Meet Our Team

Suzie Downie
Community Manager

In 1995 Suzi came upon the redwoods of Santa Cruz and knew she had finally found paradise. Hired as the Operations Specialist for LightSurf Technologies, Suzi worked with the Upper Management Team, Human Resources and the Finance Department handling all purchasing for the organization, contract hires and event planning. Later, she turned her hobbies into a career by opening My Cozy Consignment Shop, selling art, fine jewelry, furniture, paintings, clothing, shoes and accessories in an atmosphere of a French boutique. Suzi is hoping to bring her expertise in business along with her passion for art and fashion into the Satellite Los Gatos.

Jay Smith
IT Manager

Jay keeps the tech world of The Satellite humming, from broadband to data networks to cloud infrastructure to videoconferences and VoIP phones. Raised in Chicago, he started a small computer company years ago, learning on the job. He’s run IT for motorhome dealerships and dabbled in the logging industry. Have you seen some of the gorgeous woodwork at The Satellite Santa Monica from his milling efforts?

Barbara Sprenger
Chief Executive Officer

Barbara has 23 years experience in starting, managing & growing profitable companies. She founded an engineering & manufacturing company, taking it international & selling the company to an Ohio-based multinational. She has a strong background in real estate investment & green building. Barbara holds a BA with highest honors in Economics & Master of Public Policy degree. Her passion is in building & supporting community.

Ken Meshke
Director of Facilities

Co-founder and successful entrepreneur with over 27 years experience in operations, engineering, manufacturing and sales and commercial real estate investment, development and construction.