Our Team

Guests of Lake Austin Spa Resort will experience a diverse and highly-trained staff of professionals, from the experts who run our resort or hand pick what to plant in our Organic Garden, to our professional fitness instructors and chefs. Our intimate size allows for a high degree of personal attention and our nurturing staff is available 7 days a week to answer questions and address personal needs. We invite you to get to know them before you arrive.

  • Our Staff

    Chris Bird, General Manager

    As General Manager of Lake Austin Spa Resort, Chris Bird oversees all aspects of the daily operation of the 40-room lakeside resort as well as The 25,000-square foot LakeHouse Spa.  Chris brings over twenty years of hospitality experience, focused primarily in the luxury destination spa market. 

    A graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Accounting, Chris began his successful career at Canyon Ranch where he spent over a decade at both the Lenox and Tucson properties in various leadership roles. In addition to his destination spa background, Chris has held leadership positions at traditional resorts as well as a private country club. He helped re-launch The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York, helping to elevate the beautiful mountain resort to a member of Leading Hotels of the World. After Whiteface, Chris was hired as the Director of Operations for the Lodge at Ventana Canyon in Tucson, AZ. Here Chris gained exposure to a different type of hospitality while leading a team catering to 50 rooms of hotel guests and 850 members of the private Club.  In 2008, he became the General Manager of the world-renown destination spa, Mii amo, in Sedona, Arizona. During his seven years in Sedona, Chris and his team achieved numerous top accolades from Condé Nast Traveler, SpaFinder and Travel + Leisure. Chris’s ability to empower teams and create unified teamwork while always focusing on the guest experience was a natural fit for Mii amo.

    Chris has a deep passion for people and a drive for professional excellence. Providing exceptional guest service has always been a primary focus of his career. He resides in Austin with his wife Kelley, son Eric and daughter Whitney who share their creativity, love of family adventures and fondness for delicious cuisine in a welcoming household.

    Dan Mohr, Spa Director

    Dan Mohr has over 22 years’ experience in the health and wellness field as a Neuromuscular Therapist, Neuromuscular Therapy Instructor, Spa Director, Project Manager and builder of 5 star spa teams. Dan oversees all LakeHouse Spa operations and brings a wealth of knowledge to the LakeHouse Spa at Lake Ausitn Spa Resort and strives to enrich the legacy of one of the top destination spas in the world.

    Some of the 4 and 5 star properties Dan has helped open and manage include: The Peninsula Spa, The Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort and Spa, La Posada de Santa Fe, and The Golden Door Spa.

    Stephane Beaucamp, Executive Chef

    By way of Normandy, Paris and Los Angeles, Stephane Beaucamp knew he wanted to live a simple, eco-friendly, organic lifestyle in Texas. And as Executive Chef, he brings together clean, fresh, sensible and flavorful foods for Lake Austin Spa Resort guests.

    Born in Argenteuil, just outside Paris, Chef Beaucamp was convinced that he wanted to cook professionally after spending a summer helping out at his uncle’s bistro in Arromanches, Normandy as a young boy. He attended the Belliard Culinary School in Paris, apprenticed in the traditionally run kitchens at the city’s elegant Hôtel Plaza-Anténée, then cooked at the celebrated Grand Café des Capucines and two other Parisian landmark restaurants. He had his first experience of health-conscious cookery at the famous spa of Enghien-les-Bains and the Hôtel le Trianon in Versailles. While cooking eclectic contemporary food at the trendy Parisian restaurant and club, Barfly, he worked his way up to executive chef, which led him to the Buddha Bar under the direction of Kazuto Matsusaka, and the Bouchon Bistro Lyonnais on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Chef Beaucamp has also cooked for many celebrities, including Elton John, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger, Tim Curry, Adrian Brody and Nicole Kidman (who asked him to cater her birthday party one year).

