LEXINGTON, Ky. – On Sept. 11, the International SPA Association (ISPA) announced the 2020 ISPA board of directors and officers. Their term will begin at the first ISPA board meeting following the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo.
“As a volunteer-driven association, we are grateful for committed members willing to move the association forward through board service,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees.
The ISPA board of directors will be led by Chairman Garrett Mersberger, director of sales, marketing & spa for Blue Harbor Resort & Spa. Brennan Evans, vice president of operations for Trilogy Spa Holdings will assume the role of Vice Chairman. Continuing in the role of secretary/treasurer will be Robert Vance, retreats director of Sensei Retreats Lana’i. Todd Shaw, national manager private clubs & country clubs for Technogym, will continue to serve as immediate past chairman.
ISPA is excited to welcome five new members to the board which are listed below.
- Natasha Burns, senior director of spa & wellness, 21c Museum Hotels
- Lynelle Lynch, president, Bellus Academy and founder of Beauty Changes Lives foundation
- Dawn MacLellan, director of spa & salon, St. Andrews Country Club
- Jay Muller, vice president, hospitality – North America, Technogym
- Eric Savage, CEO, Freedom Spa LLC
In addition to the five newly elected board members, Patrick Huey, corporate director of spa operations for Montage Hotels & Resorts, and Robert Vance, retreats director for Sensei Retreats Lana’i, were re-elected as incumbent directors.
Each of the newly elected candidates was selected from an impressive pool of candidates following an extensive nomination and interview process.
Joining this group are seven current directors who are in the middle of an active board term: Jill Carlen, global director of spa concepts, Hilton; Kelley Martin, spa director, The Edgewater Spa; Kristine Huffman, partner, Hutchinson Consulting; Michelle Adams Somerville, executive VP billings farm & museum, Woodstock Inn & Resort; Yvonne Smith, director of spa & resort retail, La Rive Spa at Northern Quest Resort & Casino; Eric Stephenson, chief wellness officer, Elements Massage; and Jessica Timberlake, public relations manager, Eminence Organic Skin Care.
Frank Pitsikalis, founder and chief executive officer, ResortSuite, will serve as the chairman of the ISPA Foundation board of directors.
Scott Duncan, Noel Asmar, Blake Fenney and Laura Parsons will complete their terms on the ISPA board of directors after they served in various volunteer roles within the board and other ISPA committees.
The interview process for the 2021 ISPA board of directors will launch spring 2020. At that time, a call for candidates will be announced to all ISPA members.
About the International SPA Association
ISPA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., and managed by Associations International, is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization and voice of the spa industry. Founded in 1991, ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth. More details on ISPA are available on experienceispa.com.