Associate Dean Makes The Most Of Her Move

Darlene Campo

Darlene Campo has only been in Wisconsin and in her position as associate dean for the Health and Public Safety division for about eight months. But, you wouldn’t guess that from how easily she has made the transition into technical education.

Her ambition and background already have earned her recognition and an appointment by Governor Scott Walker to the Wisconsin Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board.

She will be joining the seven-member board as the mandated technical college representative. This is the first time this seat has been filled since the Board was created in 2009. In her role, Campo will assist in composing the final administrative rules for the governance of massage therapy and bodywork therapy in the state, ensure that Wisconsin’s practice law is responsive to advances in the profession, and investigate complaints to ensure that the public enjoys a safe and competent massage therapy or bodywork therapy experience each and every session.

In 2001, Campo switched professions from working as a Fortune 500 organization development consultant to completing her training as a massage therapist at Florida College of Natural Health in Orlando.

“I enjoyed my work in the corporate sector, but I wanted a career where my head, my hands, and my heart were joined as one,” said Campo. “I also wanted to work in an environment where people were actually happy to see me come into the room!”

Campo is licensed in the states of Florida and Wisconsin, certified in the state of California, and Board Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She has worked in world-class destination spas and resorts, including Canyon Ranch and Spa’Deus in Tuscany, Italy.  She has also worked as a massage therapist with Massage Envy and has had a small private practice focused on the traditional bodywork of Thailand.

Campo joined Western last May as associate dean after teaching six years at National Holistic Institute, a 900-hour program with seven campuses in California. She currently oversees seven allied health programs in the Health and Public Safety Division.

“Over the next four years, I’m looking forward to representing the three Therapeutic Massage programs in the Wisconsin Technical College System, along with my fellow LMT’s across the state,” Campo said.

She was elected Vice Chair at the Board’s February meeting, and will represent the state of Wisconsin at the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board’s Licensing Examination Development meeting in Chicago in March.

We can’t wait to see what she does during her second year at Western!