Director of Sports Club and Spa Bella Vita
Jennifer DiFrancesco
Jennifer brings more than twenty years of experience to the spa industry. Licensed in Massage Therapy, Esthetics, and a certified Pilates instructor, Jennifer has spent her career perfecting the art of spa at top resorts in California. Jennifer was a post graduate trainer for the International Dermal Institute and a spa trainer for Kerstin Florian Skin Care. In 2005, she became a member of ISPA's Education Committee and was a speaker on behalf of the organization in 2006, where she created presentations on spa management, resource partner relations and spa retail. Since then, Jennifer has worked as the Director of Spa Operations for The Well, at the Miramonte Resort. There she played an integral role in the opening of the spa and helped receive numerous awards such as "#1 Resort Spa in North America" by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine. Jennifer enjoys remaining active in promoting health and wellness in the desert community writing a regular health column for Desert Health newsletter.
Director of Tennis and Pickleball
Cary Collins
Cary Collins comes to Toscana as an accomplished player and instructor of both Tennis and Pickleball. Cary has directed some of the country’s most prestigious programs including the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage. Most recently, Cary was the Director of Racquet Sports (both Tennis and Pickleball) at Trenton Country Club. Prior to that he was the Director of Tennis at the prestigious Atlanta Country Club. He is excited to return to the desert to lead the Tennis and Pickleball program at Toscana. As an elite level USPTA certified instructor, Cary has produced numerous USTA National Champions, Junior Grand Slam Champions, and NCAA National Champions. Cary also holds a USAPA Certification in Pickleball and began playing over 30 years ago when his father-in -law built a court in their back yard. Cary also resides in Bend, Oregon with his wife, Shannon where in the off-season he enjoys anything outdoors - running, hiking, biking, skiing and snowboarding.
Spa Supervisor
Susie Siebert
Susie is a Palm Desert native and a Licensed Massage Therapist with over 1000 hours. She studied massage at Mueller College of Holistic Studies and Desert Resort School of Somatherapy. She is certified in several massage techniques including Sports, Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy, Swedish, Prenatal, Bamboo, and Thai. Susie also performs all the body treatments that are offered at Spa Bella Vita. Susie worked for the JW Marriott for sixteen years and performed massages and body treatments, trained spa therapist, supervised the massage departments and managed the spa. She has assisted in opening several luxury spas across the United States. She enjoys spending her free time traveling, photography, golf, swimming, boating and enjoying the outdoors. She is looking forward to providing a wonderful massage experience to Toscana Members.
Spa Concierge
Bonnie Pollom
Prior to moving to Palm Desert Bonnie lived in Orchard Park, New York. While living in Orchard Park she worked as an Administrative Assistant in Player Personnel for the Buffalo Bills Football team. She is married to her husband Norm and has two sons. When not working, Bonnie enjoys reading, sports and traveling.
spa Concierge
Alyson Wilson
Alyson is proud to be a Palm Springs native. Her family moved to the desert in the 1940's from the LA area and never looked back. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, Alyson majored in Business Administration and Psychology. She came back to live in the Coachella Valley. Committed to staying healthy, fit and strong, you'll find Alyson hiking the local trails, taking high energy spin classes and Pilates Reformer classes. She loves rolling the dice with Bunko girlfriends each month and is also a part of the Girlfriend Factor Cooking Circle, where girlfriends gather monthly to impress each other with culinary skills.
Massage Therapist
Ron Dean
Ron has lived in the Coachella Valley for 30 years. He specializes in deep tissue and sports therapy massage. Ron received his certification as a massage therapist from Desert Resorts School of Somatherapy. He has accumulated 20 years of experience in massage therapy working at many of the local hotels, resort spas and country clubs.
Massage Therapist
Kim Ryan
Kim has lived in the desert for 20 years. For 14 years Kim has been performing massage. Kim has raised one son and now prides herself in being a new grandmother. Kim loves to spend time with her Norwich Terriers and rides motorcycles with her boyfriend in her spare time.
Massage Therapist
Mirsada Tabakovic
Mirsada was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mirsada has lived in the desert for 16 years and has been employed as a massage therapists for 10 years. With 700 hours in her profession she finds giving massage almost as relaxing as receiving massage. When Mirsada is not performing massage she is spending time with her 3 children and 4 grandchildren who she is very close to.
