Deborah Haber started using essential oils about 2 years ago (although I have been interested in natural health throughout my adult life). I chose to work with Doterra and use their products because of their farming practices and charitable work. The more I use oils, the more I love them.

Christine Gallo studied dance in NYC and performing in Community Theater, film and television.  During her collage years at DCC and SUNY New Paltz she studied fitness and nutrition, throughout that time Christine had become a New Jersey Nets Dancer/choreographer and worked as a group exercise instructor in NYC. Over time Christine has become certified to teach Pilates, beyond barre, bosu, TRX, and kickboxing to name a few. After suffering an injury to both hips, and trying many different methods to heal, led her to discover the world of Pilates. 

Christine’s teaching was put on hold as she decided to grow a family giving birth to her daughters Ava and Alivia.  Throughout her pregnancy’s Christine realized just how much Pilates kept her mind and body supported, it was then she decided to dig deeper into the craft and the art of teaching and became certified through Power Pilates completing a 600-hour comprehensive course.  Some of her continuing education credits include but are not limited to   pre/post-natal, athletic performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation.  Most recent Christine has become a certified health coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC!  After completing this year long coarse, she has been leading group and private sessions in weight loss, nutrition, fitness, wellness and self-care!  Christine’s passion continues to move forward as she fills her time building her public speaking practice helping woman empower and transform themselves!     

Christine’s passion for helping others has taken on a life of its own!  In 2004 Christine opened her in home private studio where her work continues to grow.  Weather its fitness, wellness, motivation, or friendship you will find it when you walk through her doors!


Shawnee Black Shawnee Black is an Intuitive Counselor, Writer, and Wellness Consultant who works with clients across the globe. When she is not talking with people about their career goals, she loves talking about their love lives. Tonight’s presentation, “Let’s Talk About…” will be informative and entertaining, with time for questions.  Come one and come all, single ladies, married ladies, and every chick in between.  Full of humor and insight, the room is guaranteed to be full of love and laughter! She can be reached through her email: Look for Shawnee’s book release.

Keynote Speaker, Angela Beddoe - President and CEO of Beddoe Publishing and is publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Herlife Magazine-New York; the premier lifestyle magazine in the Capital Region with a mission of keeping women connected.  Herlife Magazine.

Andrea Maranville is a self taught baker who is an active food blogger, wholesale bakery business owner, motivational speaker and busy mom of four.  Andrea prides herself on creating and sharing real life recipes, tips and tricks for the home kitchen using seasonal and wholesome ingredients. Most recently Andrea was cast on ABC networks nationally televised show The Great American Baking Show – Holiday Edition. Andrea became a finalist on the show and ultimately placed as one of the top three amateur bakers in the finale. Andrea also was part of the cast on BRAVO's Summer Rush who bakes for an exclusive restaurant on Lake George.  More information can be found on her page Andrea is our Special Guest Speaker on Saturday.  - Facebook

Jené Luciani Sena is an internationally-renowned bestselling author of four books, a nationally known lifestyle expert and reporter on national TV such as Today and Dr Oz and an accredited journalist published in SHAPE, Romper and XOJane. Touted as one of Woman’s World Magazine’s “Ultimate Experts,” she’s a TEDTalk speaker and a busy Mom of 4. She recently launched her own bra collection on QVC called the GemBra by Jené Luciani.

Joan Scannell is a numerologist and Tarot Reader with more than 25 years experience. She will be doing one-card mini-readings at the cocktail reception and longer, more-detailed sessions all day Saturday. Her readings are direct and geared to answer your questions - especially as they relate to love, work, career, friendships, goals, etc. A session with Joan can give you an overview of what is happening around you and will give you an understanding of your options regarding a particular issue, while providing you with some possible outcomes based on what actions you choose to take. For more information on Joan, visit Other ways to connect include: Facebook – Joan Scannell Live Your Authentic Life, Instagram: joanscannelltarot, and email –

Katrina Clay founded the Upstate New York’s wellness publication “The Healing Springs Journal” in 2002. She is also a public speaker, writer, workshop facilitator and co-director of SIPN (Saratoga Integrative Practitioners Network). Assimilating the wisdom of animals, the power of music and the intelligence of nature, Katrina guides people to their innate wholeness by reclaiming their ancient soul and integrating it with the modern world.Type your paragraph here. - 518-332-6581

