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Meet Your 2012-2013 AMTA Board of Directors

Meet Your 2012-2013 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.


Cynthia Ribeiro

Santa Ana, 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, I am honored and touched to serve the larger community of the massage therapy profession.




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 third year 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!




Glenath Moyle
Portland, Oregon

Serving as your national president over the past year has truly been the highlight of my career. It has afforded me so many opportunities to be of service in so many realms. From the seasoned professionals to the enthusiastic new-comers, every massage therapist’s story adds value to the AMTA and really sits at the heart of what makes AMTA so powerful, so positive, and always on the verge of something great. It is an honor to continue the legacy of service to this profession and I am continually inspired to be part of this community we know and love as massage therapy. 






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 since 1999, serving in many roles, including chapter president, several national committees, workgroups, two years as member-at-large, and two years on the Board of Trustees for the Massage Therapy Foundation. I am beginning a two year term as vice president. I am excited about the future of AMTA and the opportunities awaiting our profession.




Nancy M. Porambo
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

I seized the opportunity 21 years ago to introduce my community to the benefits of neuromuscular therapy and established a practice caring for people with chronic pain that has flourished and exceeded my expectations. I completed graduate studies in 2002 in clinical psychology and teach a variety of courses in ethics, business practices and fibromyalgia to massage students, in addition to teaching college-level psychology courses. I started volunteer work with the Pennsylvania Chapter in 1992 and developed a passion to advocate for licensure. While serving as PA-Chapter President, I witnessed the passage of the licensure bill and I was honored to receive the first license in Pennsylvania. 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 fifth 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. I also have a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture on staff as well. Volunteering for AMTA provides me with the opportunity to give back to the profession that has enriched my life.




John Kelley
Richardson, Texas

I have been a member of the AMTA since 1985, a chapter volunteer 1988-1993, and again since 2006--serving the last four years as president. I joined AMTA because I wanted to be considered a professional and AMTA represented that professionalism for me. I have been a sole proprietor since 1988 and co-founder of Foxcreek Myotherapy with my wife Sheryl. With pilates training and structural integration as adjuncts to my work, I now specialize in post-rehabilitation bodywork and core strength training. It is my privilege and honor to represent AMTA membership as member-at-large for the next two years. 



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 fifth term. With our strong leadership, I know we will step confidently forward into AMTA's vision for the future.




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 Carolina in 1998 and have served on the chapter board from 2000-2010 in various roles, including as chapter president from 2006-2010. In addition, I have served on some national workgroups and received several national recognitions. I have served as Member At Large since 2011. I worked in conjunction with a physical therapy office for 14 years while also owning my own massage practice 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

Membership in the AMTA has enriched my life in more ways than I could have imagined! I became a member in 1988 and have been in private practice full time for twenty four years. I served as AMTA-Michigan Chapter unit treasurer early in my career. In addition, I have served on several national committees and workgroups. I chaired the Government Relations Committee 2004-2007 and served on the National Board of Directors 1996-1999 and 2010 to present. I am passionate about remembering the member when making board decisions. It is an honor to be of service to our members and our profession.


Richard Wedegartner
Greenfield, Massachusetts

Since 1988, I have held a certification in the St. John method of neuromuscular massage therapy. I also hold certification in neuromuscular massage therapy from the International Academy of Neuromuscular Therapies, founded by Judith Walker, NMT. For several years I taught neuromuscular therapy with Judith (Walker) DeLany. Having been a neuromuscular massage therapist for more than twenty years, I work actively within the Massachusetts and national massage therapy community and do my best to ensure that our profession and our massage professionals get the respect and notoriety that they deserve.

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