sports management and would love to one day work for ESPN. I had a great year last year as an RA and I am so excited to be a positive influence for the new RAs this year. 
       
Tyler Barton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TG Hey, I'm Tyler. I'm from San Diego and a second year student at SBCC studying Sociology with a focus in Environmental Studies. I love most outdoor sports (beach volleyball, hiking, biking) and going to the beach as much as possible (A.K.A. I suck at video games). I'm also the RA for 1st floor St. Lucia so I'm excited to get to know you guys and be a good resource for you at Trop! 

Come for a Tour

Come by anytime between 10:00am and 5:30pm to tour the property and see if Tropicana Gardens is the right place for you!

PARKING: Visitor parking can be found in the back of Tropicana Gardens in spaces 56 and 57. Please park in the spaces marked Visitor and note the number of your parking space. We'll be happy to issue a parking pass while you visit our communities!