The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), which accredits educational institutions and programs offering instruction in massage therapy and bodywork, has moved its headquarters to Washington, D.C., leaving its longtime location in suburban Chicago.
“Washington is the center of accreditation activity, the home of the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, our two national partners in accreditation work, as well as allied accrediting and professional organizations,” said former Chair John R. Goss, III. “COMTA’s move to the nation’s capital underscores our desire to be where most of the work in the field is being done, particularly in these times of change in the higher education landscape. COMTA must be a more active player in the discussions surrounding accreditation and its continuing role as the guardian of excellence in higher education.”
Goss also announced three staff personnel changes:
• Executive Director Stephen L. Fridley has left the organization.
• Robin K. Polk has joined as senior accreditation specialist.
• Laura R. Naso has joined as accreditation specialist.

 COMTA Chair Melissa Wade said: “Stephen Fridley served with distinction as executive director, giving our organization nearly eight years of service. He rose from accreditation specialist to assistant executive director and then executive director, always bringing experience and steady guidance. He led COMTA through the transitional times that enabled the association to become independent in 2004.”
Fridley’s immediate plans call for him to remain in Chicago, where he resides and has been busy as a volunteer for the Obama-for-President campaign. Wade said a search is underway to find a replacement.