Commissioners are volunteers who represent various perspectives from our community. As an accrediting agency with a specialized area of programmatic review, our commissioners represent educators and practitioners who have direct experience in massage and esthetics schools and programs.

Cliff Korn

COMTA Chair (Distinguished Contributor)
Term ends 2022

Cliff has been a professional massage therapist since 1993. He is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and is licensed in Florida. Cliff is a Past-President of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association. He is a supporting member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and a past Chairman of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Cliff has served his profession for seven years as the inaugural Editor of the nationally distributed trade publication, Massage Today, and was a 2009 inductee in the World Massage Festival’s Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. Cliff currently serves as a Trustee and Vice President of the Massage Therapy Foundation in addition to proudly serving COMTA as a commissioner and Chair. He can be reached at chair@comta.org.

Dale Healey, D.C., Ph.D.

Vice Chair (Administrator)
Term Ends 2022

Dr. Healey is the Dean of the College of Health and Wellness at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Dr. Healey was trained as a chiropractor at Parker College of Chiropractic, but his career has focused on massage therapy education since 1997. He received his PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development from the University of Minnesota in 2014. Dr. Healey represents COMTA as a board member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH), where he serves as Vice-Chair, Co-chair of the Education Working Group and on the Hospital-Based Massage Therapy task force. 

Toshiana Baker

Secretary (Esthetics Practitioner)
Term Ends 2022

Toshiana has been a professional, licensed esthetician since 2006, serving the industry in a variety of roles.  With a background in journalism from Syracuse University, Toshiana has authored business development modules for spa employer partners across the US, as well as employer training curricula on product and service protocols and esthetics standard operating procedures.  Read Full Bio Previously, Toshiana served as Regional Director of Operations of a multi-unit spa brand and Regional Account Executive for a leading cosmetics retailer.  She developed a passion for esthetics education and made dedicated contributions as Global Education Manager and Director of Education Development where she demonstrated leadership in educational innovations for esthetics employers.  Recently, she has partnered with skincare product manufacturers to modernize employment and training for estheticians to meet the needs of the multi-media digital age.  Toshiana is committed to the sustained growth of estheticians’ employment options and continuing education post-licensure, having completed post-graduate studies in various subjects herself. A motivational speaker, she facilitates training seminars and workshops for estheticians on various topics, to inspire and empower them to continually take their careers to the next level. Collapse Full Bio

Lurana Bain

Commissioner (Massage Educator)
Term ends 2022

Lurana is the Program Director for Massage Therapy and Health & Wellness Management at Elgin Community College in Elgin, IL. She has been a massage therapy educator and continuing education provider for over a decade.  Lurana led the initial program accreditation and two subsequent renewals for Elgin Community College with COMTA. Prior to becoming a commissioner, she volunteered with COMTA as a site reviewer and site team leader since 2013. Lurana is Board Certified with NCBTMB and is a member of AMTA and ABMP. She has been a massage therapist since 2004 having worked in many settings and now maintains a private practice in the Chicago suburbs. Lurana holds a BA in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Education specializing in adult education from Colorado State University.

Beverley Giroud

Commissioner (Massage Practitioner)
Term ends 2022

Beverley is a graduate of the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts and has been practicing massage since 1999. She is certified in Orthopedic Massage as well as Neuromuscular Therapy. Beverley is also a personal trainer, certified through the Chek Institute. She runs a private practice in Tucson, AZ and provides massage and training services to a variety of clientele. Her practice focuses on injury assessment and treatment which includes prescriptive exercise for postural alignment, core strength and injury rehabilitation. She spent seven years teaching a wide variety of classes at the Desert Institute and is currently an instructor at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. She has also taught continuing education classes in ethics, orthopedic assessment, and neuromuscular techniques. She spent 7 years as a volunteer for the NCBTMB and served as a subject matter expert, committee member and ultimately as Chair of the Exam Development Committee. She is currently writing a book on ethics and professionalism. Prior to her career in massage therapy and personal training, Beverley was a civil engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Delaware.

