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Meet The Management Team


Theo Kracke


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Theo & Becky Kracke founded Paradise Retreats in 2006. Using the business philosophies of Integrity, Innovation, and Value, Paradise Retreats has grown to become the leader in luxury vacation rental management in Santa Barbara County.

Theo has been a resident of Santa Barbara since 1981. After graduating with an Honors degree in Business Economics from UCSB, he founded Techstyles Sportswear in his garage in Goleta. Techstyles became a leader in the resort apparel industry, consistently shipping 80,000+ garments each month to tourist resort destinations around the country. In 2004, Theo sold Techstyles and began exploring new entrepreneurial opportunities.

By 2006, it became obvious to Theo & Becky that Santa Barbara needed a vacation rental management company that applied proven business principles to their operations. With Theo’s business operations experience, and Becky’s real estate background, they have built a company that achieves that goal. Becky & Theo have recruited a team of competent professionals in every aspect of property management. From New Client Relations, Property Administration, Guest Relations, Property Services, and Accounting, their loyal and hard-working staff strives to maximize the success of every property. This is achieved while providing excellent customer service to their valued Guests, while also protecting neighbors’ rights to the quiet enjoyment of their properties.

Theo, Becky, and their 2 children aim to enjoy the best that Santa Barbara offers. Whether surfing from their parcel on the Hollister Ranch, regularly hiking the mountain trails of Montecito, exploring the Channel Islands on their boat, or just enjoying downtown activities with the kids, a philosophy of “work to live” permeates the Kracke lifestyle.

“I appreciate the beauty, sophistication, and creativity of the Santa Barbara community. Everyone I know is committed to a balanced life of professional work satisfaction, health, and happiness. We strive to create a company that reflects those values"


Becky Kracke

Broker / CFO

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As the Principal Broker of Paradise Retreats Real Estate, Inc., Becky guides the company with her extensive knowledge of real estate practices & regulatory compliance. Her years of experience have directed the growth of our Long-Term Rental property management division. She stays informed of changes in local real estate regulations, and implements policies to ensure compliance with all new rules. Her passion for real estate sales has influenced our Guest Relations Team to be passionate about success & growth in our rental business.

Becky was born in Missoula, Montana, and at age 2 moved with her family to Ventura, CA. She had an early start in the hospitality industry because she lived & worked at the beachside hotel owned by her parents. Becky graduated with a degree in English Literature from Cal State Northridge, and worked in Real Estate during her college years. She became a licensed Realtor in 1993, and has since facilitated hundreds of successful real estate transactions.

“It has been exciting for Theo & me to build this company to its current level of success. We are proud of our reputation for integrity & professionalism. It has been very rewarding to see my commitment & passion for real estate reflected in the culture & attitude of our hard-working staff.”


Tera Neumann

Director of New Client Relations

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As Director of New Client Relations with Paradise Retreats, Tera is a perfect fit for this high-energy, fast-moving company. She is thorough and relaxed in the face of competing priorities. Tera also understands the importance of innovation, which makes it easy to implement systems that make her department more efficient and accurate. Most importantly, Tera knows the importance of building relationships and understanding clients’ wants and needs.

Tera has been a proud member of the Paradise Retreats team since March 2013. With a degree in Communication and Public Relations, she has previously worked in the hotel industry, where she specialized in Marketing, Events, and Client

Relations. Her past experience in Client Relations continues to set the foundation for Tera’s commitment to simple, yet effective principles: putting the client first, being on time, and always calling clients back as soon as possible.

Tera moved from Wisconsin to the Santa Barbara area in 2011. While she misses her hometown dearly and visits often, she is proud to now call Santa Barbara home. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her wife and their daughter, and they spend many of their weekends at the beach and exploring the beautiful parks in the surrounding area.

“I am pleased to work with all of our new clients and introduce them to the Paradise Retreats family. I am committed to providing excellent service and accurate information as efficiently as possible. As my clients already know, I am only satisfied when my client is satisfied, and we work together to create lasting and meaningful relationships.”

