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Meet Your 2011-2012 AMTA Board of Directors

Meet Your 2011-2012 AMTA Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is elected by AMTA members and is responsible for effectively managing AMTA’s resources to ensure the delivery of high-quality member benefits. The board also evaluates current trends and develops plans to advance AMTA and the massage therapy profession.


Glenath Moyle
Portland, Oregon
I am passionate about so many of the issues impacting our profession which is why I am set to lead AMTA in the presidential role this year. If I can inspire and help our members to learn more, do more and become more in both visionary and practical ways, then I will consider my leadership skills well utilized. AMTA embraces the evolution of our professional members as well as our profession as a whole. We collectively envision the future we want and I am honored to be at the core of this dynamic experience.



Cynthia Ribeiro

Laguna Hills, California
I came to the United States from Brazil where I had attained a degree in physical education and studied surgical nursing. In the U.S., I graduated from two massage schools and made neuromuscular therapy and orthopedic massage my specialties. I have taught advanced anatomy and injury rehabilitation since 1988. In addition, I lead advanced neuromuscular therapy workshops and frequently present at massage therapy conventions. As founder and owner of Western Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy, I developed highly effective therapeutic work. I bring that material to National Holistic Institute. As your president-elect, I am honored and touched to serve the larger community of the massage therapy profession.




Kathleen A. Miller-Read
Shoreline, Washington
For nearly three decades, I have practiced massage in a diverse group of settings, including spas, ski resorts, physicians’ offices and my own clinic. I’m currently employed as a health care provider. I have volunteered for AMTA since 1985 because I believe in our mission: to advance the art, science and practice of massage therapy, and I believe in our vision for portability. I have truly enjoyed working with the dynamic members that I have met while serving AMTA and I look forward to continuing that journey as immediate past president. 




Winona Bontrager
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

I have been a massage therapist since 1986. I owned a full-time private practice until 1991 when I switched directions and opened the Lancaster School of Massage. Although I’m in the classroom on a regular basis, I still maintain a private practice within the school clinic. I have a great passion for the students and for massage schools. I volunteered with the former AMTA Council of Schools for eight years, serving as its president for four years. I am currently undertaking my second year as vice president on the national board and have thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience as well as the opportunity to serve the AMTA members—the most passionate people I have ever met! 




Nancy M. Porambo
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

I have been in private practice for 20 years, specializing in neuromuscular therapy and effective treatments for chronic pain. I completed graduate studies in 2002 and teach courses in massage schools, as well as college-level psychology courses. I have volunteered with the Pennsylvania Chapter since 1992 and have served as president. I have been an advocate for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania, which passed in 2008. I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a successful career, and, in return, I want to help AMTA move forward on a path marked by professionalism, advocacy and public service.



Jeff Smoot

Elk City, Oklahoma

I first joined AMTA as a student in 1991. I served as the AMTA-Oklahoma Chapter president 2001–2006, and I am starting my fourth year as a member of the National Board of Directors. My business, the Myofascial Pain Clinic, provides integrative medicine for the communities of Western Oklahoma. I offer massage therapy based on the research of Janet Travell MD and employ six massage therapists, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and a doctor of chiropractic. Volunteering for AMTA provides me with the opportunity to give back to the profession that has enriched my life. 



Kathie Lea

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

I’ve practiced massage since 1986 as a contractor, sole practitioner, instructor, school owner and day spa owner. I’ve had the honor of volunteering with AMTA since 1988, first at the chapter level in many positions including president, then as a national Communications Committee member and chair. I am returning to the board for a fourth term. I know that under President Moyle's leadership and with the great group that has been elected, we will step confidently forward into AMTA's vision for the future.  



Rachel Mann
Wilmington, North Carolina
I have been in private practice since 1994 specializing in pain management using modalities ranging from Trager to deep tissue to Rossiter. I joined AMTA as a student and have volunteered for my chapter since 1999,  serving in many roles, including president as well as several national committees and workgroups. I am now in the 2nd year of my member-at-large term and serve as the board representative to the Massage Therapy Foundation. I am excited about the future of AMTA and the opportunities awaiting our profession.



Maureen Moon
Boulder, Colorado
I have been practicing massage therapy since 1981 in the ski town of Boulder, Colorado. I practiced at an athletic club from 1986–2007. I am now a contract practitioner which I truly enjoy. I am also currently a spinal reflex analysis instructor and hot/cold stone massage instructor. My philosophical and personal goals with my clients are to facilitate their ability to obtain optimal health, well-being and relaxation by decreasing pain, reducing stress and increasing body awareness. I have served in various capacities with the AMTA-Colorado Chapter and at the AMTA national level since 1987.



Joan Nichols

Stockbridge, Georgia
I joined AMTA as a student member in 1998. After graduating from massage therapy school, I felt prepared to go into private practice. In 2000, I became a chapter leader in Georgia where I served in several positions, including chapter president from 2006- 2010. I have also served at the national level. Because of my passion for the student members, I became a massage therapy instructor at Georgia Career Institute in 2008. Now, I also have the joy of helping to shape the future of students in the massage therapy field.


Ed Sansbury

Raleigh, North Carolina
AMTA has been a big part of my life since I began massage school in 1996. I joined as a student and have been an active volunteer ever since. I worked with our chapter to help achieve licensure in North Caroline in 1998 and have served on the chapter board from 2000-2010 in various roles, including the last four years as chapter president. In addition, I have served on some national workgroups and also received several national recognitions. I have had my own massage practice and have also worked in conjunction with a physical therapy office since 1997. I am honored to be on the national board and look forward to working with my colleagues to help AMTA reach new heights.

Dolly Wallace
Muskegon, Michigan
I have been the co-owner of Wallace Chiropractic for over 25 years, overseeing all aspects of the business while also practicing massage therapy. A member for more tham 20 years, I have served on the Government Relations Committee since 2004, serving as chair from 2004-2007. I also served on the board as member-at-large 1996-1999 and 2010 to present. I am passionate about remembering the member when making board decisions. I am honored to be of service to our members and our profession.
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