As with most accrediting agencies, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation relies on the expertise and dedication of qualified volunteers. Peer reviewers conduct document and on-site reviews of every school. Commissioners make all decisions related to policies, standards and grants of accreditation. COMTA is able to maintain a small, responsive staff primarily because of our dedicated volunteers (read more about our volunteers here). The staff works on behalf of the Commission, assisting schools and managing the daily operations of the organization. While the staff works as a team, we suggest that new applicants contact Angie Myer and currently accredited schools contact LaToshya Vaughn when questions arise.
COMTA Staff Members:
Kate I. H. Zulaski
Since joining COMTA as Executive Director in June 2009, Kate has been pleased to be involved in all aspects of the accreditation process, including on-site visits to schools. She has in-depth experience both as a massage therapy practitioner as well as an educator, having served as Dean of Education from 2006 to 2009 for the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) in San Diego, California. Prior to being named Dean of Education, Kate served as an IPSB Massage Instructor and Clinic Supervisor. She is a graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and has also studied a variety of bodywork modalities encompassing both Eastern and Western paradigms of healing. Kate works closely with the massage and esthetics organizations, as well as the US Department of Education and other accrediting agencies to increase educational quality and professionalism.
LaToshya is a veteran in the accreditation field, having joined the COMTA staff in 2009 after experience with the American Psychological Association and as a federal grants specialist for a quality management corporation. LaToshya holds a Master’s of Science in Business Administration of Criminal Justice and Security and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. LaToshya is well-versed in the expectations of the Commissioners and has expertise helping schools with all accreditation reports. She is the staff contact for the online submission system and coordinates the site review process, serving as a liaison between the schools and the peer reviewers. LaToshya enjoys helping schools understand the benefits of accreditation and navigate the accreditation process.
Accreditation Content Specialist
Prior to her full-time position as Accreditation Content Specialist beginning in 2013, Angie Myer had been serving the Commission as a curriculum consultant and peer reviewer since 2010. In her current position, she coordinates new school applicants and peer review volunteers, serves as a curriculum consultant for the schools, works with the Commission on projects, and facilitates the online COMTA training course. Angie holds a Masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver and is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Massage Therapist. In addition to working as a licensed massage therapist in Southern California, she has over 20 years experience in teaching and administration. Prior to working for COMTA, Myer served as Director of Operations at the International School of Professional Bodywork (IPSB) and Dean of Education at Mueller College of Holistic Studies, working on COMTA accreditation for both schools. Myer was also Associate Professor of Teacher Education at the Community College of Denver and most recently taught English composition courses at Mt. San Jacinto College in Menifee, California. She is thrilled to join the COMTA staff to serve the Commission and accredited schools.