Congratulations to New Members Joining the NCBTMB Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce a number of Board transitions effective January 1, 2013.

Sue Toscano (current Chair-Elect) will become Chair beginning January 1, 2013. At that time, our current Chair, Alexa Zaledonis moves into her newly elected role as Treasurer, replacing Ronni Burns who has served as Treasurer for two years. Ronni will remain on the NCB Board as a public member.

Congratulations to our new Chair-Elect, Dr. Leena Guptha, who was elected by the current Board during our November Board meeting. Dr. Guptha will become Chair effective January 1, 2015.

We are also pleased to announce the final results of our open voting, and ask you to join us in congratulating our new Board members, who will begin a four-year term starting January 1, 2013: Jessica Abegg and Randy Snyder.

Current Board Chair Alexa Zaledonis states "I am excited to see a strong board entering a year filled with new beginnings and exciting programs built to not only advance the profession but grow along with it."

The NCBTMB Board of Directors is comprised of 10 members who collaborate in the evolution and overview of NCBTMB's programs, exams, policies and procedures.

Susan Toscano, NCTMB, of Groton, Connecticut
NCB is proud to welcome Sue Toscano's return as Chair for the 2013-2014 term. Sue has a long history of supporting–and serving–NCBTMB. Sue was first elected to the Board of Directors in 1997, named Treasurer for 1998-1999 and held the position of Chair from 2000-2001. She has worked for 26 years in massage therapy school administration, primarily with The Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, as well as the former New York College for Holistic Health Education and Research. Sue is currently the Director of Enrollment for Steiner Education Group/CCMT region. During her career, she has also been an on-site team evaluator for the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation and earned a bachelor's degree in Holistic Studies from Norwich University after earning a diploma from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy.

Leena Guptha, D.O., MBA, of Allentown, Pennsylvania
Dr. Guptha is passionate about education, regulation and advancing the profession toward global recognition. Her professional career spans more than 20 years and has encompassed Osteopathic medical practice, academic appointments as Professor, Dean and Campus President and the practice of complementary alternative therapies. Her personal mission has been to facilitate the integration of complementary alternative therapies into primary health care settings. "I believe this can happen within my lifetime and I take every opportunity to inspire practitioners to be Ambassadors of the profession, as well as bring stakeholders together for what I believe serves the greater good of the public, practitioners and ultimately society," said Dr. Guptha.

Alexa Zaledonis, LMT, CPT, NCTMB, of Annapolis, Maryland
Alexa ends a distinguished run as NCBTMB Board Chair in which she has helped oversee significant improvements within NCBTMB and its programs/offerings within the profession. During Alexa's tenure, NCBTMB completely revamped its product and services offerings to fulfill its mission of elevating the standards of the profession and went completely paperless. She remains on the Board to serve in her newly elected role as Treasurer. Alexa is the owner and operator of wellness spa Even Keel, and a graduate of the Baltimore School of Massage. Alexa passed the National Certification Exam in 2002 and is a certified Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage practitioner and instructor.

Jessica Abegg, MBA, MS, NCTMB, of Denver, Colorado
Jessica is the owner/operator of Sanctuary Massage in Denver, as well as the owner of Practice Attraction, where she works as a marketing and business coach to massage therapists, wellness professionals, and other holistic practitioners. Jessica describes her core mission as being "of service to massage therapists and holistic practitioners, to help them grow in their profession, to make a great living, and to make a lasting contribution to their communities." She helps clients think bigger about who they are and what they offer the world, while making a good income doing the work they are so passionate about.

Dr. Randy Snyder, DC, MS, CHCQM, NCTMB, of Carlsbad, California
Dr. Snyder states "This is an incredible time of change and challenges. Massage practitioners along with the nation are challenged by the economy, achieving advanced education, and new employment opportunities. I am really excited to return to the board as it gives me a renewed enthusiasm to apply my knowledge, education, and experience with my fellow board members to help overcome these barriers to professional growth and success. Since I was last on the board much progress has been made towards technology improvements, leadership, and enhancing our education." However, Dr. Snyder notes there is still much to do, and he "looks forward to working as a team player by making good things happen for all of us!"

Ronni Burns, of New York City, New York
After completing a very successful 2-year term as Treasurer, Ronni will continue her service with the NCB Board as a public member. As Treasurer, Ronni helped guide NCBTMB through a complex financial time and oversaw a successful reorganization of its investment policy. Ronni is a professor of communications at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland and at the Stern School of Business, New York University. She served as a senior executive with Citigroup for 18 years, where her responsibilities included consumer advocacy, director of national sales, lobbyist and spokesperson.

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