Meet the Friendly Faces of Lake Austin Spa Resort

Our team is not only warm and friendly, but they are highly-trained with a wealth of experience—some with more than 30 years of service. We take great pride in providing a high level of personal attention during your stay. Get to know us before you arrive.

Janis Claphoff

Janis Clapoff

Managing Director

Janis oversees all aspects of operations at Lake Austin Spa Resort. With over 30 years of experience in luxury hospitality and a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, Janis’s primary focus is providing excellent customer service. Previously at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, Halekulani Hotel and San Ysidro Ranch, Janis joins our team ready to provide an atmosphere where innovation thrives.

Janis Claphoff

Jeff Holland

Director of Sales & Marketing

Jeff joined the resort’s 220-member team in March 2018, and brings over 20 years of experience with a strong emphasis in the luxury hospitality industry.

As Director of Sales and Marketing, he oversees all aspects of marketing for our 40-room resort as well as the 25,000-square foot LakeHouse Spa.

Stephane Beaucamp

Stephane Beaucamp

Executive Chef

Chef Beaucamp brings together clean, fresh, sensible, and flavorful foods, artfully prepared to please a variety of palates. Flavor profiles combine organic herbs and vegetables from our on-site gardens and locally sourced ingredients, all with a sophisticated French flair. Previously, Chef Beaucamp has prepared meals for Charlize Theron, Elton John, Renee Zellweger, Adrien Brody, and Nicole Kidman.

Stephane Beaucamp

Jesus Olvera

Food & Beverage Director 

Jesus Olvera bring over two decades of experience at some of the top resorts in the world. He was part of the opening teams of 9 resorts, including Montage Laguna Beach, St. Regis Monarch Beach, Four Seasons Punta Mita, Rosewood San Miguel Allende, Wynn Las Vegas, and The Grand at Moon Palace among others. He also worked at Al Faisaliah in Riyadh Saudi Arab and has opened more than 30 restaurants. Jesus has a Master’s Certificate in Food Service Management and Essentials of Hospitality Management from Cornell University’s heralded School of Hotel Administration, the world’s leading institution for hospitality education and research.

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Cindy Present

Director of Fitness & Activities

Cindy’s love for the lake is apparent in all things she does. Cindy has pursued a lifetime of sports and fitness with a contagious spirit for water, the outdoors, and motivating others. She also understands the mental, emotional and physical power that nature and water has on personal wellness. She has Masters Degrees in Health Promotion and Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and has been working with resort guests for 27 years.

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Robbie Hudson

Director of Programming

Mingling with celebrity chefs and chatting with New York Times best-selling authors is a daily occurrence for our Director of Programming. Robbie goes to great lengths to find inspirational and educational speakers and guest presenters for programs like Culinary Experience, and the new Artist Series. She brings a wealth of knowledge that spans 26 years and is always on the hunt for interesting topics for our guests.

Our Instructors

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Paul Smith

Expertise: Traditional Fitness, Yoga & Meditation, Mobility and Stability Assessment, TRX Suspension, Foam Roller, Pilates Matwork & Reformer, Resting Metabolic Rate Testing and Tarot Readings

Certifications: ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist & Certified Health Fitness Specialist, Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (500 hours), IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, FMS Functional Movement Screen Provider, TRX Suspension Training, TriggerPoint Myofascial Compression Techniques, Physical Mind Pilates Matwork 101 and Ayurvedic Institute Home Study Program

Personal Wellness Philosophy: “Stay active by doing fun things!”

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Kamaryn Watters

Expertise: Fitness & Water

Certifications: ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

Classes/Activities: Stand-up Paddleboard Instruction, Private Boat Cruises, Traditional Fitness Training, RMR Testing, Body Composition Testing, Waterski and Wakeboard Lessons, Sculling Lessons, Water Taxi

Other Experience: Two-time National Barefoot Waterskiing Champion; current Women’s Barefoot Jump record holder; previously Team Captain of Texas A&M Ski Team

Personal Wellness Philosophy: “You have one body for one lifetime – why not make it the best it can be?”

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Elisabeth Misner

Expertise: Qigong Trainer

Certifications: Certified Martial Arts Instructor, Certified Sports Nutritionist

Classes: Qigong group practice, guided meditation, private Qigong practice, Forest Bathing, Sound-energy healing with singing bowls

Other Fitness Experience: MA in theology, martial arts black belt, Qigong training at Qigong Healing Institute, Spring Forest Qigong, and Aiki Healing,

Personal Wellness Philosophy: “The body is malleable by the mind.”

