Meet Our Team


    Sandi Vargas

  • Sandi Vargas

    Assistant Director

    (831) 459-1904

    svargas6@ucsc.edu

    The most exciting part of my job is when I tour new groups as they see our campus first-hand. The incredible natural beauty of the UC Santa Cruz campus, situated in an enchanted redwood forest of over 2,000 natural preserve acres, with scenic ocean views and endless open meadows which creates an ideal environment for groups to meet, play, learn and rejuvenate.


  • Michael Luttrell

  •  Michael Luttrell

    Operations Manager 

    (831) 459-4828

    mjluttre@ucsc.edu

    I joined the Conference Services team in 2008 after working on the campus as a student for 4 years. I get great joy welcoming new and returning groups to our beautiful campus. There are not many campuses that you can walk from a redwood forest to a great meadow and then down to a beach. When not working, I enjoy photography, cooking, playing/watching sports and spending time with my wife, Caitlin and our pug, Moose.


  • Jessica Dowd

  • Jessica Dowd

    Conference Coordinator

    (831) 459-4429

    jcdowd@ucsc.edu

    What I enjoy most about Santa Cruz is the highly diverse local community, on and off campus, rich in artistic creativity, entrepreneurship, social awareness and environmental consciousness.


  • Christine Marez

  • Christine Marez

    Conference Coordinator

    (831) 502-7058

    camarez@ucsc.edu

    What I love about the UCSC campus is the wide array of amenities our groups can utilize while immersed in a retreat-like setting. Our beautiful facilities are harmoniously incorporated into the landscape, providing a serene and memorable experience for our summer guests.


  • Heather Robinson

  • Heather Robinson

    Conference Coordinator

    (831) 459-5092

    hemrobin@ucsc.edu

    As a Santa Cruz native, I feel fortunate to be part of the UCSC Conference Services team. I enjoy summers on campus, from the foggy mornings, to the sunny afternoons, and closing the day with a gorgeous sunset over the Pacific Ocean. I'm delighted to be able to be apart of so many different type of groups, from sports to academics and assist the conferees in discovering all the campus and surrounding areas have to offer.


  • Sarah Jane Casciato

  • Sarah Jane Casciato

    Business Service Coordinator

    (831) 459-4067

    scasciat@ucsc.edu

    I moved to Santa Cruz for the beach. What I didn't expect was how amazing the mountains and forests are here too! Santa Cruz has it all and it is such a joy to bask in it's sunshine and share it with visitors. The views from campus are stunning!


Mission Statement

The purpose of UCSC's Conference Services is to support the goals of the Colleges, Housing and Educational Services. This is achieved by utilizing campus facilities on a year-round basis and by planning, organizing and implementing academic, outreach, sport and professional programs and conferences. This generates income that helps to reduce the cost of housing to students during the academic year as well as providing summer employment for students.