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Meet the 2021 Board of Directors

These incredible humans meet regularly to develop and implement the annual Float Conference. We are so grateful that they are willing to share their time and expertise to help make this event and organization a success! 

Meet the 2021 Board of Directors

Kim Hannan

Kim Hannan

President of the Board

With more than 15 years of training and marketing experience, Kim is passionate about helping individuals and business owners create a ripple effect on the world. She is a registered yoga, meditation, and mindfulness teacher, co-owner of Sukhino Float Center & Salt Cave, founder of Sukhino Yoga on the Go, and founder and creative director of Mindfull Solutions, whose sole purpose is helping the people who help people. She is most fulfilled when she's able to share the knowledge she has gathered along the way in order to help others have fun, be successful, and live a peaceful life. Her "multipotentialite" ways means she's always taking on fun and interesting projects, including jumping in to serve the float community as a board member.

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Ashkahn Jahromi & Graham Talley

Ashkahn Jahromi & Graham Talley

Founders

Graham and Ashkahn are two of the founders of Float On, a float center located in the misty beer-filled land known as Portland, Oregon. They had the pleasure of founding this conference and organizing it for seven years before turning it into an industry run non-profit. They now serve on the board mostly to crack jokes during the board meetings that they find funny and everyone else finds disruptive and mildly unprofessional. They hope to one day follow in the footsteps of Lot’s wife and be turned into pillars of salt.

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Gloria Morris

Gloria Morris

Secretary

Challenged with juggling her responsibilities as a mom, big data technologist, and consultant, Gloria found balance when she floated for the first time in 2015. Float Sixty (her baby) was born nine months later. Now with three locations and two more in early development she is putting her consulting skills to the test in her own businesses. Gloria has a bachelors and masters degree in management and technology adoption but her real education comes from constantly tinkering with software and data.

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Amy & James Harder

Amy & James Harder

Board Members

Amy and James opened Float Harder in Portland, Maine in the Spring of 2016, 5 years after their first float in Denver, Colorado. Since opening, Float Harder has hosted over 21,000 floats! More importantly, it has donated over $18,000 through its quarterly giving event, Float For Philanthropy, and supported dozens of community events. In 2018 James and Amy began operating New England Float Partners, offering float tank installation, maintenance, service and repairs throughout the Northeast. In 2019 James accepted a position on the Float Tank Association interim board, and joined the Float Conference team. Amy decided James shouldn’t have all the fun, and in 2020 got involved with both organizations as well. As board members, Amy and James look forward to helping bring the conference to Portland, MAINE!

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Jesse Ratner-Decle

Jesse Ratner-Decle

Board Member

Jesse is a float enthusiast as well as a holistic nutritionist. He co-founded Float Toronto, a five-cabin Centre in the great white North, in 2014 with his buddy Sean. He has a deep appreciation for the collaborative nature of the float industry and has been invited to speak at the Float Conference to share strategies on community building and marketing. This chapter of owning and operating a Float Centre as been a tremendous life highlight! At the time of writing this, the records on his stores software system, ‘HelmBot,' says he’s floated 333 times - that’s kinda neat!

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Lovinder Gill

Lovinder Gill

Board Member

Lovinder is a filmmaker and college professor whose life took a left turn when he floated for the first time. Now he’s the owner of Nirvana Float in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Floating helps him work through the stories for his screenplays and his filmmaking helps him market his float center - a perfectly symbiotic relationship. Lovinder’s produced and directed documentaries all around the world including in Nepal on Mt. Everest, in India, Bolivia, Palestine and Guatemala. After spending many years exploring the world, Lovinder is happiest in a float tank exploring within himself.

