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Spring 2015 Newsletter


Congratulations to the Most Recent Nationally-Certified Practitioners!  

Each of the following individuals understands the significance of maintaining the Standards of Practice and Ethical Code set forth by NBCAAM to assure the health and well-being of animals and support the professionalism of their respective disciplines. Congratulations to them all for their dedication! 

Megan Ayrault

Equine Massage
All About Animal Massage
NW Equine Bodywork

Kirkland, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Wynne S. Erdman
Waig's K-9 Massage
Canine Massage
Snohomish, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage
Wynne's motivation to take the NBCAAM exam "came from Washington State setting a standard for Animal Massage that exceeds average certifications!".
Rebecca Hawley
Canine Massage
Bothell, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Angela Hughes
Canine Massage
Healing for People and Pets

Seattle, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Arlene Johnston

Canine Massage
The Dog Masseuse
Cumming, GA
Graduate of PetMassage
Arlene was motivated to take the NBCAAM exam "to be nationally recognized".

Hiroko Kawachi 
Canine Acupressure
Maui Pet Acupressure Art

Kahului, HI
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Laurie Klein
Klein K9 Massage Services
Canine Massage

Mountlake Terrace, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Maureen Manning

PAWS for SynerChi
Canine Acupressure
Edmonton, Alberta
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Maureen said she took the NBCAAM exam because she "felt national certification would be important for the credibility of my company".

Marianne McClain
Equine Acupressure
Equine Massage
Canine Massage

Durango, CO 
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Lori McMaster
Equine Massage
Lake Stevens, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Lisa McPherson
Gentle Touch Canine Services
Canine Massage
Everett, Ontario
Graduate of PetMassage
Lisa was motivated to take the NBCAAM exam because she "felt it would give me more knowledge and show vets that I was serious about my studies".

Katharine Merrell
Canine Acupressure
Equine Acupressure

Tuscaloosa, AL 
Graduate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute

Karen Parnall

Canine Massage
Everett, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Rashel Penna

Equine Massage
Snohomish, WA
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Sara Shindel
The Synergistic Dog, LLC
Canine Massage
Orondo, WA 
Graduate of Northwest School of Animal Massage 

Nationally Certified Practitioners


Katharine Merrell
Equine & Canine Acupressure
Tuscaloosa, AL 


Kristen GuerraEquine Acupressure
Queen Creek, AZ

Jamie McNeil- Canine Acupressure
Williams, AZ


Nedra Abramson- Equine & Canine Acupressure
Carlsbad, CA

Tina Glidden- Equine Acupressure
Hesperia, CA 

Susan HolmesEquine Acupressure 
Quincy, CA

Tronica Lindstrom- Equine Acupressure
Gilroy, CA 

Pavla Nygaard- Equine Acupressure
Del Mar, CA

Amy Pierre- Canine Acupressure
Oakland, CA 

Karen ShawCanine & Equine Acupressure 
Marshall, CA

Stephanie Taylor, M.D., Ph.D.Equine Acupressure 
Carmel, CA

Susan KasminEquine Massage
Oxford, CT


Sharon Akiyama- Equine Acupressure
Denver, CO

Marianne McClain- Equine & Canine Massage, Equine Acupressure
Durango, CO 

Amy Silkebaken- Canine Massage
Highlands Ranch, CO


Arlene JohnstonCanine Massage
Cumming, GA

Laura Tsivoglou- Equine Acupressure
Flowery Branch, GA


Hiroko KawachiCanine Acupressure
Kahului, HI


Debra Danziger BarronCanine Massage
Oak Park, IL
Jaclyn Cecere- Canine Massage
Chicago, IL

Debra Ferguson- Canine Massage
Kildeer, IL 

Melissa JohnsonCanine Massage
Barrington, IL 

Pam Kasper- Canine Massage 
Glencoe, IL

Erin KowalskiCanine Massage 
Chicago, IL

Jackie LimosaniCanine Massage
Park Ridge, IL

Sara MayCanine Massage
Round Lake, IL

Valerie Nelson- Canine Massage
Beach Park, IL 
Sandra OsbornCanine Acupressure
Aurora, IL
Michelle Roddy- Canine Massage
Chicago, IL

