Two Esteemed Practitioners Join NCBTMB Board of Directors

BURR RIDGE, IL (November 13, 2014)—The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today the exciting additions of two new Practitioner members to its Board of Directors. Newly elected members Brenda Jeanne Baker and Veronica Stern will each begin their four-year term effective January 1, 2015.

With over a decade of combined experience, Brenda Jeanne and Veronica each bring a unique perspective to the highly engaged NCBTMB Board of Directors as fellow massage practitioners, educators, researchers, and practice owners. Together, both esteemed practitioners will further collaborate with fellow board members to continue building a stronger future for the massage therapy and bodywork profession through Board Certification, our evolving Approved Provider Program, and Assigned School Code Program.

Board Chair, Dr. Leena Guptha, expresses her excitement for the new members. “This year, we were presented with a high caliber of candidates, all dedicated to progress our mission of defining and advancing standards. Brenda Jeanne and Veronica bring valuable experience that will empower us to further Board Certification, evolve our relationships with schools, as well as strengthen and secure our position in the profession as the central administrator for our Approved Provider Continuing Education program. I am very excited to offer my congratulations and welcome both of them to our Board of Directors.”

Steve Kirin, CEO, further adds that Brenda Jeanne and Veronica are joining “at the best possible time to serve on the Board of Directors. Over the last year, we have strengthened our operations, customer service, outreach to stakeholders, and developed our strategic plan. Our Board of Directors is where those changes begin and end—and we’re committed to continue making decisions that serve the best interest of the profession.”

Brenda Jeanne Baker, BA, MA, LMT, BCTMB
Cape Coral, Florida

A current NCBTMB Approved Provider and Board Certificant, Brenda Jeanne brings over five years of uniquely combined mind and body wellness practice, including becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2009. Her knowledge applies scientific principles of behavior change to real world situations to help individuals gain needed skills to achieve their goals using positive, socially appropriate methods. In addition, Brenda Jeanne also previously owned and operated her own massage practice, SPAlembia, in Florida, and now acts as the founder and owner of Mandy’s: THE Place for Kids, where she works to care for children with disabilities.


Veronica Stern, MS, BS, NCTMB, CSCS
Chanhassen, Minnesota

A Nationally Certified massage therapist, personal trainer, and strength and conditioning specialist for nearly ten years, Veronica brings various vital perspectives as a professional, educator, and researcher. She is deeply passionate about health promotion, science of the human body, and growing as an educator. Veronica received her Master of Science degree in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California in 2012, and since has envisioned an academic landscape in which massage therapists have access to higher education with opportunities to specialize in modalities such as medical massage, neuromuscular therapy, and more. 

Each year, National and Board Certificants have the unique opportunity to elect a new member(s) to join the NCBTMB Board of Directors. The Board manages and directs the affairs of the National Certification Board, Board Certification, volunteer committees, publications and examinations. These members also govern NCBTMB's policies and procedures. As an organization led by the profession and for the profession, each board member’s volunteer role is vital not only to the organization, but to the profession at large. Ultimately, those elected serve as a representation of the profession.


The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization founded in 1992. The mission of NCBTMB is to define and advance the highest standards in the massage therapy and bodywork profession. In support of this mission, NCBTMB serves the profession through Board Certification, an Approved Provider Program, and an Assigned School Code Program. For more information, please visit


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