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Anja Seth

Expertise: Hiking, PiYo, Cycle, Stretch, Personal Training, Kayaking, Stand-up Paddleboard, Cardio, Balance and Core

Certifications: ACE Group Fitness, PiYO, Pound, RPM, Silver Sneakers and Functional Movement for Older Adults

Personal Wellness Philosophy: “Sleep well, eat well, stress less.”

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Shannon Wise

Expertise/Experience: Shannon received her education from Louisiana State University and completed an internship at Louisiana Tech University.

She has over 16 years of experience in all areas of nutrition in the settings of clinical, wellness, consulting, teaching and public speaking.

Certifications: Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist

Personal Wellness Philosophy: “Food should be enjoyed, not feared! A positive relationship with food and learning to listen to your body can greatly improve your health and well-being. Eat well to live well!”

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Kim Patty

Expertise: Swimming, Hiking and Stand-up Paddleboard

Certifications: STA Swimming Teacher Certificate Level 2

Personal Wellness Philosophy: “Keep moving! It will keep you young.”

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Julie Wylie

Expertise: Nia Technique, including Nia 5 Stages and Aqua-Nia

Certifications: Certified Black Belt Nia & Nia 5 Stages Instructor and Certified Green Belt Next Generation Nia Trainer

Personal Wellness Philosophy: “It is the accumulation of many small acts of self kindness that can affect the greatest change.”

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Donna Minshew

Expertise: Tai Chi

Experience: Studied Tai Chi for 9 ½ years under Master Stan Rossi and has taught for 6 ½ years. Earned numerous gold medals from national and international Tai Chi tournaments.

Personal Wellness Philosophy: “The key to true wellness is a fit mind, body and spirit.”

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Monica Gutierrez

Expertise: Water Fitness Specialist and AquaStretch (myofascial release technique) Facilitator and Trainer

Experience:

  • Pioneer of Aquatic Exercise Programs in Mexico.
  • 28 years of experience as an Instructor, Trainer and International Conference Presenter in Mexico, Spain and the United States.
  • 10 years as a Specialist Trainer for the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) providing certifications to instructors.
  • Translation of the Aquatic Fitness Professional Manual by AEA (first and second editions) to the Spanish language.
  • Owned a fitness facility and aquatic center in Monterrey, Mexico
  • AEA Provider for Continued Education Credits.

Certifications: AEA Certified Group Instructor, AEA Provider, AquaStretch Facilitator, AquaStretch Trainer, AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, Cooper Institute Certification, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Bachelors Degree in Public Accounting.

Personal Wellness Philosophy: “Smile daily and keep moving.”

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Jay Hiller

Expertise: Yoga, Meditation, Cycle, Stretch

Certifications:

  • eRYT 200, RYT 500 from Yoga Alliance; Certified Spinning Instructor, DaVinci Bodyboard and DaVinci at the Wall Trainer
  • Trained to provide Aqua Kriya yoga
  • Trained to provide adaptive yoga

Classes: Restorative Yoga , Yoga Al Fresco, Spin and Stretch, Standup Paddleboard, Wellness on Waves Yoga, Blue Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Foam Roller, Yin Yoga, Stretch

Personal Wellness Philosophy: Focus on adding positive healthy changes and practicing consistently.

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David Robbins

Expertise:  Fitness

Certifications:  International Kickboxing Federation; AFPA Cardio Kickboxing; AFAA Personal Fitness Training; Silver Sneakers Yoga and T’ai Chi; NESTA Aqualogics

Classes:  Traditional Fitness Training, Ring-Style Kickboxing, Cardio-Kickboxing, Performance Conditioning, Aqua Fitness, High Intensity Interval Training

Other Fitness Experience:  Menkyo Shodan (Black Belt) in Japanese Fencing; TACFIT; SEALFIT; P90X and Insanity High Intensity Training; Marine Corp Swamp Ramp

Personal Wellness Philosophy:  “To be is to do, and to do is to be.”

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Julie Haber

Expertise/Experience:

  • Former Director of Spiritual Wellness
  • Group workshop Facilitator and Speaker
  • Facilitator of individual, couples, family and work/professional private coaching sessions
  • Julie has worked in the wellness industry and has devotedly been living a holistic lifestyle for more than 25 years. She specializes in providing support and celebration for life transitions, coping with loss and grief, finding meaning and purpose, enhancing relationships, finding peace in today’s modern fast paced world, sound healing, meditation, team building, and motivational speaking.

Certifications: Crystal SoundEnergy Practitioner, Mediator, Coach, and Minister

Personal Wellness Philosophy: “Be yourself, everyone else is taken!”