Aimee SchneiderCanine Massage
Chicago, IL 

Kathi SoukupEquine Acupressure & Massage
Freeport, IL
Denise TheobaldCanine Massage
Chicago, IL
Robin Vetterick- Canine Massage
Kankakee, IL

Emma Widmark-Shaw- Canine Massage 
Chicago, IL 

Kimberly Zandstra- Canine Massage
Forest Park, IL 


Ashley Baughman- Equine Acupressure 
Fairland, IN  


Sheryl MankelEquine Acupressure
Wichita, KS
Cindy York- Canine Massage
Richmond, ME 


Heather Amos- Canine Acupressure
Ellicott City, MD

Julia DeStefano- Canine & Equine Acupressure
Westminster, MD 


Linda CrabtreeEquine Acupressure 
Bolton, MA 

Millie CzerwinskiCanine Massage 
Hadley, MA 

Doris Goodwin- Equine Massage
Amherst, MA
JoAnn McQueeney- Canine Massage
Peabody, MA

Anne RenziCanine Massage
North Grafton, MA

Kathryn Salmon- Canine Massage
Fall River, MA 

Michelle BameCanine Acupressure & Massage
Minnetrista, MN

Sarah BertschCanine Acupressure
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Jaime SkinnerCanine Massage
Aurora, MN

Kaci Wicker-ThornhillEquine Massage
Summit, MS 


Cynthia Bechtel- Canine Acupressure
St. Louis, MO


Leann "Lu" GarnasEquine Acupressure
Belgrade, MT

April Johnston- Equine Acupressure
Bozeman, MT


Gale Lothrop- Canine Acupressure
Crete, NE

Anne AngeloCanine Massage
Morristown, NJ  

Faye BaderEquine Massage
Central New Jersey
Alyson Halpin- Equine & Canine Acupressure 
Secaucus, NJ
Lisa MadisonCanine Massage
Cherry Hill, NJ

Liz StewartCanine Acupressure
River Edge, NJ
Ildiko TigerCanine Massage
Denville, NJ 

Dara Fee- Canine Acupressure
Hampton Bays, Long Island, NY
Tenney GravattEquine & Canine Acupressure
Gardiner, NY


Lynn CaldwellEquine Acupressure
Yellow Springs, OH

Gail KucharikEquine Acupressure
Chagrin Falls, OH

Nichole Tabellion- Equine Massage
Massillon, OH

Diane WilsonCanine & Equine Acupressure 
Yellow Springs, OH


Casie BazayEquine Acupressure
Porter, OK
Kim BauerEquine Acupressure
Parkdale, OR  

Anita Kirk- Canine Massage
Newport, OR

Henrietta Laustsen- Equine Acupressure
La Grande, OR 


Jennifer DeLongEquine Acupressure
Leesport, PA 

Aubrey HollerEquine Acupressure
York, PA 

Karen Refsnyder- Canine Acupressure
North Wales, PA

Jennifer Wheeler- Equine Massage
Pittsburgh, PA


Gina Lombardi- Canine Massage
Johnston, RI 

Tracy McKinney- Canine Massage
Warwick, RI 


Anita Read- Equine & Canine Acupressure
Fort Worth, TX

Tiffanie VeltriEquine Massage
Brock, TX


Cathy Bickerstaff- Canine Massage
Bartlett, TN


Lora HoopesCanine Massage
Waitsfield, VT

Kourtney LudwigCanine & Equine Massage 
Essex, VT 

Willow SmartEquine Acupressure
Milton, VT 


Gail CourtCanine Acupressure
Edmonds, WA
Connie Dorn- Equine Acupressure
Norfolk, VA

