Staff Member Spotlight
John Vandergiessen – Operations
Please help me in congratulating the recipient of this month’s employee spotlight award: John Vandergiessen.
John, originally from the state of Washington, joined our HCBTS team in August of 2016. Before this, John was a client with us for a total of 9 months. John says, “It was here that I had the opportunity to learn about fellowship and sobriety. I gained knowledge and insight on the tools to recovery.”
His case manager was Eric V when he was a client. After completing HCBTS program, he made a point to keep in touch with Eric and call him every week. Eric told John to stay sober for a year and then he could come to us for an interview. John worked as a support staff for 3 months at Recovery Coast before getting promoted to a position at the detox property.
He currently works as a shift lead at Flagstaff but just recently got promoted to our new Client Advocate! He will be helping with activities for the guys. His new position entails him checking in with all the guys in young men’s program. John will be doing book studies at the detox house and getting to know the men on a more personal level. John will also implement new activities, such as taking a group of guys hiking every Saturday. He is excited to be able to meet guys from day one and then continue to see their transformation.
Outside of work, John enjoys being outdoors. His latest goal is to hike Yosemite. John used to hike a lot in Washington and has more recently gotten back into hiking the last few months in California. John enjoys hiking so much, he takes men from his fellowship with him and even does step work while out on hikes.
John is truly a huge asset to our HCBTS team. He brings such a sense of kindness and understanding that one has to be born with. John knows what it means to be in gratitude at all times. People like him make our clients feel more at ease and like they have a chance at staying sober. Thank you for everything you do, John. You are one of a kind.
Mark Delao – Director of Transportation Services
Mark Delao is Hotel California by the Sea’s Director of Transportation Services. Mark has worked with Hotel California since its inception, and has helped to direct all of our client transportation needs on a continuous basis since his arrival. Mark’s attention to detail, ability to adapt to ever changing schedules, his punctual nature, and his zeal for life make him an indispensable asset to Hotel California.
But getting to this point in his life was not an easy task, as Mark has one of the most fantastic and amazing stories you would ever hope to hear. Growing up Mark was born and raised in Orange County, California. He was born into what most would consider a normal family and lived the life of a normal young man until the age of 19, when he started to dabble in drugs and alcohol. As Mark started using, drugs quickly took control of his life as he developed a severe addiction to crack-cocaine. Over the course of the next 25+ years Mark’s addiction drove his life to the lowest point possible for a drug addict. Having burnt nearly every bridge on a relationship standpoint with his family and friends after 15 failed treatment attempts, Mark made a decision to give up on trying to get sober as “sobriety never seemed to stick for me”. With no hope that treatment would ever work for him and no desire to try again, Mark took to the streets beginning to call them his new home. He started to live his life homeless in the streets of the greater Santa Monica area, on an abandoned sofa in an alley next to a 7-Eleven and a liquor store. His only function during this time being to seek, use, and abuse drugs. As Mark states “At this point I had completely given up. I lived life to solely get the drugs I needed everyday to get by, and that was it. I panhandled to scrounge up money so I could by alcohol and crack-cocaine, that’s all I did. It was miserable. I used to remember thinking the best thing I could have hoped for at that time was to die, I used to think that was the best thing that could have happened to me – but I was wrong”.
Mark lived his life like this seeking drugs, in the same alley, on the same sofa, with the same routine everyday for over 4 years. And as he recollects after all that time, 4 years of doing the same thing over and over that in one day seemingly by ‘divine intervention·. his life started to change. “I remember I was sitting in front of the 7-Eleven at 6:15 in the morning one day, drinking a fourty ounce of beer. I was bloody, my clothes had blood all over them because I was beat up by a group of gang members that night. I remember sitting, thinking, and praying – cursing God but also at the same time asking for some sort of direction.” It was then when an intake coordinator at the Clare Foundation in Los Angeles saw him in this state of disarray. “I remember she had talked to me before, she knew who I was, where I was from and she came up to me and said ‘Man you’re in bad shape. If you’re ready to take your life back, if you’re ready to stop living like this show up here tomorrow morning at 7 AM.'”. She handed Mark her business card and the address to the Clare Foundation. Mark had no intent of showing up the next day but somehow, someway when Mark woke up the very next morning he looked at the card in his pocket, and had no desire to go to the liquor store. “I don’t know how that happened, because everyday when I would wake up it was like an emergency that I needed to go to the liquor store, I needed to get high. But this day I didn’t have that feeling. I told myself I was going to get on that bus, and I was going to make it to this place. And I did. I don’t really remember getting on the bus or taking it to the Clare Foundation, but I remember walking in and that same lady was there. she said ‘You made it. We’re going to help you today, you never have to use again’ “. Since that date Mark has remained abstinent from all forms of drugs and alcohol – today he has over 6 1/2 years of sobriety.
