January 27, 2005

LEXINGTON, Ky. – As the International SPA Association begins its 15th year, the association’s new Board of Directors looks strategically to the future. Led by newly-elected Chairman Kate Mearns, the ISPA Board is responsible for overseeing the affairs of the organization, which includes approximately 2,300 members in 69 countries.

“As ISPA commemorates its 15th anniversary and we look ahead to the next 15 years – there are many focuses to enhance the lives and businesses of our members,” said Mearns. “From promoting the sustainability of our members’ businesses in a changing economy, to enhancing ISPA’s research to ensure that it remains a valuable tool for spa professionals worldwide – we look forward to the opportunities that are on the horizon.”

Members of the 2004-2005 ISPA Board of Directors are as follows:


Chairman: Kate Mearns, director of sports and spa, The Spa at Kingsmill Resort

Vice Chairman: Sharilyn Abbajay, owner/general manager, S.P. Abbajay & Associates, LLC

Secretary/Treasurer: Jean Kolb, spa director, Kohler Waters Spa

Newly Elected Board Members

Jeremy McCarthy, spa director, La Costa Resort & Spa

Jennifer Wayland-Smith, spa director, Spa at The Hotel Hershey

Susan Wheeler, spa director, Avanyu Spa at the Equinox, a Rock Resort

Returning Board Members:

Mary Bemis, founder and editorial director, Insiders Guide to

David Erlich, spa director, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Orlando Hidalgo, owner, Hosteria Las Quintas Eco Spa

Celeste Dunn Hilling, founder, Skin Authority, LLC

Jim Root, spa director, Miraval Life in Balance

Peter Sng, founder and managing director, Cosmoprof International PTE LTD and Spacare International PTE LTD

Merrill Williams, public relations director, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

ISPA Immediate Past President

Jeff Kohl, owner, Spa & Club Ideations Inc.

ISPA Foundation President

John Korpi, principal, SpaQuest International

About ISPA

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2005, the International SPA Association 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.

Spas are entities devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.

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