Thor Holm

Board President
Spa Manager, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
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Thor is currently President of GSN Planet Board of Directors and has been a Board Member  since 2017, he was Secretary Treasurer of the International Spa Association during his six years on the ISPA Board and served for two years on the Flagler County Tourism Development Council.

Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

Orr Hot Springs

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

Center for Climate Protection newsletter

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

Compost and exercise not necessarily in that order

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Saied Karamooz

Board Vice President
President, Blue Beautifly
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Saied began his professional career in the high tech and management consulting industries. He and his wife, Vida, took an early retirement from their corporate positions in 2008 and spent a couple of  years traveling around the world. In 2011, they launched a skincare brand, Blue Beautifly, with the  mission to formulate a wholesome, natural, and  efficacious skincare that is healthful for the skin, body, and mind in a socially responsible and  environmentally friendly manner. Caring for the  planet and its inhabitants has been the bedrock of Blue Beautifly’s business model since inception and serves as the guiding principle behind every decision and action at Blue Beautifly.

Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

In the woods.

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

Would it be wrong to admit that I don’t do social media, including LinkedIn?

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

Not quite for the planet’s sake, but good for my community: I shop locally. I dread the day that skies are filled with delivery drones and the streets are lined with lifeless lockers; absolutely inevitable if we don’t support our local merchants.

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Wendy Bosalavage

Board Treasurer
CRO and President, LIVunLtd
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Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

Being a Gemini, it’s two places: the beach and the forest

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

Green Lodging

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

I try my best to always avoid using plastic water bottles

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Julie Andrews

Board Director
Owner, Andrews Marketing Group
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Bio coming soon!

Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

The beach and the mountains

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

trashisfortossers.com by Lauren Singer

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

Reduce plastic usage as much as possible

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Suzy Bordeaux Johlfs

Board Director
Spa Director, Silverado Resort & Spa
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Suzy Bordeaux Johlfs,  has 30 years of  experience in her hospitality career.   Her current role is with the  Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa California,  as she proudly holds  the Spa Director  title at this iconic resort.   Earlier she successfully opened a Platinum LEED Certified Resort  in Colorado, where she was part of a team that  won two prestigious  Conde Nast  Reader ‘s Choice Awards back to back. 2010  # 1  Resort  in the United States and  in 2011  #2 Spa  in the United States as well as opened the spa as the first luxury green spa in the state of Colorado.  She loves to spend time with her family, as well as enjoy a great bottle of wine, as she is former wine bar owner and collector.

Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

By the ocean

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

GSN Planet of course!

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

Recycle and pre-cycle…Sorting rubbish correctly as well as my buying practices…. thinking about what happens to this item that I have chosen to buy when I no longer need it…what is it’s new purposeful life?

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Lynn Curry

Board Director
Principal, Curry Spa Consulting Inc.
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Lynn founded CSC in 2011, a certified Women’s Owned Enterprise, which provides financial feasibility, design, concept, and preopening consulting services to upscale and luxury hotel, resort, and casino spas and wellness facilities. She is a Certified Management Consultant, a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, and Educator with Gerson Lehrman Councils. Lynn started her hospitality career in destination and hotel sales with the Anaheim CVB and Hyatt Resorts Hawaii, ultimately leading to spa operations when she opened Spa Grande at Grand Wailea Resort. She is an avid lover of the outdoors and spends her free time outrigger paddling competitively and hiking at home and on her travels.

Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

Paddling in the ocean and hiking in the trees!

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

Global Stewards and Green Lodging and for detailed information on the complicated world of recycling EPA’s Recycle site.

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

Separate out my compostables.

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Maggy Dunphy

Board Director
Creator, The SOS Spa Project
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My personal mission statement in life is to add value to the people, the planet and the businesses I serve.  My career has spanned from high school lacrosse coach to massage therapist to corporate spa director – and many things in between.  Everyday I strive to lead gracefully, teach wisely, learn & listen patiently,  grow beautifully – and create spaces for others to do the same.

Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

Walking through the woods at my house. It’s 10 acres of trees and bees and birds.  We created trails and a walking art gallery. I also set a small space that I call my “Church”–my place to pause and meditate, and just be.

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

Kindtraveler.com

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

 I turn off the water when I brush my teeth.