Massage Therapist
Kay Rossow
Kay graduated from the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe New Mexico in 2004 with a 1,000 hour Holistic Healing Certificate. She continues to learn better and varied ways to positively impact clients and believes in having many tools in the tool box to provide massages. During the summers Kay lives in Southwest Montana and provides massage at Ruby Springs Fly Fishing Lodge. Kay’s career has allowed her to travel and work the winter seasons in St. Thomas, Hawaii and Big Sky MT. This is kay’s second winter season here in the Palm Springs area.
Massage Therapist
Michele Langley
Michele's love for massage began over 10 years ago when she was an adult caregiver and learned the fabulous health benefits to be gained by massaging patient's feet and legs. It was results from that, which encouraged her to get professional training. Michele received her education from Inland Massage Institute in Spokane Washington. She is certified in several modalities including, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Reflexology, Prenatal, Thai, Hot Stone and also in various body scrubs and body wraps. Michele enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and adventure. She looks forward to meeting Toscana Members and sharing her passion for massage.
Massage Therapist
Kathleen Downing
Kathleen has been a massage therapist for over 23 years totaling more than 1000 hours of massage and practical classes. She is certified in several modalities including, Bamboo Fusion, Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Thai, Swedish, Sports, Accupressure and Aroma Therapy. Kathleen has lived in the Coachella Valley for 44 years and is a well respected member in her field. Of all her accomplishments she is most proud of her 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Massage Therapist
Stephanie Trejo
Stephanie has been a massage therapist for over 6 years. She has been in the desert for only as of recent as she moved in 2016 from Oceanside California. Stephanie has been a massage therapist for over 6yrs after graduating from Kaplan school of massage Therapy in 2009. She completed the Holistic Health Practitioner program which covered techniques including Swedish, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, trigger point & lymphatic drainage.
Massage Therapist
Hiran Wong
Hiran was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the Coachella Valley in 1996. She has been a professional massage therapist for 11 years and considers it a healing art. In Hiran’s spare time she enjoys hiking, reading, and doing arts and crafts.
Massage Therapist
Melyssa Ritter
Melyssa has lived in the desert for 29 years. She has been a massage therapist for 10 years and has worked in various spas in the desert such as; The Miramonte Resort and La Quinta Resort. Melyssa is always looking for continued growth in her field and is a passionate provider!
Massage Therapist
Marcela Botero
Marcela was born in Colombia, where she studied Industrial Design. In 2004 she moved from Colombia to Venice, CA where she focused her creative talent on Interior Design. After spending over a decade as an Interior Designer, she realized that her true ambition was to pursue the healing arts. She decided to start a new path in life and completed her education in Massage Therapy in Manhattan Beach Ca. Now settled in the Coachella Valley, Marcela is looking forward to providing massages to Members here at Toscana.
Massage Therapist
Cesiah Briones
Cesiah was born and raised in the beautiful city of San Diego and has been in the valley for 9 wonderful years. Love brought her out here to the Coachella Valley and she has now been married to that love for 9 years after having met at their duty station in Miramar Ca. while serving in the United States Marine Corps. Cesiah has three wonderful children who are the center of her world. She enjoys dancing, singing, laughing, family gatherings, and church.
Felicia Cudiamat
Felicia was born and raised in Manila Philippines. She was a second year college student when she and her family moved to San Francisco in 1977. Felicia received her B.A. in Clothing and Textile from San Francisco State University. After getting facials for so many years, she decided to go back to school taking several advanced classes to obtain her license in esthetics. Felicia has 15 years of experience and loves educating others about skin care. She is proficient in Microdemabrasion, peels, and European facials. Felicia has worked for the La Quinta Resort Spa as their lead esthetician, including managing and training esthetician staff. In 2007 she moved back to San Francisco to be close to family and is now back in the desert and ready to bring her facial magic to Toscana Members.
