October 17, 2007

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With new leadership and exciting tools on the horizon, the ISPA Foundation Board heads into 2008. The new board members will begin their roles at the upcoming ISPA Conference & Expo, Nov. 12-15, in Kissimmee, Fla., United States.

Members of the 2008 ISPA Foundation Board of Directors are as follows:

ISPA Foundation Officers

  • President: Edwin Neill III, CEO, Neill Corporation
  • Vice President: Ruth Stricker, owner/founder, The Marsh, a Center for Balance and Fitness
  • Secretary: Cathy Cluff, managing director, Oaks at Ojai
  • Treasurer: Calvin Martin, partner, Calvin Martin & Company, PLLC

Returning ISPA Foundation Board Members

  • Dr. Brent A. Bauer, director, complementary and integrative medicine program, Mayo Clinic
  • Thad Hyland, managing director, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
  • John Korpi, principal, SpaQuest International
  • Dr. Howard Murad, founder, Murad Inc.
  • Sylvia Sepielli, owner, Sylvia Planning And design
  • Shenyn Wang, managing director, Orient Retreat Spa

ISPA Board Members serving on the Foundation Board

    Jean Kolb, director, Kohler Waters Spa/American Club
  • Jim Root, general manager of spa operations, Sea Island Resorts
  • Jennifer Wayland-Smith, spa director, Golden Door Spa at The Boulders

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 nonprofit 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

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