AMTA National Election: Slate of Candidates

Slate of Candidates

Steve Albertson (IL)

Steve Albertson


  • Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL Diploma, 1972
  • Triton College, River Grove, IL, Associate's Degree in Science, 1975
  • Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, IL, Paramedic Certification, 1975
  • The Chicago School of Massage Therapy, Chicago, IL, Diploma, 1998
  • Body Therapy Associates, Certified in Pre and Perinatal Massage Therapy, 2001 
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, IL, 2004-current
  • National Certification Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Nationally Certified, 1998-2015
  • National Certification Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Board Certified, 2015-current 


  • National Audit Commission Chair, 2017-present
  • National Director, 2017-present
  • Co-Author/Reviewer: AMTA Sports Massage Certification program, 2016
  • IL Chapter Treasurer, 2012-2015
  • IL Chapter Second Vice President, 2012
  • IL Chapter Delegate, 2008-2009, 2011-2012, 2016
  • IL Chapter Conference Volunteer, 2008-current
  • City of Chicago, Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council, 1992-1997
  • Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, President, 1990-1995
  • Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, Board of Directors, 1988-1996
  • Cable Access Television, Weekends with Whitney - Interview on the Benefits of Massage
  • 2010 WGN Television, 2012 Living Healthy Chicago - Feature on Benefits of Massage, representing AMTA
  • 2013 ABC 7 Chicago, Live Television News Interview, representing AMTA


IL Chapter Meritorious Award, 2012 


Steve has been a massage therapist since 1998 and has worked in many capacities for his chapter, since 2007. He also was the IL Chapter Meritorious Award recipient in 2012. Steve would be a returning Board member, having been on the Board since 2017. He is a former paramedic and medical product researcher, as well as a massage school instructor. And, he has served in leadership roles on other non-profit boards. In his practice, he specializes in clinical applications of massage therapy, having been an independent therapist, and worked in health clubs, a chiropractic office, a wellness facility and a university athletic department. 

Steve has served as the National Audit Commission Chair since 2017. He is an active proponent of AMTA's efforts in the healthcare policy area and believes in AMTA's commitment to research-informed practice. 

"I have a strong belief in the power of a team approach that recognizes and utilizes an individual's talents and abilities for the betterment of the whole. I believe that fostering an environment of strength through cooperation is an important key to an organization's success. Also, I believe in keeping an open mind while I subscribe to the wisdom of information-based decision-making."

"Over the past two years, I have personally had the chance to publicly address AMTA members at two state chapter conferences. Putting a face to the national organization is often helpful for our members to feel a personal connection with the larger organization. Serving as a speaker, also allowed me a chance to highlight new developments within AMTA and encourage our members to get involved."

Bob Jantsch (PA)

Bob Jantsch


  • Chartiers Valley High School, Pittsburgh, PA, diploma, 1971
  • Boulder School of Massage, Boulder, CO, 1981


  • Massage Therapist, 1981-present
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, PA, 2015–present
  • Director/Owner Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy, 1986-present
  • 1988-1990 Western PA Unit Chair
  • 1990-1992 Western PA District Representative
  • 1992-2002 PA Standing Rules Committee Chair
  • 1990-2002 (Missed 1 year) & 2007, 2017 and 2018 PA Delegate to National Convention
  • 1997-1999 & 2001-2003 & 2007-2009 House of Delegates Operations Committee
  • 1996 – 2000 PA Chapter President
  • 2007-2008 Western PA District Representative
  • 2006 -2008 Council of Schools Annual Meeting Planning Committee
  • 2008 Council of Schools Annual Meeting Planning Committee Chair


PA Chapter Meritorious Award Recipient 1999


Bob has been a massage therapist since 1981 and has been the Director/Owner of the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy since 1986. He has been an active chapter volunteer since 1988, including serving as a chapter president. At three different times, he has served on AMTA's House of Delegates Operations Committee. He would be a new member on the Board.

Bob was involved in the development of the House of Delegates and how it was organized. And, he has previously served on the Pennsylvania Board of Massage Therapy as its Chair.

“As a school owner for over 30 years I have a real understanding of what drives students and how to create success for students and schools. I do applaud the recent changes in membership strategies (graduate membership, first year professional membership etc.) that have worked to increase the organizations overall membership.” 

“I do believe there is a great need for advanced certifications for medically oriented massage but not at the detriment to wellness practitioners. So, my vision for the future of this profession is one that is multi-tiered with entry level standards maintained to protect the public health and safety and advanced levels of training and certification to meet the needs of those wishing to practice medically oriented massage.”

Kimberly Kane-Santos (PA)

Kimberly Kane-Santos


  • Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, NJ, Diploma 1983
  • William Paterson University 1983-1985
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, PA 2011-current
  • Licensed Massage Therapist NJ 2014-current


  • Director, AMTA National 2016-present
  • PA Chapter President 2014- 2016
  • National Convention Operational Committee 2014-current
  • National Healthcare Committee 2015-current
  • PA Chapter Delegate 2011-2014
  • PA Chapter 1st Vice President 2010-2014
  • PA Chapter Conference Committee 2010-2014
  • PA Chapter 3rd Vice President 2008-2010
  • PA Chapter Secretary of Lehigh Valley Unit 2003-2008


Meritorious Award Pennsylvania Chapter 2016


Kim has been in massage therapy practice for 15 years and for 7 years was an instructor of a deep muscle massage course and supervised the student clinic at Health Options Institute in Bethlehem, PA. She would be a returning Board member, having served on the Board since 2016. She is especially excited about AMTA’s healthcare initiative. She has held several positions in her Pennsylvania Chapter, including President from 2014 to 2016. She received the PA Chapter Meritorious Award in 2015.

