National Elections

The 2021 AMTA National Election results are in! 

AMTA is happy to announce that 95.1% of Professional Members voting in the AMTA National Board Election approved the slate of new board directors to take office on March 1, 2022. The elected board members will be Christine Bailor-Goodlander (NY), Jaime Bernardo, Jr. (DC), Richard Greely (OH), Jane Horton Johnson (GA), and Lee Stang (NC). They will join five continuing Board Directors – Cindy Farrar (GA), Patricia (Patty) Phillips (WA), Bob Jantsch (PA), Kimberly Kane-Santos (PA), and LaDonna Ward (AL) for FY 2022-23.

On March 1, 2022, President-Elect Michaele Colizza (RI) will become AMTA President and current President, Steve Albertson (IL), will continue on the Board as Immediate-Past President.

The Board of Directors sets the direction for AMTA and its commitment to advancing the profession. The slate process and election allow the association to best ensure that board members have the skills and knowledge to direct AMTA as it continues its rapid growth, and have the choice ratified by the membership. 

“Our members are what make AMTA the most trusted and respected name in massage therapy,” said AMTA President Steve Albertson. “I want to thank our members for their involvement with AMTA, their ongoing commitment and for the election of our Board. Together, we can continue moving the profession forward.”

Tellers Report

Total Number of Eligible Professional Member Voters – 79,473

Total Number of Voters – 3,546

Percentage of Eligible Voters Participating – 4.5%

Percentage of Voters Approving the Board Slate – 95.1%

Christine Bailor-Goodlander


Christine Bailor-Goodlander has been a licensed massage therapist in New York since 2000 and in Pennsylvania since 2013. She has her Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork along with Specialty Certificates in sports massage and oncology massage and is an NCBTMB Board Approved Continuing Education Provider. Christine would be a returning member of the National Board and has been a member of the National Finance Standing Committee and the Chair of the Audit Commission.

Christine has been a Registered Nurse since 1985. She began her massage therapy career as a solo practitioner, and over the years, she grew the practice into an independent wellness center that is home to several practitioners. She previously served in various capacities for the AMTA-New York Chapter and has had experience with other non-profit health organizations, including the Society for Oncology Massage and the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

“My inspiration to run for national office was truly my love of this profession. Knowing that I could make a difference, help increase the profession’s image and reach and assist in bringing the best initiatives to my fellow therapists.” “My interest lies in the health care policy Initiative; education; and development of new and existing collaborative relationships within the medical communities in order to increase awareness of the benefits of massage therapy for integration into health care. Because of my background in the medical arena, this particular initiative speaks to me.”


  • Sisters of Charity Hospital School of Nursing, Registered Nurse, Buffalo, NY, 1985
  • Registered Professional Nurse, NY, 1985 – present
    New York Institute of Massage, Massage Therapy, Williamsville, NY, 1999
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, NY, 2000 - present
  • CORE Institute, Structural Integration, Tallahassee FL, 2003
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, PA, 2013 – present
  • National Certification Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Board Certified, 2013 – Present
  • National Certification Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Specialty Certificate, Sports Massage 2017
  • National Certification Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Specialty Certificate, Oncology Massage 2019
  • National Certification Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Board Approved Continuing Education Provider 2019
  • Siena Heights University, Applied Science 2020 – present
  • CETI Cancer Exercise Specialist – 2021
  • St. Joseph’s College, Health Care Administration Windham, MN


  • American Holistic Nurses Association Member (2015- present)
  • National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists Board Member/Officer (2004-2012)
  • Bornhava Early Intervention Program Board of Directors Member/Officer (2008-2014)
  • AMTA National Director (3/18 – present)
  • NY Board of Directors 2nd Vice President (2016 – 3/18)
  • NY Board of Directors Secretary (2013-2016)
  • NY Western New York Regional Unit Chair (2012-2013)
  • New York State Medical Massage Therapists Member (2012-2015)
  • Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM) Member (2013 to present)
  • Society of Oncology Massage (S4OM) Governance Committee (2013-3/18)
  • Niagara County Community College Advisory Board Member for Massage Therapy Program (2013-2017)
  • Niagara County Community College Advisory Board Member for Massage Therapy Program (2013-2017)


  • MTF donation award from New York Chapter 2017

Jaime Bernardo, Jr.