Thank you for being a continuous inspiration for all of here both clients and staff We love you Mark!
Kolby Falco – Alumni Coordinator
Kolby Falco is Hotel California by the Sea’s newest Alumni Coordinator. However Kolby is not new to the company, she has been with us for the past year doing Support Staff at the Pool House. She is extremely excited to make the Alumni Program something big and amazing and she stated “getting this new position has been her proudest moment at Hotel California.”
Kolby is originally from Spokane, Washington and she came out to California three and a half years ago to get help with her drug and alcohol addiction. She began drinking and using at the early age of 13 and by the time she was 20 years old her drinking and using led her to being kicked out of her house, dropping out of school, getting arrested, and she suddenly realized that her life was absolutely wasting away before her eyes. On December 19th of 2012, Kolby said enough was enough and decided she wanted a change so she came down to Orange County to get help in treatment and she has been sober ever since
Kolby is very active in the Alcoholics Anonymous community; she has a sponsor. Whenever Kolby leads meetings her favorite topic is the “unexpected gifts of sobriety”. So we asked, what is the most gratifying part of her life today living in recovery? She stated the most gratifying part of her life today is actually being able to be a part of her own life. The simple things like showing up to work, sponsoring women, and being a role model means the world to her.
Ironically before she even got sober Kolby wanted to work in treatment. With her experience of being so young getting sober she’s been able to help other young women because she has been in their shoes and is a testament to the fact that sobriety is possible if you follow suggestions. After working at another facility, she heard about Hotel California by the Sea from friends who worked here and never looked back. The three words she used to describe Hotel California are awesome, fun, and caring. She loves how Hotel California truly cares about their clients from the moment they walk in the door, and also how much they care about their employees.
What many don’t know about Kolby is she grew up with 2 older brothers and she was always a tomboy, so outside of her program she loves to be active and hike. She also enjoys going to concerts, and to dog meet ups with her adorable French bulldog puppy named Bane! She is currently going to school for Human Services and Social Work and her ultimate goal is to work with non-profits so she can continue to help others.
We are so lucky to have an enthusiastic and passionate women like Kolby at HCBTS –
Thank you for all that you do!
Jecel Maniscalco – Marketing & Business Development
Hotel California by the Sea’s Staff Member Spotlight this week is focused on our Marketing & Business Development specialist Jecel Maniscalco. Jecel is a key component to Hotel California by the Sea’s administrative team, however, this is a position that Jecel has grown into after starting an entry position at our outpatient facility. Beginning her career with Hotel California by the Sea, Jecel started as assistant to our Outpatient Manager, helping to fill several rolls on a clinical level while also acting as a property technician in our transitional assisted living homes. After months of hard work not going unseen, Jecel was promoted within the company to her current role now in Marketing and Business Development. Jecel has quickly taken to the interworkings of marketing and developing a treatment facility, a role that she is familiar with having working in marketing capacities throughout the mortgage, and electronics industries for over 12 year prior to coming to Hotel California. As stated by Hotel California by the Sea’s Vice President, Brian Burke, “Jecel is someone that I’d say is a real go-getter. She is a tremendously hard worker, anything I ask her to accomplish gets done quickly and correctly. She has really come into her own here on the Marketing and Administration team and we are glad to have her!”
Jecel was born and raised in the Philippines, and did not have the opportunity to move to America until she was 18 years old. Being adopted at the age of 5, Jecel grew up on the Clark U.S. Airforce Base on Luzon Island in the Philippines. Jecel’s step-father was an adamant teacher, pushing her to always take advantage of opportunities in front of her while helping to coach her athletics. Throughout her younger years, and with the training of her father behind her, Jecel developed into quite the track and field star although that is not where her true passion lied. Jecel jokes “Growing up my step-father was always pushing me to excel in cross country or track and field, but that’s not really what I wanted to do! My heart has always been set on tennis, but he didn’t quite view that as a real sport. So everyday after I was finished training with my step-father I would run and go find a racquet somewhere to sneak off and hit around with my friends!” What most people don’t know about Jecel is that today she is quite the tennis player. Playing nearly everyday after work, and competing in several local tennis competitions Jecel’s reputation for being a very formidable tennis player is well known to those in the tennis world. She currently holds the title to the Women’s Singles Championship at her local tennis club.
