Body Art Committee

Our Body Art Committee is comprised of public and private sector experts working in partnership to provide outcomes in the following priority areas:

  • Development of a Body Art Model Code that reflects best practices and standardized procedures to ensure public health and safety in the field of body art
  • Identification of training gaps, needs of the profession, and emerging issues and recommendations for addressing these and other issues
  • Identification of best practices, successes and challenges for environmental health professionals working in the field of body art
  • Guidance, input and participation in the development of our body art program and projects
  • Promotion and dissemination of body art related materials and resources
  • Ongoing collaboration with organizations interested in ensuring best practices and safety in the field of body art.
  • Development and identification of training materials, guidance documents, and policy statements relating to the field of body art


To be a resource for environmental health professionals and NEHA leadership dedicated to developing resources and programs, increasing workforce capacity and fostering improved body art practices to protect public health.


Our Body Art Committee is comprised of local, state, federal, and industry professionals with environmental health and body art expertise.

  • Jodi Zimmerman, REHS, MPH, Co-Chair
    • Registered Environmental Health Specialist II
    • El Paso County, Colorado Public Health Department
  • Steve Joyner, Co-Chair
    • Body Art Compliance - Founder
    • Body Art Professional
  • Laurel Arrigona
    • Regulatory, Ceutical Labs, Inc.
    • AFDO Body Art Committee Chair
    • Body Art Education Alliance Chair
  • Kate Ciampi Shergold
    • Executive Director
    • Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals
    • Permanent Cosmetic Professional
  • Cathy Montie
    • Body Art Training Company
    • OSHA Authorized Industry Specific Trainer
    • Body Art Professional
  • Michael Crea, M.S.
    • Executive Director, Florida Environmental Health Association
    • Body Piercer & Body Art Trainer
  • Girvin Liggans, Ph.D., REHS, DAAS
    • Technical Lead, Retail Food Policy
    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Matt Bavougian
    • Onyx Piercing Studio - Owner | Senior Piercer
    • Body Art Education Alliance, Co-Chair
  • John Misock
    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Retired
    • Ceuticallabs
  • Carolynn Balcar
    • Environmental Consultant
    • Bureau of Environmental Health
    • Florida Department of Health
  • John Johnson
    • OSHA Authorized General Industry Trainer
    • Association of Professional Piercers
  • Katherine Martinez, REHS
    • Registered Environmental Health Specialist
    • Kent County, Michigan Health Department

Body Art Committee Membership Guidelines

The Body Art Committee is currently accepting new members. The focus of the committee is to develop resources to support common-sense regulations, reasonable inspections, and overall protect public health. Members are expected to demonstrate thought leadership in their communities regarding body art policies and regulations and hold themselves to the highest professional standards.

  • Two-year commitment
  • Participate in monthly (one to two hour) meetings
  • Participate on at least one sub-committee during BAMC update process
  • Participate for the duration of the code update cycle
  • Provide input on proposed projects
  • Have at least five years' experience as a regulator and/or in the body art industry

Committee members need to demonstrate leadership skills, integrity, and professionalism throughout all committee initiatives.