AMTA National Elections

new elected members of AMTA board

2022 AMTA National Election Results Are In!

AMTA is happy to announce that 95.2% of professional members voting in the AMTA National Board Election approved the slate of new board directors to take office on March 1, 2023. The elected board members will be Heber Blackner, Cindy Farrar, Bob Jantsch, Kim Kane-Santos, Cheryl Siniakin and LaDonna Ward. They will join four continuing Board Directors – Jaime Bernardo, Jr., Rick Greely, Jane Horton Johnson and Lee Stang.

On March 1, 2023, Christine Bailor-Goodlander will become the AMTA President and current President, Michaele Colizza, will continue on the Board as Immediate-Past President.

The Board of Directors sets the direction for AMTA and its commitment to advancing the profession. The slate process and election allow the association to best ensure that board members have the skills and knowledge to direct AMTA as it continues its rapid growth, and have the choice ratified by the membership.

“Our members are what make AMTA the most trusted and respected name in massage therapy,” said AMTA President Michaele Colizza. “Thank you to our members for their ongoing commitment to AMTA and for participating in the election of our Board. Together, we look forward to the future of the massage profession.”

Tellers Report

Total Number of Eligible Professional Member Voters – 84,531

Total Number of Voters – 4,181

Percentage of Eligible Voters Participating – 4.9%

Percentage of Voters Approving the Board Slate – 95.2%

Find Out if You’re Eligible 

If you have been an AMTA professional member for at least three years and have served as an elected chapter volunteer, or an appointed or elected national volunteer within the past three years, you are eligible to be considered for the AMTA National Board of Directors.

If you meet these eligibility requirements, consider applying to serve on the National Board of Directors. The application is the first step in a rigorous process designed to help find AMTA members whose personal and professional strengths create the strongest national board team while considering diversity and inclusion.

AMTA National Board Candidate Checklist

To be considered, candidates must meet the eligibility criteria and complete the application process. Find out what AMTA’s National Board application process entails.

  1. Sign the board of directors code of conduct
  2. Fill out an applicant eligibility form
  3. Sign the conflict of interest form
  4. Take four online courses and pass the corresponding online exams.
  5. Fill out the bio application
  6. Submit a 60-90 second candidate video
  7. Submit three letters of reference from professional and personal colleagues and friends. The letters should speak to skills in leadership, volunteer experience, and teamwork.
  8. Participate in a 30-minute phone interview with the Slate Selection Commission

What is the Slate Selection Commission?

The Slate Selection Commission is a group of current and recent past national volunteers with deep knowledge of AMTA who guide candidates through the application process and ensure they meet the high standards required of national board service.

Members eligible to serve on this commission include: Chapter President Council Moderators, national presidents, past and current national committee members, past Commission on Candidacy members and past Slate Selection Commission members.

The Slate Selection Commission has the important responsibility to bring forward the strongest slate of candidates for AMTA members to consider.

Bylaws: Slate Selection Commission

  1. The Slate Selection Commission receives and reviews applications for candidacy to the national board and shall ensure that one qualified candidate is on the ballot for each open position. A member of the Slate Selection Commission may not be recruited for an elected position.
  2. The Slate Selection Commission shall be appointed by the President with approval of the National Board of Directors.
  3. There shall be five members:
    a. Two past National presidents having served as president within the last five years
    b. Two current or past Slate Selection Commission members having served in that role within the last five years
    c. One from current standing committees or CPC moderator
  4. The term of appointment is for two years beginning on the first day of the fiscal year following the appointment.
  5. Slate Selection Commission members shall serve no more than two consecutive two-year terms.
  6. The President-Elect is an ex-officio and non-voting member.
  7. The chair of the Slate Selection Commission shall be appointed by the President.
  8. Duties and empowerments of the Slate Selection Commission shall be defined in AMTA policy.

Policy: The SSC has the following duties and empowerments:

  • Shall review AMTA recruitment and elections policies.
  • Shall establish candidate application credentialing procedures.
  • Shall assess the skill sets and expertise needed by the board.
  • Shall contact incumbents to discover if they intend to seek re-election.
  • Shall make available appropriate education tools for potential applicants.
  • Shall recruit for all open Director positions between August 1 and November 1.
  • Shall confirm that each candidate has demonstrated a familiarity with AMTA Bylaws, policy, procedure and other relevant information through online testing or similar methods.
  • Shall interview all applicants.
  • Shall determine the best applicants to fill positions on the slate.
  • Shall create and maintain guidelines for publication of candidate information.

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