Once Jecel had the opportunity to move to American she took full advantage of it. “Moving to America was so culturally different than living in the Philippines. Here you could make you own money, you had chances all around you to work, and to make something for yourself. So that’s what I did. When I first came here I had 4 jobs, I worked almost all the time so I could afford to buy a car and a place to live. In American if you work hard, never look back, and take advantage of opportunities in your life you can really do whatever it is you want” Jecel is a true testament to that statement.
Although Jecel is not in the program of Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous, being enveloped within the treatment world has truly opened her up, and taught her a lot about the realities of substance abuse. She now has the understanding, capability, and developed connection to help those who themselves are not in the program to better understand and be able to support individuals struggling in the disease of addiction. “What I’ve learned while being a part of the Hotel California family is that not everyone has the knowledge we have an addiction. I can help spread that knowledge I’ve learned to family members or loved ones I speak to on a daily basis. I have the ability to help them better understand, and know how to support their loved ones. You can’t really describe how that feels.” – Jecel is an amazing woman, and an amazing part of HCBTS! We thank you for all you do!
Michelle Young – Clinical Technician
Michelle Young is a Clinical Technician at the Sandy’s Place Program, but since her arrival she has proven to be a lot more to the Sandy’s Place residences. Along with the responsibilities she holds as Clinical Technician, Michelle has also showed that she is an efficient Operations Manager, IT Technician, and Auto Mechanic! When asked about Michelle, Sandy Taylor – Executive Director of Sandy’s Place stated “Michelle is a forward thinker and gets things done before I have a chance to ask her to do them. She is nurturing, smart, and always ready for a challenge. A real team player, she gets along well with both staff/clients and she’s always in early stays late – couldn’t ask for a better employee. We are blessed to have such a dedicated employee at Sandy’s Place.”
Before coming to Hotel California by the Sea at Sandy’s Place, Michelle worked for over 20 years in the printing industry. During her career as a Printer her relationship with alcohol grew with each passing year, and near the end of her tenure she struggled heavily with alcohol often times drinking before, during, and after work. This repeated pattern ran its course as Michelle was let go from her position after over 20 years, an exit that was directly linked to her alcohol consumption. Over the period of the next year and a half she witnessed herself spiraling downward rapidly, having to be hospitalized multiple times for her alcoholism and overdoses related to her use of mind altering substances. Finally, after a hospitalization from an overdose, which occurred while in a blackout, Michelle decided to seek help. She ended up going to a 28-Day drug and alcohol treatment program in Los Angeles, and never looked back.
After her discharge from treatment Michelle dived in head first to the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, and became heavily involved in the local recovery community. Engaging herself fully in a program of recovery Michelle was able to develop a foundation of support for her sobriety. Michelle took to action in placing the principles of AA into her daily life, and began to watch it shift dramatically for the better in a short period of time. Today, working in a Clinical role for HCBTS Michelle has the ability to practice the principles she adopted into her life, and lead by example to women in our program on a daily basis. She states “I love to be able to practice what got me to this point in my sobriety in my place of work, and to help women who come from very similar situations that I myself was once in. Hotel California has a open, welcoming sense to it where you feel trust on all levels. I am blessed to be able to work here.”
Michelle. we are blessed to have staff members like you that make the HCBTS experience what it is! Thank you!
Bryan Bixler – Program Director
Hotel California by the Sea’s monthly Leadership Spotlight is focused on none other than our very own Program Director Bryan Bixler. Bryan serves Hotel California by the Sea as Program Director and Nutritional Advisor, but his duties go far beyond what his titles might suggest. As stated by Hotel California’s President Kevin Mello, “Bryan is the salve that binds our team together on all levels. He is the calm influence that advocates on behalf our clients, and the balance that helps ensure the synergy, communication, and collaboration of our clinical and administrative teams. Bryan is an integral part of our Leadership Team who has been with us since the beginning, frankly I don’t know what we’d do without him!”
Bryan’s natural ability to lead, develop, support, and educate both client’s and staff members of Hotel California by the Sea quickly becomes evident to any and all who come into contact with him. However, what is not exclusively known is the battle with addiction that Bryan faced himself for over 15 years before coming to work in the field of addiction treatment.
