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Our Team

Stephanie Rest

Stephanie Rest

Founder

Stephanie Rest, Founder & CEO is based in Washington D.C working in collaboration with emerging countries around the world on wellness and spa development projects. Stephanie’s previous experience in the tourism industry is vast. She has led opening teams for resorts and spas since 2001, she has been influential in creating new facilities and reinvigorating existing spas to meet the challenges and opportunities of the new waves of spa development.

Stephanie believes in promoting the entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, and service to the community. She was creator and Chair of the first Turks & Caicos Island’s Hospitality Adventures: Spa Camp. Leading her to found Caribbean Wellness & Education, an organization that cultivates wellness programs, professional events and educational courses for spa and tourism professionals.

Since 2015, Stephanie has served as an Advisory Board Member for JMPankey Partners, the 7-figure spa consultancy firm. She is the President of WE Consulting a firm specializing in developing optimal solutions for spa and wellness enterprises.

Recently she founded the new initiative and non-profit “Wellness for Children” serving as Vice-chair on the Board of Directors. She also works with Whimsy World a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization supporting children in need through art, music, wellness and creative expression, as their Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives.

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Yazmin Pagan

Yazmin Pagan

International Business Coordinator

Yazmin Pagan has 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry, her most recent role was as a coordinator in the room division area for the Ritz Carlton, San Juan. Here she gained excellent customer service skills, leadership responsibilities and was a vital part of the management team.

Yazmin has great acknowledgement in safety and in security, client confidentiality and in up-selling revenues. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Chelsea Whitman

Chelsea Whitman

Event Planner

Chelsea Whitman is currently located in Washington D.C. working as the business development manager for Destination DC, the Destination Marketing Organization for the nation’s capital. Her hospitality experience comes from a background in various hotels, including resorts and downtown properties.

With exposure to operations to event planning to sales and everything in between, Chelsea has the experience. While sales and revenue management may be the focus of her career now, her true passion lies in planning substantial and successful events that can bring industries, people, and passions together. She looks forward to bringing her skills and knowledge to the CaribbeanWE team and community!

Carrie Koster

Carrie Koster

Accounts Manager

Carrie is from Rehoboth Beach, DE resides with her husband and two teenage children. She has worked as an accounting-bookkeeper for almost 20 years while raising her two children and running a successful portrait photography business with her husband, www.portraitsinthesand.com . Carrie focuses on finding ways to streamline our bookkeeping, keeping our company’s vital information safe and always at our fingertips. She takes care of our financials so that our team at CarribbeanWE can focus on what we do best – serve you, our clients.

Christine Clinton

Christine Clinton

Education Advisor

Christine Clinton is the founder and CEO of Christine Clinton Cancer Care, an education company specialising in teaching therapists how to safely and effectively work with guests living with cancer in a spa setting. She attended Sloan Kettering and Harvard to develop specific protocols in Touch Therapy.

Christine has been in the spa and wellness sector for over 28 years and is certified in many modalities including Massage, Skincare, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Energy Medicine and Mind Body Medicine.

Christine has been a spa director, a spa owner and Chief examiner USA for an internationally recognised awarding body based in London . She is the chair of the Global Wellness For Children initiative, a facilitator of the WHISKIDS program and is on the advisory board of Whimsy world.

Christine is the mother of two college age sons and resides with her husband in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Joanne Berry

Joanne Berry

Education Advisor

A qualified massage therapist, aromatherapist, esthetician, and nail tech, Joanne Berry is a jack of all trades. Her true passion, however, is as a teacher. Her career path has involved teaching others and supporting brands by offering high-quality education to spa and wellness facilities covering product knowledge, specialized treatments, techniques, and bespoke-designed treatment offerings. She has worked for academies in the U.S., such as the elite Bellus Academy, mentoring students entering the industry and teaching them the skill sets they need to be successful.

She recently founded the Wellness Education Hub to fulfill the demand for her style of high-energy, high-quality training across the U.S. and internationally. Dedicated and incredibly passionate about contributing to the industry that she loves, Berry has worked hard to learn all facets of the industry, so she can approach education with a well-balanced and knowledgeable approach. For more than two decades, she has shared her skill set and knowledge with audiences around the world. Engaging people with her enthusiasm, humor, and own love of learning, she inspires those around her to continue advancing their skills.

Julie Pankey

Julie Pankey

Education Advisor

Julie brings over 25 years of experience as a internationally recoginized spa director and consultant, contributing to the success and development of numerous brands within the health, wellness, spa, and tourism sectors.

Julie is the spa and wellness tourism expert of B&B Team® and Global Wellness Institutes Peer to Peer Leadership training Initiative Chair. As a thought leader and innovator, Pankey created The SpaHive Community to connect spa and wellness professionals through a private online community, education sessions, pop boutiques and special events.

Pankey continues to further the spa industry by collaborating with the consumer and corporate sectors through her newly launched SpaHive Corporate WEllnes Programs.

Patricia Berry-Greenidge

Patricia Berry-Greenidge

Education Advisor

Patricia Berry-Greenidge is the principal of Personal Body Healthcare Clinic and School Of Holistic Therapies Inc. (PBHC) which is accredited by international examining bodies, ITEC and IFPA. She has gained worldwide experience in Holistic and Complementary Therapies, before opening the school in Barbados and is also a Reiki Master.

