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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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Roy Vore

Roy Vore

Treasurer

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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Andrew Loppnow

Andrew Loppnow

Secretary

Andrew is PNW born and raised and an explorer at heart. Over the last decade, he has developed practices around float tanks, spiritual herbalism, meditation, and yoga, to alchemize his own depression and self-doubt into purpose and self-belief. Andrew sees floating, in particular, as the most accessible tool in the modern world to tap into our true potential. As the owner and general manager of Float Seattle, Andrew has grown the business from 2 to 4 locations and committed deeply to his mission to provide space for relaxation, healing, and growth for anyone seeking wellness on their own terms. He has facilitated thousands upon thousands of float sessions and finds joy in connecting with guests daily. Running his float business is his way of making the world just a little better than he found it by helping others reduce suffering in their lives and wake up to their potential.

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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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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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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.

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Johnathan Roug

Johnathan Roug

Board Member

Jonathan has an insatiable passion for the float experience and industry. Driven by what he calls his, “superpower,” a medical condition known as ADHD. But it wasn’t until discovering floatation therapy that provided him a therapeutic alternative to medication for his condition. Not long after his first sensory deprivation experience, Jonathan and his wife Jessie founded Float Light in Appleton, Wisconsin. Float Light was an immediate success and was admired by the industry and community.

Jonathan then focused his attention toward the float industry by becoming a contributing member of the Floatation Tank Association (FTA) and joining the education and outreach committee, hosting and presenting workshops and roundtable events. In addition to his work through the FTA, Jonathan shares his expertise and knowledge for free through online workshops, consultation, business tools and marketing content for float centers, spas and other businesses. Jonathan is an expert in marketing, advertising, videography, graphic design and software engineering. His ultimate goal is to educate the float community on strategies that build public awareness of floatation therapy and the many benefits it provides.

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Jeanne & Allan Mills

Jeanne & Allan Mills

Board Members

Allan & Jeanne have owned Ocean Elements for 5 years offering multiple modalities. They have 2 adult children, Eva and Arran, and an 11-year-old miniature schnauzer, Dexter. Allan is a consultant at LeadingAgile. His role focuses on coaching teams to enable them to achieve their results by engaging in a way that respects where the client is today, while laying a foundation for where they need to go in the future. He has executive level board experience with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation. Allan is training to become a Certified Trainer with Inner Matrix Systems (IMS) which trains people in the Art & Science of Personal Mastery by rewiring your emotions, thought strategies and nervous system, to create a life of your own design. Allan floats weekly to enhance his nervous system training and has seen incredible personal results. Jeanne is a Registered Nurse and leverages her medical knowledge to help her clients work through their anxiety, pain, stress and sleep issues through customizing the multiple services they offer. She is a Certified HeartMath® Practitioner and helps her clients achieve coherent alignment of their physical, mental and emotional systems. Jeanne has executive level board experience with both the Baltimore Area Chapter of Legal Nurse Consultants and the Ocean Pines Swim Team. She tries to float weekly and enjoys taking advantage of the other relaxation modalities when possible.
Allan & Jeanne attended their first Float Conference in Portland, OR in 2017 and have become regular attendees. They thoroughly enjoy the “family feel” of the float community, feel passionate about the industry and are ready and willing to contribute to its success and sustainment.

Operations Team

Operations Team

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Jocelyn Jester, CMP

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.

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Alicia Hagen

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Alicia is a cheesehead for life. Preferring the warm sunshine of Southern California, she relocated to Los Angeles 10 years ago. After struggling with mental health and especially sleep in college, she found floating as a space to heal and grow. 7 years later, Alicia is now the General Manager of the float center she first floated at, Just Float in Pasadena. She is completely invested in the magic of floating and the Float Industry. Helping Jocelyn and the Board behind the scenes for the Float Conference has been a great way for her to continue to give back to the industry, as well as making so many amazing friendships from around the world.

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