Jaime Bernardo, Jr. has been a massage therapist since 2000 when he earned his Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland in Business Management and graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, D.C. where he also taught for over 10 years. Jaime would be a new member of the National Board.  

Jaime has held many leadership roles in the Washington, D.C. Chapter and is currently the President. At the National level, he has served as an Assembly of Delegates Facilitator, an Educational Operational Committee Member, and on the Chapter Volunteer Orientation Program Presidents Panel. Jaime also started a grassroots organization called Touch of Relief to provide massage therapy to injured service members and domestic violence survivors.

“Running for the National Board is an opportunity to serve a community that I am deeply connected to and passionate about.” “In my recent years of volunteering at the chapter level, I have increasingly observed how much tireless work and incredible collective energy goes into the initiatives and mandates tackled by the National Board. What is most inspiring about the board is not only the progress and breadth of outcomes but also the dedication and integrity of its directors and their pursuit of the ideal common good.” “The cultural initiative has piqued my interest (especially in the past year) as much of the work directly affects how we serve our members.”


  • Albert Einstein High School, Kensington, MD, Diploma, 1984
  • University of Maryland Global Campus, College Park, MD, Bachelor of Science, Business Management, 1990
  • Potomac Massage Training Institute, Washington, DC, Diploma, 2000
  • National Certification Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, 2000-2004
  • LaStone Therapy, Inc., Tucson, AZ, LaStone Therapy Certification, 2000
  • AMTA MERT Coordinator, 2005-2007
  • Colorado School of Healing Arts, Lakewood, CO, Trauma Touch Therapy Certification, 2009
  • Ben Benjamin Institute of Advanced Studies, Orthopedic Massage Therapy Certification, 2011
  • Usui System of Natural Healing, Reiki Master Certification, 2019


  • Potomac Massage Training Institute, Assistant Instructor, 2002-2006
  • Potomac Massage Training Institute, Alumni and Community Outreach Coordinator, 2004-2006
  • Potomac Massage Training Institute, Business, Law and Regulations Instructor, 2005-2011
  • Potomac Massage Training Institute, Practical Lead Instructor, 2006-2012
  • MD Chapter Massage Emergency Response Team Coordinator, 2006-2007
  • Montgomery County Medical Reserve Corps, Massage Therapist Volunteer, 2006-2019
  • Emergency Response Massage International, MD State Coordinator, 2007-2008
  • Touch of Relief, Founder, 2007-2011
  • DC Chapter Delegate, 2013-2018
  • DC Chapter 1st Vice President, 2013-2017
  • DC Chapter Education Chair, 2015-2018
  • DC Chapter Board Member, 2017-2018
  • DC Chapter President 2018-Present
  • AMTA Assembly of Delegates Facilitator, 2018-2019
  • AMTA National Education Operational Committee, Member, 2019-2020
  • AMTA National Chapter Volunteer Orientation Program Presidents Panel, 2021

Richard Greely


Richard “Rick” Greely has been a licensed massage therapist in Ohio since 1987. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Education from Ohio University. Rick taught massage therapy for 26 years, most recently at Columbus State Community College and is a Certified Sports Massage Therapist. He would be a new member on the National Board.

Rick previously served as the Ohio Chapter President and has received several chapter awards over the years, including the Government Relations Activist Award, Outstanding Committee Member, the President’s Award, and the Meritorious Award. He has also served on the National Governance Standing Committee, the National Parliamentarian, Assembly of Delegates and House of Delegates, and was Chairperson of the State of Ohio Medical Board Massage Therapy Advisory Committee for six years.

“I have had the opportunity to observe the AMTA National Board over the past 30 plus years from a variety of seats. I have observed the National Board as a member, Ohio chapter president, educator, volunteer at the state and national level and have developed an admiration for those individuals who have worked so hard to provide growth opportunities for the profession, the association and members. Now, if I am elected, I will have the opportunity to pay it forward, to help the association grow this profession and provide opportunities to the individuals who come into the profession.”


