Team Management & Leaders

Gail Ridings Gail Sharp
TallGrass Owner

For Gail, a balanced lifestyle is built around running a successful spa business, becoming involved in community projects, and enjoying friends and family. Some of her best times are spent at her Lucky Penny Ranch with three dogs, a couple of cats, four Nigerian dwarf goats and three horses. She enjoys the picture-perfect Rocky Mountain landscape on horseback and hiking trails while espousing a personal philosophy that asserts there are reasons to celebrate life in big and small ways every, single day.

Melissa RackliffMelissa Rackliff
Spa Director

You can contact Melissa directly at 303-679-4477 or Mel@TallGrassSpa.com

Melissa is a TallGrass veteran, so her feel for what our guests want and need is innate. All told, she has been working here for more than 13 years, with a few breaks in between. Over that time, she's picked up on the inner workings of the spa, inside and out, upside and down. That makes her the resident problem-solver. She's our go-to expert, beloved by our staff and the leader of the pack!

Michele AltonMichele Alton
Lead Manager

Michele's move to Colorado and choice to join the TallGrass team was purely a quality of life decision. "Colorado is where I belong," she says. "And, the people at TallGrass feel like a family." Her leadership role is a perfect fit because, having grown up in a military family, she is well acquainted with the challenges of responsibility, duty and integrity. Michele gladly shares her secret to taking care of oneself: "Who knows better than you where you need to be?"

Haley BevierHaley Bevier
Team Leader, Laundry Department

Folding laundry, stocking shelves, making sure everyone at the spa – from the front desk staff, to the hair stylists, to the massage therapists – has the tools they need to create a soft and comfortable experience for guests. Haley finds that task to be totally fulfilling. "It gives me a sense of purpose," she says. "Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest impact."

And, what about when Haley's at home? Does she still like to do the laundry? "Suprisingly yes!" she says.

Bonnie ChwalaBonnie Chwala
Team Leader, Hair Department

Bonnie leads a small but mighty team of three stylists, working together in the hair salon that's set off – just a bit apart – from the main spa where the four of them thrive, working together in a stylish, creative, up-to-date atmosphere with a family feel that puts everyone at ease. And now, with the completion of a recent remodeling project, the salon is quite the luxurious space for these TallGrass stylists doing what they do best – consulting with guests to create attractive styles, colors and cuts.

Leanne FrazierLeanne Frazier
Team Leader, Accounting

What can we say about Accounting? Everything. It's a behind-the-scenes function that helps our spa run smoothly, efficiently, and sensibly. Our gal, Leanne, keeps it all together.

Her accounting career began 20 years ago at a job fair where she discovered a love of math could lead to a fulfilling career. "Accounting makes sense to me," she says. "I've always enjoyed it."

Then, 10 years ago, a move to Colorado brought Leanne to a place where she can practice what she calls "my therapy" – here in Evergreen, she enjoys horseback riding, gardening, playing piano, and dance lessons. And, of course, she fills an important role at TallGrass. We're so glad she's here.

Heather GlennHeather Glenn
Team Leader, Esthetics Department

Nurturing her guests and educating them about natural skin care are Heather's passions at TallGrass. An esthetician since graduation from the Aveda Marquis Institute in 1998, Heather continues her professional education by seeking out new skin care techniques and advanced aromatherapy protocols. In her free time, she works as a makeup artist whose work has been featured in national publications.

Jody HeaneyJody Heaney
Team Leader, Nail Department

Yeah! She's baaaack! This is Jody's third tour as team leader of the nail department.

Is this a case of third time's a charm? Nope. Jody is a champ every time she steps up to take the reins. She is clearly so well-suited to the role. "I like to have my team around me," she says, "when we're all going in the same direction, doing great things."

This time around, Jody's direction is back to basics, steering away from industry fads that can sometimes be a bit off-center. She's emphasizing organic ingredients, natural aromas, and quality of services. "That's what people so love about TallGrass," she says. "Everyone wants to feel good and be healthy."

Shannon MarinosShannon Marinos
Team Leader, Guest Relations and Retail Departments

She calls herself "Mama Bear" and not just because she's the parent of three youngsters. Shannon is a Mama Bear at work, too. Super-protective of her Guest Relations and Retail teams, she's always there for them. "No judgment," she says, "just a positive direction, setting goals together and moving forward."

Because she knows people will be more confident, stay in the job longer and the teams will be happier together, she puts emphasis on training. Her strategy aims to ensure happy crews, all together, all the time. "It's my big thing," she says, "I always want to give people the tools to be great."