Esthetician / Nail Technician
Ioana Vasile
Born in Romania,Ioana moved to Toronto Ontario,Canada with her family when she was a young girl. Always interested in the beauty industry, Ioana enrolled at George Brown College in Toronto, where she became certified in Esthetic's. She has worked for various spas and salons in Canada and the United States for the past 11 years. Ioana received her California Cosmetology license and in 2009 she moved to the Coachella Valley. She specializes in Shellac and natural nails. Ioana is looking forward to bringing her skills to Spa Bella Vita and meeting Toscana Members.
Esthetician / Nail Technician
Josie Navarette
Josie was born in Santa Ana Ca. where she graduated from High School in 1988 from Valley High School. She moved to Menifee Ca. with her family and attended Paul Mitchel Beauty School in Temecula Ca. From there Josie went to work in Temecula as an Esthetician and Nail Technician. Golden Door Spa was one of the top locations Josie was employed where she met many guests from across the world. Josie’s hobby is hiking with her husband during free time.
Nail Technician
Sally Tantri
Sally was born in Bangkok Thailand and has been in the desert for 10 years. Sally has a passion for nail beauty and enjoys working to make people feel happy. A passion of Sally’s is stepping away in the winter for a little snowboarding. Sally is new to the spa in the 2016 season and her gift is to provide well- manicured nails to all Members.
Hair Stylist
Rachel Urias
As a lifelong resident of the Coachella Valley, Rachel has always been a driven individual. She studied beauty while in high school. Shortly after receiving her license in cosmetology, Rachel enrolled and completed her training in massage therapy. Rachel has since advanced in her career focusing on hair, studying advance coloring and cutting techniques. Rachel manages to balance a growing career as well as a growing family. She enjoys watching classic movies and listening to classic music. Rachel has always appreciated the beauty of art in all of its forms. Rachel is excited to be a part of the Spa Bella Vita team and to meet Toscana Members while giving them great hair styles.
Hair Stylist
Lily Pacheco
Lily specializes in Precision cutting and her artistic vision has impeccable attention to detail. She enjoys working with clients to arrive at a style to meet individualized needs. A master of her craft, Lily keeps up with the latest techniques and hair trends that appear on the fashion scene. She is constantly working on her own innovative techniques always pushing the boundaries of her hair styles.
Spa Butler
Alicia Sanroman
Alicia has resided in the Coachella Valley for the past 26 years. She has been married for 26 years and has three wonderful children. Alicia has been a Spa Butler at Toscana since 2009 and enjoys assisting Members and Guests during their visit to the Sports Club and Spa Bella Vita. When not working Alicia enjoys the outdoors including gardening and walking.
Spa Butler
Marcos Lopez
Marcos was born in Indio, CA and raised in Sinaloa, Mexico. He returned to the Coachella Valley in 2007. He is currently taking classes at COD, pursuing a law enforcement career. When not working at Toscana or going to school, Marcos enjoys target shooting and spending time with his family and friends.
Spa / Sports Butler
Brian Portillo
Brian was born in Sylmar, CA and then moved to Indio since the age of 4 years old. He loves cooking and wildlife. Brian is currently working on becoming a personal trainer and starting up a clothing brand. He strives to be the best in everything he does. Cooking for loved ones is a pastime and a joy.
Advanced Reservations Spa and Sports
Deanna Iacono
Deanna Iacono was born and raised in a local small beach town of San Pedro, CA. After moving around the state of California, she recently bought her first home and plans to make the desert her permanent place to reside. The two joys of her life are her rambunctious nephews, Matthew and Joshua. Deanna has a wide range of professional skills from office administration to over 10 years in the restaurant industry. Some of her goals for the future are massage therapy, getting her real estate license and interior design. In her free time, Deanna loves traveling, boating, attending concerts, watching and attending sporting events, especially the Los Angeles Dodgers, and hosting her family and friends here in the desert.
Sports Club Concierge
Karen Rohrbaugh
Karen is originally from New Jersey but has resided in the desert for almost 13 years. She has been married for 26 years and has three children. Karen has been part of The Toscana Sports Club Team since the opening in 2008. Working at Toscana has given Karen the opportunity to work with incredible people and serve the greatest Members and guests of Toscana Country Club. Karen enjoys a healthy life style; exercise is an important part of her life. She looks forward to another spectacular season at Toscana Country Club and welcoming back our Members and guests.