Meet Our Property Inspectors / Meet & Greet Staff


Beth Evick

Property Inspector / Meet & Greet Staff

Beth has been a member of the Paradise Retreats team since 2013. With a degree in Hotel Management & Convention Planning from Bowling Green University, Beth brings professional hospitality training to her job. She has excellent attention to detail, and the willingness to accept any task. Beth’s easygoing personality and quick-wit make her a pleasure to work with.

Beth and her husband met in college, and have lived in Santa Barbara since 1990. Together they have two happy and busy children. As a part-time Property Inspector / Meet & Greet Staff, and full-time mom, she is also passionate about Interior Design.

“Inspecting the beautiful homes Paradise Retreats manages is a distinct pleasure. It feels satisfying to help our property owners maintain their homes, and to ensure that our guests have a flawless experience. I often get great design ideas too!”


Jenny Thomas

Property Inspector / Meet & Greet Staff

Jenny joined the Paradise Retreats team in 2013, and quickly discovered that her job was an ideal fit for this Santa Barbara native.

Jenny inspects properties, and greets our guests upon arrival at their vacation home. She also helps manage the property supplies that are provided for all Paradise Retreats guests.

Jenny brings a friendly smile and positive attitude to everything she does. Her loyalty and dedication to her job are always evident.

When not working, Jenny stays busy with her husband, their six children, four grandchildren, and wonderful In-laws. Even with her busy work & family schedule, Jenny still manages to enjoy cooking, exercising, and spending time with friends. She also loves the family pets (her “furry friends”)!

“I love people, and have always been interested in Real Estate. Being a team player, I feel like this job is the perfect fit. After raising my children (and now enjoying our “empty nest) this interesting & enjoyable job has been a great transition for me”.


Carol Bellandi

Property Inspector / Meet & Greet Staff

Carol has been part of the Paradise Retreats Property Services team since 2018. Originally from the Bay Area, she earned her BA degree in Fine Arts from San Jose State University with an emphasis in sculpture/bronze casting, and a minor degree in Italian, which she speaks fluently.

For over 25 years Carol worked as a brand consultant for global consumer products companies such as Coca Cola, Kraft, Nestle and Unilever. Based in the US and Europe, she set up & managed international operations as Managing Director/CEO for Landor Associates, EnterpriseIG, and Addison Design.

In 2006, she started her own consulting practice to help small businesses with sales, marketing, new business development strategies, and coaching. In 2015, she moved to Panama to manage several vacation rental apartment buildings in Panama City. Given her appreciation for art & architecture, her management experience, and also having stayed at spectacular private estates throughout Europe, Carol immensely enjoys assisting our homeowners with the care of their beautiful properties.

“Working at Paradise Retreats and living in Santa Barbara are two truly wonderful experiences. We have a great team at the office where everyone is caring, supportive and working hard to do our best for our clients and guests. As a recent resident of Santa Barbara, I am enjoying the beauty, the weather and most of all, the proximity to my family and friends.”


Benjamin Boggs

Property Inspector / Meet & Greet Staff

Ben joined the Paradise Retreats team in 2019, and has loved every minute of his time here! He brings a wide range of skills to Paradise Retreats, but his favorite job is meeting arriving Guests, introducing them to their property, and then sharing with them tips on how to enjoy the best of our local area.

Ben, a veteran, met our Property Services Manager while attending Westmont College. Together they started a Veterans Club to bring the veteran community closer in the city of Santa Barbara.

Ben is pursuing a BA in Kinesiology where he studies the optimization of movement, and in particular how it applies to surfing. Not only is it Ben’s academic goal, but surfing is also his ultimate joy in life! He loves the feeing of being alone in the ocean, where he can take a break from everyday technology, and instead work on bettering himself. In turn, Ben can then become a positive influence on all those around him.

