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Appointments made to Board of Massage Therapy

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has made four appointments to the Michigan Board of Massage Therapy.

The 11-member board plays an advisory role, and assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs with overseeing the practice of massage therapists.

"These appointees bring valuable, diverse experiences to the board," said Snyder. "I am confident they will do great work in these roles."  


Rosalie Behen, of Ypsilanti, is a massage therapist and owner of Ann Arbor-based Therapeutic Massage. She has practiced therapeutic and relaxation massage for more than 12 years. Behen holds a bachelor's degree in communications and psychology from Western Michigan University, and studied massage therapy at the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts and Irene's Myomassology Institute. She will represent professionals and replaces Jodi Kubizna.

Tiffany Gennety, of Roseville, is a massage therapist and manager of the Detroit Athletic Club's Tranquility Spa, a position she has held since 2009. She previously held positions at Lamia & Lamia and Edwin Paul Spa in Grosse Pointe Woods. Gennety completed various spa education programs, including those through Aveda, Phytomer and Repechage. She will represent professionals and replaces Karen Armstrong.

Teri Hunter, of Grosse Ile, brings more than 25 years of volunteer and leadership experience in community, school and religious organizations. She previously served as president, vice president and secretary of the board for the Grosse Ile Township Schools board of education. Hunter completed a fellowship through Michigan State University's Michigan Political Leadership Program, and earned a bachelor's degree in business education from Central Michigan University. She will represent the general public and replaces Timothy Bograkos.

Jill Murphy, of Lansing, is a part-time consultant and event planner. She retired from the state of Michigan after holding various leadership positions, including chief of protocol for the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and director of appointments for former Governor John Engler. Murphy earned a paralegal certificate from the American Paralegal Institute and a bachelor's degree in political theory from Michigan State University. She will represent the general public and replaces Thomas Mackowiak.

Appointees will serve four-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2016, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.