Kathy Nelsen, Director of Spas at Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Joins Board of Directors

kathy_nelsen_sanfrancisco_japantown_foundation_200pxKathy Nelsen, Director of Spas at Joie de Vivre Hospitality, has joined our board of directors. The board elected her as a director at its April 21, 2014, meeting.

Joie de Vivre hospitality — with Chip Conley, Kathy, and Your Space Design — renovated the spa, now the Kabuki Springs & Spa (kabukisprings.com), in 1998. The location has been home to a public bath since 1972.

Kathy has traveled extensively worldwide seeking the waters, the beauty and the serenity of other cultures and their bathing rituals to create a paradigm for the spa experience in the Bay Area. She opened her first spa, Miracle Baths, in a converted Baptist church on Fillmore Street in San Francisco in 1977. She has opened Indian Springs in Calistoga, the Claremont Spa in Oakland, and is currently the Director of Kabuki Springs & Spa in San Francisco, as well as the Director of Spa for all Joie de Vivre Hotels.

We’re proud to welcome Kathy, a Japantown business leader, to our board!