A 1996 graduate of the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage and 2005 graduate of Naropa University, Dawn has been in the healing arts profession for over 20 years. She served as a volunteer with COMTA for the past 10 years, most recently as Chair of the Commission from 2014-2017. She brings extensive administrative and instructional experience to her position and a grounded knowledge of the COMTA Standards and the importance of specialized accreditation in the massage and bodywork professions.
Dawn has worked as School Director for the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage and massage therapy instructor for the past 15 years, educating massage therapy students and practitioners about ethical practice management and the principles of mindfulness, presence and embodiment. She has been an active volunteer with several Coalition organizations including the AFMTE Teacher Training Curriculum Development Committee, the FSMTB Human Trafficking Task Force and the NCBTMB Ethics and Standards Committee. She is also a member of the Massage Therapy Advisory Board for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Trained in the Matrixworks model of leadership and group facilitation, Dawn is passionate about holistic health and supporting the highest standards of education and training for massage, bodywork and esthetic professionals.
As Executive Director, Dawn has primary responsibility for the operations of the organization including financial affairs, staffing and volunteer activities, compliance with regulatory bodies, smooth implementation of accreditation functions, and working with the Commissioners to maintain and enhance the recognition of COMTA as an authority for education in the massage and esthetics professional communities.