Kimberly HellemsCanine Massage
Crozet, VA

JaNeen Aagaard- Canine Massage
Monroe, WA 

Megan Ayrault- Equine Massage
Kirkland, WA

Tina BaileyCanine Massage
Seabeck, WA

Donna Baxter- Equine Massage 
Vashon, WA

Kim BlakeCanine Massage 
NE Tacoma, WA

Alice Boyce- Canine Massage
Poulsbo, WA

Lorna BoydstonCanine Massage
Deer Park, WA 

Molly BrennanEquine Massage
Lakebay, WA

Katie CarterCanine Massage
Woodinville, WA

Thomas Cole- Canine Massage
Lynwood, WA

Victoria Cole- Canine Massage
Lynwood, WA

Andrew CottonwoodCanine Massage
Ellensburg, WA 

Wendy Dahl- Canine Massage
Vashon, WA 

Mara Denny- Equine Massage
Port Ludlow,  WA 

Gretchen DietzCanine Massage & Acupressure
Seattle, WA

Pamela Duckmanton- Canine Massage
Spokane Valley, WA 

Wynne S. Erdman- Canine Massage
Snohomish, WA
Courtney Foley- Canine Massage
Tacoma, WA

Lynnie Ford- Canine Massage
Bothell, WA

Harmony Frazier- Canine Massage
Brier, WA 
Kelly FrereCanine Massage 
Bellingham, WA 

Margo Frimodt- Equine Massage
Redmond, WA

Pamela Fulbright- Equine Massage
Hoquiam, WA

Collene GaolachCanine Massage & Acupressure  
Seattle, WA  

Carrie Goddard- Canine Massage 
Seattle, WA

Kim Goodwin- Equine Acupressure
Husum, WA

Breanna Griffin- Canine Massage
Kirkland, WA 
Lisa Harshman- Equine Massage
Tacoma, WA

Rebecca Hawley- Canine Massage
Bothell, WA 

Janice A. HillCanine Massage
Poulsbo, WA

Erin HopkinsCanine Massage
Woodinville, WA

Kara Hover- Canine Massage
Issaquah, WA

Angela HughesCanine Massage
Seattle, WA 

Chris JamesEquine Massage 
Duvall, WA

Rebecca Johnson- Equine Massage
Redmond, WA 

Lee JohnstonCanine Massage
Port Orchard, WA 
Catherine Kirkness- Canine Massage
Seattle, WA

Laurie Klein- Canine Massage
Mountlake Terrace, WA 
Polly KleinCanine Massage
Issaquah, WA
Tara KolesarEquine Massage
Redmond, WA

Teruyo Koshimiya- Canine Massage
Seattle, WA

Valarie LadymonCanine Massage
Freeland, WA
Heather ManuelEquine Massage
Snoqualmie, WA

Sigmund Masters- Equine Massage
Kirkland, WA
Kira Matthews- Canine Massage
Sedro-Woolley, WA

Alyssa Miller- Canine Massage
Stanwood, WA

Leil Morgenroth- Canine Massage
Bothell, WA 

Katherine MoriartyEquine Massage
Roy, WA
Anne MorrisonCanine Massage
Woodinville, WA

Kristina Nevarez- Equine Massage
Bellingham, WA 

Courtney Oliver- Canine Massage
Lakewood, WA 

Jean-Marie Olsen- Equine Massage
Duvall, WA

Lori McMaster- Canine Massage
Lake Stevens, WA 

Karen Parnall- 
Canine Massage
Everett, WA 

Rashel Penna- Equine Massage
Snohomish, WA

Ami Peters- Canine Massage
Olympia, WA

Julie Schepper- Canine Massage
Maple Valley, WA 

Sara Shindel- Canine Massage
Orondo, WA 
Terry ShuckCanine Massage
Poulsbo, WA

Christy Six- Equine Massage
Auburn, WA 

Barbara Slack- Equine Massage
Seattle, WA

Susan St. John- Canine Massage
Bothell, WA 
Leanne Stevens- Canine Massage
Suquamish, WA
Lori StevensCanine Massage
Seattle, WA

Jennifer StreitCanine Massage
Seattle, WA
Kendara Ann VanNormanCanine Massage
Poulsbo, WA

