As with most accrediting agencies, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation relies on the expertise and dedication of qualified volunteers. Peer reviewers conduct document and on-site reviews of every school. Commissioners make all decisions related to policies, standards and grants of accreditation. COMTA is able to maintain a small, responsive staff primarily because of our dedicated volunteers (read more about our volunteers here). The staff works on behalf of the Commission, assisting schools and managing the daily operations of the organization.
COMTA Staff Members:
Kate I. H. Zulaski
Since joining COMTA as Executive Director in June 2009, Kate has been pleased to be involved in all aspects of the accreditation process, including on-site visits to schools. She has in-depth experience both as a massage therapy practitioner as well as an educator, having served as Dean of Education from 2006 to 2009 for the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) in San Diego, California. Prior to being named Dean of Education, Kate served as an IPSB Massage Instructor and Clinic Supervisor. She is a graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and has also studied a variety of bodywork modalities encompassing both Eastern and Western paradigms of healing. Kate works closely with the massage and esthetics organizations, as well as the US Department of Education and other accrediting agencies to increase educational quality and professionalism.
Director of Accreditation
Prior to joining COMTA full-time in 2013, Angie Myer served the Commission as a curriculum consultant and peer reviewer for 3 years. However, she has been involved with massage education and COMTA accreditation since 2002, and has been an educator or post-secondary administrator for over 22 years. She worked on COMTA accreditation in her roles as Director of Operations for the International School of Professional Bodywork (IPSB) and Dean of Education at Mueller College of Holistic Studies. She also has community college teaching and administration experience, with a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction, specializing in teacher education and developmental English. Angie is also a certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Massage Therapist. In her current position, she oversees the accreditation process for both initial and renewal applicants, as well as ensuring ongoing compliance. She also works with the Commission on special projects, serves as consultant for schools new to accreditation, and facilitates the online COMTA training course. She is passionate about educational excellence and innovation, as well as assisting the dedicated professionals in our field.