Bryan graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at San Diego majoring in biology, and was recruited to the prestigious master’s program at the Institute of Ecology at the University of Georgia. After graduating at the top of his class, Bryan led a career as a scientist traveling the world studying various types of animal life until he developed a life threatening eating disorder in his late twenties. Bryan’s struggle with anorexia is one of the most amazing, terrifying, and powerful stories of hope, strength coupled with persistence that one could ever hear.
During the depths of his fight with his eating disorder Bryan gained national headlines as he was featured in news articles through the Los Angeles Times and was also a guest on the widely known Dr. Oz Show. At this point in his battle with anorexia Bryan’s weight has dropped to almost 70 lbs., and he was engaged in an ongoing lawsuit with his insurance company who repeatedly denied him coverage to seek addiction treatment citing that he did not meet ‘medical necessity’ for care. Coverage was continually denied through lawsuits despite testimony of 6 medical doctors who stated if he did not seek help, death was almost certain.
With a bit of intervention. and his story gaining national recognition Bryan was asked to appear on the Dr. Oz television show. where they dove in depth into his battle with anorexia and how it had seemingly consumed his life. Ultimately Bryan was given the opportunity to seek treatment, and took full advantage of this chance to alter the course of his life. After successfully guiding his way through his treatment program. Bryan was back to full healthy form and appeared on the Dr. Oz show 3 more times to help spread awareness, educate, and advocate for those struggling with addiction. Bryan has since dedicated his life to addiction treatment in hopes that by spreading his experience, his story, that he may instill in others a sense of hope, even when the prospect of recovery seems hopeless.
Bryan is a true inspiration. and leader at Hotel California by the Sea – we are privileged to have him!
Link to Dr. Oz Show w/ Bryan
Fernando Valero – Client Advocate
Please help me to congratulate Fernando Valero on winning Hotel California by the Sea’s June employee spotlight award. Fernando started his journey with HCBTS as a client where he stayed for over a year. Fernando had an amazing experience at HCBTS and said that HCBTS saved his life. Fernando wanted to help other people the same way he was helped so in August of 2017 he joined our HCBTS team as a driver and then moved into a client advocacy role earlier this year.
As a client advocate, Fernando’s daily job duties vary. Fernando says “getting sober isn’t easy and I do whatever I can on a daily basis to make sure our clients feel happy and supported throughout their recovery journey.” To Fernando, this consists of building rapport with clients by talking to them like a normal human being. Fernando helps our clients when they are struggling or dealing with common issues in early recovery. Having been in their shoes, literally and metaphorically, not too long ago, Fernando has a unique gift of being able to connect with our clients like few can. Fernando says “I know what it’s like to be broken. I also know what I had to do in order to get to the other side and how extraordinary it is not to feel that way any more. I truly want to do anything I can to help other people experience the gifts I have received and get a sliver of what I have today.” Showing our clients that it is possible to have fun in sobriety is very important to Fernando as he feels this is what helped him stay in treatment during early sobriety. Fernando plans and executes fun, sober weekend activities that are interactive and get our clients out of their heads and into action.
Fernando says his favorite part about his specific role as a client advocate is witnessing the progress of our clients through each stage of treatment. Fernando feels that it is an absolute honor to participate in the miracles that happen at HCBTS every single day. Fernando’s favorite part about working at Hotel California by the Sea is making our clients and his co-workers happy. Fernando says “I have the opportunity to interact with amazing people on a daily basis. I am grateful because I have a lot of opportunities to try and bring a little bit of joy into the lives of others every single day.”
Bringing joy into the lives of others wasn’t always something Fernando lived for. Before getting sober, Fernando says his life was miserable. He hated everything and everybody, especially himself. Through the precious gift of recovery, Fernando has been given a completely new outlook and perspective on life. Fernando says “Life is truly beautiful today, I am happy and I am grateful to be alive.”
It is evident that Fernando has found his calling with us at HCBTS and we couldn’t be more grateful for the work he does on a daily basis with our clients. Fernando instills a message of hope within our clients, the same message that was instilled in him during his time as a client at HCBTS. Fernando wants our clients to understand that they are capable of receiving a new freedom and living a life that they have always dreamed of living. Fernando says today he is passionate about life. A few items on his bucket list are to have something named after him, to own a Harley motorcycle, to travel as much as possible (Thailand and Egypt are at the top of his list!), and to adopt a dog. Fernando’s goals are to remain sober, be happy and to continue to grow spiritually and mentally.
