Lauri Baker, Director of National Accounts
A native Californian, Lauri graduated from UCSB with a degree in Psychology. Enjoying a career in the travel and hospitality industry spanning over 20 years, including memberships in SITE, MPI and NAWBO, Lauri has been a member of the OVIS team for two years. Central to Northern California, the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada comprise Lauri's sales region. She is married and has two sons in college. In her spare time, Lauri enjoys hiking with her husband and two Labradoodles, spending time with friends, and traveling.
Erin Holley, Director of National Accounts
With experience representing AAA Five Diamond hotels on both coasts, Erin is proud to have joined the Ojai team in January 2012. An active member of SITE, MPI, and FICP, Erin travels regularly throughout her East Coast and Eastern Canada territory. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband, Bill, a rescue dog, Idee, and two black cats, Chili and Betsy. Erin is passionate about food, baseball, spending time with friends, traveling, and her volunteer work with Pet Helpers.
Gina Kirby, Director of National Accounts
Prior to joining the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa team, Gina held several positions with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and presently oversees the Midwestern United States. Gina earned a Bachelor of Hospitality Management, with minors in Marketing and Business, from Arizona State University. She and husband, Jeff, reside in Columbus, Ohio, and enjoy spending time with their pets, Guido and Mario. Other passions include traveling, fitness and entertaining at their winery.
Jennifer Kenton, CPCE, Senior Conference Services Manager
A California native and seven-year veteran at the Inn, Jennifer has enjoyed a prolific career in Catering and Event Management for over 17 years. She holds a degree in hotel and restaurant culinary management. Jennifer is passionate about food and wine and is thrilled to be able to combine these with her career in hospitality. When she's not busy organizing events for her groups, Jennifer enjoys camping, fishing, biking, traveling and cooking for friends and family.
Rachelle Kumar, Director of National Accounts
Rachelle has been with the Inn since 2005 and opened our first remote sales office. She is a 25-year veteran in the hospitality industry which has included representing many luxury resorts. Rachelle oversees Orange County, San Diego, Colorado, Arizona and the Texas markets, with an emphasis on education and automotive industries. She resides in Orange County, California with her husband, two boys and an English bulldog. Rachelle has a variety of interests including yoga, travel, snorkeling, writing, wine and golf.
Sarah Pugh, Catering Manager
Sarah joined the Ojai team in January of 2012 and has been in the hospitality industry for over 17 years. She has extensive experience in Food and Beverage management at local award-winning restaurants and hotels. Prior to her employment at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Sarah was the Catering Sales Director for the Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center. Residing at the beach with her husband and two dogs, Montezuma and Hannah, Sarah enjoys attending home games for the San Diego Chargers in her spare time.
Kim Ritchey, Executive Meeting Manager
Born and raised in California, Kim graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism/Public Relations. She has several years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including catering and sales positions at Westlake Village Inn, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, and is now an Executive Meeting Manager handling small groups at the Inn. In her spare time, Kim enjoys traveling, gardening and snowboarding.
Gabriela Rosenfeld, Director of National Accounts
A passionate professional with over 12 years of luxury sales experience in the United States and Mexico, Gaby is excited to be part of the Ojai team and currently manages group business generated from the Los Angeles/Entertainment market. She is very involved with her MPI and SITE chapters. Gaby and her husband, John, are based in Los Angeles and they are thrilled to be expecting their first child this year.
Amy Segovia, Conference Services Manager
Amy has lived in California all her life and graduated from California State University at Northridge. With a career spanning over ten years at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in the Front Office department, Amy possesses valuable and extensive knowledge of the resort. She is now thrilled to use that knowledge to best assist our groups in her new position in the Conference Services department. Immensely enjoying anything outdoors, Amy and her boyfriend, Andrew, spend their free time camping, biking and hiking, along with their Boxer puppy, Annabelle.
Sierra Smart, Executive Meeting Manager
A graduate of San Diego State University's Meeting and Event Planning Certification Program, Sierra has been a team member at the Inn for over two years. She brings over ten years of experience in the Event Planning, Catering and Conference Services fields. Sierra's favorite pastimes include blogging, reading and spending time with her two dogs, Madison and Axel. Along with her husband, Sierra resides in Newbury Park, California.
Sunni Van Wagner, Senior Catering Manager
Born and raised in Calgary, Canada until her teens, Sunni left her native cooler climate for a new lifestyle of palm trees in Santa Barbara County and mountains in the Rockies. Sunni began her hotel career as a Marketing Assistant, and soon discovered the world of Catering within the hospitality industry, and has enjoyed this profession for almost 20 years. Sunni spent many of those years in Catering and Conference Services at luxury properties including The Ritz-Carlton, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Sofitel Hotels & Resorts, and KSL Resorts. Her passions are her spending quality time with her main "little man" who is 6 years-old, reading thrillers, exploring new food trends, and working on her next art piece.
Jill Wojahn, Director of International Leisure Sales
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jill left the islands to pursue her studies in French and Art at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where she obtained a Bachelor's degree. She has traveled the world as a Pan Am flight attendant, worked as a travel agent for Zuma Travel, and as Director of Sales on the West Coast for Micato Safaris. In her spare time, Jill enjoys beach volleyball, hiking, swimming, wine tasting and art. She supports the philanthropic work of America Share, which provides education to orphans in Kenya.