Sue Willoughby- Equine Massage
Seattle, WA

Clara Wood- Canine Massage
Poulsbo, WA 
Ken Woods- Canine Massage
Sumner, WA

Debby ZuberCanine Massage 
Duvall, WA


Sarah Bertsch- Canine Acupressure
Hudson, WI

Amelia Morgan- Canine Massage
Hudson, WI

Brenda UtzerathCanine Acupressure
Beaver Dam, WI

Laura G. CanappEquine & Canine Acupressure
Cody, WY
Dee Dee SorsbyEquine Acupressure
Wilson, WY

Tannie HallCanine Massage
Dickson, Alberta

Lucille Martin- Canine Acupressure
Waterloo, Ontario

Maureen Manning- Canine Acupressure
Edmonton, AB 

Lisa McPhersonCanine Massage
Everett, ON 

Lorraine Serhienko- Equine Massage
Blaine Lake, SK and Vermilion, AB

Suzanne Towns- Canine Massage
Campbellford, Ontario 


Antonio Palacio- Equine Acupressure
Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba 

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Get Certified! 

April Johnston

Members- there are exciting free/low-cost learning opportunities coming your way! NBCAAM will be offering free and reduced-cost webinars to members starting in late spring. These informative sessions will be on topics interesting for both small and large animal practitioners. Our first free webinar will feature Dr. Kelleyerin Clabaugh, an equine veterinarian from the Big Island of Hawai'i, and April Johnston, an advanced equine structural integration practitioner and NBCAAM-Certified Acupressure Practitioner and Board Member. They will be presenting a case study of the melding of the conventional and holistic worlds: the treatment of a career-stopping pelvic injury in a 10 year-old Quarter Horse who has now returned to the show world.

Dr. Kelleyerin Clabaugh

After working together on this project, Dr. Clabaugh and April decided to join forces and form the Equi-Librium Institute, an online continuing education training forum targeting bodyworkers, vet techs, and horse owners. More information can be found on the Equi-Librium Institute website.

Watch the NBCAAM website, NBCAAM Facebook page, and your email for the date of this and other upcoming webinars.

New NBCAAM Exam Review Course Dates

Get some pre-test assistance and study information for a heads-up on everything covered in each section of the exam with the Acupressure and Massage Review Courses. These real-time web course/conference calls will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the exam, material, theory, and/or concepts.


The next Canine and Equine massage review course will be offered on Friday nights starting March 20 at 8pm Eastern. The course will run 6 weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Ruthig at


Mondays and Thursdays April/May: 4/23, 4/27, 4/30, 5/4, and 5/7, from 7-8pm eastern time. The course covers both Equine and Canine Acupressure. 
If you have any questions, please contact Diane Wilson at

Future Acupressure Review Courses (currently not available for sign-up):

June: 6/15, 6/18, 6/22, 6/25 and 6/29

August: 8/3, 8/6, 8/10, 8/13 and 8/17

September: 9/17, 9/21, 9/24, 9/28 and Oct. 1

Please visit this NBCAAM link for more information and to register:
Please keep checking the NBCAAM Facebook Page and website for future updates on massage and acupressure review course dates

Be Prepared! 
A Fond Farewell

NBCAAM wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to Sharon Romines and Carol Schultz for their important contributions to the growth of our organization. 

Sharon Romines
Sacred Breath Wellness

Sharon devoted many years of service to NBCAAM as our treasurer. While she will no longer be serving NBCAAM in that capacity going forward, her contributions will be felt for years to come. Sharon joined NBCAAM in 2009 and brought with her a much needed set of skills, including information technology. As both a large and small animal massage practitioner, she used her knowledge to assist applicants and members through the testing process and helped to manage many of the website and administrative duties that make the organization tick. Sharon continues to be a member and advocate and her tireless volunteer efforts will be missed. Sharon raises two small boys and an ever-changing menagerie of pets in Duvall, Washington with her husband. Please join us in wishing her well in her current endeavors.

