Meet the Staff
Our Kona Kai Club Staff Are Here for You
Learn more about the people who keep our Shelter Island private club running smoothly. Andrea, Aeriel & Brittney are always available to our members, so feel free to reach out to them anytime!
Director of Club Membership
Andrea Lambert is a talented hospitality professional with more than 20 years of success in hospitality sales and business development. As Director of Club Membership at Kona Kai Resort & Spa – historically known as the “club of clubs” – Lambert operates and grows business at the legendary exclusive members-only club.
Destined to work in hospitality, Lambert grew up in the hotel business and her first job was at seven years old while sitting on the lap of the switchboard operator at San Diego’s Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa – a hotel her father managed at the time. Before joining Kona Kai Resort & Spa, Lambert worked for San Diego’s Rancho Bernardo Inn as the Membership Director, where she maximized membership sales, designed and facilitated membership events, identified and pursued target markets, and maintained relationships with the current member base.
Lambert holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Additionally, she is certified in Life Coaching – her second passion in life – where she can apply her skills in goal setting and personal accountability to build strong, empowered teams, and promote trusting client relationships. Lambert resides in San Diego’s Bankers Hill neighborhood with her husband, and she loves hiking and traveling in her free time.
Brittney Poppe is a certified Wellness Professional with more than eight years of success in the wellness industry. In her role as Wellness Supervisor, Brittney oversees Kona Kai’s fitness classes and instructors. She assists our Kona Kai community in efforts to achieve their wellness goals. Her mission is holistic: creating a supportive community surrounded by wellness. Her vision is to guide community to a compatible lifestyle by optimizing awareness, health, and wellness. Moving from the Midwest, Brittney found a home in California through the study of movement, and she is determined to help others find home within themselves through the principles of wellness.
Brittney has studied a wide range of holistic movement practices. She is a passionate fitness educator with over eight years of full-time professional experience in designing and leading public yoga classes. She is certified in a variety of yoga approaches, including Yin, Restorative, Dhurva, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Foundations of Yoga. In 2020, she completed an Advanced 300-Hour Movement Teacher Training in Costa Rica, acquiring in-depth knowledge about postures, breathing techniques, and spiritual elements of teaching. She has experience managing fitness studios, organizing yoga workshops, training private clients, coordinating wellness events, and hosted wellness retreats. In addition to her movement education and experience, Brittney is skilled in Hand Balancing and Active Flexibility. She is a qualified Reiki Practitioner. She has furthered her education in techniques of Meditation, Thai massage, In Depth Anatomy, various styles of Breath-work, and Circus Arts. She mentored under physical therapists to advance her studies in injury recovery and prevention.
Britney enjoys exploring San Diego and cares greatly about giving back to community.
Member Experience Manager
Aeriel is a true San Diegan having lived here her entire life. A San Diego State University Theatre grad, Aeriel has always enjoyed bringing a smile to other people’s faces. Aeriel’s hospitality journey began in the Front Office and during her 7 years she has held the titles of Front Office Manager and Group Rooms Coordinator. Aeriel has always been interested in breaking into the events world, so she is excited to be joining the Kona Kai team to do just that. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and hosting game nights with her friends and family. Aeriel also has a strong passion for dance and performance. She is a skilled line and hip-hop dancer. You will rarely see her sitting still as she loves to keep moving. Out of all her interests, Aeriel’s biggest obsession are her two young nieces. They inspire her to be better every day and she is always willing to share a cute picture of them! Aeriel’s is a HUGE people person and loves to being around others. Her motto is “Why try to fit in when your born to stand out."