MEET THE NOMINATING PANEL

The nominees for the 2014 Wellness Travel Awards were determined by these spa and wellness journalists, editors and other experts. Final winners are then determined by consumer votes.

  • Katie Barnes

    Katie Barnes

    Katie Barnes has a 13-year career in international spa, beauty and health media. She is managing editor of Spa Business magazine and was launch editor of Spa Business Handbook, two of the most highly respected publications for the global spa industry.

  • Leo Bear

    Leo Bear

    Leo Bear is a freelance journalist based in London. As well as contributing spa reviews to Telegraph Luxury and Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Leo edits "Spa Goddess, " a four-page section on wellness in the luxury travel magazine Aspire, which is published by Travel Weekly.

  • Mary Bemis

    Mary Bemis

    Mary Bemis is a true spa advocate who believes in the healing powers of a spa lifestyle. She is the founder and editorial director of InsidersGuidetoSpas.com and was a founder of both American Spa and Organic Spa magazines. She is also a founding board member of the Washington Spa Alliance. In 2013, Mary received ISPA's Dedicated Contributor Award for her decades of service to the spa industry.

  • Elena Bogacheva

    Elena Bogacheva

    As president and founder of the Spa & Wellness International Council and CEO of Spa Priori LLC, Elena Bogacheva has dedicated her career to developing the spa and wellness industry in Russia. She is the author of the first comprehensive manual for spa professionals in Russia, publisher of Spa Universe and a contributing writer for over 100 publications, including Les Nouvelles Esthetiques and Cabines Internationales.

  • Anitra Brown

    Anitra Brown

    Anitra Brown, spa expert for About.com since 2004, has spent her career writing about the good things in life–food, drink, travel and spas. She is a major contributor to The New York Times' bestsellers 1,000 Places To See Before You Die and 1,000 Places To See in the USA and Canada Before You Die and has written for American Spa, Robb Report and other titles.

  • Julie Keller Callaghan

    Julie Keller Callaghan

    As the editor-in-chief/publisher of American Spa magazine, Julie Keller Callaghan helms one of the industry's leading publications for spa professionals. She travels the world reporting on top day, resort, medical and destination spas and has led her team to win several prestigious awards for editorial and design. She is also a longtime freelance writer specializing in spa, beauty, health, wellness, travel, art and entertainment.

  • Sarah Camilleri

    Sarah Camilleri

    Business journalist Sarah Camilleri launched European Spa magazine in 2007 to ensure that leading spa and wellness decision-makers would have access to the latest developments in news, trends and innovations for the sector. Published six times a year, this elegant business magazine has established itself as a "must-read" publication for industry leaders and spa professionals worldwide.

  • Sandhya Chipalkatti

    Sandhya Chipalkatti

    Sandhya Chipalkatti is the founder, editor and publisher of SpaMantra, the country's first trade magazine for the spa and wellness industry, and StyleSpeak, one of India's leading professional magazines for the hair, beauty and nail salon industry. Sandhya is a board member of the Indian Spa & Wellness Association and managing committee member of the Indian Society of Cosmetic Chemists.

  • Anne-Marie Cook

    Anne-Marie Cook

    For the past decade, Anne-Marie Cook has edited Spa magazine (U.S.) and Spa Australasia magazine (Australia) and written regularly for Wellbeing magazine (Australia). Inspired by the global wellness professionals she's interviewed and written about, Anne-Marie now studies health science and nutrition while writing for the newly launched SPA+CLINIC magazine. This year she also started the Being Present music label and production company.

  • Anne Dimon

    Anne Dimon

    Founder and CEO of the 10-year-old Travel to Wellness Inc., Anne Dimon is a world traveler, a 20-year professional travel writer and industry journalist, a speaker on wellness travel, consultant and editor-in-chief of Travel to Wellness magazine. Anne lives the life and walks the talk and, when not traveling, divides her time between Canada, Mexico and California.

  • Dzigbordi Dosoo

    Dzigbordi Dosoo

    Dzigbordi K. Dosoo is a dynamic multifaceted entrepreneur, business expert, international speaker, lifestyle, image and wellness coach and talk show host. She is the founder and CEO of Allure Africa Group, an award-winning spa and lifestyle business; the only female named in the "Top 10 Most Respected CEOs in Ghana" in 2012; and is currently the Chair Lady of the Spa Association of Africa.

  • Suzanne Duckett

    Suzanne Duckett

    Beauty, spa and wellness journalist Suzanne Duckett is the editor of The Antidote wellness and beauty blog and of the Tatler Spa Guide. She has also worked for top glossy magazines including Bazaar, Glamour, Vogue, Elle, Grazia and Harrods and for national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Sunday Times. Suzanne is a self-confessed wellness junkie.

  • Stephanie Durst

    Stephanie Durst

    Stephanie Durst has been involved in the travel industry since 1978, with past positions that involved both the wholesale and retail side of travel. With a passion for spa and wellness, in 2001, Stephanie developed a niche in that travel sector. She has stayed in numerous spas in Thailand, Europe, the Caribbean and U.S. and enjoys working with clients to achieve their wellbeing goals.