  • Bachelor of Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Political Science, 1977
  • Central Ohio School of Massage, Columbus, OH, Diploma 1986
  • The China National Olympic Training Center, Medical Bureau, Certificate of Education, April 1989
  • Massage TherapistState Medical Board of Ohio, 1987
  • Sports Massage TherapistAmerican Massage Therapy Association, Certified by Examination, 1989
  • Master of Education, Ohio University, Athens, OH, Higher Education, 2002


  • AMTA National Governance Standing Committee Member, 2018-2019
  • AMTA National Parliamentarian, Assembly of Delegates, 2018
  • AMTA National Parliamentarian, House of Delegates, 2012-2016
  • State of Ohio Medical Board Massage Therapy Advisory Committee, Member, 2000-2012, Chairperson, 2006-2012
  • AMTA National Government Relations Committee Member, 2005-2007
  • OH Chapter Sports Massage Team Member, 1988-2000
  • AMTA National Grievance Commission Member, 1997-2000
  • AMTA National Chapter Relations Committee, Charter Member, 1992-1996
  • OH Chapter President, 1989-1991, 1995-1996
  • AMTA Member, 1987-present

AMTA Awards:

  • Ohio Chapter Government Activist Award 2006
  • Ohio Chapter Outstanding Committee Member, 2004
  • Ohio Chapter Presidential Award recipient 2002, 2017
  • Ohio Chapter Meritorious Award winner 1991, 2018

Jane Horton Johnson


Jane Horton Johnson has been practicing massage therapy in Georgia since 1987 and has her Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Medical Sociology, an Applied Associates Degree in Massotherapy and certification in Professional Massage from Atlanta School of Massage. She would be a returning member of the National Board. 

Jane received AMTA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2018 and has served on the National Government Relations Committee. She has held a variety of positions with her Georgia Chapter for over 19 years. Jane previously served on the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy (2006-15) and was its first chair (2006-2013) when licensure went into effect in the state. She has been licensed in Georgia since December 2006. The culture initiative especially interests Jane because AMTA values its volunteers and fosters the volunteers’ experience by equipping them for success while strongly supporting community.

“I am inspired to run for national office again because of my love for serving, my passion for AMTA, and the value it provides to members and to the massage therapy profession.” “Serving with AMTA has been so positive in my life that I encourage other volunteers to stay involved and solicit members to step up and serve in a leadership role. I aspire to educate and empower volunteers and continue to support them in their role by connecting with them often so they feel included and appreciated as part of the team.” 

Education and Achievements:

  • Swainsboro High School, Swainsboro, GA, Diploma, 1980
  • Atlanta School of Massage, Atlanta, GA, Certificate, 1990
  • Massage Therapist, GA, 1990-2006
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, GA, 2006-present
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, FL, 1993-2019
  • National Certification Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork,  2000-16
  • Ohio College of Massotherapy, Akron, OH, Associate of Applied Science, 2004
  • Kennesaw State University, Bachelor of Science, Sociology (Medical), Kennesaw, GA, 2013
  • National Certification Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Board Certified, 2016-present

Experience and Awards:

  • AMTA National Director, 2020-22
  • GA Chapter Board Member, 2018-20
  • GA Chapter Board Liaison to Government Relations, 2018-20
  • AMTA National Distinguished Service Award, 2018
  • GA Chapter Government Relations Committee Member, 2005-09, 2015-17
  • GA Chapter Outstanding Committee Award, 2017
  • GA Chapter Distinguished Service Award, 2008, 2016
  • GA Chapter President’s Award, 2001, 2004, 2011
  • GA Chapter Local Ordinance Review Committee Member, 2009
  • GA Chapter Georgia Chapter Meritorious Recipient, 2002, 2004, 2009
  • GA Chapter Awards Committee Member, 2009
  • GA Chapter Delegate, 2007-08
  • GA Chapter Policy Committee Member, 2007
  • GA Chapter Policy Committee Chair, 2005-07
  • GA Chapter AMTA National Convention Host Committee Member, 2006
  • GA Chapter Government Relations Committee Chair, 2002-05
  • GA Chapter Bill Writing Task Force Chair, 2004-05
  • AMTA National Government Relations Activist Award, 2005
  • AMTA National Government Relations Committee Award, 2005
  • GA Chapter 1st Vice President, 2000-05
  • GA Chapter, Government Relations Chair, 2000-05
  • GA Chapter Outstanding Committee Chair Award, 2003-05
  • AMTA National Government Relations Committee Member, 2004
  • GA Chapter Outstanding Board Member Award, 2003-04
  • GA Chapter Outstanding Government Relations Achievement Award, 2001, 2004
  • GA Chapter Government Relations Award, 2003
  • GA Chapter Outstanding Government Relations Award, 2002
  • GA Chapter Education/Meeting Planning Committee Chair, 2001
  • GA Chapter Government Relations Committee Achievement Award, 2001

