FSMTB Elects New Leadership

The 11th Annual Meeting of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) was held in Cleveland, Ohio, with 39 delegates in attendance, along with more than 65 registrants from member boards, businesses, and professional associations.

The delegate assembly, comprised of FSMTB member boards and agencies, elected Charlene Russell, member of the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy, and David Cox, member of the Maryland State Board of Massage Therapy Examiners, to three-year terms. Thomas Ryan, executive director of the Wisconsin Massage Therapy and Bodywork Affiliated Credentialing Board, was elected to a one-year term.

Ed D. Bolden, chair of the Tennessee Massage Licensure Board was elected to serve as president, Charlene Russell was elected to serve as vice president, and David Cox was elected to serve as treasurer.

FSMTB is a nonprofit, membership organization composed of massage and bodywork regulatory and licensing boards and agencies from 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the territory of Puerto Rico. FSMTB's mission is to support its member boards in their work to ensure that the practice of massage therapy is provided to the public in a safe and effective manner. For more information, please visit www.fsmtb.org.

FSMTB Board of Directors
President - Ed Bolden - Tennessee Massage Licensure Board 

Vice President - Charlene Russell - Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy
Treasurer - David Cox - Maryland State Board of Massage Therapy Examiners

Director - Kim Adams Johnson - Nebraska Board of Massage Therapy
Director - Craig Knowles - Georgia Board of Massage Therapy
Director - Linda Lyter - West Virginia Massage Therapy Licensure Board

Director -Thomas Ryan - Wisconsin Massage Therapy and Bodywork Affiliated Credentialing Board

Immediate Past President - Karen Armstrong - Michigan Board of Massage Therapy
Ex Officio - Debra Persinger - FSMTB Executive Director



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