March Board Meeting Notes
At its first meeting of the AMTA fiscal year, the new Board of Directors received an updated financial report through December 2012, as well as an update on the upcoming audit process for AMTA’s finances. The Finance Committee reported that AMTA is in excellent financial condition.
The board approved a change in the membership criteria for the Finance Committee to only include members of the board who would be knowledgeable on all aspects of the association’s finances. The board also heard an update on the project to implement the auditors’ recommendations that the National Office be added as a signee on all chapter bank accounts. Based on feedback from chapters, it was recommended that action on this change be deferred until the June Board Meeting to allow for further research on the mechanics of implementing this change.
AMTA Immediate-Past President Cynthia Ribeiro, the association’s representative to the Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) provided the board with an update on the progress of the project. The board also approved up to $6,000 for Cynthia to travel to explain the upcoming final report on ELAP to various massage therapy audiences. The ELAP initial recommendations will be provided to all in the profession for comment in April.
Massage Therapy Foundation President Ruth Werner provided the board with an update on their activities, programs and operations.
The board approved a bylaws change, previously opened up for member comment. The changes ensure that the association bylaws are in compliance with recent changes in state laws.
Because of changes in the regulatory and legal environments in many states, the board approved changes to AMTA’s Law and Legislation Assistance Program (LLAP). This will expand the success of the program, provide additional funding and it will be given the new name of the “Legislative and Legal Education Advocacy and Defense (LLEAD) Fund”.
The board also approved charges for further research and recommendations on review of the following: AMTA’s Massage Emergency Response Team (MERT) policies; the recommendation from the 2012 House of Delegates (HOD) related to processes for when an Alternate Delegate is seated; and, the recommendation from the HOD that the board consider reimbursing chapters for funds used for marketing visits to massage therapy schools.
The board announced that current Executive director Shelly Johnson will be leaving AMTA on May 17 for personal and family reasons. The board has hired current Deputy Director Bill Brown to succeed Shelly in May.