Pauline O'Connell, Spiritual Medium, is a conduit for your loved ones in spirit. She is able to communicate with spirit and pass the messages on to you. Pauline has been able to communicate with spirit at a very early age. She has helped many find comfort with the loss of a family member and friends. Being a spiritual medium requires always being a student, learning from different teachers, attending workshops, and most importantly listening to the people in front of her. Pauline has been studying with ​International Medium Robert Brown, ​for many years. As a mentor and friend he has opened many doors for her including a recent demonstration in Laguna Hills, CA. In 2004 Pauline became a Reiki Practitioner through the study with Loretta Grabowski. Pauline currently resides in the Glens Falls area and her office is conveniently located minutes from downtown Glens Falls. You can contact Pauline for a private spirit reading at  - Facebook

Robin Dyanick has been teaching Country Line Dancing in the Saratoga/Schenectady Country area for about 5 years.  She has her own classes but also works with Kevin Richards, DJ of 100.9 The Cat, and Froggy 100.3 with teaching and leading larger Country Dance events.  Before line dancing, Robin taught Zumba for 5 years.  She has lots of experience with classes loves to dance with her students, and teach all levels and ages!  She has a Facebook group called Robin’s Renegade Dancers for information on her classes.

Jennifer Islas has been teaching group fitness classes for 25 years.  In February 2009 she became a licensed Zumba®️ instructor. Since then she obtained additional licenses for Zumba Toning, Zumba Kids, Zumba Gold, Strong by Zumba, LaBlast, Turbo Kick, and was certified by AFAA in Group Fitness. 
She also has her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Speech and Hearing, and Special Education. 
She currently teaches fitness classes in the Queensbury/Lake George area.
She strives to make her participants feel successful and strong and encourages a non-judgmental atmosphere in her classes. She enjoys teaching every age group - from young children to older active adults.

Jennifer feels that dance fitness classes allow us to express a wide variety of emotions: happiness, joy, excitement, and passion but also sadness, anger, and longing. Dance fitness classes help us to relieve stress and to fully center yourself in the present moment. It helps boost your mood by the release of endorphins and can help build muscle strength and flexibility. And - it’s fun! 

Kelly O'Neil-Teer realized her dream following a business career to her best adventure yet,
as owner of Serendipity Boutique. Letting her creativity soar she travels extensively to find unique pieces that will help woman of all ages and sizes to feel special and beautiful. Kelly is also our Fashion Show Coordinator for Girlfriends Weekend. Serendipity Boutique, 4941 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing, NY  12814 - 518-644-2120 - Facebook

 Howard & Diane Vics, own Northeast Thermography Medical Imaging with imaging sites throughout the Capital Region of upstate NY and beyond. Their practice uses Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging to map the heat patterns of the human body to identify inflammation and changing physiological processes that are not detected with other imaging modalities such as    X-ray, MRI, and Ultrasound.  This information allows for early detection and preventive health measures.

Howard graduated from Northeastern University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.  He is a Level III Infrared Thermographer with certifications in Clinical and Advanced Clinical Thermography, Building Science and Weatherization applications. 
His initial use and application of thermography was the use of Infrared Thermal Imaging for energy auditing and building diagnostics. Seeing the potential to use thermography to positively affect people and their health, Howard expanded his application of Infrared/Thermal Imaging to the Medical Field and formed Medical Thermography Associates in 2013. 

He is considered an expert in the field of applied infrared/thermal imaging and has been a speaker and presenter at international conferences including IR Info, where he has presented papers and conducted clinics in applied thermography.  He is an in-demand speaker and spends his time running his Medical Thermal Imaging practice and educating on the use of thermography for early detection, preventive healthcare and on using natural solutions for health and wholeness.



Liz Burtch is a consultant for Beautycounter. In this role, she serves as an agent for change for this 8-year-old company that is transforming the landscape of the beauty industry by being the Leaders in Clean Beauty. The Clean Beauty movement means that we are committed to educating and advocating for higher standards and stricter regulation--bringing awareness to the harmful chemicals that are in the trusted products we use on our bodies every day. Through direct-to-consumer channels, strategic partnerships with likeminded companies and several retail locations, Beautycounter puts safe and highly effective skin care products into the hands of everyone.  Liz Burtch - Beautycounter Consultant - 518-524-0495



Herman Johnson, Psychology Coach - Cerebral Sports - -

B A: Psychology/Sociology
Professional Psychotherapy Diploma
Professional Sport Psychology Diploma
Complete Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis Certification
Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Therapist & Coaches Course
Certified in Sports Hypnosis
Certified In Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
Past Lives Diploma

Patty Brown, BS, Patty Brown, BS, is well known for creating a fitness class environment where all students can feel successful, enjoy being part of a community, and get results. She is an ACE Certified Health Coach and ACE Certified Personal Trainer, combining both modalities to help clients adopt and sustain a healthy lifestyle. She is also certified as a Group Fitness Instructor with ACE and AFAA and is an Aquatics Fitness Professional with AEA.  Patty has been a Master Trainer for LaBlast Fitness, Splash, and Line Dancing, and is licensed in a variety of dance fitness formats. 