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Peter Sharp

Peter Sharp

Board Member

Peter is an Aussie living in ASIA. He partners in a hands-on way with terrific people in the areas of Health & Wellness, Retail Real Estate Planning and Energy Service Stations. Peter is also the co-owner of Float Therapy ASIA in Hong Kong and of Cue Creator in Australia, a bespoke billiards manufacturing business, in addition to a Retail Planning Company in China and a Real Estate Development Company in India. He worked for Walmart for nearly 20 years in ASIA and is very proud of his accomplishments over the years. Retailing, Service and Retail Real Estate is in his DNA. Peter serves as Vice Chairman of the ICSC Asia Advisory Board and a Board Member of the Floatation Tank Association (FTA). Of course, he finds the best day of the week always includes floating.

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Matthew Smith & Jamie Phillips

Matthew Smith & Jamie Phillips

Board Members

From floating a thousand people out of their basement to now operating 6 tanks in Edmonton, AB, Matt and JP have always been hooked on what floating could really do for people. These guys love the industry and entrepreneurship, admiring how people from all walks of life, from all over the world, are building businesses and lifestyles that support their communities. In a weird twist of fate, with Matt originally hailing from a wellness background and JP having years of industrial mechanical experience, these two besties happen to be a great combo for operating a float center.

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Nicole Walcott

Nicole Walcott

Board Member

Nicole Walcott is the CEO of Shanti Wellness, Inc., a wellness company that specializes in chronic pain and stress management. Shanti Wellness serves individuals through Fayetteville Wellness Center, corporations through Shanti Corporate Wellness and military units through Shanti Government Wellness.

Nicole found floating in 2016 through her own personal struggle with chronic pain. While serving in the US Army, she suffered a devastating spinal cord injury that forced her to separate from the Army and caused her crippling chronic pain. Her life changed during her first float. For the first time in almost 3 years, she was pain free. Just 9 months later, she officially opened the doors to her wellness center. Nicole works almost exclusively with military and first responders through her Center in Fayetteville, NC. Her company holds the only multi year military contract for Floatation Therapy.

Nicole currently sits on the Board for the Float Conference and serves on the Membership Committee for the FTA.

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Roy Vore

Roy Vore

Board Member

Vore & Associates, LLC

Dr. Roy Vore is the senior consultant with Vore & Associates LLC, a consulting company specializing in aquatic facility management, operator training, and risk management. He is internationally recognized as the pool and spa sector's leading authority on recreational water illness. Since 1991 he has been the aquatics industry’s voice, translating the complexity of microbiology into the everyday language of operators. His efforts include drafting portions of the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code, writing the NSPF’s recreational water illness manual, and a variety of fact sheets on microbial issues for APSP. Dr. Vore has over 90 scholarly papers and presentations on the selection and use of industrial biocides, biocide testing methodology, the microbiological of swimming pools and spas, and the governmental regulation of biocides. Roy became interested in floating due to the unique physiology of float tanks and the potential for non-pharmaceutical treatments for our overly stressed society. Roy’s hobbies include making beer and bird watching – which usually includes drinking the beer.

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Heather & Paul Clift

Heather & Paul Clift

Board Members

Heather and Paul are both Colorado natives. They have two beautiful daughters, Quincy and Charly. While living in Breckenridge, Colorado, Heather owned an Interior Design Business, and Paul was a realtor for almost 20 years. Paul propositioned Heather with the idea of "selling it all to open a float center." After floating, and driving back up to the mountains on I-70, without a worry in their heads or an ache in their bodies, they knew they were onto something. After a year and half and a move to the Front Range, Samana Float Center was born. Almost 4 years later, Samana Float multiplied and Samana Fort Collins opened her doors in November, 2019.

Besides their kids, Samana Float Center is their best accomplishment in life. Being of service is the most precious career choice Paul and Heather ever made.

Operations Team

Operations Team

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Jocelyn Jester, CMP

Director

Jocelyn is an event planner with a focus on non-profits. After earning a BS in Tourism Management from Indiana University, Jocelyn spent some time in Colorado planning a conference at which she met the Float On crew. Later, the Float Conference became her main gig. Jocelyn moved back to Indiana for a few years, and is now living it up in Portland, Oregon. When she isn’t working, Jocelyn can be found practicing yoga, drinking delicious beers, or petting cats.