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THE INTERNATIONAL SPA ASSOCIATION AND THE ISPA FOUNDATION PROUDLY PRESENT BOARD MEMBERS FOR 2005-200

Thursday, 15 December 2005

The following volunteer leaders for ISPA and the ISPA Foundation are set to lead both groups on a strategic path into the future. By serving as board members, these dedicated volunteers commit time and resources throughout their terms and work in harmony to strengthen the spa industry.

Elected members of the 2005-2006 ISPA Board of Directors are as follows:

ISPA Officers and Executive Committee

  • Chairman: Kate Mearns, director of sports and spa, Kingsmill Resort and Spa
  • Vice Chairman: Sharilyn Abbajay, founder/general manager, Abbajay & Associates, LLC
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Root, general manager of spa operations, Sea Island Resorts
  • Orlando Hidalgo, spa director/owner, Hosteria Las Quintas Eco Spa
  • Jean Kolb, spa director, Kohler Waters Spa/American Club
  • Jeremy McCarthy, spa director, La Costa Resort and Spa

Newly Elected ISPA Board Members

  • Charles Mizelle, vice president of corporate dev., Kerstin Florian, Intl.
  • Deborah Waldvogel, director of spa operations, Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment

Returning ISPA Board Members

  • David Erlich, director of spa operations, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
  • Celeste Hilling, founder, Skin Authority
  • Peter Sng, managing director, Spacare International Pte. Ltd. - The Aspara
  • Jennifer Wayland-Smith, spa director, Spa at The Hotel Hershey
  • Susan Wheeler, spa director, Avanyu Spa at The Equinox Resort & Spa, a Rock Resort
  • Merrill Williams, public relations director, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

We are proud to have the ongoing wisdom of past leaders through the ISPA Past Chairman's Council

  • Gayle Brady, principal, Brady Spa Consulting>
  • Thad Hyland, managing director, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
  • Jeff Kohl, owner, Spa & Club Ideations Inc.
  • John Korpi, principal, SpaQuest International
  • Jane Segerberg, senior consultant, JGL Spa Design and Consulting

About ISPA

ISPA is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization and voice of the spa industry. Founded in 1991, ISPA's membership is comprised of more than 2,500 health and wellness facilities and providers from 73 countries. ISPA strives to advance the professionalism of the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, to promote the value of the spa experience to society and to be the authoritative voice of the spa industry.

Members of the 2005-2006 ISPA Foundation Board of Directors are as follows:

ISPA Foundation Officers

  • President: John Korpi, principal, SpaQuest International
  • Vice President: Ruth Stricker, owner, Marsh, a Center for Balance and Fitness
  • Secretary: Jonathan DeVierville, Ph.D, owner, Alamo Plaza Spa at the Menger Hotel
  • Treasurer: Edwin H. Neill III, president, Neill Corp.

Newly Appointed ISPA Foundation Board Members

  • Cathy Cluff, managing director, Oaks at Ojai
  • Calvin Martin, partner, Calvin Martin & Company PLLC

Returning ISPA Foundation Board Members

  • Deborah Evans, general manager, Red Mountain Spa
  • Dr. Howard Murad, founder, Murad Inc.
  • Shenyn Wang, COO, Orient Retreat Spa

ISPA Board Members serving on the Foundation Board

  • Sharilyn Abbajay, founder/general manager, Abbajay & Associates, LLC
  • Kate Mearns, director of sports and spa, Kingsmill Resort & Spa
  • Jennifer Wayland-Smith, spa director, Spa at The Hotel Hershey

Honorary ISPA Foundation Board Member

  • Deborah Szekely, founder, Rancho la Puerta and Golden Door

About the ISPA Foundation

The International SPA Association Foundation is the 501(c)3 foundation of the International SPA Association and was created in 1999 to serve the educational and research needs of the spa industry. The ISPA Foundation's mission is to improve and enhance the value of the spa experience; its vision is to advance spa culture to sustain health and well-being. The ISPA Foundation's objectives include being the educational source for the spa industry, establishing definitive research that validates spa industry related topics and creating an endowment that sustains the ISPA Foundation in perpetuity.

Becoming involved in board service:

ISPA Board of Directors - the application process for the 2006-2007 ISPA Board of Directors will begin in early 2006. At that time, a call for candidates will be e-mailed to all ISPA members and the application will be posted on http://www.experienceispa.com/cms/cms/articles/.

ISPA Foundation Board of Directors - to apply to serve on the ISPA Foundation Board of Directors, please contact ISPA Director of Research & Development Stefanie Ashley at stefanie.ashley@ispastaff.com.