Jennifer is the strategic leader of Core Essence and manages oversight for its spa and wellness partners. Her expertise lies in developing innovative yet resilient businesses and educated, empowered teams; her passion is holistic health support, and providing people and organizations with the resources they need to cultivate sustainable wellbeing.
Over the years, Jennifer has worked with some of the world’s leading hospitality organizations, including Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. She holds an honours degree in Kinesiology and Health Psychology, and certificate programs through the Executive Education Program at Cornell's School of Hotel Management. Jennifer is also certified personal trainer, yoga instructor and biofeedback practitioner.
Kathryn leads the interior design arm and oversees the creative direction for Core Essence. She takes a holistic approach to design that draws on myriad of disciplines to produce creative yet meticulously crafted spaces. She’s an ardent believer in the ability of mindfully designed spaces to positively impact the wellbeing of those who visit, work and live in them.
Kathryn holds a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design, and has spent more than a decade spearheading projects across multiple sectors — for hotels and resorts, as well as wellness institutes such as Equinox Fitness. She has also worked on national and international rollouts for retailers such as Warby Parker, plus luxury residential homes and condo developments in New York City, Boston, Toronto and the Caribbean.
ASHLEY HOLLY MCEACHERN
Development & Education
Ashley brings a wealth of global experience to bear in her work developing and operating spa and wellness facilities for Core Essence’s clientele. Ashley was our boots on the ground in St. Lucia during our launch of the spa at Ti Kaye. A successful entrepreneur, Ashley is also a yoga instructor and wellness trainer, journalist, and published academic with a master’s degree in International Relations and postgraduate certificate in Project Management. She has travelled to and worked in nearly two-dozen countries, and leads holistic travel adventures and spiritual retreats to many of them.
MANDY DE RISO
Development & Education
Mandy is a registered massage therapist, wellness educator and leader who is passionate about delivering exceptional guest service and creating superior spa experiences. Mandy works with Core Essence to develop unique treatment protocols, standards and training procedures for each of our projects. During her two-decade career, she has worked at luxury hotel spas, including properties owned by Ritz-Carlton, Kimpton, and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in North America and the Caribbean. She also trained and developed service providers for La Prairie’s four exclusive spas, and contributed to the opening of the company’s Hotel Bel-Air location in Los Angeles