Thank you, Fernando, for all you do! The work you do is God’s work and we are grateful to have you on our HCBTS team.
Calvin Robinson – Manager of Operations, Bellevue
Please help me in congratulating this month’s employee spotlight award winner, Calvin Robinson! Calvin is an integral part of our Hotel California by the Sea Bellevue team. Calvin joined HCBTS Bellevue in November of 2016 after seeing a post on facebook. Calvin was immediately drawn in and interested in HCBTS and wanted to learn what we were all about. He came in for an interview and ended up being hired on the spot.
Calvin is currently the Men’s Transitional Living Site Manager for our bellevue properties. Calvin oversees the male operations staff and is responsible for making sure operations within all of our male homes run smoothly. Calvin’s main priority is to ensure that safety, structure and the wellbeing of our clients always comes first. Calvin also helps maintain our beautiful office space in Bellevue where he consistently makes himself available to assist wherever he is needed.
Calvin says his favorite part about working at HCBTS is by far the work environment. Calvin says his coworkers are like family and share a passion for going above and beyond to help and support our clients and support one another. Calvin is a natural leader and is passionate about helping mentor and coach his colleagues as well as our clients. Like a genuine leader, Calvin enjoys watching people grow and succeed in life. Calvin says he looks forward to coming to work everyday where he is an avid learner, always on the search for new knowledge and experience that will help him become better at his job.
Calvin’s passion, knowledge and personal experience in recovery make him an invaluable asset to HCBTS. Calvin got sober on March 5, 2013 after countless previous attempts. Calvin says he reached a point where he was physically, spiritually, and mentally broken. Today, it is an absolute dream for him to be able to be in a place in his life where he can be of love and service to others and help men find freedom from addiction. Evidently, Calvin has found his purpose and passion in life.
Calvin is passionate about self-improvement and growth within his professional and personal life. On a daily basis, he strives to be a role model for his daughter and loved ones. Calvin’s biggest passion in life is his family and his 8-year daughter who he says is an absolute angel and is his biggest motivator in life. Calvin is extremely blessed to have such a loving and supportive family. He says his mother and his grandparents have taught him some of the most important lessons in life, lessons he will be eternally grateful for. Outside of work, Calvin says his life is full of good people, places and things! He enjoys building legos and going for bike rides with his daughter. He also says he has a knack for fashion, art, technology, music, and anything he can use as a vessel to express himself. He enjoys spending time at the gym, hanging out with friends and family, working on and improving his car, and traveling whenever possible. Calvin loves to try new restaurants and cook and host meals at his home whenever possible. Over the next few years Calvin hopes to continue his growth with HCBTS and acquire new duties and responsibilities. Calvin’s future goals include buying a home or a condo, dedicating more time to community service and outreach and traveling to Japan.
Thank you for all you do on a daily basis, Calvin. Your hard-work, passion, leadership and kindness does not go unnoticed.
Colleen Keating, CDCAII – Case Manager – HCBTS Cincinnati
Please help me in congratulating this month’s employee spotlight award winner, Colleen Keating! Colleen joined Hotel California by the Sea in April of 2018 as a Case Manager for our program in Cincinnati, Ohio. Colleen’s passion for recovery and her interest in our treatment model is what brought Colleen to HCBTS.Colleen is passionate about bringing quality addiction treatment to her home state and couldn’t be more excited to be apart of our team!
As a Case Manager, Colleen’s duties include: treatment planning, family calls, and group facilitation. She also meets with our clients once a week for a private session. Colleen says her favorite part about working at Hotel California by the Sea is the special family feel our company has and how much everyone loves their job here. Colleen’s favorite part about working as a Case Manger is seeing the transformation our clients make over a period of time and witnessing their fog clear and the lights come on for the first time.
Colleen uses her own experience in recovery to connect with clients because she knows how lonely, afraid and confused many of them feel. Colleen says “in early sobriety my biggest fear was that I wouldn’t be able to experience joy anymore.” To personally go from barely functioning in early sobriety to thriving in recovery is the transformation Colleen has the gift of sharing with her clients on a daily basis. Today, Colleen says she lives a life beyond her wildest dreams and has tons of fun in sobriety. To offer our clients hope during a hopeless time, Colleen shares her own experience and transformation while cracking some jokes along the way! Laughter was a powerful medicine for Colleen when she was newly sober and so she makes an effort to bring the joy of laughter to our clients as well.