“I am blessed to be part of Paradise Retreats’ amazing company & family. I’ve struggled for a long time finding work that really makes me happy, and I have finally found a “home” that gives me that feeling. I look forward to the opportunity to work side-by-side with, amazing coworkers. I give 100% every time I ‘Meet & Greet’ our Guests, and also when I am doing my detailed inspections of our beautiful properties. Even though I was raised in Washington State, I now call Santa Barbara my “second home”, and I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon!”


Nick Biaggi

Property Inspector / Meet & Greet Staff

Nick brings energy & enthusiasm to his job as a Property Inspector & Meet & Greet Staff. His easygoing demeanor, attention to detail, and love of our area are attributes that our Guests appreciate while being oriented to their new “home”.

Nick began working at Paradise Retreats in the spring of 2019. Originally from Northern California, Nick is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara. In his free time he enjoys surfing, snowboarding, and environmental conservation.

“Joining the Paradise Retreats team has been a wonderful experience. I appreciate being able to work with friendly & dedicated people on a daily basis, all the while in the idyllic setting of Santa Barbara, California.”

Meet The Property Administration Support Team

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Sheri Mize

Interior Designer and Stager, Sheri Mize

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Sheri and her team have been styling and staging Paradise Retreats’ properties since 2007. She enhances the appeal of each property with her impeccable style and attention to detail. Sheri’s talent for creating comfortable, harmonious and beautiful spaces perfectly compliments our approach to providing a world-class vacation experience to our guests.

Sheri has a background in fashion and merchandising, and a degree in Interior and Exterior Design. A native of Southern California, she has had the pleasure of calling Santa Barbara her home since 1983.

Sheri feels blessed to be working alongside the wonderful team at Paradise Retreats.

“It’s a joy to work with such a wonderful, supportive and respectful crew. Despite the long hours spent getting just the right shot, each project ends with gratitude and hugs.”

Jane Harper has been Sheri’s Lead Assistant since 2014. She has a background in Business Administration and Customer Service as well as the experience of years of international travel.

“I never take living in Santa Barbara for granted. To also be surrounded in my work by wonderful people is a gift.”


Scott Gibson

Scott Gibson Photography

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Scott is a Santa Barbara based photographer specializing in real estate, portraits, and a wide variety of corporate and commercial projects. He has the #1 postcard company in the area, and his work is proudly displayed on scenic postcards racks throughout Santa Barbara County.

With his depth of experience, Scott enjoys sharing his wealth of information. He has branched out into teaching workshops for photographers who want to diversify their range of professional photography services.

Over the years, Scott has become a valuable member of the Paradise Retreats team, and his photographs fill the web pages of the Paradise Retreats website. His signature style offers a unique and beautiful visual presentation that has contributed to the great marketing success of Paradise Retreats.

“Working with Paradise Retreats has been a lot of fun. It is so gratifying to complete a photo shoot at these fabulous locations, and then be able to take a few minutes to relish in the beauty of where are live and work. It’s awesome!”


Retta Slay

Property Administration Staff

As an important part of our Property Administration department, Retta’s primary job is to help prepare each property to ensure it’s success in short-term (or long-term) rental markets.

Retta has been a resident of Santa Barbara since1994. It was in our beautiful area where she raised her two sons, while she also contributed to the growth of the family business. Retta’s primary role in that business was planning events designed to foster excellent relations with clients, vendors, and employees.

Guided by a strong core of inner values, Retta’s outer life reflects those same values. Retta’s goal is to contribute to other people’s happiness & well-being. She works at this goal with energy, creativity, and dedication. Retta contributes her time actively supporting local schools, organizations, and her church.

During her free time, Retta enjoys connecting with family, friends, and enabling kids with special needs to engage in new experiences. She also loves to entertain, travel, explore, take long walks, and work on creative projects.

"I enjoy being a part of the Paradise Retreats family. I'm impressed by the strengths of our individual team members who collectively deliver a great experience to our homeowners and guests."