Now, on to the details of the meeting today.
COMTA Endorsed Curriculum
First there was a presentation from Dawn Hogue, the Executive Director of COMTA which is the accreditation body that specializes in massage, bodywork, and aesthetics. The board invited her to speak so that they could better understand their Endorsed Curriculum program as it is being considered as part of the new standards in the transition to a one tier system. Essentially it is something that schools would be required to aquire and maintain and it looks at their curriculum, the faculty, and that they are accurately disclosing some measures such as MBLEx pass rates, and completion rates to the public in all marketing. The Endorsed Curriculum is a less vigorous process that is significantly less expensive. It is seen to be a reasonable expectation for massage schools to meet these standards. This is part of the ongoing fact finding and discussion on how best to implement a one tier system.
Executive Director Sharon Oliver reported that renewals are going smoothly so far. 525 LMTs and 270 RMPs have completed the process, about 19% so far. See our note below about possible extensions.
Election of Officers
The Board amended the bylaws today to allow them to vote virtually for the officers for the 2021 period that begins on October 1, 2020. The new officers are:
Caitlin Thompson, LMT, Chair
Paula Jilanis, LMT, Vice Chair
Kirsten Bodnarchuk, Secretary/Treasurer
Congratulations to all, and we thank them each for their service.
Paula Jilanis has been the Chair for the past two years, and she noted that she wanted her legacy to be improved public relations between the board, the staff, licensees and registrants, and the public in general. There have been many changes during her tenure as Chair, and we can attest that there is a far more collaborative and open communication between parties. LMTs and RMPs are reporting this as well in their day to day interactions with the board. We are grateful for this shift Paula, and know it wasn't only you, there was a concerted effort from many and Sharon Oliver, Executive Director has been a great influence towards this change as well.
In closing, we have had the pleasure of working closely with Paula and with Caitlin Thompson as the Chair of the Advisory Committee, and are confident that the MBMTE leadership continues in good hands.
That is a good overview for today.
The next MBMTE meeting takes place on Wednesday, October 28th, it will be virtual and the links and agenda will be found on the MBMTE website a few days in advance.
Remember that attendance at the meetings earns 1 CE hour towards ethics for LMTs and RMPs.
Also, important to note - the Board does not take questions during the meeting either verbally or via chat - if you have questions please submit them in advance.