    Trisha Shirey, Director of Flora & Fauna

    Trisha Shirey's 28-year association with Lake Austin Spa Resort has resulted in organic herb and vegetable gardens, an organic orchard and a wealth of flowers to enhance the grounds and brighten the delicious low-fat dishes served in the dining room. Plantings are designed to be Texas tough, but beautiful. Despite the foraging deer, flowers are in evidence year round. Many of the gardens are designed to delight butterflies and hummingbirds, which are seen in abundance.

    Crafts are another of Trisha’s interests and she teaches classes such as pressed flower designs, potpourri, painting pots and herbal swags to the guests at Lake Austin Spa Resort. She has participated in the writing, editing and testing of two cookbooks for the resort and teaches cooking classes as well.

    Brent Wolf, Director of Guest Services

    As Director of Guest Services at Lake Austin Spa Resort, Brent Wolf and his team strive to make every guest's stay a memorable one. Originally from the Seattle area, Brent Wolf graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor Degree in Communications in 1997. Brent then worked in the field of television broadcasting for 2 years as a Weekend Sports Anchor and News Reporter for the NBC affiliates in Yakima and Kennewick, Washington.

    Prior to joining the Lake Austin Spa Resort team in October of 2006, Brent spent six years working for the Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel. He worked in many areas of the rooms division, serving as Guest Services Manager, Assistant Front Office Manager, Assistant Executive Housekeeper and Director of Housekeeping. As Director of Housekeeping at Hyatt Regency Austin, Brent led his team of staff in assisting with a multimillion-dollar guest room renovation.

    Robbie Hudson, Director of Programming

    Robbie Hudson began her career with Lake Austin Spa Resort in 1989 and has been the Director of Programming for over 15 years.

    She attended Texas Tech University, received a Bachelor of Science in Education and holds a Texas Teaching Certificate. Electing not to pursue the conventional classroom, her love for movement and specifically dance, led her to begin teaching aerobic dance classes when it was a brand new idea back in the early 1980's. In the mid-eighties she taught franchised classes for Body Business, Inc. in the Lake Travis area. She became certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) in its early days and went on to receive certifications with the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the Aquatics Exercise Association (AEA), Physical Mind Institute Pilates, and also became a Nia Blue Belt Instructor.

    For the first several years at Lake Austin Spa Resort she taught many different types of exercise classes for our guests. In recent years Nia Dance is the modality of movement she enjoys most because of the strong mind/body connection with music and the freedom and release that it offers. She enjoys interacting with people and is motivated to help them find ways to have a fun and active lifestyle. She is an avid reader, gardener, walker, Spurs fan and can play a pretty mean game of Texas Hold'em poker.

    She loves to plan and organize and devotes most her attention now to the behind the scenes orchestration of special classes and events.

    She has been instrumental in the creation and development of guest programs such as the annual Gathering of Wise Women health series and For the Love of Books author's series. She is also the coordinator of our monthly program, The Culinary Experience at Lake Austin Spa Resort, as well as other specialty programs including Nia, Yoga for Everybody, Gotta Dance, Mother/Daughter, Poker, In Love with Lavender and Celebrating Paws, Exploring World Flavors and Quench!.

    Robbie is always on the lookout for new ideas and programs that our guests would enjoy, and you will still catch her enthusiastically teaching dance classes whenever she can!

    Sharon Rekieta, Ph.D., Fitness Director

    Sharon Rekieta is a native Texan who joined the Lake Austin Spa Resort as the Fitness Director. Her professional experience spans 25 years and includes owning and operating a fitness facility in Houston for 12 years, training and supervising diverse personnel, developing and presenting corporate wellness curriculums, instructing a variety of fitness classes, leading conditioning workouts for endurance athletes and counseling professional and recreational fitness enthusiasts. Sharon teaches a variety of workouts and considers the time interacting with guests during the various activities as the best part of her day.

