The Day Spa Association Announces New Advisory Board Members

Day spa association expands and renews advisory board of directors, appoints chair and committees

Union City, NJ, May 12, 2006 --( During their annual face-to-face board meeting held in conjunction with the Day Spa Expo in Las Vegas this past February, the Day Spa Association (DSA) reorganized their Board, and appointed Mr. Michael Carter, CEO of Athena Health Club & Day Spa in Nashville, TN to be their Chairperson.

The change and formation of various committees and distribution of responsibilities were accepted during the board’s April meeting, with all board members committing to serve for at least one year in the appointed positions.

“We are very pleased to have Michael Carter accept the position as the Chair of our Advisory Board”, says Hannelore Leavy, Founder and Executive Director of the DSA. “Michael has a passion for our industry and wants to see that every day spa owner succeeds, as well as carry on the mission of the DSA to educate the general public on the benefit of spa treatments within a day spa setting. This to me is one of the most important tasks we have in front of us. With the number of day spas still growing on a consistent basis, new customers need to be cultivated."
The list of the DSA board members: 
President & Executive Director-
Hannelore R. Leavy,
Michael Carter, Athena Health Club & Day Spa,
Charity Events-
Linda Brewer, Linda Brewer & Associates,
Monique Iacobacci, Spa Designs by Monique,
Eric J. Light,  The Strawberry Hill Group,
Industry Liaison-
Marti Morenings, Universal Companies, Inc.,
Stella Sigfusdottir, Spa Academia,
Rosemary Weiner, The Brass Rose Spa & Salon,
Jaya Schillinger, Inspiration, Inc.,
Daniel J. Hussey, Global Success Solutions,
Erika Mangrum, Iatria Day Spa,
Douglas Preston, Preston, Inc.,
Skip Williams, Resources & Development, 
Medical Advisory Board-
Dr. Reinhard R. Bergel, PhD, H-E-A-T /Spa-Kur  Therapy Development,
Dr. Stephen M. Schleicher, MD, DermDx Centers for Dermatology.

Ms. Leavy expressed her delight at having a Board that so aptly represents the diversity of the day spa community.  “I am honored to have a Board that collectively has literally hundreds of years of experience in the spa fields. The individuals and their companies are the ‘who’s who’ of the day spa industry; they all are committed to the vision of the DSA and we are already working on several fronts to bring new and innovative ideas to the day spa industry, the Day Spa Association and its members”, comments Hannelore. For instance, our survey committee is working on the second Day Spa Benchmark Report. Our membership committee is meeting to evaluate new member benefits and approve a nation-wide group health insurance plan for DSA members and their staff. Our trade show committee is working on presentations for the IECSC in Orlando, and is starting on the preparation for the second Day Spa Expo scheduled for February 2007!

Biographical information and how to reach each board member is posted on the DSA website at

The Day Spa Association
Hannelore R. Leavy