Massage instructor Kate Ivane Henrioulle has been named executive director of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), the commission announced this week.

COMTA is a national accrediting organization for massage therapy and bodywork schools and programs.

Henrioulle recently served as dean of education for the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) in San Diego, California. She supervised 80 faculty members and 3 administrative staff members, working with more than 200 students. Prior to being named Dean of Education, Henrioulle was an IPSB massage instructor and clinic supervisor. Before joining IPSB, Henrioulle was a massage therapist for the SK Sanctuary in La Jolla, California.

“In her new role, Kate will continue to enhance COMTA’s reputation and image as it relates to massage therapy and bodywork accreditation,” said Melissa Wade, chair of COMTA’s 12-member board of commissioners. “She will immediately be involved in the new electronic submission processes recently implemented for COMTA accreditation.”

Wade’s long-term goals and objectives will be directly related to the expansion of scope to include distance education under COMTA and the proposed expansion to include aesthetics, Wade added.

There are approximately 100 COMTA accredited schools and programs in the United States, Canada and the West Indies.