Meet Your 2014-2015 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. 

PRESIDENT

Nancy M. Porambo

Jim Thorpe, PA

I had the great fortune to introduce my community to the benefits of neuromuscular therapy over 24 years ago when I established a practice caring for people with chronic pain. What started as a part-time venture quickly evolved into a full-time practice as my client base increased through recommendations and referrals from medical doctors, dentists, chiropractors and allied health care professionals. Education has always been at the center of my promotional strategy. I have had the pleasure to teach courses in structural bodywork, business plan development, fibromyalgia and psychology. I started volunteer work with the Pennsylvania Chapter in 1992. While serving as chapter President, I witnessed the passage of the licensure bill and was honored to receive the first license in Pennsylvania. The arc of my massage therapy career is represented by a variety of roles from private practitioner to my current position as national leader. 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!

 

 

 

PRESIDENT-ELECT
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 seventh 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.

 

 

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

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 23rd 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. My desire is to learn from you as together we make our futures brighter.

 

 

VICE PRESIDENT

Kathie Lea
Reno, NV/Baton Rouge, LA

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 excited to be returning to the board in this new role as vice president. With our strong leadership, I know we will step confidently forward into AMTA's vision for the future.

 

 

VICE PRESIDENT 

Nathan J. Nordstrom

Savannah, GA

I have seen a difference in how our profession is perceived in the north (Oregon) and in the south (Georgia). This nation is working hard to figure out what we are and why we do it. I have worked hard to create a place in “integrated medicine” for massage therapy as a partner of the health and wellness team. In April 2001, I started my practice with the mission “Educating to create health.” I now use this mission with each client, in teaching massage school, through continuing education, and in my volunteer work. I support my profession, colleagues, mentors, coworkers, my foundation and my association.

   

VICE PRESIDENT

Dolly Wallace
Muskegon, MI

Membership in 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 25 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 from 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.

 

 

 

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE
John Combe
La Grande, Oregon

I would like to first off, thank every member for being an AMTA Member!  Shortly after joining AMTA I was asked by our Chapter President to take on the role as chapter membership chair, and the rest is history.  Having served at both chapter and national levels over the last 14 years, I have always been an advocate for the members’ voice.  Having been an owner of a Wellness Center during the last 14 years, I could not imagine navigating all of the items without AMTA as my professional family.  I look forward to serving and talking with each of you over the next few years.

 

 

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 nine 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.

 

 

 

Glyn Desmond
Monroe, WA

I have been a therapist and a professional member of AMTA since 1998. I have always loved the treatment side of massage, and in March 2000 I founded Monroe Therapeutic Massage PS. We employ about 60 massage therapists in six clinics and three hospital locations. The practice is mostly based on billing medical insurance companies for massage services. I look forward to working with the board to broaden the public's exposure to massage and the expertise of AMTA members.

 

 

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. I look forward to continuing to serve as a Member-at-Large in 2014-15.

   

Joan Nichols
Stockbridge, GA

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 the Georgia chapter; here, I served in several positions including chapter president from 2006- 2010. I have also served at the national level on the Chapter President Council as alternate moderator in 2009, and chairperson of the National Volunteer Workforce Structure Workgroup in 2011 and committee member in 2010 and 2012. Because of my passion at school visits and for the student members, I became a massage therapy instructor at Georgia Career Institute in 2008; here I have the joy of helping to shape the future of students in the massage therapy field. My teaching and practice philosophy is grounded in honest communications and respect for my clients and students with a compassionate attitude. I am honored to be returning to the AMTA National Board of Directors as a member-at-large.

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