Other Related Volunteer Experiences:

  • Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, 2006-15
  • Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, Board Chair (First Board Chair; Chair 7 yrs), 2006-13
  • Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, Policy and Rules Committee, 2006 - 13
  • Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, Board Member, Legislative Liaison, 2013-15
  • Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, GA Delegate (FSMTB), 2009, 2012, 2014
  • Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, Director, 2009-11
  • Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, Model Practice Act Task Force Chair/Member, 2011-14

Lee Stang


Lee Stang has been a licensed massage therapist since 1995, running a successful massage business for over 25 years in Connecticut. She earned her Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 2014 and holds a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master of Science from Indiana University. She would be a new member of the National Board.

As a former massage therapist for the Olympic Games Medical Team in 2002, 2004, and 2012 and a recipient of the National Sports Massage Achiever Award, Lee is also a well-respected sports massage educator. She has received many other awards at the national and chapter level including the National Meritorious, National Government Relations Activist, and the Connecticut Chapter Presidents Award. Over the last 23 years, Lee has served in various leadership roles with AMTA; she was the Connecticut Chapter President for four years, and is a current member of the National Governance Committee, as well as Moderator and Chair of the Assembly of Delegates.

“The desire to give back to a profession and an organization that has given me so much, inspires me to run for the National Board of Directors.” “When I joined AMTA and started to become involved at the Chapter level with people, projects and causes, I felt as if I really did become a part of something much bigger than myself. I believe that serving in various positions over the years has allowed me to continually grow. I can see how things that I have had even a small part in, have often made a big impact on people and our profession.”


  • Garnet Valley High School, Boothwyn, PA, Diploma, 1974
  • Penn State University, State College, PA, Bachelor of Science, Therapeutic Recreation, 1978
  • Indiana University, Bloomington IN, Master of Science, Administration, Outdoor Education, 1982
  • Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, Newington, CT, Diploma, 1995
  • National Certification Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, 1995-2014
  • National Certification Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Board Certified 2014-current

AMTA Experience:

  • Chair AODAC, 2018-current
  • Moderator Assembly of Delegates, 2018-current
  • NC Chapter CSMT Co-coordinator, 2019-current
  • Moderator House of Delegates, 2014-2017
  • Assisted in facilitating national letter of intent with AMTA and ARC, 2014
  • Instructor Chapter Leadership: Training role of the delegate and developing a CSMT team, 2014
  • National Governance Committee Member, 2008-current
  • CT Government Relations Chair, 2008-2012
  • CT Awards Committee member, 2008-2010
  • CT Chapter IPP, 2008-2012
  • CT Chapter President, 2004-2008
  • Commission on Candidacy, 2009-2011
  • National Policy manual review workgroup, 2009-2010
  • CT CSMT member, 2006-2014
  • CT Chapter CSMT Chair, 2008-2012
  • National Policy manual review workgroup, 2009-2010
  • National Board compensation workgroup, 2007
  • Sports Massage Tool Kit workgroup, 2003
  • CT Chapter 2nd Vice President, 2002-2004
  • CSMT Trainer (nationally), 2001-current
  • CT Sports Team Member, 1995-2014
  • CT MERT Team Member, 1999-2006
  • CT Chapter Sports Team Director, 1999-2002
  • CT Chapter Delegate, 1998, 2000-2009, 2011-2014

Non-AMTA Experience:

  • Director Head Injury Rehabilitation Center, Forestville and Milford, CT, 1987-1993
  • Outdoor Education Instructor, Bradford Woods Outdoor Education Center, Bloomington IN, 1981-1983
  • Outdoor programing and education volunteer Girl Scouts of CT Trails, Farmington and New Haven, CT, 1983-2000
  • Board Member Plainville Chamber of Commerce, Plainville, CT, 1998-2000
  • Chair, Scholarship Committee, Plainville Chamber of Commerce, Plainville, CT, 1998-2004
  • National Ski Patrol Volunteer Southington CT/Mars Hill NC, 1989-current
  • MT Southington Ski Patrol Board Member, Southington, CT, 2010-2013
  • Member Olympic Games Medical Team, Massage Therapist; Salt Lake City, USA, Athens, Greece, London, England, 2002, 2004, 2012
  • Member Exchange Club of Farmington, Farmington, CT, 1992-1994
  • Board Member CT Brain Injury Association, 1989-1991

