OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
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Linda Townsend, Founder and President of Release Well-Being Center, had a dream – to bring together the many facets of holistic wellness in one location to meet a growing and unfulfilled need in metro west.
Linda draws on her extensive background in the corporate environment, as well as her wellness knowledge and experience, to create an ideal “sanctuary” and community where individuals of any age and fitness level can find balance, purpose and well-being. She graduated as Valedictorian when she received her MBA from Northeastern University, has a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University and later received a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from William James College.
After starting her career as an investigative newspaper and television journalist, then a marketing and sales executive for several high-tech companies, Linda was recognized for her work in the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), an international organization of more than 9,000 CEOs, for outstanding work coaching CEO peer groups. Trying to balance her career while raising three young children, she became attuned to the importance of consistent self-care (you must put on your own oxygen mask first before you can help others!), which led her to become a certified yoga instructor in 2007 and then an executive and life coach. Linda connected with a team of wellness experts to realize and expand her dream for Release Well-Being Center.
Linda lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband Mike, and remains active in all things wellness. Follow her on Instagram lindaspursuitofwellbeing for her exploration of all things wellness!
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Passionate about wellness and optimal human potential, Dawn Spann has over twenty years of experience in the spa and wellness industry.
Dawn launched a career in wellness with Destination Hotels & Resorts, a US based hotel and resort management company with a 42-property portfolio. Dawn had an active role on the Executive Leadership Team and led multiple properties in the Pacific Northwest, as well as contributing to the Spa Leadership team creating direction for the portfolio that included a lead role in signature recreation offering, spa programming, and training of guest service teams.
Dawn has also consulted on multiple projects developing design concept, spa and wellness programs, sourcing FFE and OSE specifications, pre-opening proforma development and financial modeling. Recent projects Dawn has been involved with include; Four Seasons, Astir Palace Hotel Athens, Greece, the St. Regis Marbella, Spain, Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla, Ritz Reserve Papagayo, Costa Rica, The Woodlands Resort, Woodlands, Texas and Howard Hughes Hotel, Summerlin, Las Vegas, The Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa, Houston, Texas.
When not focused on the spa world, Dawn enjoys her peloton bike, cooking, hiking with her husband and their dog Abbey, travel, as well as exploring new food and wine experiences.
Director of Sales and Programming
Christi has been our Director of Programming for 3 years, managing all of the classes, programs, and workshops we offer. Christi is also a dedicated cycle teacher here at Release! Her life revolves around fitness and overall wellness. Christi adores working at Release with other passionate, like-minded individuals. Christi has a genuine desire for Release members to be more educated about their minds, their bodies, and themselves as a whole. She emphasizes: healing is a journey. She enjoys getting to personally know every Release member, no matter where they are in their well being journey.
Sam is the Marketing Specialist for Release, managing the social media platforms, website, and special events. She graduated from Quinnipiac University with her MBA, specializing in marketing. Sports and wellness has always been a prevalent part of Sam’s life as she grew up being a gymnast and playing tennis. When she got to college and was no longer an athlete, she had to figure out how to implement fitness into her new routine. She got more interested in yoga and strength training, so when the Release job opportunity opened up it felt like the perfect match. She is excited to combine her passion for fitness, nutrition, and wellness with marketing and social media to help promote the Release mission and connect the community.
Guest Services Lead
Krystyjana continues to learn about Release’s unique atmosphere, while at the same time building a solid Guest Services Team! She is actively engaged in our mission to practice self-care and allow room for joy, health, and happiness. With quality of life in mind, Krystyjana obtained her certification as a Life Coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner from iPEC in 2018. Wanting yet another perspective, she pursued an additional coaching certification from Levin Life Coach Academy in 2019. Krystyjana is fascinated by Energy Medicine and is attuned in Reiki (Usui Shiki Ryoho 1st and 2nd Degree). Krystyjana’s personal core values include authenticity, contribution, compassion, and family; her secret to a fulfilling life is embodying these values and bringing her best to all she does, while remaining true to herself. Her hobbies include: being creative in all ways possible, hiking, learning the guitar, practicing meditation and yoga, encountering moose while on bike rides, gardening in her Kindness Rock Garden, and curating her neighborhood’s Little Free Library. She is also the personal cheerleader of her two amazing sons.
Guest Services Lead
Kristin Esper joined our team as one of our concierge leads. She has been in the Spa and Wellness industry for over 10 years. She comes to us after moving back home from Florida where she helped manage the PGA National Spa. Kristin’s true passion is yoga and is becoming certified to be licensed in Massachusetts. She feels so fortunate to be a part of the Release Family.