Jeff Harmon

Commissioner (Public Member)
Term ends 2022

Jeff is currently employed at Thomas Edison State University where he serves as the Assistant Provost for Learning Outcomes and as the Accreditation Liaison Officer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Previously, Jeff was employed at Ocean County College in New Jersey as the Associate Vice President of e-Learning & Learning Enterprises. Jeff has been an Adjunct Faculty at Ocean County College and an Associate Professor of Business at Amridge University. He has been teaching business, management, marketing and human resource management courses since 2007. Jeff’s previous positions include being the Deputy Director of Client Services at TaskStream (a provider of campus-wide assessment tools), Director of Accreditation at the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Accreditation (COAMFTE), and serving as a consultant to various DC-area accrediting agencies. He currently serves as the public member and Treasurer for the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE), an accreditor of sign language interpreter training programs. Jeff holds a BS in Business Administration from Rider University, a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a CFP from Boston University and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Rowan University.

Cari Johnson Pelava

Commissioner (Administrator)
Term ends 2022

Cari Johnson Pelava is the co-founder and director of CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu School (2001) and previously, founder of the Minnesota Center for Shiatsu Study (1992) in Minneapolis. Cari brought career training for Shiatsu Therapy to Minnesota after early studies in California and a year long apprenticeship in Japan. Cari has years of experience as a shiatsu therapist, an instructor, and an administrative director. She is a Board Certified Asian Bodywork Therapist (Diplomate ABT) through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and a Certified Instructor and Practitioner through AOBTA.

Cari currently serves on the national board for the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) as the Director of the Council of Schools and Programs. She founded the Minnesota Chapter of AOBTA in the early 1990‘s. She is passionate about educating and promoting-competency based standards for the massage and bodywork industry, and building bridges between eastern and western therapeutic bodywork. She is honored to serve the massage and bodywork community as a COMTA Commissioner.

Bruce Levine, Ph.D.

Commissioner (Public Member)
Term ends 2022

Bruce A. Levine has over 35 years of combined experience in academia and the fields of law, management consulting, start-up management, and economic and workforce development.  He has been associated with some of the leading firms and organizations in their respective industries: Skadden Arps in law; Deloitte and Booz Allen in management consulting; and Fantus in economic development consulting and site selection.  Throughout his consulting career and tenure as c-level executive in two start-ups, Mr. Levine’s focus has been on strategic planning, strategic partnerships, and strategy implementation.

Currently, he is Associate Clinical Professor; Director of the Education Policy and Global and International Education Program; and Director of the MS program in Education Improvement and Transformation in the School of Education, Drexel University, and is the Director of Drexel’s Washington DC Center.  His research initiatives currently include examining the relationship of the US education system and workforce development; community school models in K-12 education; adult civic literacy; best practices in linkages between the private sector and the US education system; and online education in the international education arena. He also provides consulting services to education, workforce, and economic development organizations.

Mr. Levine has a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law; a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Center of Government; and a B.A in American Studies from Hamilton College.

Lizz Pugh

Commissioner (Employer)
Term Ends 2020

Lizz Pugh owns a medical massage practice in Sarasota, FL. She teaches Neuromuscular Therapy, Practice Management, and CPR/First Aid at the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy, where she graduated from in 2003. She’s a continuing education provider specializing in injury prevention for massage therapists and bodyworkers. Lizz joined COMTA in 2018. 

Denise Van Nostran

Commissioner (Regulator)
Term Ends 2020

Denise has been a member of the South Carolina State Massage Therapy Panel since 2011. She is currently serving as Vice-Chair and member of the task force reviewing South Carolina Massage Therapy regulation for revision based on the FSMTB Model Practice Act.In addition, Denise created the Massage Therapy curriculum for the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Bluffton, South Carolina in 2005, where she continues her work as Program Director and lead instructor. Denise trained in Massage Therapy at Indiana University in Indianapolis, and she is a graduate of the Spirit of Learning Certificate program of the Body Therapy Institute. She also holds a Bachelor of Music from Fontbonne University, and Master of Music from Washington University in St. Louis. Denise maintains a private practice specializing in clinical orthopedic and sports massage in Bluffton, SC.

Position Open

Commissioner (Esthetics Educator)

Candidates for Esthetics Educator position will have experience as an educator at a COMTA accredited program or institution who is actively involved in the educational processes of students completing an accredited program. Such individuals shall have knowledge of instructional and evaluation methods and curricula as they relate to esthetics/skin care. Although individuals may also be practitioners, the primary work shall be as an educator in a training program or institution.