Immersion Initiative Members

Dr. Marc Cohen

Professor, RMIT University, Australia

Professor Cohen is one of Australia’s pioneers of integrative and holistic medicine. He is a registered medical practitioner and a professor at RMIT University where he leads postgraduate wellness programs and supervises research in nutrition, herbal medicine, yoga, lifestyle, and the health impact of pesticides, organic food and detoxification.

Jen Cronan Corley

Director of Development, Wellness, WeTravel, United States

Jen heads the Wellness Travel segment of WeTravel, a payment and registration platform for the travel industry. She is responsible for strategic development, including sales & marketing strategy, branding, community-building, and project management She leads a team that creates and distributes educational content, manages strategic partnerships, interacts with the media, and organizes online and live events.

Debra Duneier

President, EcoChi LLC, United States

EcoChi, LLC, is a purposeful interior design company with a focus on sustainability and experience. With a passion for wellness and the environment, Debra Duneier created the EcoChi 180° certification and EcoChi® SCORE! for hospitality, spas, restaurants and office spaces. Debra is a LEED® GA, eco-designer and master practitioner of feng shui. She is the author of the award-winning book EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience.

Sallie Fraenkel

President, Mind Body Spirit Network, United States

Mind Body Spirit Network was created by Sallie Fraenkel, former chief operating officer of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.® and executive vice president of the Global Wellness Summit. Called the “ultimate spa insider” by Dr. Oz, Sallie has turned her lifelong passion for wellness travel into curating “wellness journeys with heart” to countries such as Mexico and Guatemala. She serves on the boards of WSPA and Liberation Prison Yoga.

Ulli Lagler Peck

Founder & Owner, The Wellness Agency®, United States

Ulli Lagler Peck is founder and owner of The Wellness Agency®, a business management & marketing agency that provides hands-on management and business development services for small ventures and solopreneurs in the health & wellness field. Fueled by her passion for healthy, sustainable living and 25+ years international management and marketing experience Ulli helps health and wellness entrepreneurs take their business to a next level by diversifying their portfolio, streamlining their operations and connecting with their customers through authentic, personal and educational marketing.

Samantha Lippiatt

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Health and Fitness Travel, Australia

Samantha Lippiatt is co-founder of Australia’s first dedicated wellness travel company Health and Fitness Travel. With an unbridled enthusiasm for travel, health and wellbeing, Samantha is committed to providing a wellness travel advisory service that empowers healthy travel, to enhance and change lives. Samantha’s goal is to bring wellness tourism into mainstream acceptance, inspiring travellers globally, to prioritize self-care and preventative healthcare.

Dervla Louli

Founder, Compare Retreats, Hong Kong

Dervla Louli is the founder of Compare Retreats, the luxury wellness travel booking portal and online publication described by Forbes as ‘a bible of the best fitness and wellness retreats the world over’. She was formerly the digital editor of Hong Kong Tatler, the director of integrated content at Edipresse Media Asia and the managing editor of Sassy Media Group where she oversaw seven websites spanning Asia, the Middle East and Australia. She has moderated events at The British Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong University and Swire Hotels, and spoken about luxury publishing at Goldman Sachs’ International Luxury Conference. Her work has been featured in international media outlets such as VOGUE, Tatler, The Times, Forbes and South China Morning Post. Dervla has a Master’s in Finance from Trinity College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Law. In 2015 she was recognised as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and in 2018 she became a certified yoga instructor. She is a contributing digital editor for Vogue in Hong Kong.

Tomonori Maruyama

Chief Research Consultant & Manager, Mitsui Knowledge Industry Co., Ltd, Japan

Tomonori Maruyama is dedicated to new business development and global research on issues such as spa and wellness markets, services, quality standards and regulations. As chief researcher for Mitsui Knowledge Industry, Tomonori and his team have undertaken government-commissioned studies of the spa and wellness industry. He is currently engaged in co-innovation projects with inter-business collaboration.

Sheila McCann

General Manager, Lanserhof UK, United Kingdom

From the age of 17, the world of spa and wellness has been Sheila’s passion. She has corporate, destination and medical management experience and isvery proud to have joined the esteemed Lanserhof Team this year looking after UK operations.

Erin Risius

Director of Behavioral Health, Hilton Head Health, United States

Erin Risius has over twenty years of experience in the health and wellness field with six years of experience in immersion wellness program development and executive leadership. Erin has an academic and professional background in Kinesiology and Counseling Psychology and specializes in Health Psychology with an emphasis in holistic wellness program development. She has consulted on best practices for holistic wellness programs in the private, corporate, municipal and community wellness sectors. She is currently the Director of Behavioral Health at the world-renowned Hilton Head Health resort in Hilton Head, South Carolina and owns a private practice specializing in wellness counseling, mindfulness training, and eating psychology.

Dr Shilpa Sreenath

Founder, FlowPsychology, India

Dr Shilpa Sreenath is a Counselling Psychologist with 12 years of experience working in the field of mental health & well being. She is the founder and Clinical Lead of FlowPsychology, a private, pay-by-use, consultation space which delivers psychotherapeutic and wellness mentoring sessions to clients across the world in a modern, non-clinical environment.
Over the last 5 years, Shilpa has advocated for and delivered ethical, evidence-based psychological care to adults and adolescents by collaborating with educational institutions, corporate employment assistance services, psychiatric institutions and Fitness focussed companies. Shilpa’s identity and professional stance as a Counselling Psychologist is underpinned by three decades of cross-cultural life experiences. This has shaped her understanding of and learning from diverse cultural, historical, socio-economic and religious contexts to the body-mind-soul connect and holistic living.