Tish Gilmore Director Tish was a stay at home mom and continuous night class student, in search of a more fulfilling future when, in 1999, she heard the word 'reflexology'. There were no reflexology programs in the state of South Dakota at that time, so she found one in Denver, Colorado and spent the next year driving 500 miles each way to complete her course work with Rachel Lord at Just for Health. She opened a reflexology office in downtown Pierre in 2000, and was ARCB® certified in 2001. Tish served on the ACARAT board from 2002-2005. She also served on the RAA Board as an interim director in 2004/2005. She was pivotal in providing a path toward attaining an exemption for reflexology from the massage licensure bill that was signed into law in 2005. She has attended seven RAA conferences and two ICR conferences. She continues to see clients in the exact office that she opened in 2000, thrilled to be part of a profession that has opened so many doors and has changed her life most profoundly.
Perry Dickinson Treasurer Perry is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in Accounting. His interest in Complementary Alternative Medicine began with a fascination for energy and energy work, receiving his reflexology training in 2004. Perry became an ARCB® Board Certified Reflexologist in 2006 and is also a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Reiki Master Instructor. Perry’s past service to the reflexology community includes serving on the board as treasurer for the Reflexology Association of America. Perry joined the ARCB® Board in 2008.
Sharon Vermeulen Administrative Secretary Sharon is a graduate of Western Michigan University in Music & Education. She taught music and elementary education before making the move into management and customer service for 15 years. An ongoing interest in natural alternative health practices led Sharon to reflexology and reiki. She became ARCB® certified in 2008. She is the owner of ‘Signature Energy Wellness’ which includes her reflexology practice. Sharon enjoys educating the public about the benefits of reflexology and the body field connection.
Donna L. Morris, RN, DrPH
Donna L. Morris, RN, DrPH Director A confirmed experimenter in and early adopter of complementary therapies, Donna began her journey by participating in numerous workshops (and dragging her husband along), trying as many therapies as she could, and exploring the effects of these therapies on herself. Her first exposure to reflexology was when a reflexologist presented in a Complementary and Alternative Therapies course that she was teaching. After that, she was hooked! She studied with Judy Morey in Columbus, Ohio, and after completing the program, sat for the ARCB exam in 2007. Donna is a Registered Nurse with a Doctor of Public Health, taught graduate level nursing for 30 years, and brings her extensive background in nursing and public health, to her practice. She integrates foot/hand/and ear reflexology with Reiki, Healing Touch, and aromatherapy- throwing in a little guided imagery along the way. She is delighted to be affiliated with an integrative medical practice that includes 2 physicians, several massage therapists, psychotherapists, craniosacral therapists, and a nutritionist.