International Spa Association

Lynne Walker McNees is the president of the International SPA Association.  Since November 1997, McNees has managed the operations of the organization representing more than 3,000 spa professionals in 75 countries.  McNees works from ISPA’s headquarters in Lexington, Ky., and travels throughout the world promoting and representing the spa industry.

As ISPA’s official spokesperson, McNees is frequently interviewed as a spa expert by major media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNBC, CNN, the Associated Press and numerous consumer and trade publications.

Prior to her role with ISPA, McNees worked for several years in Washington, D.C.  Her significant roles in the nation’s capitol included: venue marketing manager for World Cup USA 1994, four years as the education director for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and assistant to the Deputy Director of Presidential Personnel in the White House. 

McNees’ numerous professional activities include memberships in the Bush/Quayle Alumni Association and President’s Commission on White House Fellowships Alumni Association. She was selected to the Association’s Advance America committee of ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) and is a member of KSAE (Kentucky Society of Association Executives). She was a member of the Leadership Bluegrass Class of 1996 and a recipient of the Champion of Education Award from the University of Delaware.  

Additionally, McNees has served as a volunteer in Kentucky for the Hope Center, Children’s Miracle Network, Moveable Feast, Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society, Southland Christian Church and the St. Joseph’s Association for Volunteerism Among Young Adults. 

A native of Dallas, Texas, McNees is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiological science.  She is married to Barry McNees and resides in Georgetown, Ky. with their two miniature dachshunds, Jackson Hole and Teton Spirit.