Blogging by the Sea

Denise Morton

Denise Morton is our new Senior Sales Manager for the Association Market. She has been in sales for all of her working career. Found her passion when starting in the hospitality industry as a catering manager seven years ago at a property in Morro Bay CA. She has worked in the Monterey area since 2012. She is active in CALSAE and a current ambassador for the Monterey County Hospitality Association MCHA. She was designated ambassador of the year for 2016. Please contact Denise at with any questions regarding future bookings.

Germar Kelly

Germar Kelly, Director of Conference Services, at the Asilomar Conference Grounds holds a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management, is a Certified Meeting Professional and is bi-lingual in Spanish. He comes with over 45 years’ experience in the Hospitality Industry with the last 17 in Conference Services Management. He is a versatile professional with proven skills in all aspects of meetings, event and trade shows and conference management. He has been recognized for his superior strength in relationship management and customer service skills. He enjoys spending time at the beach and traveling with his family. If you would like to reach out to Germar, his email address is:

Jill Heymsfield

Jill Heymsfield, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator at Asilomar Conference Grounds, has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia. She spent her first few years out of college working in, and being inspired by, National Parks and protected areas. Her specialty is in how to incorporate sustainability and conservation practices within business operations. When not at work she likes to spend her free time running marathons and climbing big mountains. If you would like contact Jill, please email her at

Marisa Magoni

As the Event and Wedding Coordinator for Asilomar Conference Grounds Marisa enjoys helping clients make their ideas come to life. She has been living in Pacific Grove for about four years, originally from Southern CA and has close to 600+ weddings under her belt. When she's not coordinating, you can find her hiking at the various trails in Monterey County, her favorite being Soberanes, or volunteering for Peace of Mind Dog Rescue & ASPCA. She also enjoys running with her son & husband and has run the LA Marathon back in 2016. Her most recent run was the San Jose Rock & Roll Half Marathon back in October 2018. Contact: Marisa Magoni Wedding Coordinator 831.642.4295

Natascha von Thiele

As a Conference Services Manager for Asilomar Conference Grounds, Natascha helps manage group events and conferences to perfection. When she’s not working with her clients, you'll likely find her kayaking on the beautiful Monterey Bay or relaxing on the beach with a book. Natascha is an active volunteer in the community and advocate for educating and motivating youth, to protect, and sustain the environment.

Stephanie Calica

Stephanie Calica is happy to assist clients in the Corporate Market as well as with small meetings consisting of 10-25 rooms. She offers over 15 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry, and can also provide true local insights having lived on the Monterey Peninsula her entire life.

The Asilomar Team

Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds, with over 105 years on the Monterey Peninsula, offers a unique setting that combines beautiful architecture, historic charm and a treasure trove of memories for our guests. With plenty of activities for people of different ages and interests - you will never have a dull moment here. With its windswept location on the California coast – Asilomar is exactly where you should be if you seek to disconnect and unplug from your everyday routine. In the spirit of Asilomar’s rich history, we’re excited to share our new blog adventure. Our Sales and Conference Services Team have created great content and helpful ideas regarding group business, travel, weddings, and Asilomar’s sustainability efforts.

Tim McGill

Timothy McGill, Director of Sales & Marketing for the Asilomar Conference Grounds, holds a B.S. in Hotel & Restaurant Administration from Western Kentucky University. He has been a DOSM with Hilton Hotels, Wyndham, Starwood and independent hotels for over 40 years. He has a wide array of experience in all hotel markets inclusive of Associations, Incentive, Corporate, Business Travel & the Religious/Spiritual for properties located in resorts, urban and suburban locations. If you would like to connect with Timothy, please email him at

Vanessa Parra

Vanessa Parra, Marketing Manager, of Asilomar Conference Grounds holds a B.S. in Graphic Communication from CAL POLY, San Luis Obispo, CA. She comes with experience in Marketing & Sales. She is recognized for growing strategic relationships with clients and businesses. Social Media is her Marketing tool of preference to increase engagement and brand awareness. She also enjoys spending time at Pumpkin Patches with her husband and daughter on her free time. If you would like to reach out to Vanessa, please email her at