    Realizing the strong connection between the body and mind and wanting to gain insight into the actions of those she taught and trained, Sharon pursued an advanced degree and earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Memphis in 2002. Her research projects focused on common psychological issues within the fitness realm such as adherence, motivation and behavior change. This background allows her to “open the therapeutic door” for those wanting to improve their overall quality of life by launching a healthy endeavor, stopping a deleterious habit, or simply gaining an understanding of the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

    Tom Tuscher, Director of Operations

    Tom’s passion for service started when he was a part-time cast member at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. That part-time job turned into a full-time career lasting over 25 years in attractions, food and beverage, and hotel operations in several of the theme parks and resorts.

    Prior to joining Lake Austin Spa Resort, Tom worked for close to six years as the Director of Operations for Levy Restaurants at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, home of the San Antonio Spurs. Tom was responsible for all premium food service, including 60 luxury suites, the Terrace Club restaurant, four mini restaurants, six bars and catering for the team and corporate groups up to 6,000 guests.

  • Our Instructors

    Monica Gutierrez, Water Fitness Instructor

    Monica Gutierrez, Water Fitness Instructor
    Monica offers private water aerobics instruction, aqua stretch (assisted stretching and myofascial release), and aquatic personal training.  Originally from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Monica has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Accounting from Tecnologico de Monterrey.  Monica is certified by AEA as an Aquatic Exercise and Aqua Stretch Instructor, by AFAA and ACE as a Fitness Instructor, and by the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research as a Dietary Guide.  Monica’s personal wellness philosophy is: "To keep your body moving with more gain and less pain, enjoy investing a little time every day for a lifetime of wellbeing."  Her hobbies include water-related activities such as kayaking and swimming.

    Sherri Fox, Fitness Professional

    Sherri Fox, Fitness Professional
    Sherri offers traditional fitness training; water exercise instruction; and running and cycling coaching.  She was born in Kansas City, MO, and grew up in Dallas, TX.  Sherri has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies from St. Edward’s University, and is certified by the National Academy of Sport Medicine as a Personal Trainer.  Her wellness philosophy is:  “Jump in feet first and see where life takes you!”  Sherri’s hobbies include swimming, biking, and running.

    Amanda Vernor, Activities Concierge & Fitness Professional

    Amanda Vernor is an Activities Concierge and Fitness Professional at Lake Austin Spa Resort. She offers training in Classical Pilates and Yoga as well as GYROKINESIS® and Ballet Barre. Amanda has advanced training in a Pre- and Post-Natal Pilates and Yoga, in addition to post-rehabilitative Pilates for breast cancer survivors. Her personal wellness philosophy is “Movement is an expression of life.” Her hobbies include gardening, dancing, writing, fly fishing, cooking and camping.

    Becky Behling, Fitness Professional

    Becky Behling is a Part-time Fitness Professional at Lake Austin Spa Resort.  She offers Feldenkrais "Awareness Through Movement®” Matwork and Water Exercise Instruction, as well as Traditional Fitness Training.  Originally from Tulsa, OK, Becky also grew up in Lubbock, TX and Columbia, SC.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Secondary Education from DePauw University, a Master of Science degree in Physical Education/Athletic Training from the University of Arizona, and has completed 42 hours toward a Ph.D. in Kinesiology.  Becky is a Feldenkrais practitioner in training, authorized by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America as a student teacher. Becky is also certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Post-Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist and a Professional Fitness Instructor.  Her personal wellness philosophy is "Exercise is medicine" and "Muscles don't know age; they know use and disuse."  Her hobbies include cooking, research, biking around her neighborhood, and keeping up with her family.

    T.J. Janus, Activities Concierge, Fitness Instructor, & Culinary Assistant

    T.J. Janus is a full-time Activities Concierge, Fitness Instructor and Culinary Assistant at Lake Austin Spa Resort.  He offers traditional Fitness Training, Cycling Instruction, Trail Running, and Culinary Instruction.  Originally from Rochester, New York, T.J. has a B.A. degree in Education from State University of New York.  He is a graduate of the Professional Culinary Institute.  He is certified in Keiser Cycling, Spinning, AFAA Kickboxing, and Reebok Resistance Training.  T.J.’s personal wellness philosophy is: “Break your plateau!”  His hobbies include photography, motorcycling, mountain biking, and hiking with his dogs.

