One of the massage profession’s leading research entities has announced its new president-elect, massage therapist Ruth Werner of Layton, Utah.

This newly created position began March 1, 2009, and Werner will serve a one-year term until March 1, 2010, when she will begin her duties as president for a two-year term.

“Werner has been a trustee with the foundation since March 2006, most recently serving as vice president,” noted a foundation press release. “She has been instrumental in the development of the Foundation’s Education Committee, and is currently launching a new program, Teaching Research Literacy: An In-Service Event for Teachers, which provides a continuing education opportunity for massage therapy educators and schools.”

She has served on committees for the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the Utah Department of Public Licensing, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards and the National Certifying Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Werner was also honored as the AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year in 2005.

The Massage Therapy Foundation supports scientific research, education and community service.