Slate of Candidates

The 2020 Slate Selection Commission is proud to present this year's board election slate for your approval and support.

The 2020 slate includes massage therapists from across the profession who bring a wealth of volunteer experience in both chapter and national positions to the AMTA Board of Directors. They would all bring their energy and complementary skills to AMTA's national board.

Cindy Farrar (GA)


Cindy previously served on the national Board (FY2016-2018) and would be a returning member. She is currently serving on the School Awards and Education Operational Committees. She has held a variety of positions nationally and in her Georgia Chapter, including chapter president. She received the Georgia Chapter Meritorious Award in 2012/13. She has been a licensed massage therapist for 23 years and owned her own business for 21 years.

Cindy was previously Assistant Director of Education at the Atlanta School of Massage and is an NCBTMB-Approved Provider. She is a strong believer in AMTA’s multi-year initiatives for the profession, because they enhance the opportunities for massage therapists, especially AMTA members, to be successful. And, she is committed to strengthening AMTA’s chapters.

“I believe in AMTA’s mission and core values. The realization of the Strategic Plan and initiatives are what the profession and our members need, especially now.”

“I perceive the role of the chapter to be the liaison between national and chapter members and to serve as the local representation of the association. I also think of the chapter volunteers as ‘the boots on the ground’ as they serve to carry out national initiatives on the local level.”


  • Wild Peace Tai Chi: Qi Gong Level 2-Certified Instructor, 2020
  • Life Purpose Institute: Certified Life Coach, 2017
  • Whitehawk Caddy: Foot Reflexology Certification, 2000
  • Neuromuscular Therapy Center: Neuromuscular Therapy Certification, 1997
  • Atlanta School of Massage: Professional Massage Therapy Certification, 1997
  • Albertus Magnus College: Sociology/Prelaw, 1980-1983

Professional Experience:

  • Massage Associates of Atlanta, LLC. Principal Member/Sole Owner, 1998-present
  • Our Town, DeKalb Community and Family Magazine. Writer, Columnist, 2019-present
  • Applied Therapeutic Perspectives. Owner, NCBTMB Approved Provider, 2018-present
  • Heart of Becoming Certified Life and Business Coach. Owner, 2017-present
  • Tai Chi Qi Gong Class and Workshop Teacher, 2015-present
  • Lippincott, Williams, Wilkins; Contributor, Consultant, Reviewer 2016, 2003-2007
  • Atlanta School of Massage; 2000-2007 Assistant Director of Education; Deep Tissue & Integrative Massage Therapy Program Curriculum Department Chair; Business and Marketing
  • Clayton State College and University, Continuing Education Instructor, 2000

License/Board Certification:

  • Georgia Licensed Massage Therapist 2006-Present
  • Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, 2013-Present
  • Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork 1997-2013

AMTA Volunteer Experience:

  • AMTA National School Awards Operational Committee, Leader 2008-present
  • Education Operational Committee, Member 2007-present
  • Teachers Development Committee, Member 2009-2015
  • National Board, Director 2016-2018
  • Audit Commission, Member 2016-2018
  • Healthcare Operational Committee, Member 2015-2017

AMTA Georgia Chapter:

  • President 2014-2016
  • Government Relations Committee 2018-2020
  • 2nd Vice President 2012-2014
  • Delegate 2012-2014
  • Education Committee Chair 2012-2014
  • Newsletter Committee Chair/Editor 2013-2014

Other Volunteer Positions:

  • Atlanta School of Massage, Program Advisory Committee 2013-present
  • Olde Town Tucker Merchants Association, Charter Member, Secretary 2012-2013
  • Tucker Fibromyalgia Support Group, Facilitator 2000-2003
  • Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence 1997-2004
  • New Haven Project for Battered Women 1981-1983


  • AMTA National Outstanding Volunteer Group 2014 (School Awards Operational Committee)
  • AMTA Georgia Chapter Meritorious Award 2012-2013
  • UST, Regional Fellowship Award 1992
  • UST, Outstanding Sales Award 1991
  • UST, Outstanding Marketing Program 1990
  • Waldenbooks, District Rookie of the Year 1981
  • Rotary Club, Service Award 1978

Robert Jantsch (PA)


Bob would be a returning Board member. He has been a massage therapist since 1981 and was the Director/Owner of the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy from 1986 to 2019. 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.