Kim has served on the National Convention Operational Committee and the National Healthcare Operational Committee. She strongly believes that AMTA is the mover and shaker of the massage therapy industry.

“AMTA is a very diverse community. Disciplining myself to see things from multiple points of view is being mindful of how actions impact others and allows for an all win environment. I appreciate the difference in others, what they bring to the table and focus on individuality. Being open minded and taking intelligent risks is what will keep AMTA moving forward and continue being the most trusted and respected. And, with that comes hard work and perseverance!”

“The culture initiative continues to thoroughly excite me! I have seen firsthand and continue to experience the AMTA culture as it morphs into beauty!” 

Ed Sansbury (NC)

Ed Sansbury


  • Hartsville High School, Hartsville, SC, Diploma, 1971
  • Gardner-Webb College, Boiling Springs, NC, Bachelor of Arts, Religion, 1975
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, Masters of Divinity, 1979
  • Body Therapy Institute, Siler City, NC, Diploma, 1996
  • Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, NC, 2000-current
  • National Certification Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Nationally Certified, 1997-2005


  • National Board of Directors, Director, 2016-current
  • National Board of Directors, Member At Large, 2011-2013, 2015-2016       
  • National Finance Standing Committee, 2011-2013, 2016-current             
  • National Finance Standing Committee Chair, 2017-current 
  • National Audit Commission, 2015-2016   
  • National Board Supervisor Standing Rules Review Workgroup, 2016-2017 
  • National Board Supervisor Bylaws Committee, 2016-2017
  • National Board Supervisor Slate Selection Commission, 2015-16
  • National Volunteer Workforce Structure Workgroup Chair, 2012-2013  
  • National Government Relations Operations Committee, 2010-2013
  • National Awards Committee, 2009-2011
  • Chapter Presidents Council, Alternate Moderator, 2008; Moderator, 2009 
  • NC Chapter President, 2006-2010 
  • NC Chapter 3rd Vice-President, 2001-2006   
  • NC Chapter Delegate, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010
  • NC Chapter Government Relations Committee Chair, 2000


  • National Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2008, 2010
  • National Government Relations Activist Award, 2004
  • NC Chapter Meritorious Award, 2004
  • Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, 2015
  • Toastmasters International, Distinguished Toastmaster, 2010
  • Toastmasters International, NC Area Governor of the Year, 2009-2010


Ed Sansbury has broad experience as both a chapter and national volunteer.  He would be a returning Board member, having most recently served on the Board since 2015; and he has been a member of the national Finance Standing Committee, the Government Relations Operational Committee and the Audit Commission. Ed has been an AMTA member for more than 20 years. 

He is especially excited about AMTA’s school connections and the opportunity the association has to build strong connections with other massage companies. He believes the leadership AMTA is demonstrating in the profession will benefit all in the industry and that its efforts are appreciated.  He feels the best way to accomplish many goals is by listening to others and establishing dialogue on issues.

“Leadership often means consulting with others in small settings seeking to gather information, get buy-in from key team members, and then moving forward at appropriate speeds. Leadership sometimes means asking difficult questions. Strength is having the ability to see what direction needs to be taken based on the full and detailed answers to those questions.”   

“As a national board, we do look at the business side of the association but we also want our members, our customers in many ways, to be offered the products and support they desire at an affordable price. By continuing to grow and improve the association, we can better meet the needs and desires of our members. As we continue to offer more support as well as better products and services to our members, they will want to stay members and grow with us.”  

LaDonna Ward (AL)

LaDonna Ward


  • Cullman High School, Cullman, AL, Diploma, 1987
  • Alabama School of Massage Therapy, Birmingham, AL, Certificate, 1991
  • The Neuromuscular Training Center, Atlanta, GA, Certificate, 1991
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, AL,  1998–Current
  • National Certification Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Board Certified, 2018-Current


  • National Board Member, 2017-2019
  • National Finance Committee, 2018
  • National Chapter Relations Committee Member, 2016
  • National Chapter President’s Council Moderator, 2015
  • National Chapter President’s Council Moderator-Elect, 2014
  • National Leadership Training Presenter, 2014
  • AL Chapter President, 2012-2016
  • AL Chapter 1st Vice President, 2009-2012
  • AL House of Delegate Representative, 1999, 2008
  • AL Chapter 2nd Vice President, 2007-2009
  • AL Chapter Historian Committee Chair, 2004-2007
  • AL Chapter 3rd Vice President, 2003-2004
  • AL Chapter Secretary, 1999-2003


AL Chapter Meritorious Award, 2013


LaDonna has served as Chapter Presidents Council Moderator and as a member of the national Chapter Relations Standing Committee.  She would be a returning Board member, having served on the Board since 2017, and is currently serving on the National Finance Committee. She also has been a chapter president, a massage therapy instructor for 25 years and a school owner for 20 years. LaDonna was the recipient of the Alabama Chapter Meritorious Award in 2013.  

In addition to being a school owner, LaDonna is also massage clinic owner. She is especially excited about AMTA’s efforts to support chapters and enhance both the chapter experience and AMTA culture.

“Being a school owner/instructor and massage clinic owner with other therapists working under me has put me in a position of always wanting to educate the future of massage to be a part of the AMTA. I always explain you will be supporting the only non-profit organization in our field that puts all the memberships’ money back into the profession with supporting research to help provide information to prove the validity of massage therapy as a profession.”  

“Through my 17 years of volunteering on the state level, I always felt like I was supporting the association that stood behind me as massage therapist during a time when the public didn’t know what massage therapy was.” 

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