    Corinne Cargnoni, Activities Concierge

    Corinne Cargnoni is a Full-time Activities Concierge at Lake Austin Spa Resort.  She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama.  She has a B.S. degree in Human and Leisure Services with an emphasis in Corporate Fitness from Florida State University.  She is certified to teach Radiant Child Yoga.  Her personal wellness philosophy is:  “Wake up everyday and move your body! Keep trying new things.”  Her hobbies include traveling with her family, yoga, running, beachcombing, and writing.

    Annie Morley, Activities Instructor

    Annie Morley is a Part-time Activities Instructor at Lake Austin Spa Resort.  She offers traditional fitness training and water exercise training.  Annie is originally from Charleston, South Carolina, and lived in Houston before moving to Austin.  She is working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.  Annie is certified in AFAA Weight Training, Personal Training, and Fitness Instructor, Bosu Training, Keiser Group Cycling, and ACE Sport Conditioning.  Her personal wellness philosophy is:  “Improve your quality of life.  Be strong….  Be balanced!”  Her hobbies include:  photography, sailing, and waterskiing.

    Sharon Rekieta, Ph.D., Fitness Director

    Sharon Rekieta is a native Texan who joined the Lake Austin Spa Resort as the Fitness Director. Her professional experience spans 25 years and includes owning and operating a fitness facility in Houston for 12 years, training and supervising diverse personnel, developing and presenting corporate wellness curriculums, instructing a variety of fitness classes, leading conditioning workouts for endurance athletes and counseling professional and recreational fitness enthusiasts. Sharon teaches a variety of workouts and considers the time interacting with guests during the various activities as the best part of her day.

    Realizing the strong connection between the body and mind and wanting to gain insight into the actions of those she taught and trained, Sharon pursued an advanced degree and earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Memphis in 2002. Her research projects focused on common psychological issues within the fitness realm such as adherence, motivation and behavior change. This background allows her to “open the therapeutic door” for those wanting to improve their overall quality of life by launching a healthy endeavor, stopping a deleterious habit, or simply gaining an understanding of the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

    Tom Bowerman

    Tom Bowerman is the Dock Supervisor at Lake Austin Spa Resort, offering private boat cruises and hikes; wakeboarding, paddleboarding and skiing lessons; and kayaking instruction.

    Sandy Erickson

    Sandy Erickson is an Activities Instructor at the Lake Austin Spa Resort. She teaches private water exercise instruction, swimming lessons and stroke analysis. Join Sandy in her signature session, Nautical Noodles, to add some pizzazz to your water workout routine.

    Anne Irving-Likes

    Anne Irving is a yoga instructor at Lake Austin Spa Resort, specializing in Thai Yoga, meditation, flexibility, and stability ball instruction. Her signature workout session is the Phoenix Rising Yoga which combines classical yoga and contemporary mind-body psychology.

    Donna Minshew

    Donna Minshew is a T'ai Chi instructor with decades of experience who has earned numerous gold medals from national and international tournaments.

    Terry Shaw, M.A., R.D.

    Terry Shaw is a Nutrition Consultant at Lake Austin Spa Resort and teaches several group workshops, as well as being available for one-on-one counseling.

    Paul K. Smith, M.Ed. & E-RYT

    Paul’s signature session is Functional Movement Screening.  He also offers traditional fitness training; yoga & meditation instruction; mobility and stability assessment; TRX suspension training; foam roller training; swim lessons; Pilates matwork & reformer training; resting metabolic rate testing; and Tarot readings.

    Julie Wylie

    Julie Wylie is a NIA Instructor at Lake Austin Spa Resort. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she studied Fine Arts and Business at the University of New Mexico. Julie is a certified Black Belt NIA and NIA 5 Stages Instructor, and a certified Green Belt Next Generation NIA Trainer. She offers private classes in NIA Technique, including NIA 5 Stages and Aqua-NIA.