Bob was instrumental 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. He is a strong advocate for AMTA’s support of massage therapy schools and for chapters.

“How AMTA interacts with member schools increases the value of the membership, while lowering the cost. This directly influences the members’ and potential members’ awareness of the rewards and values of AMTA membership.”

“I have seen the support provided to schools and COMTA to assure the continued survival of COMTA. With the grant money provided to COMTA applicant schools it means more schools will be seeking accreditation through a competency-based evaluation rather than the standard methods of accreditation. Thus, supporting higher standards of education.”


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


  • Massage Therapist 1981-present
  • 2015–Present Licensed Massage Therapist, PA,
  • 1986-2019 Director/Owner Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy
  • 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
  • 2019–Present–Director-AMTA Board of Directors


  • Pennsylvania Chapter Meritorious Award Recipient 1999

Kimberly Kane-Santos (PA)


Kim would be a returning Board member and currently serves on the National Finance Committee. She has been in massage therapy practice for more than 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 has held several positions in her Pennsylvania Chapter, including President from 2014 to 2016. She received the Pennsylvania Chapter Meritorious Award in 2015.

Kim has served on the National Convention Operational Committee and the National Healthcare Operational Committee. She strongly believes in AMTA’s commitment to its members and the profession.

“We will be a better Association tomorrow than we are today as we continue to adhere to our mission.”

“At the Board table, we consider the goals of the Strategic Plan, and our mission to make knowledge-based decisions. We’ve been successful because we are comprised of professionals that come from various backgrounds, experiences and expertise. We care and pay attention to detail and remain focused. We strive to be the best we can! We are a better association today because we adhered to those goals.”


  • Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, NJ, Diploma 1983
  • William Paterson University 1983-1985
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, PA 2011-present
  • Licensed Massage Therapist NJ 2014-present
  • Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork 2018-present
  • End of Life Doula 2020-present

AMTA Volunteer Experience:

  • National Director 2016-present
  • National Finance Committee Member FY 2016/17, FY20/21
  • National Audit Commission Chair FY 2018/19
  • National Convention Operational Committee 2014-2016
  • National Healthcare Operational Committee 2015-2018
  • AMTA Pennsylvania Chapter:
    • PA Chapter President 2014-2016
    • 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


  • Pennsylvania Chapter Meritorious Award 2016

Patricia (Patty) Phillips (WA)


Patricia Phillips (Patty) previously served on the Board (FY2016-18 and FY2018-20) and would be a returning member. She currently serves on the AMTA Culture and Policy Workgroup, and previously served on the Audit Commission (Chair) and the National Finance Committee (Chair). Since first volunteering in her chapter in 1995, she has accumulated a wealth of AMTA volunteer experience, both nationally and in her chapter, including two years as chapter president, along with service on the National Chapter Relations Committee and the National Planning Committee.

She has been a licensed massage practitioner in Washington State since 1992 and previously was a physical therapy aide for seven years. She is the founder and owner of Get in Touch Therapy in Renton, WA.

 “I am so impressed, proud and appreciate the significant achievements that consistently improve our profession. The programs that thrill me the most are the ones that involve increased community and education. We have some great opportunities for members to learn and experience this community with increasing member benefits. The Chapter Initiative is a great example of a major benefit successfully supporting the members.”

“It is always my vision to be inclusive while creating value for our members. My intent is to always be headed in the right direction to achieve this goal.”


