Wellness Communities
initiative Members

Members of this initiative have joined together with the goal of identifying common principles and needs that will help to foster effective development and operations of wellness living communities in the years ahead.


Anna Bjurstam

Vice President of Spas & Wellness, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Sweden

Anna has always been dedicated to wellness, and has worked in the business for 25 years. Together with her hands on expertise in wellness and a Master Degree in Business, Anna is also now working with Pegasus Capital Advisors as a Strategic Advisor as well as their portfolio companies Six Senses and Raison d’Etre.  She is VP of Six Senses Spas with 30+ locations world-wide as well as being a partner in Raison d’Etre Think Tank Wellness, with over 120 projects executed in 65 different countries, as well as it its own wellness brand LivNordic in its portfolio. 

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Alfredo Carvajal

President, Delos International and Signature Programs, Delos, United States

As President of Delos International and Signature Programs, Alfredo is responsible for Delos’ signature overlay programs, bringing wellness solutions to the hospitality and residential sectors, as well as expanding Delos’ businesses globally.  Alfredo has more than 22 years of experience in domestic and international hospitality and wellness/spa operations, brand development and strategic planning at some of the world’s most recognized hospitality, lifestyle and wellness brands.

gloria caulfield

Executive Director, Lake Nona Institute and VP, Strategic Alliances, Tavistock Development Company

Gloria Caulfield leads health and wellness strategy and planning for the Lake Nona Institute. Passionate about identifying partners determined to collaborate and innovate pivotal health care solutions, she is responsible for managing and identifying intersections with stakeholders in the Lake Nona community. Caulfield is a leader in advancing research, technology and new solutions for healthy lifestyles and quality of life.


Executive Director, Destination Medical Center, United States

Lisa Clarke, executive director of the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency, develops, plans and implements the Destination Medical Center (DMC) strategies. DMC, a bold economic development initiative, aims to create a vibrant community experience for Mayo Clinic patients, visitors and residents. DMC will position Rochester, Minnesota, as among the world’s premier destinations for health and wellness.

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Samantha Foster

Development Director, Destination Spa Management, Ltd, Thailand

With over 15 years experience in working with health resorts, wellness communities has been the natural next step for Sam and her company, Destination Spa Management Ltd. DSM has been actively pioneering the concept in Asia, in particular, conceptualising and developing wellness communities that combine residential, commercial, clubhouse and wellness resort facilities into integrated concepts. Sam is also an activist, having helped establish six national spa associations. She is currently President of the newly forming International Health & Wellness Alliance (IHWA), whose mission is “to empower humanity to embrace health and wellness”.

Andrew Gibson

Vice President Well Being Luxury Brands, AccorHotels, United Arab Emirates

As vice president of Well-Being at AccorHotels luxury brands, Andrew Gibson is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s wellness strategy globally for 6 luxury brands. He is responsible for developing a strategy that embraces wellness throughout each hotel starting from concepts and design to implementation of standards. He has over 25 years of international hospitality experience in the fields of spa, wellness and leisure.

sheila mccann

General Manager, Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Thailand

Sheila McCann is general manager of Chiva-Som and has global experience leading destination wellness retreats and brand development in hotel and day spas in North America, the UK, Europe and Asia. Sheila began her career as a spa therapist and is passionate about wellness, professional integrity and quality standards. She holds an MBA in leisure and tourism from Oxford Brookes and serves on the IHWA ethics committee.


Steve Nygren

President and Founder, Serenbe, United States

Steve Nygren is the President and Founder of Serenbe, a wellness community created as a model to demonstrate that preserving 70% of green space interlaced with agriculture, housing and retail is not only economically viable but the future of community wellbeing. Steve currently serves on multiple national boards dealing with children, agriculture and environmental issues including The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Children & Nature Network, Chattahoochee Now, The Biophilic Institute and Wholesome Wave.

RObert RAnzi

Program Manager, Cluster Wellness Tyrol, Austria

Since 2007, Robert Ranzi has been managing projects of Cluster Wellness Tyrol, a network with 130 enterprises, institutions and universities covering the health, wellness and tourism industry. The cluster organizes events, conventions and impulse workshops in order to introduce innovations. Robert is a clinical psychologist with experience and results in adult education, trainings and project development.


President, American LIVES, Inc., United States

Brooke Warrick, founder of American LIVES, Inc., has been a leader in values and lifestyle research for over three decades since his early days at SRI.  Specializing in residential and resort real estate, including the design of health and wellness oriented communities; he has worked with Canyon Ranch, Miraval, as well as projects throughout North America, including Central America and the Caribbean.  Brooke focuses on sustainable design as a LEED trained   professional. He is currently designing a program to optimize the health and wellbeing of         Baby Boomers.  His background in Psychology, Sociology and Economics, three decades         of survey research combine to create his unique perspective.