Michele Baker, Judy Silcock, Bruce Baltz and Rhonda Reif elected to board seats effective Jan. 1, 2011

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois (November 15, 2010) – The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) has announced the re-election of Michele Baker and election of Judy Silcock, Bruce Baltz and Rhonda Reif to its board of directors. Their terms begin Jan. 1, 2011. The NCBTMB board of directors is made up of nine members, who together supervise and direct the affairs of the national certification programs, as well as the organization’s committees and examinations. They also determine NCBTMB policies and procedures.

Michele Baker was re-elected to her second term on NCBTMB’s board of directors, a four-year term. In 2008, the board elected her treasurer and she became a member of the executive/finance committee. Baker has served as chair of the Advanced Certification Task Force, and a liaison to the recertification subcommittee and leadership development committee. In addition, she was a member of the Volunteer Restructuring Task Force.

Baker has taught therapeutic massage at local colleges and mentored therapists. She received a bachelor’s degree from University of Arkansas and graduated at the top of her class from Mississippi School of Therapeutic Massage. She is a Reiki Master and has received certification in volunteer administration.

“I am passionate about massage,” said Baker. “I look forward to being a champion of several initiatives including strong outreach to massage schools, robust government relations in cooperation with state boards of massage therapy, advanced options for the growing population of massage ‘veterans,’ and a continued expectation of superior customer service and responsive communication.”

Judy Silcock was elected to the board for a four-year term. She is a full-time massage therapist and bodywork practitioner. Silcock has held state-level offices with the Idaho Massotherapy Association and the American Massage Therapy Association.

An NCBTMB volunteer since 1995, Silcock serves on the government relations committee and the approved provider committee. She has served as chair of the recertification subcommittee and an item writer for the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB).

Silcock received an undergraduate degree and completed graduate studies from the University of Arizona. She also attended Esalen Institute and Magic Valley Massotherapy Institute. In addition, Silcock has studied sports massage in Russia at the Physical Culture and Science Institutes of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

“I would like to thank those who voted in the NCBTMB elections, because there would be no ‘us’ without them,” said Silcock. “I am delighted to have been elected to the board. I promise our certificants that I will represent them, as well as our stakeholders, with integrity, honesty and an openness of mind.”

Bruce Baltz was elected to the board and will serve a three-year term. He is a licensed massage therapist in New York and Florida. Baltz is an internationally recognized educator with more than 28 years of experience in the fitness and bodywork industry. An NCBTMB volunteer since 2007, he serves on the approved provider committee.

Baltz received his massage diploma from Swedish Institute in New York and trained in advanced sports massage. He earned a LaStone Therapy Instructor Certificate, Myoskeletal Alignment Technique Certificate and has a background in research on the effect of temperature on the autonomic nervous system.

“I want to thank all of those who took the time to vote and have taken an interest in the future of the NCBTMB,” said Baltz. “I am proud to be sitting on the board of such a massage and bodywork institution. I look forward to doing my part in redefining the future of NCBTMB.”

Rhonda Reif was elected to a one-year term. She owns a healing arts business and has studied at various locations throughout the U.S., primarily in Southern California. Reif has trained in more than 30 different holistic health modalities.

Reif received her master’s degree from Western Illinois University, a bachelor’s degree from Truman University, and two associate degrees from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa. She is a massage graduate from the Institute of Wellness in Sunnyvale, Illinois.

Since 1995, Reif has hosted a monthly radio program dedicated to informing audiences about the healing arts. She served on various committees and volunteer teaches infant massage classes to new at-risk and low-income mothers.

“I am excited to be elected to the NCBTMB Board of Directors,” said Reif. “I look forward to the year ahead. I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the board and be a voice for the profession and our national certificants.”

“NCBTMB is proud to add four exceptionally qualified individuals to the board to help guide, strengthen and advance the standards within the massage therapy and bodywork profession,” said Neal Delaporta, NCBTMB chairman.

About the NCBTMB

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) was established in 1992 as an independent, private, nonprofit organization fostering the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of therapeutic massage and bodywork through two recognized credentialing programs. NCBTMB examinations are currently accepted or recognized in statute or rule by 39 states plus the District of Columbia. There are nearly 90,000 professionals with NCBTMB certification. NCBTMB’s certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).