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.
Beverley Giroud is a licensed massage therapist and certified life coach. She is a graduate of the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, certified in orthopedic and neuromuscular massage techniques and has been in private practice in Tucson, AZ since 1998. Most recently, she graduated from the Newfield Network earning a certification in Coaching for Personal and Professional Mastery. She is also a personal trainer with specialized education in corrective and rehabilitative exercise. Originally a civil engineer, with a BS from the University of Delaware, she redirected her keen interest in bridges and other man-made structures into a career focused on the living and energetic structure of the human body. Specifically, she has focused her studies and career development on creating a holistic, integrated approach to training and conditioning, which includes mind-body fitness, corrective exercise prescription, soft-tissue therapies, orthopedic assessment and rehabilitation, and life and health coaching.
Beverley is passionate about the industry and has worked as a massage school educator for over 20 years including 10 years as Director of Education for a COMTA accredited school. She has volunteered for COMTA as a commissioner for 12 years as well as serving on the NCBTMB Exam Development Committee, and the AFMTE Board of Directors. Beverley’s extensive experience brings a well-rounded set of skills and knowledge to her position with COMTA. As Accreditation Services Coordinator, Beverley shares responsibility for the accreditation services and serves as a resource person for schools in the accreditation process.