Carol Schultz

Since 2011, Carol Shultz served as a board member and volunteer webmaster, welcoming our new practitioner members to NBCAAM. Carol is an LMT, animal communicator, and founder of the Animal Healing & Education NetworkWe here at NBCAAM will miss you Carol, for your quiet, yet "to the point" assessment of any conversation. Carol's help was tremendous in setting up the Continuing Education development and getting it onto the website. Carol spent hours crafting just the right words to the Q&A section of the website. Carol lives in Peoria, Illinois with her husband and daughter. She also travels and teaches workshops.

As we train others to take over the many tasks for which Sharon and Carol took responsibility, we apologize for any delay in communication or interruptions in service.  

Update from NBCAAM Continuing Education Committee

Continuing Education credits are designed to help us grow in our body of knowledge and skills that we can bring forward when working with our clients, be they animals or students.  To this end, NBCAAM has set up some guidelines to help you in this goal.
None of us "knows it all", and each animal client is different, with ever-changing issues. The more knowledge and technique skills we can draw from, makes us better practitioners, and our clients benefit. Please, when taking classes, go prepared to get proof of your attendance and write down how many hours, and whether the session is hands-on or distance learning. A suggestion would be to put all of this information together in a NBCAAM renewal file. When the time comes to renew, it will be much easier. The committee appreciates your documentation on your CE classes.  

Continuing Education is such a vital part of a young and growing body of practitioners, with each practitioner having their own set of circumstances. Trying to be fair to all, and yet clear as to what is acceptable education standards is not an easy task. Your insights are appreciated. Thank You!

-Patricia Whalen-Shaw, NBCAAM Board Member and NBCAAM Continuing Education Chair
Happy Spring Wishes to All!

Image via The Dragon

In Chinese thought, spring is associated with the color green, the sound of shouting, the wood element, the climate of wind, things sprouting, your eyes, your liver, your anger, patience and altruism – and a green dragon. Not surprisingly, spring is also associated with the direction east, the sunrise direction as Earth spins us toward the beginning of each new day.

You can think of the Chinese system of Wu Xing as correlating to the seasons. We all experience the fact that things sprout and begin to grow (spring). They fire up or ignite or bloom (summer) and reach completeness (late summer). They begin to dry and wither (autumn). They rest (winter).

If you learn the Chinese system of Wu Xing – Five Elements or Five Phases – you’ll begin to see it in many things. It’s a deep way of thinking about nature and can help you understand, for example, how profoundly the stillness, cold and quiet – the deep unknown – of winter has to happen first before spring (or new endeavors of any kind) can begin to sprout. In that way, it helps embrace “winter” of all kinds, because winter promises spring.

So to celebrate the spring equinox in accordance with Chinese thought, you might …

Stand facing east, considered the direction of spring in this philosophy. Just stand for a few moments and honor the quality of east as it relates to the season of spring.

Plant a garden. Sprouting and the color green are integral to springtime in both eastern and western philosophies. In Chinese thought, so are your eyes. Have you ever had the experience of straining your eyes, then resting them by taking a long car ride, looking at the many soothing greens of the landscape? In the Chinese system of thought, your eyes and the color green, springtime and sprouting plants, all correspond.

The Chinese understanding of nature’s cycle seems fanciful, but once you begin to consider the five elements or phases of Chinese philosophy, you see them cycling in and around everything. All things sprout (spring), bloom (summer), reach completeness (late summer), become brittle and die (autumn), then rest (winter). You can recognize these phases in the course of relationships, over a workday, in the progress of a play or novel, in the process of aging, while eating a meal, in the growth of a garden, in a scientific or political or business enterprise, while playing a game.

So enjoy this easiest of seasons … this beginning. Happy spring, everybody!

Deborah Byrd
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Congressional Questions To Safety of Beneful Pet Food

Two Senators that have a long history of pet food consumer advocacy have stepped up for us again. Senator Richard Durbin and Senator Dianne Feinstein have sent questions to FDA – concerned about the safety of Beneful Dog Food and the overall safety of pet food.

