The GSN Sustainability Awards program is designed to support innovation and recognize outstanding accomplishments in building a sustainable future. Going beyond a peer voting model, our program is enhanced by the panel of industry experts who carefully review the nominees in depth and select the winners as an independent judging body. It is our aim to discover, recognize and celebrate significant accomplishments in sustainability through rigorous search and evaluation.
Mary Bemis, Editorial Director, Insider’s Guide to Spas
A true spa advocate, Mary’s mission is to keep spa culture at the forefront of health and wellbeing. Recently honored with the Folio Top Women in Media Award, Mary is the founder and editorial director of InsidersGuidetoSpas.com, co-founder of Organic Spa magazine, and a founding editor of American Spa magazine. A founding board member of the Washington Spa Alliance, Mary recently co-curated Cosmoprof North America’s new green beauty pavilion, Discover Green.
Rona Berg, Editor-In-Chief, Organic Spa Magazine and The Rona Report
Longtime journalist and current Editor-in-Chief of Organic Spa Media, Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE, Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine and LA Times best-selling author. She has been cited as an industry expert by New York Magazine and Fox News, and was recently called “The Russell Simmons of the Wellness Industry,” by the Huffington Post. She sits on the Advisory Board of SHAPE Magazine, and co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the Green Spa Network (GSN). Berg has been a featured speaker at ISPA, HBA Global Expo, Indie Beauty Expo and a judge for the SpaFinder 2016 Global Wellness Travel Awards.
Debriana Berlin, Founder, Kiss The Sky & Yoga Incorporated
Inspired by all of the spa businesses as the former Executive Director of Green Spa Network, Debriana launched Kiss The Sky. Her business creates sustainable custom yoga mats, including the first wired mat to work on a smart phone. She teaches yoga at the U.S. Senate in Washington DC and frequents GSN spas around the country.
Christi Cano, President & Founder, Innovative Spa Productions
Christi Cano is the president and founder of Innovative Spa Productions, which provides spa and wellness development services, business audits, and education. Supporting and celebrating the success of small businesses and entrepreneurs is the heart of her company. Her hospitality management career began in 1990 with Hyatt Resorts Hawaii. She graduated from massage school in 2001 and is a professional educator at U.S. and international spa conferences. Christi serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington (D.C.) Spa Alliance. American Spa Magazine awarded her “Favorite Spa Consultant” for its Professional’s Choice Awards in 2014 and 2015.
Julie Keller Callaghan, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, American Spa
As the editor-in-chief/publisher of American Spa magazine, Julie Keller Callaghan helms the industry’s leading publication for spa professionals and has done so for more than a decade. She travels the world speaking at various conferences and events and reporting on top spas and has led her team to win several prestigious awards for editorial and design. She holds a Spa and Hospitality Management Certificate from the University of California, Irvine, and is also a longtime freelance writer specializing in spa, beauty, health, wellness, travel, art and entertainment.