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Brett Dugan

Board Director
COO, Soleil Toujours
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Brett is an entrepreneur and the COO of the clean and sustainable sun care brand, Soleil Toujours. Among other things, he is responsible for the day to day operations of the company and their sustainability initiatives including packaging, carbon offsets, and partnerships with organizations that help preserve our oceans and coral reefs. Prior to working with Soleil, Brett lived in the San Francisco Bay area where he worked in technology with multiple startups. He currently lives in the Chicago area with his two teenage kids that he loves to travel with.

Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

In the mountains of Colorado and the deserts of Utah.

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

GSN, Cool Effect, and Golden Eye Foundation

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

Source more eco-friendly alternatives to plastic.

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Sallie Fraenkel

Board Director
President, Mind Body Spirit Network
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Sallie Fraenkel is President of Mind Body Spirit Network, a company focused on wellness travel consulting and experiential events. Sallie is passionate about sustainable wellness tourism believing that wellness of the individual is inextricably linked with wellness of the planet. Making meaningful connections for people is a key part of Sallie’s purpose.

Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

I feel most connected to nature at our rustic cabin on the East Branch of the Delaware River in the Catskills.

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

https://sustainabletravel.org/ because I am passionate about wellness travel which must focus on the wellness of the planet!

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

I compost!

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Nicole Lampsa

Board Director
COO, Honua Hawaiian Skincare
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Nicole is an entrepreneur, startup advisor, avid yogi and amateur creative. In her current position as COO of Honua Hawaiian Skincare, she leads operations and marketing, which means she may be fine-tuning a new formula one day, ensuring the latest products make it to stores and e-commerce sites the next day, or planning one of the Honua’s annual sustainability events another day. Before making the career jump to consumer and beauty, Nicole was an investment banker and passionate renewable energy and sustainability devotee, holding senior positions at Citigroup, Inc. and SolarCity.  She lives in the thriving city of San Francisco, keeping very busy as a mom to two tiny humans and is usually found planning their next adventure.

Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

 In the forest – both in the mountains here in California- and also the tropical forests that cover the islands in Hawai’i. 

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

@OneTreePlanted or @Hoola.Honey (a bee relocation project on the Big Island of Hawai’i – they post facts about bees, our ecosystem and more.)

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

Seek alternatives to plastic.  We recycle, compost and reuse as much as we can but getting my family out of using plastic has become a necessity.  And now that we are doing it, it really is not that hard. 

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Kate Morrison

Board Director
Director of Wellness & Sustainability, Ojai Valley Inn
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Kate joined Ojai Valley Inn’s spa management team in 2010. Her passion for excellence in luxury spa experiences paired with her innovative spirit have helped strengthen the renowned reputation Spa Ojai holds in the industry. In recent years, Kate has expanded wellness programming at Spa Ojai to include creative, spiritual, and nutritional elements and has introduced signature experiences that are exclusive to Ojai. Additionally, her role includes identifying, developing, driving passion for green initiatives; focusing on opportunities to make the Ojai Valley Inn a more sustainably-minded organization. Under Kate‘s leadership, Spa Ojai has been awarded the Preferred Hotels Pineapple Award recognizing Leadership in Sustainability for the 2017 Single-Use Plastic Free initiative and won an ISPA Innovation Award in 2018 for a Holistic Approach to Workplace Wellness Initiative. She has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara and eight years of previous spa and wellness leadership experience with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

I am most connected to nature when I hike. I love exploring local trails, seeing trees, flowers and animals in the wild, and challenging myself physically- it keeps me centered and also gives me inspiration for work and life.

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

https://www.californiasun.co/ The California Sun is a daily newsletter that brings to light interesting and important news from California. Although it’s not specifically geared to environmental issues, the featured stories often bring awareness to the sustainability challenges we are facing.

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

I make a point to pick up at least one piece of trash from the ground every day- leaving the space I’ve been a little cleaner than I found it.

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Natasha Prybyla

Board Director, Sustainability Committee Co-Chair
Founder + CMT, Sloco Health + Wellness
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Natasha Prybyla founded Sloco as a Certified Massage Therapist, a decade before “wellness” and “sustainability” were most recently listed as a trend in industry reports. She aims to help make a shift within the spa and wellness world to make personal and planetary aspects of business that are here to stay. Sloco is the world’s first Certified B Corp of its kind and is located in San Luis Obispo, California.

Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

San Luis Obispo County is such a magical place! I’m so grateful that I live close to so many beautiful hiking trails through rolling hills or can easily head to the coast. I feel most connected when I’m able to soak up some sunshine and dig my toes into the sand while watching the wildlife and the waves roll onto the shore.

