Spencer Meinburg was born in California and has lived in Idaho, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Australia and Thailand. In 2013 he founded Travel for God Ministries and spent time in 27 countries over 7 months.
Educationally he earned his Master’s in Business Administration with a Finance Specialization from Louisiana State University Shreveport and earned his bachelor’s degree with four majors and three minors from the University of Idaho. While at the University of Idaho, Spencer ran track for five years capturing two team titles and served as the Scholar’s President. He was the valedictorian speaker and selected for the prestigious Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year award at the conclusion of high school which earned him a spot at Walt Disney World on their wall of fame and was featured on the cover of USA Today and in the Sports Illustrated magazine.
Spencer’s professional background includes a start in the Aquatics industry in 2004 and managing teams to excellence since 2007. He was hired during the construction phase of the Plunge being rebuilt in 2019 and created the business model for restoring the Historical Landmark back to its glory. In addition to aquatics, he has experience with amusement park management, waterpark management, hospitality management, food and beverage management, fitness management, business start-ups, pre-construction, construction projects, community boards and other humanitarian efforts. In 2018 as the Waterpark Director at Laguna Splash, his team won the highest honor in Aquatics achieving the Platinum Safety Award from Ellis and Associates. He created the Swim Monkey Swim Lesson Curriculum and has taught thousands of students worldwide. Spencer has also worked in Australia in the mining and civil engineering industries. Some of his certifications include: American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor with Title 22, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, CARMP (Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program) Instructor License, ILTP (International Lifeguard Training Program) Instructor, NSPF Certified Pool Operator (CPO), NRPA Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO), Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification with Category 24, Central District Health Certified Pool Operator, NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer, Certificate IV Training and Assessment, CPR and First Aid Instructor, Construction White Card, Electrical Safety Awareness, and USA Track and Field Certified Official. He has also served as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner and is always seeking out opportunities to give back to the community and to partner with other businesses.
Spencer met his beautiful wife Hanelle in 2014 in Thailand and they were married at Laguna Beach in 2017. They have two gorgeous daughters and look forward to making many more family memories in San Diego!
Director of Internal and External Relations
Darion Garrison was born and raised in Southern California. He moved to Bloomington, Indiana at 21 where he started working for Walmart. Darion spent the next 25 years with Walmart which led him up and down the state, finally settling in San Diego where he has been for the last 20 years. He has a passion for training, developing and mentoring young people and maintains a mentorship role with many of those people to this day.
Darion has 6 amazing children, which all still live in San Diego. They range from 30 years old to 16 years old. He has a 7 year old grandson that keeps him busy. Darion and his beautiful wife Rebekah live in the East County and enjoy their backyard oasis, weekend getaways to Temecula wine country, the outdoor life San Diego has to offer and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Director of Operations and Sales
Samantha Ditzenberger, originally from Chicago, Illinois, moved to California in 2018 to seek new experiences and opportunities. Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Point Loma Nazarene University, with an expected graduation in 2024, Samantha is dedicated to her academic pursuits and eager to embrace what lies ahead.
Her professional journey began in education, starting as a preschool teacher and progressing to become an Interim Director of a Private Preschool. Samantha has over 8 years of experience in childhood development and has demonstrated a strong commitment to early childhood development throughout her career.
Beyond her work and studies, Samantha enjoys teaching dance, camping, and hiking. She has taught various dance styles to students of all ages and levels since 2012 and continues pursuing this passion in Eastlake, CA. These activities balance her busy life and serve as a source of personal fulfillment. With a down-to-earth approach to life, Samantha values the opportunities that come with each new day. Her journey from Chicago to California reflects her desire for personal growth and her willingness to embrace life’s adventures!
Brian Hernandez, an accomplished Aquatics Manager with a decade of experience in the industry, has progressed from a Pool Manager to his current role as Aquatics Manager at the renowned Plunge San Diego in Mission Beach, California. While Brian began his finance degree at Rutgers University, he decided to embark on his successful career in Aquatics. His educational foundation, combined with his unwavering dedication to aquatics, has been the driving force behind his successful career.
Throughout his career, Brian has displayed a deep passion for creating a safe and welcoming environment for all swimmers. He has a proven track record of excellence, having served as an Aquatics Director in multiple states, including California and Texas. Brian’s commitment to ensuring a top-notch aquatics experience is the cornerstone of his work. He is dedicated to the continuous improvement of aquatics facilities, making Plunge San Diego a premier destination for aquatic enjoyment.
Brian Hernandez welcomes inquiries and connections from the aquatics community and anyone interested in the fantastic aquatics experience at Plunge San Diego. His expertise and enthusiasm ensure that Plunge San Diego remains a leader in the field, providing a memorable and safe environment for swimmers and visitors. Contact Brian to discover more about the incredible aquatics offerings at this iconic location.
Assistant Managers & Coordinators
Jarrett Collier | Jordan Hallmen | Ian Lawyer | Dalten Malone | Evan Neiswanger | Daniel Torres
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