Sports Club Concierge
Phil Williams
Originally from the North Shore area of Chicago, Phil moved to the Coachella Valley after retiring from a career in corporate field sales with a major international Plastics and Chemical company. He has been fortunate enough to have played on some of the finest tennis facilities in the United States. Phil has been with Toscana since the opening of the Sports Club in 2008 and looks forward to another great season serving Members and Guests at the Toscana Sports Club.
Sports Club Concierge
Cammie Link
Cammie was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. Her background encompasses 16 years in retail business, 13 of which were spent working for Nordstrom's as a manager in the women's designer wear department. It was there that she learned the importance of great customer service and the high standards associated with such a quality oriented business. In 1989, she moved with her husband to the Coachella Valley and the following year were blessed with the birth of their son. She loves living in the desert and enjoys giving back to the community. She volunteered for 18 years as a religious educator at St. Theresa Church Palm Springs. Cammie has been with Toscana since 2009.
Personal Trainer
Glenn Stark
Glenn is a resident of Harbor Springs Michigan. He spends half of his year there, where he is fully booked as a personal trainer. His off season in Michigan is Toscana’s busy season, so Glenn moves from snow to sun and offers 13 years of expertise in training to Toscana. Glenn is accredited in TRX, Stott Pilates (which he integrated into his trainings) and is NFPT certified in training. In Michigan Glenn writes regular fitness columns for the Harbor Light Newspaper’s section “Ask the Trainer” which is a popular piece with locals. Glenn has worked as a fitness director and has opened studios from conception to creation. On a personal note, Glenn is an avid cyclist and loves adventure sports such as snowboarding, kayaking and anything having to do with the great outdoors.
Personal Trainer
Wendy Drabble Cole
Wendy is originally from Calgary, Alberta Canada. She has been in the Coachella Valley for 3 years. Wendy’s schooling and certification is wide range and has allowed for many mentorships with the industries top leaders in fitness. When free time presents itself Wendy is still focused on studying movement and sport specific movements. In addition she is very fond of vegan cooking. She cannot wait to meet her Toscana fitness boot campers.
Personal Trainer
Nicholas Rupp
Nicholas is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to California when he was in the Navy. After residing in the Coachella Valley and holding many positions in sales, and fitness management, Nicholas took a turn and became fascinated with the human body and anatomy while he was in a pre-medical carreer path. Nicholas shifted over to more of the movement based studies and took many classes related to the fascia of the body (our connective tissue and its role in mobility.) The certifications continued to grow with study in fascial stretch therapy, TRX, RIP training, and Sports Medicine certifications. Nicholas is a NESTA certified personal trainer and in his spare time he still likes studying anatomy books.
Master Swim Coach
K.C. Dinneny
K.C. moved to the Coachella Valley, and started to swim competitively and continued for nine serious years. She has been working as a certified swim coach at a local swim club and is a certified water aerobics instructor. She works with all ages and all skill levels in the water and promotes safety, technique, fitness and fun. She looks forward to introducing and building a wonderful swim program for the members of Toscana. K.C. has CPR, First Aid, Life-guarding and USA Swimming certificates.
Pilates Instructor
Brenna Delay
Brenna was born and raised in Wichita Kansas. After graduating with a BFA in ballet she headed to New York to begin her professional dancing career. The years passed by and when she decided to start her family she found her passion for Pilates. She moved out to the desert five years ago and is thrilled to be starting her second season at Toscana. Her goal in life for herself and her clients is to keep the body healthy and strong enough to always be able to dance!
Pilates Instructor & Massage Therapist
Melody Bauer
Melody is fascinated by all aspects of wellness, fitness and healing. This love and fascination led her to become a massage therapist nearly a decade ago, a career that has now expanded into other aspects of wellness like Pilates. Melody finds that understanding the science of the body has transformed her practice to perform corrective work which further extends the benefits of massage. Adding innovative stretching and now Pilates to her repertoire has allowed her to advance her abilities and knowledge to help her clients in increasingly therapeutic ways, all while maintaining her love for the art of touch. In her personal life, Melody maintains a daily workout regimen, receives regular massage treatments, meditates, hikes, bikes, swims, travels, dances and spends time with her family. She’s married to her husband Jeff. Together they lead an active life with their son Jackson and dog Wanahca.
