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.
Head Tennis & Pickleball Pro
Bruce Reed
Bruce is a USPTA Certified Professional and has served as the Director of Tennis at Club Green Meadows, Cascade Athletic Club, The Walla Walla Country Club, Stafford Hills Club, and the Charbonneau Tennis Club. Coach Bruce has also conducted adult tennis camps in Palm Desert for the last 15 years and has directed over 100 tennis tournaments. Bruce added to his tennis skills by excelling at pickleball and became interested in coach. He is now an IPTPA Certified Pickleball Pro and tournament player. He is endorsed by ADIDAS Tennis and Wilson Tennis and Pickleball. He and his wife, LeeAnn, are a gold medal-winning, Mixed Doubles Pickleball Team, called the "Power Couple". They live in Indian Wells, California and have 5 beautiful children.
Sports Club Administrative Assistant
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.
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/Sports Club Concierge
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 is passionate about helping people find rejuvenation and renewal. Her bodywork style is nurturing and with over 20 years of experience, Kim has honed her skills and intuitive touch to help powerfully unwind the tension in the body. Kim has been trained in various modalities of therapeutic massage and bodywork. Outside of work Kim enjoys hiking, swimming and going to the movies. Kim also enjoys playing with my four little puppies.
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
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
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.
Maria Martinez
Maria Martinez is an experienced Esthetician with a lifetime passion for facial health. Maria has over 10 years experience in the skincare field. Maria brings with her expertise and a desire to achieve clients’ skincare goals by providing them with a personalized regimen for success and support. Maria believes that facial health is a journey, and she looks forward to offering clients unparalleled service during their transition to beautiful skin. Maria resides in Palm Desert, CA with her husband Ruben, her yorkie Hercules and, mini schnauzer Barbas.
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.
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
John Allen
John was born in southern California. He has been working in the hair salon industry for over 25 years. John’s notable accomplishments began in 1983 when he won the Long Beach Hair Show cutting and styling competition. From there he built an extremely devoted clientele. John currently works in Beverly Hills and is joining Toscana on Mondays and Thursdays. John excels in all facets of the industry yet he specializes in creating a total look for his clients.
Hair Stylist
Sam Lucas
Sam has dedicated her professional career to achieving excellence in the beauty industry. Mastering the art of hair designing, precision cutting, and coloring techniques, she is very excited to extend her talents to the Toscana Community. Sam has joined our team here at Toscana from Southwestern Ohio. Moving to the Coachella Valley has been a lifelong dream and this season it came true. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her interests include hiking, biking, and swimming. Sam is at Toscana Friday, Saturday and Sundays
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
Alice Cabala
Alicia has resided here in the Coachella Valley for the past 20 years. With a few years experience of working as a spa attendant, Alicia has discovered her passion in assisting others and is eager to always help when possible. Alicia values spending time with her family and enjoys cooking whenever possible. Her favorite hobbies include cleaning, spending time with her grandchildren, and listening to music.
Spa Butler
Edith Gallardo
Edith is from Jalisco, México and has lived in the desert since 2001. Edith has been in customer service throughout her life (she was a travel agent in Mexico for many years!) and has experience co-owning and managing a restaurant with her husband. Edith is passionate about making people feel welcome and appreciated, and genuinely cares about providing a positive experience to those around her. She is excited about being a part of Toscana Spa. Edith's hobbies include trying new restaurants with her family, interior design/decorating, zumba and hiking.
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.
Sports Butler
Jesus Canas
Jesus is originally from Venezuela. He’s lived in Palm Desert for 3 years and his prior studies include law and engineering. Jesus is married with two children and enjoys reading, swimming and bike riding. He’s thrilled to be with Toscana and looks forward to the season ahead.
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.
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
Wendi Schwartz
Wendi has just moved back to the desert from Wyoming where she owned a restaurant. She has been a chef for 42 years and teaches cooking classes part time. She has been involved in health, fitness and massage therapy for many years. Originally from Philadelphia, she is glad to be back in the desert and happy to be part of the Toscana team.
Sports Club Concierge
Pam Vidales
Born in Chihuahua Mexico, and raised in the Coachella Valley, Pam is a Palm Desert High School graduate. Happily married for 12 years, and mom to two boys, on her days off, she enjoys spending time with her family. Pam also enjoys publishing make up and lifestyle videos for her you tube channel . Prior to working at Toscana, Pam worked at Bighorn Golf Club where she learned the importance of providing excellent customer service . Pam is very excited to be here at Toscana and looks forward to having a great season.
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
Missie Nunez
Missie was born and raised in New York and moved to the desert in 1989. Exercise and fitness was instilled since childhood with dance and gymnastics from the age of 3, which led to weight training and bodybuilding. Missie's passion is to help others reach any, and all fitness goals, using knowledge from education and training certifications, coupled with personal struggles and accomplishments. Personal interests include: family time, biking, hiking, travel, reading, and attending concerts.
