Dying Well Initiative Members
Regional Director, Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts; Indonesia
Luisa Anderson has been a social worker, a nurse specializing in child health, pediatric cancer care and midwifery, and a much sought after wellness professional and therapist. She has held senior roles in some of the world’s most iconic spas and currently oversees all the resort spas in Asia Pacific for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Fascinated by the interplay between mind, body and intuitive wisdom, she firmly believes that “the currency of wellness is connection.” As such, her main focus lies in developing the bond within each team – within themselves as individuals, between one another, with nature and between themselves and their guest.
Dr. Candi K. Cann
Associate Professor, Baylor University, United States
Dr. Candi K. Cann is a Harvard educated specialist in death, dying and grief, a certified thanatologist with the Association of Death Education and Counseling in the U.S., and a member of the Association of the Study of Death and Society in the U.K. The author of four books and countless articles on the study of death and grief wellness, Cann is also a regular speaker and conducts grief workshops within the wellness industry. Originally from Hawai’i, she spent much of her childhood overseas, and is passionate about fostering conversations on dying well in the global arena. With a rapidly growing senior population, Dr. Cann argues that conversations surrounding dying and grieving well are necessary for our well-being, and an essential part of living well.
Founder, Extreme Wellness Institute; Australia
Professor Marc Cohen (aka Dr Marc) is one of Australia’s pioneers of integrative medicine. He is a medical doctor with PhDs in Chinese Medicine and biomedical engineering and has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and multiple books on wellness topics. Marc is a Board Member of the Global Wellness Summit, Co-founder of the Bathe the World Foundation and Founder of the Extreme Wellness Institute.
Director of Wellness, MSpa International Ltd, Thailand
Sarah Dalton is the Director of Wellness for MSpa International Ltd which is the corporate division of spa and wellness for Minor. She is responsible for the creation, implementation and opening of transformational Wellness concepts and programs in all Minor hotels and resorts across Asia. Additionally, she is the driving force behind the development of successful collaborations between MSpa and numerous established medi-spa offerings. A seasoned wellness expert with an inspiring career spanning various aspects of the thriving and ever-changing spa industry. Being well-travelled and well-versed in the ancient healing traditions of Eastern and Western cultures allows her to create wellness programs that stir the senses. Combined with a deep desire to understand and embrace her own mortality, Sarah understands that to die well means to live well and is thrilled to bring this to the forefront of the wellness world.
CEO, Lantern, United States
Liz is co-founder and CEO of Lantern, your one source of guidance for navigating life before and after a death. Liz built her first company at 15 and led communications from inception for the nation’s first free, 24/7 crisis support line, Crisis Text Line. She’s also a board member of Experience Camps, a free summer camp for grieving kids.
Partner, RoundGlass, United States
For the past 20 years Michael has been working to understand the secrets of human connection. His projects have turned into international movements and impacted millions. His second book “Let’s Talk About Death” published by Hachette/Da Capo will be available in the U.S., U.K., and Australia in October of 2018 and Russia, China, Indonesia, Poland and Romania in the fall of 2019. Michael is a partner at RoundGlass and the Founder of Deathoverdinner.org, Drugsoverdinner.org, EarthtoDinner.org, WomenTeachMen.org and The Living Wake. He currently serves as a Board Advisor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts; and in the recent past as Senior Advisor to Summit Series, Theo Chocolate, Learnist, Caffe Vita, CreativeLive, Architecture For Humanity, and Mosaic Voices Foundation .
Dr. Andrew Mayo
Chief Medical Officer, St. Croix Hospice, United States
A native of Minnesota, Dr. Andrew Mayo was inspired to pursue a career in medicine by his family’s long history of dedication to community healthcare and innovation. After completing his family practice residency at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, Dr. Mayo spent 17 years practicing in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin with an emphasis in geriatrics. Dr. Mayo has served on clinical and hospital leadership boards, and as Medical Director for Luck United Pioneer Home, and Frederic Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. In 2014 Dr. Mayo joined St. Croix Hospice as an Associate Medical Director, where he is now Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Mayo received his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and went on to study medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Mayo continues to pursue additional medical training and has Hospice Medical Director Certification.
Head of Brand Marketing, Eterneva, United States
Tracey Wallace is the Head of Brand Marketing at Eterneva, a grief wellness company. She comes from the ecommerce technology industry where she worked with entrepreneurs and Fortune 1000 executives for more than a decade to dispel their learnings about what works and what doesn’t to the world. She’s written for BigCommerce, SAP, 2PM, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Mashable, ELLE, Time Out New York, and many more. When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time in nature with her goofball wife and pup Idgy.