Lauri Baker

Director of National Accounts | West Coast & Northern California

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 over three 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.

Contact at: 805.640.2066

Erin Holley

Director of National Accounts | East Coast

Proudly representing Ojai Valley Inn & Spa to the East Coast and Eastern Canada from her home office in Charleston, SC, Erin Holley brings 16 years in AAA Five Diamond hospitality experience and an intense appreciation of the "east coast pace" to this relaxed and blissful California destination. She and her husband, Bill Holley, find daily humor in raising their daughter, Teagan (born May 2013), two black cats, and their rescue dog, The Ginger Ninja. A lifelong Cubs fan and a UGA Bulldogs football fan by marriage, Erin also enjoys travel and game nights with friends, good food, and animal rescue volunteering.

Contact at: 805.798.1025

Rachelle Kumar

Director of National Accounts | West Coast & Southern California

Rachelle has been with the Inn since 2005 and opened our first remote sales office. She is a 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 the food & beverage 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, and writing.

Contact at: 805.798.4752

Veronica Ramirez-Byars

Director of National Accounts | Midwest

A native of Palm Springs, California, Veronica began her career in hospitality as an account manager for a destination management company and a Director of Sales for Swank Audio Visuals eventually transitioning to hotels with Destination Hotels and Resorts. She served at Miramonte Resort for one year and then transitioned to launch Terranea Resort in 2008 as the Director of Midwest Accounts for five years. She has a passion for the hospitality industry and a vision of bringing clients and Ojai together in a valuable partnership. She was recently married in May of 2013 and loves spending time with her husband and two Yorki's, Tank and Diesel.

Contact at: 805.798.4787

Tamara Ulber

Director of National Accounts | Los Angeles

Tamara began her esteemed hospitality career in Los Angeles at the Century Plaza Hotel & Tower. Prior to joining the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa she held positions at Westin Mission Hills, Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, The Kahala Resort & Spa in Oahu, The Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells and most recently, the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort, in Palm Desert, CA. She started her foray into the hospitality industry in reservations, followed by front office operations (agent, concierge, and manager) and then she eventually followed the path into sales, where she now joins the team as a National Sales Director.

She’s a Colorado native, but a Californian at heart. She lives in La Quinta, CA with her husband, Roland, and two children, Dylan and Rian, and black lab, Rocky. Her husband is an Executive Chef at a private country club; her son plays basketball for Palm Desert High School and her daughter plays softball with the Desert Prospects travel team. She enjoys traveling and sports, and is a forever Denver Broncos fan!

Contact at: 760.360.3413

Blair Schwermer

Executive Meeting Manager

Born and raised on a ranch in Ojai, Blair has been working in the hospitality industry for the past thirteen years. With a background in front desk operations, Blair joined the Inn nine years ago and her passion for the property and event planning brought her to the sales team where she is now our Executive Meeting Manager, handling small groups at the resort.

In her spare time Blair enjoys spending time with her daughter, Grace, reading, riding horses, cooking, and planning her first European adventure.

Contact at: 805.640.2090

Sara Bridges

Executive Meeting Manager

Sara joined the Inn as a reservation agent in 2014. She’s thrilled to have joined the Sales team as Executive Meeting Manager this year. Sara brings over 17-years of hospitality experience, spending 8 of those years as the Director of Sales & Catering for a boutique hotel. On her free time, Sara acts as “Chauffeur” to her 13-year-old daughter, Tyler who is active in Tae Kwan Do & Youth Group. Sara and her new husband Justin recently adopted a Boxer puppy named Baron. When not working, chauffeuring or taking care of Baron, Sara loves to go on road trips, have movie nights or go hiking.

Amy Adamson

Catering & Conference Service Manager

Amy has lived in California all her life and graduated from California State University at Northridge. With a career spanning over fourteen years at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, ten in the Front Office department, Amy possesses valuable and extensive knowledge of the resort. She is now thrilled to be using that knowledge to best assist our groups in her position in the Conference Services department. Enjoying anything outdoors, Amy, her husband, Andrew, and their daughter Emma spend their free time camping, biking and hiking, along with their boxer Annabelle.

Jennifer Stoddart

Catering & Conference Service Manager

A California native, Jennifer has enjoyed a prolific career in Catering and Event Management for over 20 years. She holds a degree in hotel and restaurant culinary management and has been with the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa since 2005. Jennifer is passionate about food and wine and is thrilled to be able to combine these with her career in hospitality. In her time off Jen is usually on vacations planned solely around dining, camping at the beach with her family, planting something new in her garden or cooking for friends and family.

Amanda Martinez

Catering & Conference Service Manager

Born and raised in Oxnard, California, Amanda attended Pepperdine University and received a B.A. in Public Relations. Amanda began her career in the hospitality industry at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara. Concentrating her efforts in event planning and servicing, she brought her experience to our property in the spring of 2012 as a Catering & Conference Services Assistant, and was soon promoted to Catering & Conference Services Manager. In her spare time Amanda enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, traveling, history and exploring museums.

Jill Wojahn

Director of 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.

Contact at: 805.640.2189