The entity overseeing California’s new voluntary massage certification will hold its first meeting tomorrow, March 4, via conference call.

According to a notice posted on the website of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, the California Massage Therapy Council will focus on its approval of a contract with Advocacy & Management Group, Inc., an association-management company.

The council’s officers and members are:

• Chair: Ahmos Netanel, founder of Los Angeles’ Massage Therapy Center.

• Vice-chair: Robert Benson, chairman of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

• Secretary: Ben Drillings

• Members: Beth Chape, of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office; Richard McElroy, a retired police officer, representing the League of California Cities; Beverly May, co-chair of the government relations committee for the California chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; Mason Myers, representing the California Association of Private Post-Secondary Schools; Janet Nguyen, a supervisor from Orange County; David Rabago, of the California Department of Consumer Affiars; Roberta Rolnick; and Paul Schwinghamer, of the Career College Association

The California chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association has posted a file that includes answers to the most frequently asked questions on the new law.

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