Fitness Instructor
Nacho Garcia
Nacho is a native of Palm Springs. He grew up playing school sports including wrestling, football, soccer, baseball and tennis. Early on, he found motivation to stay strong and healthy. Nacho was driven to create personal workouts that made a lasting change and continues to do so today. In 2005, Nacho was introduced to kettlebell training. He continues to train with kettlebells and loves how they challenge the body in so many ways. He is a big fan of this style of training because of the unparalleled benefits. Nacho looks forward to meeting many Toscana Members and introducing them to kettlebell training.
Fitness Instructor
Miguel Gamboa
Miguel is a Coachella Valley native. He has been surrounded by fitness since the age of 13 where competitive sports were the focus.  He played soccer for 8 years, football for 4 years and swam races for 1 year.  This gave him the focus towards staying healthy. Miguel has his NCCPT and AAAI fitness certification and is also a certified senior fitness specialist and a boxing instructor. He loves to spend time with family and hike in the desert.
Fitness Instructor
Benz Martin
Benz has been teaching Zumba all over the Coachella Valley for more than 8 years. She was one of 25 Zumba instructors from Southern California who appeared on “The Biggest Loser” reality show. Her certifications are vast, from Zumba, Zumba toning, Zumba Gold, and Zumba One & Basic Two. Benz is a member of ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network), since 2007 which has enabled her to stay current in song choices, steps, and allows her to stay knowledgeable about everything Zumba. When spare time presents itself Benz enjoys traveling and cooking specialty Thai food.
Hatha Yoga / Stretch Instructor
Susan Alexander
Susan is an E-RYT 500hr Registered Yoga Alliance teacher who has been a dedicated yoga and mindfulness teacher for the last 17 years and a practitioner for over 30 years. Her strength as a teacher derives from a commitment to daily practice, focusing on building compassion and kind awareness in the body, mind and spirit and applying yoga as therapy for all conditions. Susan has always been involved in activity; most notably as a 2 year Member of Canada’s national Rowing team. Susan is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works in County and Private practice. She teaches, Hatha Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative and Prenatal, Mindfulness yoga and trauma sensitive yoga.
Yoga / Fitness Instructor
Stephen Kaleda
Stephen has been in the desert since 2001. He was born and raised on Long Island in New York State. He has over 800 hours in teaching certifications; leads workshops in California and Florida, participates in yoga teacher trainings and is embarking on leading yoga retreats outside of the desert. Personal interests include; reading, biking, hiking, drawing, and travel.
Fitness Instructor
Bill Hammer
Bill moved to the desert over four years ago and enjoys many outdoor activities such as golf, volleyball, pickleball, roller blading, cycling and motor biking. He is a certified spin instructor, and also a fitness instructor for aquatic, stretch and Ab classes. On a side note Bill is a home beer brewer and a CPA certified tax accountant.
Hiking Guide
Carol Menefee
With over 35 years of experience, Carol’s love of hiking began in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Lake Tahoe National Forest, Yosemite and the eastern side of the Sierras. After moving to the Palm Springs /Coachella Valley over 25 years ago, her love continued for the surrounding desert and mountains. From Mt. San Gorgonio, San Jacinto, Joshua Tree National Park, to the lows of Mecca’s Ladder Canyon, as well as the Salton Sea, Carol has become a self-taught geologist and continues to be fascinated by the valley’s geography. Among her mountaineering accomplishments, Carol has climbed Mt. Whitney at 14,484 ft. five times and has led numerous groups into the Grand Canyon. She looks forward to guiding Toscana Members on hikes that explore the local Indian tribe’s history and the beautiful flora and fauna our valley holds. Come out and see what there is to enjoy!
Kids Camp Art Instructor
Lyn Glover
Lyn moved back to Palm Desert in 2014 after living in Canada, Portland Oregon and Orange County. She graduated from The Floral Design Institute as a certified florist and won award winning designer at Portland's annual "Festival of Trees" for 3 consecutive years. Lynn volunteers with her certified animal therapy dog, “Remington”, at local schools and senior assisted living facilities and teaches floral design courses. She is excited to work with the children of Toscana teaching art.