AMTA Awards:  

  • National Meritorious Award, 2015
  • National Government Relations Activists Award, 2010
  • National Outstanding Workgroup Award, member, policy manual review, 2011
  • National Ski Patrol recognition 25 years volunteer service, 2014
  • National Sports Massage Achiever Award, 2006,
  • National Outstanding Volunteer Group, Governance Committee. Member, 2015
  • National Sports Massage Team Award, CT, team member 1995
  • CT Chapter Meritorious Award, 2002, 2015
  • CT Chapter Presidents Award, 2010
  • CT Chapter Community Service Award, 2008
  • CT Chapter Sports Team Leadership Recognition, 2006
  • CT Chapter Sport Massage Therapist of the Year, 2003
  • CT Chapter Sports Team Member of the Year, 2003

Eligibility Requirements For The National Board of Directors

If you have been an AMTA professional member for at least three years and have served as an elected chapter volunteer, or an appointed or elected national volunteer within the past three years, you are eligible to be considered for the AMTA National Board of Directors.

If you meet these eligibility requirements, consider applying to serve on the National Board of Directors. The application is the first step in a rigorous process designed to help find AMTA members whose personal and professional strengths create the strongest national board team while considering diversity and inclusion.

AMTA National Board Candidate Checklist

To be considered, candidates must meet the eligibility criteria and complete the application process. Find out what AMTA’s National Board application process entails.

  1. Sign the board of directors code of conduct
  2. Fill out an applicant eligibility form
  3. Sign the conflict of interest form
  4. Take four online courses and pass the corresponding online exams.
  5. Fill out the bio application
  6. Submit a 60-90 second candidate video
  7. Submit three letters of reference from professional and personal colleagues and friends. 
  8. Participate in a 30-minute phone interview with the Slate Selection Commission

What is the Slate Selection Commission?

The Slate Selection Commission is a group of current and recent past national volunteers with deep knowledge of AMTA who guide candidates through the application process and ensure they meet the high standards required of national board service.

Members eligible to serve on this commission include: Chapter President Council Moderators, national presidents, past and current national committee members, past Commission on Candidacy members and past Slate Selection Commission members.

The Slate Selection Commission has the important responsibility to bring forward the strongest slate of candidates for AMTA members to consider.

Bylaws: Slate Selection Commission

  1. The Slate Selection Commission receives and reviews applications for candidacy to the national board and shall ensure that one qualified candidate is on the ballot for each open position. A member of the Slate Selection Commission may not be recruited for an elected position.
  2. The Slate Selection Commission shall be appointed by the President with approval of the National Board of Directors.
  3. There shall be five members:
    Group 1: Past National Presidents having served as President within the
    last five years.
    Group 2: Slate Selection Commission members having served in that role within the last five years.
    Group 3: Select National Volunteers: Members or Chairs of standing committees having served one full year within their position within the last five years; Chapter Presidents Council (CPC) moderators having served one full term within their position within the last five years;  Assembly of Delegates Advisory Committee Chairs having served
    one full term within their position within the last five years
  4. The term of appointment is for two years beginning on the first day of the fiscal year following the appointment.
  5. Slate Selection Commission members shall serve no more than two consecutive two-year terms.
  6. The President-Elect is an ex-officio and non-voting member.
  7. The chair of the Slate Selection Commission shall be appointed by the President.
  8. Duties and empowerments of the Slate Selection Commission shall be defined in AMTA policy.

Policy: The SSC has the following duties and empowerments:

  • Shall review AMTA recruitment and elections policies.
  • Shall establish candidate application credentialing procedures.
  • Shall assess the skill sets and expertise needed by the board.
  • Shall contact incumbents to discover if they intend to seek re-election.
  • Shall make available appropriate education tools for potential applicants.
  • Shall recruit for all open Director positions between August 1 and November 1.
  • Shall confirm that each candidate has demonstrated a familiarity with AMTA Bylaws, policy, procedure and other relevant information through online testing or similar methods.
  • Shall interview all applicants.
  • Shall determine the best applicants to fill positions on the slate.
  • Shall create and maintain guidelines for publication of candidate information.

Questions about the application process can go to


Future Directions/Strategic Plan
Director Position Description

Bylaws and Policy

Bylaws—Article VII
Policy—Candidacy & Elections