Meet the team
Creator and Executive Director
Christine Varnavas, the creator and Executive Director, a 30 year veteran of wellness, focuses on what she loves: food, fitness, and fun. When not working on WellFEST (watch for details on state wide event in The Dells soon), she teaches yoga, facilitates TRE®; and leads groups to Greece. She is a certified Yoga Alliance instructor, a certified TRE® facilitator, and a life-time certified spinning instructor. She has an MS in Training and Development, a BS in Marketing Education, and an ADAS in Hospitality Management. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she worked at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for 10 years in outreach programming, grant-writing and administration, and event-planning. She loves to spend time with her daughters, family and friends, cook, travel, laugh, and help her clients find their “ahhh”.
Lee Ann Gray Richards
Volunteer Coordinator and Brand Ambassador
Lee Ann began practicing Yoga in 2001. It was not a love relationship to begin with for Lee Ann, but as she expains, "over time I began to see the benefits of regular practice and started to enjoy classes and work with different teachers in the area". In early 2013 she completed her 230 hour yoga teacher training program which was recommended by one of her mentors. But Lee Ann didn't stop there; she continued her education in yoga and participated in weekend intensive trainings with Eoin Finn, Tias Little and a weeklong intensive with Judith Hanson Lasater for restorative yoga. She has also to studied Mindfulness and Meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh over the years. Lee Ann is also a Reiki master with over 35 years of experience in healthcare. Lee Ann enjoys spending time with her adult children and grandchildren as often as she can as well as traveling and learning about different cultures and meeting new people. She believes that everyone can make a difference in this world no matter how large or small.
Festographer and Brand Ambassador
Mother, wife, daughter, friend. I am a natural light photographer that specializes in Freelens fine art, lifestyle and family portraiture. I began my photography journey after the birth of my oldest son. I wanted to capture the feeling and memory of every moment. I've been obsessed with learning the art of natural light, lifestyle photography, mechanics of dslr cameras, and portraiture ever since. In 2012 I left my job as a High School Social Studies teacher to stay home with my three boys. This gave me time to practice and perfect my skills. In July 2013 I started my photography business, which has expanded and grown over the past few years more than I had ever dreamed. Most days you will find me snapping photos of my family at our local hangouts or heading out on a run. I love the outdoors which is why Wisconsin is one of the best states to live in. There is something about our natural environment and small town character that is unique to our part of the world. My photography captures this uniqueness. It takes a moment, your moment, and captures it so you can relive the memory for a lifetime.