Number of Voters Up 52.5% From 2015
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is happy to announce that 94.5% of Professional Members voting in the AMTA National Board Election approved the slate of new board directors to take office on March 1, 2017. The new or returning board members will be Steven Albertson (IL), Christopher Deery (PA), Kimberly Kane-Santos (PA), Joan Nichols (GA), Ed Sansbury (NC), and LaDonna Ward (AL). They will join four continuing Board Directors – Angela Barker (WV), Cindy Farrar (GA), Patricia Phillips (WA) and Scott Raymond (CT), – for FY 2017-18. Current President-Elect Dolly Wallace of Michigan will become AMTA President, and current President Nathan Nordstrom (WA) will continue on the Board as Immediate-Past President.
The number of Professional Members who voted in this year’s election was 52.5% more than in 2015; it was the highest number of members voting in AMTA’s history and the highest percentage of members voting since 2008. The Board of Directors changed the process for the election last year in an effort to increase member participation and to best ensure that board members have the skills and knowledge bases to direct the association as it continues to grow and face the challenges of advancing the profession. The increased voting totals for two years in a row clearly indicate the success of this decision by the Board to increase member participation.
“It’s great to see more interest in electing our National Board,” said AMTA President Nathan Nordstrom. “Our membership is at an all-time high and we are seeing an overwhelming majority of voters supporting our new Board. I want to thank members for their participation.”
- Total Number of Eligible Professional Member Voters – 61,618
- Total Number of Voters – 5168
- Percentage of Eligible Voters Participating – 8.4%
- Percentage of Voters Approving the Board Slate – 94.5%