Her strong commitment to the development of the Health and Wellness Sector influedned her decision to make the school one dedicated to training and graduating highly qualified and motivated professional therapists with qualifications which are worldwide recognized. Within recent years, Patricia has conducted training in the wider Caribbean island such as Dominica, Jamaica, Antigue, Belize and St. Kitts

Tricia Greenaway

Tricia Greenaway

Education Advisor

Tricia Greenaway, Founder and CEO of Wellness Footprints Antigua, a company that offers Independent Spa contractual services to Resort Spas in Antigua, and educational training regionally. She is currently the Spa Director of Galleybay Resort and Spa.

Tricia is a licensed cosmetologist, aesthetician and massage therapistfor the past 21 years. She gained such discipline in the state of New York, and advanced at the DCU University of Cosmetology in NOrth Carolina, USA. Ms Greenaway went on to advance her career where she dived into a Spa Directorship role. Such skills where gained through traveling to British Columbia Canada, Costa Rica and Jakarta, Indonesia where she successfully became certified Organic Therapy and Asian modalities. Being born in beautiful Antigua, Ms Greenaway head the Antigua and Barbuda Beauty Spa and Wellness Association, and serves as Vice President of the Caribbean Spa and Wellness Association.

With a passion for excellence and industry growth, working to create the Beauty Spa and Wellness standard in Antigua was one of her many successful achievements. Ms. Greenaway says, "I will continue to advance in the industry through Networking and Advanced Education."

On a lighter note, she is a mother of a 6 foot, 4 insh tall and growing young college bound son, and enjoys hand gun shooting, and creating orgainc delicaies.

Avion Anderson

Avion Anderson

Beauty Blogger & Creative Copywriter

Avion Anderson, a Natural Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger/Influencer; Natural Beauty Product Reviewer and Natural Beauty Copywriter/Content Writer – born, raised and resides in Betsey's Hope, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean).

Her mission is to help empower natural beauty brand formulators, owners and artisans across the Caribbean find their unique voice, tell their brand stories and connect with their customers - through outstanding product reviews, brand stories, interviews, news and more.

She is currently pursuing courses in Beauty Copywriting and Content Marketing so that she will be able to offer to her natural beauty brand formulators, owners and artisans clients across the Caribbean - more skills and an in-depth understanding of the copywriting and content marketing world.

Kim Collier

Kim Collier

Education Advisor

Kim Collier is a spa industry icon with over 30 years dedicated to spa, health & wellness initiatives. An international wellness experience planner, massage therapy instructor, holistic health practitioner, product company owner, lifelong student, wife & mother, Kim has dedicated her body of work towards natural healing methods & herbal remedies since 1990’s. As of 2019, Kim is focused upon CBD & cannabis advocacy, experiential educational events & vetting the best products on the planet. Recognized as a trendsetter, modern elder, and leading woman in wellness, Kims’ presentations are dynamic, well-researched and engaging content for everyone interested in elevating their profession and industry to the next level of excellence.

Karen Mcfarlane-Montaque

Karen Mcfarlane-Montaque

Education Advisor

Karen Mcfarlane-Montaque is the Spa Director at Jumby Bay Island (formally a Rosewood Resort; now part of the Oetker Collection of Masterpiece Hotels) where she has worked for the last nine and a half years. She is an industry professional with over 15 years of experience in the field and has worked in several resorts around the island of Antigua, including Carlisle Bay, Blue Waters Hotel and Sandals Resort and Spa where she began her career as a Nail Technician and Massage Therapist.

In 2013, she was awarded a Scholarship through the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and studied Spa & Hospitality Management at the University of California. Karen’s passion and drive is not limited to the industry. She has also led several community and charitable events such as the Annual Charity Walk in recognition of Global Wellness Day which attracts over 200 participants yearly and donates to charitable causes.

Coupled with her passion for excellence is her drive to lead a dynamic team of industry professionals. She is committed to training and development and has a firm belief that in treating everyone with fairly and with respect, one can achieve almost any goal.

Stacy Cox

Stacy Cox

WE Advisory Board

Mrs. Stacy Cox currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) since September 1, 2011. A native of the Bahamas and a citizen of the Turks and Caicos Islands, she brings 20+ years of hospitality experience to the TCHTA.

As Chief Executive Officer of Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, Stacy represents the membership of TCHTA on matters affecting the tourism and hospitality industry, both locally and internationally including advocacy issues and marketing initiatives which build a sustainable tourism product through awareness, outreach and educational programmes.

Stacy began her hospitality career at the world-famous Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas, and quickly moved her way up the ranks. In 1997, she moved to Turks and Caicos Islands and brings to the TCHTA extensive experience where she previously held several General Manager positions at luxury resorts including Windsong Resort and Royal West Indies Resort.

Stacy is committed to the advancement of the hospitality industry and believes that education and awareness of opportunities within the tourism industry are critical in Turks and Caicos. She selflessly volunteers her time for good causes such as Youth Explosion, Maskanoo, TCI Shines and TCI Lil’ Chefs. Stacy has also served on various Executive Boards including TCHTA and the regional Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and its Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE)as its current President, Director for Junior Achievers TCI, Director for the Salvation Army, co-founder of TCI Hospitality Adventure's Lil’ Chefs Programme and recently launched TCHTA Development Center. Stacy has recently launched a social page called “Women in Tourism Caribbean”, that recognizes and applaud women who have dedicated their lives to tourism. An advocate of continued education, she has continued her own professional development through online courses at Cornell University and the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Stacy’s favorite motto is “Living with purpose, because of the promise.” During her free time, she enjoys a variety of activities including reading and travel and regularly mentors’ young women, especially those in the hospitality industry.

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