Patty has led and organized numerous fitness events to benefit the CDYMCA, Proctors Theater, Regional Food Bank of NY, The Komen Foundation, Town of Bolton Heat Your Neighbor, and Bolton CS PTO.

She is an entrepreneur, former travel agent and loves to travel the world.  This will be her 4th time presenting at the Getaway.

This year Patty joins us as the Fitness Coordinator for Girlfriends Getaway.

Getaway in Bolton Landing, NY

Hello I am Deborah Spurgas, presenter of ZUMBA/ZUMBA TONING.  I earned a BS in Physical Education and a MS in Health Education from Russell Sage College.  When I retired from my job, I fell in LOVE with Zumba!  I am licensed in 11 formats of Zumba with 11 1/2 years of teaching experience.  It's been a pleasure to teach in 4 School Systems and numerous private clubs.  Teaching Chair Zumba Gold at the Saratoga Rehabilitation Hospital(Memory Care Unit), proved to be very rewarding.  As the owner of "Firedance Fitness" Studio, I cherished moments with a class of family and friends who were Cancer and Brain Tumor Survivors and Stroke patients.  My hobbies include Pickleball, Yoga and babysitting my three grandchildren.
Deborah L. Spurgas BS,MS/ACE Group Exercise Leader  Contact:


Brenda Cary O'Brien ​is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Crystal Therapeutics Practitioner, Feng Shui Consultant, Transpersonal Counselor, and space clearer. She has been working in the healing arts since 1995, and her practice includes dowsing and entity removal. Recently published a well-being workbook called: The I Couldn't Care Less Handbook available on Amazon books. She has taught and lectured in Adirondack Community College, Bennington College, Key 2 Joy Community Wellness Center, The Art of Reiki in Troy, Massage at Saratoga, Adirondack Community Acupuncture, Saratoga Continuing Education, and the Caldwell, Johnsburg, and Mechanicville Public Libraries. Website -

Nicole McGrath and Noelle Steves, Co-Owners ONE Fitness and Wellness

​Since opening in 2017, ONE Fitness and Wellness established a welcoming place for exercise for people who are both experienced in exercise, and those new to fitness or returning after a long break from exercise. ONE has options for most and allows members to navigate their fitness journey with classes based in cardio, resistance, core and agility training. This is all while promoting other aspects of health which include adequate sleep, good nutrition, mindfulness, meditation and more. 

Noelle and JoAnn have 19 years of combined group fitness teaching / coaching experience. Together, they are certified in 13 fitness programs, as well as coaching nutrition and culinary medicine. Along with the 1nstructor Team, they created an assortment of programs with a foundation in scientifically proven results, while also providing everyone with a fun and achievable work-out that leaves members longing for more!
Noelle Stevens and JoAnn Dawes
ONE Fitness and Wellness, 6 Collins Drive, Queensbury NY

Rev. Margo Mullein Nelson is a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant, and a practicing, certified herbalist who has enjoyed a lifelong connection with the earth. Since 1998 Margo has committed herself to providing opportunities for others to deepen their relationship to themselves and the natural world through Ceremony & Ritual, Consults & Classes, Gardens & Plant Medicine.  She enjoys working with those who are seeking to Celebrate Meaningful Moments,  desiring Wellness & Balance,  or Learning more about what the Earth has to Offer.  Margo offers her unique services to individuals, groups and organizations. believing that each of us has a gift to share.

Cliff Madru is a 40 year veteran to drumming. He now makes the drums his life work. Cliff is the owner of 7th St. Creations and promotes wellness through hand drumming, music & lectures. He also teaches drumming through private instruction and performs locally with several musical groups.

Cliff feels that hand drumming is an uplifting and inspirational means of expressing and getting in touch with our inner self. He feels the best part of drumming with others is the positive energy that the group creates together. Cliff creates a safe, positive environment and truly enjoys bringing to people this captivating and therapeutic drumming experience.