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.
Massage Therapist
Zach Wiles
Zach is a Certified Massage Therapist and a Personal Trainer for 10 years who is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Zach also is a Holistic Health Coach, Neuro Kenetic Therapist levels I & II, and California Licensed Massage Therapist. Zach believes that the well-being of an individual encompasses the mind, body, and soul. Our outer self balanced with our inner self. With enthusiasm he utilizes his accumulated knowledge to encourage and assist his clients to reach healthier goals by using correct form and alignment, proper level technique to all demographics, injury prevention and specialized Assisted Stretching. Zach believes in training, proper nutrition, stretching and Massage Therapy are keys of achieving well-being! When not working, Zach enjoys spending time with his family and friends, his yoga practice, weight training and mountain biking. He is a big fan of basketball and football.
Personal Trainer
Jordan Panaiotov
Jordan was born in Bulgaria. Physical fitness was part of his life since he was 10 years old. Jordan was a part of a competitive gymnastic team for 8 years. Eight years of training and competing determined his destiny, helping others to achieve their personal fitness goals. In 1981 Jordan started to train people who were interested in gymnastics and bodybuilding. In 1990 Jordan emigrated to Germany and lived there for 4 years. In 1995 he came to America. From 1997 to 2002 he worked at The Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage. From there he worked at The Springs Country Club and then at Toscana from 2008 to 2011. It was the most exciting and fulfilling experience for Jordan and that is why he has returned to be part of the team again. Jordan believes that impossible is not a fact but an opinion. Things are impossible till someone does it!
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
Erin O'Meara
Erin is a native of Washington state. She was born and raised a dancer and has been a Dance and workout instructor for over 20 years.. In 2017 she and her fiancé moved to the desert to be closer to family and she fell in love with Pilates. She is certified with Pilates Sports Center. She loves helping people become more fit, pain free and happier with themselves and life. Erin loves spending time outdoors, running, hiking, skiing and spending time with her granddaughter.
Pilates Instructor
Keppi Baranick
Keppi’s love of the fitness industry began in the 1980’s after attending Jane Fonda aerobics class. Shortly thereafter she found yoga and Pilates and what began as a lifelong passion for breath, alignment, strength and stretch. Keppi has been certified by Physical Mind Institute Mat and Barre. She also has Stott, Balanced Body Reformer and EXO chair and Cadillac training. Keppi enjoys blending yoga, Pilates, mat and barre into her classes as it enhances her student’s body awareness. Keppi also has her masters in nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. When not in class, Keppi loves spoiling her pugs and dedicates much of her time to animal rescue.
Pilates Instructor
Maria Panaiotova
Physical fitness has always been a part of Maria’s life. Since becoming a personal trainer (AFAA), she has explored other avenues of fitness including becoming a pilates reformer certified trainer and golf conditioning specialist (ACE). Maria has extensive experience with active adults. Her pilates work consists of core strengthening, flexibility, and endurance. Maria is focused on her clients individual goals and believes that pilates works for everyone and has become the ultimate in functional training.
Pilates Instructor
Mariana Frechel
Mariana Frechel, is a native-born Argentinian from Buenos Aires. She discovered Pilates in 2006 after a work-related injury. Mariana arrived in Los Angeles in 2011 and enrolled in a 450 hour comprehensive teacher training program and completed her training in 2013 at Pilates Place, Santa Monica. After she completed her training, she worked as a full-time teacher at Natural Pilates, Beverly Hills. She is experienced in teaching classes that are both dynamic and athletic based as well as structured and movement focused. Mariana is passionate about getting her clients into their best possible shape. As a teacher, Mariana helps her clients learn body awareness, understand movement efficiency, and the importance of building strength through proper movement. In her free time, she loves hiking with her husband, Chris and her daughter Indie.
Fitcamp/Abs Attack 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.
Lead Group Exercise and Bocce Supervisor
Stephen Kaleda
Stephen has been in the desert since 2001. He has over 1000 hours in teaching certifications; leads workshops throughout California, participates in yoga teacher trainings and leads yoga retreats outside of the desert. Personal interests include; reading, biking, hiking, drawing, and travel. Stephen is member of Yoga Alliance and has certifications in several yoga modalities, water fitness and TRX.
Pilates/Group X Instructor
Jackie Maughan
Prior to moving to the desert in 2018, Jackie was a fitness studio owner and operator. She built a successful fitness business from the ground up and managed all aspects of studio operations. She is an experienced Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer with an extensive background in Pilates (mat & reformer), Cardio and Aqua. She is Racquetfit Certified, TPI Certified (Level 1) and TRX (level 3). Her personal interests are tennis, golf and hiking.
Abs Attack and Water 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!