Meet Your 2013-2014 AMTA Board of Directors

Meet Your 2013-2014 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. 

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Winona Bontrager

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

I have been a massage therapist since 1986. I am the founder and president of the Lancaster School of Massage, which is celebrating its 21st birthday this year! 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 students and for education. I got my first taste of AMTA through the former AMTA Council of Schools Board. I served seven years with them, the last four as the president. I have served on the national board since 2009, serving on various committees and workgroups. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve the AMTA members. It is in a spirit of humility that I begin my year as your national president. My desire is to learn from you as we together make our futures brighter.




Nancy M. Porambo 

Jim Thorpe, PA

Twenty-three years ago, I seized the opportunity 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 health psychology and teach a variety of courses in structural bodywork, business plan development, fibromyalgia and psychology. 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 am grateful for the life experiences AMTA has given me and I will continue to support AMTA as it moves forward on a path marked by professionalism, advocacy and public service!




Cynthia Ribeiro

Santa Ana, California

I came to the U.S. from Brazil, where I earned an undergraduate degree in physical education and studied surgical nursing. Once in the U. S., I graduated from two massage school programs. I later founded and was the initial owner of Western Institute of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy. In 2003, I was appointed Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of California-Irvine Medical School. I currently am program training and curriculum specialist at the National Holistic Institute in California, where I am also an advanced program developer and an instructor. I was recipient of the American Massage Conference-One Concept Educator of the Year Award for 2012.




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 now in my second year as vice president and audit commission chair. I am proud to serve you as we continue to move the profession forward - building and improving relationships with our members, chapters, and industry stakeholders.




Nathan J. Nordstrom

Savannah, GA

As a teenager in the mid-90s, I had heard that most people have a "starter career." This is a job they may not like, but they do anyway because it fits their parents' expectations, their degree, or their situation at the time. I did not want that. Instead, after high school, I searched for who I was and what I wanted to be "when I grew up." Massage therapy was a natural fit and I am proud to say I have been a lifelong massage therapist. I love my choice of profession; my colleagues, mentors and coworkers; my foundation (Massage Therapy Foundation); and my association, AMTA.



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 sixth 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.




Christopher Deery

Phoenixville, PA

I have been a massage therapist since 1996 and an AMTA Professional member since 2003. I have worked in many different settings, including a spa/salon environment, a private clinic, physical therapy clinics and athletic training rooms. I have taught both a massage therapy program and continuing education courses. I have had the honor to serve the Oklahoma chapter for 9 years as chair of several committees and offices and as President of the chapter. I have also served on national workgroups, committees, and with the Commission on Candidacy. I now live and practice in my hometown of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. I fully enjoy and embrace being a member of the AMTA, and am honored to serve as a member-at-large on the AMTA National Board of Directors.



S. Pualani Gillespie

Kealakekua, HI

Aloha! I am humbly honored to faithfully represent our 55,000+ members as your member-at-large for 2013-2015. I feel that with over thirty years’ experience in the health care field as a registered nurse and massage therapist, I can play an integral role in helping to elevate and integrate our profession into the national health care arena. It is a prime opportunity for us to gain the respect that we deserve as a valuable health care partner in both the prevention and treatment areas of care rendered to countless individuals. I look forward to working with our board of directors and staff to accomplish our mission and to always “remember the member” in our decisions and actions. I would like to thank you for this opportunity to serve you and our profession in this important era of massage therapy.



Maureen P. Hoock

Shrewsbury, MO

I became a massage therapist in 1992, the year before finishing my MSPT at St. Louis University, to enhance my massage skills and to better treat the skin hunger I saw in the geriatric home care patients I worked with. I immediately joined AMTA to be part of what I knew to be the professional organization for massage therapists. I served on the Missouri Chapter Board of Directors from spring 1995 until February 2013, and served as education chair and 3rd VP, 1st VP, president, and IPP. I have also had the opportunity to serve as a national volunteer on the COC and the HODOC. I have a private massage practice out of my home office where I see clients for pain relief and athletic injury recovery and prevention.



John Kelley
Richardson, Texas

I have been a member of the AMTA since 1985, a chapter volunteer 1988-1993, and again 2006-present, serving previously as chapter 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 this next fiscal year.


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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