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.
Angie has over 25 years’ experience in education and 15 years’ experience in massage therapy and COMTA accreditation. She has a bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Drake University and a Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from University of Colorado-Denver, specializing in competency-based curriculum development and teacher education. She worked in the community college sector as a professor of teacher education and developmental English. In 2002, she attended San Diego’s Mueller College of Holistic Studies, studying under Bill Mueller. She became Dean of Education at Mueller and later served as Director of Operations for the International School of Professional Bodywork (IPSB), assisting both schools with COMTA accreditation. She has also been an instructional designer for MaxKnowledge online training. Angie has been with COMTA since 2011 and is dedicated to serving COMTA schools and students.
As Director of Accreditation, Angie is responsible for the daily operations of the agency. She is the primary contact for all accredited schools/programs, as well as initial applicants. Among her duties, she reviews all applications and reports, coordinates site visits, supervises/trains peer reviewers, and guides schools in applying the Accreditation Standards and Curriculum Competencies for quality education. She serves as the liaison for the innovative Dual Accreditation Joint Process with the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC), encouraging ACCSC-accredited institutions to add programmatic accreditation to strengthen the profession. Angie views accreditation as a partnership and the Standards as a blueprint for school and student success.