Senator Durbin and Senator Feinstein addressed their pet food concerns to Margaret Hamburg, the Commission of the FDA. They stated:

“Reports raise serious concerns about Beneful dry kibble potentially containing such toxins as propylene glycol, commonly used in automobile antifreeze, and mycotoxins, a group of toxins produced by grain fungus. These toxins could lead to serious consequences such as weight loss, internal bleeding, liver and kidney failure, and even death. Media reports have referenced more than 3,000 complaints online about dogs becoming ill or dying after eating Beneful. To our knowledge, the FDA has not issued any investigations, warnings, consumer guidance, or product recalls to address these alarming issues.”

To read the full letter from Senators Durbin and Feinstein to FDA, Click Here.
-Susan Thixton
See full article here.

AAHA, AAFP Revise Pain Management Advice
The 2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats stress the need for an integrated approach.

Relieving pain in cats and dogs should not automatically start with drugs, two veterinary organizations are reminding practitioners in an update to an eight-year-old document.

The American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners teamed up to produce the 2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. The 18-page strategy was published in the March/April edition of the AAHA journal and is available online here.

The 2015 guidelines stress the need for an integrated approach to managing pain. In a section titled “It’s Not Just About Drugs,” the authors pointed out that pharmaceuticals may not be the best choice.

“Examples of nonpharmacologic treatments supported by strong evidence include, but are not limited to, cold compression, weight optimization and therapeutic exercise,” the guidelines state. “Other treatment options gaining increasing acceptance include acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, myofascial trigger point therapy, therapeutic laser and other modalities.”

See full article at Veterinary Practice News.
NASC Brings Clarity to Animal Supplements Category

The National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) of Valley Center, Calif., has partnered with PetHealthLive on two websites— and—to bring better animal health supplement information to pet retailers and consumers.

In addition, the NASC introduced a targeted program for 2015 that includes the NASC Quality Seal for manufacturing processes, while the organization’s Preferred Supplier Program assists members in using raw materials from vetted suppliers.

The NASC also buys and randomly tests supplements to ensure they meet the label claims for ingredients. 
See full article here.

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The NBCAAM Board


Lisa Ruthig
Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
Lively Dog

Thompson, CT

Vice Chair 

Lola Michelin
Northwest School of Animal Massage
Vashon Island, WA


Megan Ayrault

All About Animal Massage
Kirkland, WA

Polly Klein
Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals
 Issaquah, WA

Members at Large 

April Johnston
Equine Equilibrium, LLC
Bozeman, MT

Denise Theobald 
Chicago School of Canine Massage

Canine Massage Chicago
Chicago, IL 

Patricia Whalen-Shaw 
Integrated Touch Therapy

Circleville, OH 
Advisory Board

Suzanne Clothier
St. Johnsville, NY

Dr. Julie Mayer
Integrative Veterinarian
Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Richard Pitcairn
Eugene, OR 

Linda Tellington-Jones, PhD (Hon)
Tellington TTouch Training
Santa Fe, NM  

Dr. Madalyn Ward 
Holistic Horsekeeping
Austin, TX 

NBCAAM Board and Committees

NBCAAM Member School Schedules

Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute's Hands-On Training Schedule 

Northwest School of Animal Massage's Schedule

Doggone U of Animal Massage at Bancroft's Calendar

Chicago School of Canine Massage Career Training Programs and Calendar

Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage's Calendar

Integrated Touch Therapy's Schedule

NBCAAM Member Listing

NOTENBCAAM appreciates the generous support of these schools , but this does not indicate endorsement. Please do your research to ensure a school meets your educational needs as well as the legal requirements within your region.

Student Members

Cheryl Bowen- Connecticut
Nicole Brown- Washington
Beth Cason- Georgia

Amber Clisso- Missouri
Jane Comerford- Connecticut
Lisa Ferrari- Washington
Allison Fowles- New Hampshire
Tracy Fulton- Tennessee
Brenda Harley- Nevada
Emily Heitzmann- Colorado
Alice Houlihan- Michigan

Lori Jones- Oregon
Irene Murphy- Massachusetts
Jacquelyn Reed- Arizona
Julie Schepper- Washington
Vicki Shinneman- Washington
Christy Six- Washington
Janice Zazinski- Massachusetts 

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