In addition to Colleen’s passion for helping others, she is also passionate about animals. In fact, Colleen has named herself an animal lover. Colleen donates to a variety of animal shelters and charities each month. Colleen is also an avid reader and loves to travel. She will be traveling to Italy in August. Africa and India are also on her bucket list. Professionally, Colleen hopes to continue to grow with Hotel California by the Sea and personally, she hopes to buy a home for herself in Cincinnati.
Thank you for all you do, Colleen! We are so excited to see HCBTS Cincinnati grow and thrive!
Britni Nokes – Recruitment/Administration
Congratulations to this month’s employee spotlightaward winner, Britni Nokes! Britni joined our HCBTS family May of last year and we are so grateful that she did, as she has been a great addition. Britni plays an integral role in our recruitment and administration department.Britni assists in staffing all of our facilities as well as onboarding all of our new hires. Britni’s attention to detail and heightened focus makes her the perfect candidate to be in charge of making sure that all personnel files are current and in compliance with State and JCAHO rules and policies.
Britni says her favorite part about working at Hotel California by the Sea is the team we have. Britni says, “We are very much a family here and we truly have something special.” Britni enjoys and appreciates seeing how our Executives, Directors and Managers really care about each and every one of their employees.
Being in recovery herself, Britni is grateful to work in an industry where she is able to be of service and share her experience, strength and hope on a daily basis. Britni says “My disease took me to a really dark place… To the point where a life like the one I’m building today was incomprehensible to me. It’s really amazing to be able to hire other recovering addicts and watch their growth. Not only do I get to offer other addicts and alcoholics employment, but we get to work for a company whose sole mission is to help people just like us get out of that hopeless state we were once in.” It is evident that Britni feels that her role at HCBTS is much more than a job; Britni’s role is a lifestyle that she is passionate about, and grateful to have the privilege of living.
Outside of work, Britni enjoys trying new things and exploring what her passions are. Some of the things that she currently loves to do are trying new food, cooking, animals and working with children. Britni says she dreams of traveling and that it is a big goal of hers to travel and experience the cultures of different countries. She would also love the opportunity to give back and volunteer overseas. Professionally, Britni hopes to continue to learn more about employee development. Britni says, “We have a great team here and to be able to contribute to carrying that magic to other branches to come would really be a gift.”
Thank you for all you do, Britni! We appreciate you.
Corina Hernandez – Healthcare Technician
It is with great pleasure that we award this month’s employee spotlight award to Corina Hernandez. Corina has been with Hotel California by the Sea since August of 2014. Prior to joining the HCBTS family, Corina worked in the chemical dependency unit at a hospital in Laguna Beach for seven years.
Corina’s experience coupled with her passion for helping others and her optimistic attitude toward life make her a beautiful asset at Hotel California by the Sea. Corina is a healthcare technician and supports both of our detox homes. Corina’s daily duties include but are certainly not limited to: checking vitals, conducting nursing assessments, facilitating medication audits, and communicating with our Doctors, pharmacies and staff. Most importantly, Corina says her job is to maintain a safe, structured and homelike environment for our clients.
Corina says her favorite part about working at HCBTS is by far the people with whom she has the pleasure of working with on a daily basis. Corina goes onto say “we are truly a family here.” Corina also enjoys her communication with our clients and feels as though she has found her calling. Corina comes from a family of addiction where both of her parents were addicts. Corina lost her mother to this disease of addiction when she was just 12-years old. Having been raised in this type of environment, Corina always knew she wanted to work in this field and give back to those struggling with addiction.
Being the optimist she is, Corina is very passionate about life and grateful to be alive. Corina is a breast cancer survivor, and has been in remission for three years. Corina says she received a second chance at life by the Grace of God, something she does not take for granted. Corina’s moto is now “live, laugh and love.”
Corina is passionate about her family especially her two children who are the light of her world. Corina has a 17-year-old daughter named Alyssa and a 20-year-old son named Elias who serves in the Navy.
Corina is also passionate about makeup and helping cancer patients. Corina hopes to someday be able to bring light into the lives of cancer patients by giving them beautiful makeovers. Another goal of Corina’s is to continue her career with Hotel California by the Sea. Corina says she will be eternally grateful for all that Hotel California by the Sea has done for her and her family.
Thank you Corina for all you do on a daily basis. You bring so much light everywhere you go! On behalf of everyone at Hotel California by the Sea, we love you, and we appreciate you!