- On January 14, 2020
Congratulations to our Movers, Shakers & Decision Makers!
Our extraordinary Spa Industry is continuously evolving through innovation and transformation.
Highly appreciated professionals in the Spa community are taking on new
challenges and positions as they start a new venture in their career.
Lindsey Sappenfield- Spa Director at Pallavi Luxury Spa, Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
This past March Lindsey accepted her new role as the Spa Director at Pallavi Luxury Spa, at the Wyndham Grand in Clearwater Beach, a WTS International managed property. Previously Lindsey was the Assistant Spa Director at Spa Oceana at the Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach for over 3 years. A licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician, Lindsey has an impressive background in spa, having worked as a Spa Supervisor and LMT & Esthetician at several spas, including B’O Resort & Spa , The Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. Best wishes for this exciting opportunity. Cheers to you Lindsey!
Katie Gonzalez, Mind Body Spa Director, Exhale Spa at Epic Brickell, Miami
Congratulations to Katie who has just accepted her new position at Exhale Spa as the Mind Body Spa Director. After seven (7) years as a Lead Therapist at the Spa at Shula’s, Katie moved onto becoming a Spa Supervisor at Auberge Beach Resort Spa in Fort Lauderdale and then Spa, Pool and Recreation Manager at the Conrad at Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Now in her new role as Mind Body Spa Director at Exhale Spa in Brickell, Katie is a sure shot for success in her new home. We wish Katie much luck. Way to go Katie!
Terra Orndorff, Spa Director, JW Marriott Bonnet Creek, Orlando
Welcome Terra who has recently moved to Florida to take on the new role as Spa Director for the JW Marriott Bonnet Creek. Previously Terra was the Director of Spa at Heavenly Spa at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort in North Carolina for almost six (6) years. Terra has been and continues to be on the Marriott Spa Advisory Council for The Americas. Terra has a very impressive record for leading her spa team with extensive experience in relationship management, coordination, and training and has shown her ability as a rock-solid team leader. Welcome to Florida Terra, we are excited to have you join our family. Cheers!
Rizia Parker, Director of Spa, The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Miami
Recently Rizia took on the role as the new Spa Director at The Ritz-Carlton in South Beach, which was newly renovated. Prior to this position, Rizia was the Spa Director at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in the Cayman Islands. Rizia has an extensive International background in the spa space having worked at worldwide properties such as The Nile Ritz-Carlton in Cairo, Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Luxor Egypt, Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas in Bazaruto Island, Mozambique, just to name a few. Rizia is also a qualified Somatologist, which is the study and science of the human body as a branch of Anthropology. We are honored to greet Rizia and have much to learn from her unique expertise and experience. Welcome to Florida, Rizia!
Stephanie Cardwell, Director of Spa and Retail, Omni Resort Grand Champions, Orlando
Greetings to Stephanie, who is currently the new Director of Spa and Retail for the Omni Hotels and Resorts in Orlando and has been with the Omni family for 5 ½ years. Starting as Rooms Leader in Development at the Omni in Jacksonville in 2014, Stephanie worked her way up to Spa Manager at the Omni in Bedford Pennsylvania. After proving herself as a professional spa leader, Stephanie was promoted to Spa Director in 2017. This past September, Stephanie returned to the Omni in Orlando as their new Director of Spa and Retail. Her first-rate leadership skills has earned her this worthy opportunity. Welcome back to Florida, Stephanie, well done!
Yessenia Campos, Assistant Director of Spa, Bamford Haybarn Spa, 1 Hotels, South Beach, Miami
Congratulations to Yessenia for her recent promotion from Spa Manager to Assistant Director of Spa at Bamford Haybarn Spa at 1 Hotels South Beach. An Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist, Yessenia has excelled within the spa industry, specializing in skin care when first coming on board at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne in 2001 as an Estherician/Supervisor. She advanced her career working at a variety of spas prior to joining 1 Hotels. Her promotion is a result of her hard work, expertise and dedication and her new position is well deserved. Way to go Yessenia!
Julie Keller Callaghan, Hutchinson Consulting
Julie, the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa, has joined Hutchinson Consulting as an executive recruiter and marketing and communications specialist.
Julie led the American Spa team for the past 15 years and under her leadership, the award-winning brand evolved to include a print publication, a popular website, an active social media community, multiple revered awards, programs, and numerous events. She is the founder of the American Spa Women in Wellness Leadership Conferences and the American Spa CBD Summit and also spent the past year as the event director for Spatec by American Spa. At Hutchinson, Julie will help expand the firm’s wellness recruitment services in the spa, wellness, and hospitality space. A trailblazer in the spa space, Julie will be dedicated to helping brands fill vital roles to help their businesses prosper and connect candidates to their dream roles. Congratulations Julie!