ERMI Welcomes new board member Dena Frizsell

Published 22 March 2011

ERMI would like to welcome our newest Board member, Dena Frizsell.   She is a 2010 graduate of North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork in Fairview, NC where she worked as office manager.  She currently operates her own practice focusing on clinical massage and on-site chair massage for local businesses.  Although new to massage, Dena has had a lifelong interest in holistic and natural healing.  Her previous career paths have provided a broad base of marketing, fund-raising and bookkeeping experience.  She is currently Chairperson of the ERMI Fundraising/Networking Committee and serves as WNC 6th District Leader.  Dena lives in Fairview, NC with her husband, Rick and son, Tanner.

AMTA-SC makes ERMI charity for 2011

Published 01 March 2010

American Massage Therapy Association, South Carolina Chapter named ERMI it's 2011 charity, at their February 20th AMTA-SC board meeting.  The year starts in March 2011, with their Mini-Convention, where a raffle will be held and ERMI will receive all the proceeds.  Throughout the year the chapter will have a donation button on their website, and a link to the  ERMI website.  They will be sponsoring a training in the summer of 2011 with a special rate for their members.  ERMI's Treasurer, Ronda S. Villa, is the 1st VP and Education Chair of the chapter and was very instrumental in getting this significant offer for us.  We hope to have a long term relationship with AMTA-SC and wish to thank them for their contribution.

ERMI-MA works with Partners In Health

Published 17 February 2010

ERMI-MA team spent three weeks working with Partners In Health (PIH), Boston, MA.  The team, working with eight members and four members in training, provided massage Monday, Wednesday and Friday's starting Monday the 25th of January and finishing up on Friday the 12th of February.  They provided massage for the entire staff of PIH, who had been working continuously since Haiti was devastated.

PIH was founded in 1987, two years after the Clinique Bon Sauveur was set up in Cange, Haiti, to deliver health care to the residents of the mountainous Central Plateau. PIH co-founders had been working in the area for years. The Clinic was just the first of an arc of successful projects designed to address the health care needs of the residents of the poorest area in Haiti. In the 20 years since then, PIH has expanded its operations to eight other sites in Haiti and nine additional countries and has launched a number of other initiatives.

The response to ERMI-MA's works is reflected in this letter received from PIH
"We can't thank you enough for the generous donation of massages for our office staff.  It's amazing what relaxing massages will do to boost office morale and keep us going through these round-the-clock hours.  We couldn't do it without your support and we truly appreciate your generosity.  Thank you for thinking of us.  Partners in Health team"

ERMI signs Affiliate Organization Understanding with Green Cross

Published 16 February 2010

ERMI has signed an Affiliate Organization Understanding agreement with Green Cross. The Green Cross Academy of Traumatology was initially organized to serve a need in Oklahoma City following the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.  In 2004, Green Cross Project merged with Green Cross Foundation and emerged as the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.

Green Cross is an international, humanitarian assistance organization, non-profit corporation comprised of trained traumatologists and compassion fatigue service providers.  Most are licensed mental health professionals; all are oriented to helping people in crisis following traumatic events.  Green Cross is actively deployed in response to the Haiti earthquake.

ERMI welcomes this opportunity to work with Green Cross in upcoming deployments in the United States and possibly in Haiti.