About Us

Founded in 2010 by a core group of spa industry leaders whose pioneering efforts recognize and support the spa community’s unique inter-disciplinary approach to fitness, travel, alternative and preventive medicine, connection to nature, and sustainable practices, Washington Spa Alliance has become a resource and keeper of spa wisdom in the nation’s capital.

Board of Directors

 

Honorary Board

DEBORAH SZEKELY, President & Chair
Founder, Rancho La Puerta
Tecate, Baja California, Mexico
and Golden Door, Escondido, CA
Founder, Wellness Warrior

BRENT BAUER, MD
Director, Complementary and
Integrative Medicine Program
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

PHILIPPE BOURGUIGNON
Vice Chairman
Revolution Places
Washington, DC

JERRY COHEN
CEO and Vice Chairman
Canyon Ranch & SpaClubs
Tucson, Arizona and

Lennox, Massachusetts

SUSIE ELLIS
President, Spafinder Wellness, Inc
Chairman & CEO, Global Wellness Institute
Miami, Florida

GARY HENKIN
President & Founder
WTS International
Rockville, Maryland

MARTHA HONEY, PHD
Executive Director, CREST
Center for Responsible Travel
Washington, D.C.

JUDITH JACKSON
Founder, Judith Jackson Enterprises
Old Greenwich, Connecticut

SHEILA JOHNSON
Founder and CEO, Salamander
Hotels & Resorts

Middleburg, Virginia

TED NING
Director, LOHAS
Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability
Louisville, Colorado

PAMELA PEEKE, MD, MPH, FACP
Special Advisor to the
U.S. Surgeon General and
Founder, Peeke Performance
Washington, D.C.

NORA POUILLON
Chef and Founder
Restaurant Nora
Washington, D.C.

MARY H. TABACCHI, PHD
Professor, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Working Board

PENNY KRIEL, Chair / Founding Board Member
Corporate Operations Director for Spa
WTS International

DENISE VITIELLO, Vice Chair
Business Development Director – Spa Division
Natura Bissé

GREG KASPARIAN, Treasurer
Director of Corporate Accounts
Edge Systems, LLC

ALLEN HUNT, Secretary
Director of Spa – Pure Spa, The Marriott Marquis Houston  
www.marriottmarquishouston.com

SAB SHAD, Membership Chair
Partner/Chief Operating Officer – KARMA by Erwin Gomez
www.karmaerwingomez.com

KATE MEARNS, Symposium Chair
Principal Consultant – 5 Spa Consulting, LLC

www.5spaconsulting.comSANDRA SUDOWSKI, Events Chair
Director of Operations – ESPA
http://us.espaskincare.com

SALLIE FRAENKEL, Symposium
President – Mind Body Spirit Network
www.mindbodyspiritnet.com

DAVID EDWARDS, Industry Relations  
VP of Business Development, and Corporate Strategy – Zeel
www.zeel.com

DIANE TRIESTE, Education  
VP Business Development – Saltability
www.saltability.com

LAURA WEST, Education and Membership
International Educator – dermalogica
www.dermalogica.com

JOSH LUCKOW, Board Officer
Executive Director, Health Care Division
Canyon Ranch

 

Founding Board

MARY BEMIS, Symposium Chair / Founding Board Member
Founder & Editorial Director
Insider’s Guide to Spas

MARY GENDRON, Founding Board Member
Partner
Middleton & Gendron | Eric Mower + Associates

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