NEHA Body Art Committee

Join the Body Art Committee

Our 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. 

The application closes September 30. Committee members must be, or willing to become, a NEHA member. Learn more about becoming a member



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.


The 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 NEHA’s body art program and projects.
  • Promotion and dissemination of NEHA 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.


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

Committee Members

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