  • 1990-1991 Yakima Valley Community College-Certified Occupational Assistant
  • 1991-1992 Massage Therapy Program, Tri-City School of Massage, Kennewick, WA
  • 1993-1994 Bellevue Community College
  • 1995-1996 Integrated Practices, Learning Institute of Seattle (LIOS), Seattle, WA
  • 2002-2003 Fitness & Nutrition Consultant Program, Body Mind Academy, Bellevue, WA
  • 2004-2005 Landmark Forum & Graduate Courses, Landmark Education, Seattle, WA
  • 2004-2006 Series of Seminars, Boundaries: Solutions for Life, Seattle, WA
  • 2006-2007 Rising Star Life Training, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Ongoing – Consistently attend various workshops and seminars supported by Bastyr University, Chiropractors, Naturopathy, local LMT networking groups and others.


  • 2005-present Substitute Massage Instructor Renton Technical College, Renton, WA
  • 1995-present Founder & Owner, Get in Touch Therapy, Renton, WA
  • 1993-1995 Licensed Massage Practitioner, Bellevue Place Club, Bellevue, WA
  • 1993-1994 Licensed Massage Practitioner & Physical Therapy Aide, Sound Chiropractic, Bellevue, WA
  • 1992-1993 Licensed Massage Practitioner, Touch the Earth, Yakima, WA
  • 1992-1993 Licensed Massage Practitioner, Selah Clinic, Selah, WA
  • 1987-1993 Physical Therapy Aide, Medical Center Physical Therapy, Yakima, WA
  • 1992-present Member WA State Department of Health
  • 1992-1996 Member, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)

Volunteer Activities:

  • Renton Technical College (RTC) 1996-present, Chair & Various Positions, RTC Massage Advisory Board
  • American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA):
    • 2020-present AMTA Culture and Policy Workgroup
    • 2016-2020 AMTA National Director
    • 2019-2020 AMTA Audit Commission Chair
    • 2018-2019 AMTA National Finance Committee Chair
    • 2017-2018 AMTA National Audit Commission Committee
    • 2016-2017 AMTA National Finance Committee
    • 2003-2015 Chapter Relation Committee

AMTA Washington Chapter:

  • 2005-present Program Director, Volunteer Support and Development
  • 2001-2003 Chapter President
  • 2000-2001 First Vice President
  • 1999-2001 2nd Vice President/Convention Coordinator/Chair
  • 1994-2001 Convention Coordinator


  • 2020 AMTA Becky Schwoebel Making a Difference Award
  • 2019 AMTA-WA Chapter Volunteer Support Special Award
  • 2010 AMTA-WA Chapter Meritorious recipient
  • 1995 AMTA National Outstanding Committee Awards, Chapter Relations Committee
  • 2003 Outstanding Contributions to the Profession, AMTA-WA
  • 1999 Outstanding Contributions to the Chapter, AMTA-WA

LaDonna Ward (AL)


LaDonna would be a returning Board member and is currently serving on the National Finance Committee. She has served as Chapter Presidents Council Moderator and as a member of the National Chapter Relations Standing Committee. She also has been a chapter president, a massage therapy instructor for more than 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 a massage clinic owner. She is especially excited about AMTA’s efforts to support chapters, enhance the chapter experience, and advance AMTA’s culture and membership initiatives.

“Being a school owner/instructor and massage clinic owner with other therapists working under me, put me in a position of always wanting to educate future massage therapists to be members of the AMTA.”

“Obviously, when the number of members increases in every level and in schools, we are a stronger unit. The more we have to serve our mission, the more we can accomplish.” “The ‘member experience’ has been proven beyond measures since COVID-19 has hit this world. AMTA has increased awareness of its value to both members and non-members over and over with the leadership role we have taken.”


  • 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–present
  • Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork 2018-present

AMTA Volunteer Experience:

  • National Board Member 2017-present
  • National Finance Committee 2018-present
  • 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 Delegates 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


  • Alabama Chapter Meritorious Award 2013