Volunteer Leadership

ISPA is a volunteer-driven organization, governed by a board of directors chosen from the membership. The vision and day-to-day operation of the company are the responsibility of an experienced and talented executive staff. Our volunteer leaders ensure that ISPA continues to grow and evolve with the times, staying at the forefront of innovation. 

ISPA Board of Directors Selection Process

The Nominations Committee is tasked with evaluating the needs of the current board and proposing the names of members to fill the vacancies that occur in the set rotation of board members each year.  Per the ISPA bylaws, one-third of the board of directors rotates each year.  This ensures that seasoned board members sit side by side with new ones, providing a balance of ideas that can propel our association to new heights of success.

The ISPA Nominations process is very thorough and has evolved over the years to identify high-level leadership qualities and attributes.  Annually, an application is open for any eligible member interested in serving on the ISPA Board of Directors.  From there, applicants go through a standard process which can include up to two interviews (conducted via video conferencing), review professional references and a personality assessment for each candidate.  Candidates are selected for the slate of candidates, put before the ISPA membership for approval.  A thorough orientation process is conducted before the new directors take office at the ISPA Conference & Expo.      

The ISPA Board of Directors Application will be available for eligible members to apply on April 1, 2020.  If you have any questions surrounding this process, please contact samantha.smith@ispastaff.com.  In the meantime, if you would like to become more involved with the association, please visit the Volunteer Opportunities page.

2020 ISPA Nominations Committee

Frank Pitsikalis (Co-Chair), Todd Shaw (Co-Chair), Sharilyn Abbajay, Jean Kolb, Garrett Mersberger (ex-officio as current ISPA Chairman), Jane Segerberg, Michael Tompkins and Deborah Waldvogel.

ISPA Board of Directors Chairman’s Council

Past ISPA Chairman who are active members of ISPA
Garrett Mersberger – Current ISPA Chairman
Gayle Brady – Brady Spa Consulting
Ella Kent – Sea Island Resort
Jeff Kohl – Spa & Club Ideations
Jean Kolb – Hutchinson Consulting
John Korpi – Korpi & Korpi
Kate Mearns – LIVunLtd
Jim Root – Mii amo
Jane Segerberg – Segerberg Spa Consulting, LLC
Todd Shaw – Technogym
Michael Tompkins – Hutchinson Consulting
Deborah Waldvogel – ResortSuite