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

I love following our local land conservancy, @ecoslo! I learn so much about our impact on the environment at a local level and love seeing what other businesses are doing when it comes to sustainability.

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

Again, I do various things but one thing is to ensure I waste no water. Every drop saved is my We try our best to eat with the seasons by sticking with local produce whenever possible. It’s great because we get to support a hyper-local food system and it is easy to do because it all tastes so fresh and delicious!

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Danny Silva

Board Director
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Danny has over 18 years experience in the hospitality industry. At his properties, he ensures that wellness and sustainability initiatives are expressed and articulated across all areas. He previously implemented sustainability initiatives at properties ranging from ocean front resorts to woodland hot springs. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, working out, and exploring the outdoors.

Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

I feel most connected to nature when I am outside. I have been lucky over the last year to have lived near the beach in Florida and now in Napa. Everytime I look out my window I am lucky to see mother nature and I am only a short drive away from being immersed in nature itself.

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

While I try personally to “reduce and reuse ” one of my favorite blogs is www.goingzerowaste.com for inspiration on not using or over consuming. Outside of blogs, I also enjoy nature documentaries like those narrated by Richard Attenborough.

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

One thing we can all do is the tried and true practice of “reducing and reusing.”

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Adar Venyige

Board Director
Director of Sales and Marketing, Dazzle Dry/VB Cosmetics
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Adar Venyige, VP of Sales and Marketing for Dazzle Dry Nail Lacquer, was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and currently resides in Phoenix AZ with his 2 children, Hannah 9 and Isaac 6.

Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

I feel most connected to nature on my mountain bike or camping with my family.

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

Green Matters is my favorite sustainability Instagram Account

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

Every day I make sure I minimize my consumption of plastic, abstain from eating meat, support brands whose mission embodies my philosophy of Conscious Consumption, and articulate the importance of these decisions to my kids!

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Kenzie Vath

Board Director
Director of Wellness & Sustainability, Pacific Hospitality Group
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Kenzie Vath has a passion for a full plate and enjoys innovating new ideas to disrupt the status quo. Kenzie is a serial entrepreneur starting a company at the age of 19. Her personal battle with Lyme Disease led her to get self-educated in Holistic Medicine. Graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s from Purdue University and going on to receive her coaching certification from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition, based in New York City. 

Kenzie is currently the Director of Wellness and Sustainability for Pacific Hospitality Group; a family owned management company located in Irvine CA. In addition, she is the founder of Holistic Umbrella; a wellness-based lifestyle company providing one-on-one coaching and curated wellness events while being ‘real on her social reels’.   

The implementation of a water program at the corporate office has eliminated the waste of 100,000’s of plastic bottles into our oceans. Creating a wellness series has improved work productivity, employee retention and healthier work life balance for the team. Alternative and more sustainable menu options have serviced hundreds of specific dietary eaters from around the world. Offering options from gluten free to vegan, keto and beyond. Kenzie’s wellness retreats have created value and generated non-traditional revenue for their local California properties. Five-star reviews across the board!

Where do you feel the most connected to nature?

First off, I love the great outdoors! I feel most connected with nature when we go dry camping as a family in our airstream. My daily life if fairly busy working full time, plus running Holistic Umbrella, participating in non-profit work and being a mom. So I don’t get to be outside as much as I would love to. However, when opportunity arises I am the first one to play frisbee in the grass, sleep on the beach listening to the waves, swimming in the pool with the kiddos and of course camping.

What’s your favorite/must follow green blog or social media account?

I would have to say my favorite green blogger would be Kathryn creator of GoingZeroWaste.com. She is also the author of 101 ways to go zero waste. A focus on living more sustainable and a healthier life by limiting the amount of waste we produce.

What’s one thing you make sure you do every day for the planet?

The one thing I do daily for the planet is something everyone could do and it doesn’t cost a single cent. I wake up and thank mother earth for the beautiful day ahead. In the early morning when I grab a cup of decaf coffee I walk outside and listen to the birds chirp. I intentionally for those few minutes focus on the sounds of nature. Setting up the day with gratitude for mother earth allows me to make more conscious decisions regarding my footprint on this planet. Even though I would love to convert my life to 100% eco and sustainable ways; I’m aware we don’t all have the ability and access to choose those resources. I know I am doing my part when I avoid single use plastics, drive less often, use biodegradable dog bags (even the little things) and turn off the water when I’m brushing my teeth. Thank you mother earth!

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