by Mike Williams

If you are lucky in your career, you have the opportunity to work for a true visionary—someone who sees the future clearly and has the guts to do what it takes to make it happen.  I have had the extraordinary privilege to work for Alexa Zaledonis, the outgoing chair of NCBTMB—for the past 14 months.  Alexa’s tenure as Chair has been marked by constant change and a clearly marked path for the future.  Under Alexa’s leadership:

  • NCBTMB is launching the first new credential in the profession in many years.
  • NCBTMB has gone totally paperless and is equipped for immediate response to any question or application.
  • NCBTMB has totally revamped the evaluation process for massage education—from massage schools through continuing education.

Impressively, all of the above was done in Alexa’s style of complete inclusion—every direction was set based on listening to the profession.  She always considered what was best for the future of the profession and how it would be received by others.   And she always did it with the sensitivity of a therapist and her characteristically excellent humor.  I am thrilled that she will remain on the board for 3 more years.

Effective January 1, 2013, we are pleased that Sue Toscano—a past NCBTMB Chair—will be returning in that role.  As a therapist and a school representative, Sue’s perspective on the board has been unique and essential.  As Chair-Elect for the past two years, Sue has been intimately involved in all planning and implementation, serving all of us well as we continue to elevate the standards of the profession. Sue and Alexa have been totally synchronized in their goals for the organization.  We look forward to Sue’s tenure with great anticipation.  With Sue at the helm, Alexa still on board, and a host of dedicated Directors, the NCBTMB’s renewal is destined to succeed.

We’ve turned it around, this organization.  Value will return to the certification credential.  True quality will be the meaning of our logo. And great people are at NCB to help you.  Starting here, starting now.  And all we can say are these three words:

Thank you, Alexa.



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Submitted by Annie Combelic (not verified) on Wed, 12/26/2012 - 12:50

Hi I do not have a comment I have a question. I am unable to accomplish my recredentialing on time and I would like to have an extension. How do I go about this?

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Submitted by NCBTMB on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 14:17

You are actually given a 90 day grace period to complete the transition to board certification. - Thank you!

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Submitted by vivian mahoney (not verified) on Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:57

I just want to say HAPPY NEW YEAR to Alexis and thank her for dynamite work this past 14 months as Chair of NCBTMB and all who have worked hard beside her. I enjoyed spending the day with Alexis in MD and though I am saddened she will not be Chair, I am thrilled that she is staying on NCBTMB Board.
I have not had the pleasure of meeting most at NCBTMB but if they all offer the same excellent service as Donna Savillo and Alexis have then this train is ready to leave the station!!

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Submitted by Jimmy Gialelis (not verified) on Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:56

How can I recertify online if the form is not available on the website? This website is taking me round and round. Can someone please email me back and help me obtain the recertification form on this site?

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Submitted by NCBTMB on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 15:55

Hi Jimmy, we created a log in for you and emailed the steps and requirements. Please let us know if you need further assistance. Thank you!

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Submitted by Connie Cadiz (not verified) on Fri, 01/25/2013 - 21:52

I received an email message from NCBTMB to confirm my CE credits on line since I am recertifying. I am not able to get into the website as a NCBTMB member coz I do not have a password

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