  • Healther Ednie

    Heather Ednie

    Heather Ednie is editor-in-chief of Spa Inc. magazine, which connects spa professionals with the latest Canadian and international trends. Spa Inc. is the nation's only bilingual magazine for Canadian spa professionals.

  • Nora Elias

    Nora Elias

    Nora Elias has been the editor of Professional Spa & Wellness, a monthly digital B2B magazine for the global spa and wellness industry that launched in 2012. Based in London, Nora has been a journalist for 10 years. Before joining Professional Spa & Wellness, she worked as an editor across a number of customer publishing magazines in Dubai.

  • Catherine Feliciano-Chon

    Catherine Feliciano-Chon

    Cathy is founder & managing director of CatchOn, a brand and PR consultancy in Asia for hospitality and wellness. CatchOn counts some of the world's leading hotel groups, spas, and retail brands as clients. A sought after speaker for her keen insights on the Asian consumer marketplace and emerging trends, she has spoken at the Global Spa & Wellness Summit and judged the World Spa Awards, Spa China and AsiaSpa Awards.

  • Jo Foley

    Jo Foley

    For over a quarter of a century, Jo Foley has been reviewing spas, sanctuaries and wellness centers on four continents, and has written about them for publications as varied as the Financial Times and Vanity Fair. She has chronicled the change from fat farms, to pleasure palaces, to holistic hideaways and continues to be fascinated by how spas adjust to our ever-changing needs and demands.

  • Sara Jones

    Sara Jones

    Sara Jones is managing director and editor of Spa Professional Mexico. The publication disseminates international spa industry information throughout Mexico, allowing spa and wellness professionals easy access to current knowledge and research, as well as the resources available to them through suppliers, events, expos and educational programs. Sara has also worked many years in the Middle East, New Zealand and Mexico.

  • Fifi Kao

    Fifi Kao

    Fifi Kao is director, managing editor and editor-in-chief of SpaChina Magazine, an opinion leader for China's spa industry. She is also COO, SinoMedia Publishing; established the China Spa Association; hosts the annual SpaChina Summit and Awards; and publishes ongoing industry reports. Fifi was born in Shanghai and studied psychology and graphic design in Tokyo.

  • Louise Oakley

    Louise Oakley

    Louise Oakley is senior group editor at ITP Business Publishing, based in Dubai, and is responsible for Hotelier Middle East, Caterer Middle East, Arabian Travel News and Construction Week. She also manages the Hotelier Middle East Awards and the Hotelier Middle East Spa & Wellness Summit. Previously Louise was managing editor of Health Club Management and a contributing editor to Spa Business and Leisure Opportunities.

  • Si Si Penaloza

    Si Si Penaloza

    Si Si Penaloza's first brush with luxury spas came at the tender age of eight, when her mother took her for her first scalp massage at the posh Peninsula Hotel. Over a decade long career, she has since reviewed over 300 spas worldwide and has contributed to The Globe and Mail, JETSET and NUVO.

  • Sheetal Rastogi

    Sheetal Rastogi

    Sheetal Rastogi, editorial director of World Spa & Travel Magazine, is a leading figure in the travel, spa and wellness industry. Sheetal oversees the magazine's editorial policy and the planning of significant editorial issues; her love for travel, wellness and a holistic lifestyle is the inspiration behind the magazine. As well, she has been an executive board member of Kaltenhouse Pte Ltd since 2009.

  • Chris Ryall

    Chris Ryall

    Chris Ryall had his first massage almost 30 years ago and never looked back. He has since visited spas and experienced treatments on six continents, and in more than 60 countries, and has written extensively for a variety of spa and travel print and online publications. Chris has also written and produced for television and is working to better address the needs of male spa-goers.

  • Vivienne Tang

    Vivienne Tang

    Vivienne Tang is editor-in-chief of AsiaSpa magazine, which celebrates its 11th anniversary this year. She has been expressing her passion for wellness and travel over numerous years, having launched her own holistic website, The Source Asia, in 2008. With a background in lifestyle publishing, Vivienne now fuses her interests to bring readers the best in luxury travel, lifestyle and wellness.

  • Liz Terry

    Liz Terry

    Liz Terry is editor of Spa Business and Spa Opportunities magazines as well as working as managing director of The Leisure Media Company, the business-to-business publisher. The spa team at Leisure Media works to bring decision-makers the latest challenging thinking about trends and best practices on a global basis, aiming to contribute to forging a stronger and more robust spa industry.

  • Mark Wuttke

    Mark Wuttke

    Mark Wuttke heads the Wuttke Group, LLC, a globally recognized business development solutions company specializing in authentic green, healthy wellness, regenerative sustainability and conscience leadership. The Wuttke Group has partnered with many leading natural and organic personal care houses; Mark is currently working with 100-plus spas in 28 counties to attain and sustain authenticity in their wellness programs and guest journeys.