FSMTB 2018 Election Results

Contact: Debra Persinger
Executive Director, Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards    

dpersinger@fsmtb.org / 913.681.0380



FSMTB 2018 Election Results

(OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – October 6) - The 13th Annual Meeting of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) was held in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 5-6, 2018. In attendance were 40 state delegates, along with 52 additional registrants from member boards, businesses, and professional associations.

The delegate assembly, comprised of FSMTB member boards and agencies, elected Victoria Drago, Florida Board of Massage Therapy; Dianne Layden, North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy; and re-elected Craig Knowles, Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, each to three-year terms on the board of directors.

Charlene Russell, formerly of the Mississippi Board of Massage Therapy was elected to serve as president, Robin Alexander, Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy, was elected to serve as vice president, and David Cox, Maryland Board of Massage Therapy Examiners, was elected to serve as treasurer of the board.

Ed Bolden, former Chair of the Tennessee Board of Massage Licensure, remains on the Board of Directors as Immediate Past President. We want to thank Linda Lyter, Executive Director of the West Virginia Massage Therapy Licensure Board, who completed six years as an FSMTB Director.

The delegate assembly elected Micheal Black of the Utah Board of Massage Therapy, Bridget Myers of the South Dakota Board of Massage Therapy and Lydia Nixon of the Florida Board of Massage Therapy to serve on the 2019 Nominating Committee.


 About FSMTB

FSMTB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, membership organization composed of massage and bodywork regulatory and licensing boards and agencies from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the territory of Puerto Rico. FSMTB’s mission is to support its member boards in their work to ensure that the practice of massage therapy is provided to the public in a safe and effective manner.

For more information, please visit www.fsmtb.org.

FSMTB Board of Directors

President – Charlene Russell – Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy (formerly)

Vice President – Robin Alexander – Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy

Treasurer – David Cox – Maryland State Board of Massage Therapy Examiners

Director – Victoria Drago – Florida Board of Massage Therapy

Director – Craig Knowles – Georgia Board of Massage Therapy

Director Dianne Layden – North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy

Director – Thomas Ryan – Executive Director, Wisconsin Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board

Ex Officio – Immediate Past President, Ed Bolden, Tennessee Board of Massage Licensure

Ex Officio – Debra Persinger – FSMTB Executive Director