We are pleased to announce the following members are candidates for the various open elected positions on the AMTA Massachusetts leadership team.
Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting on May 6, 2012 in Newton, MA. Details and registration may be found here.
Member ERMI (Emergency Response Massage Initiative) for First Responders 2012, Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, Graduate 2009, Endicott College, Graduate 1977, Tantasqua Regional HS, Graduate 1975, Certified Reiki Master Practitioner, 2007, Certified Geriatric MT 2010, Certified MT for Clients with Special Needs/Disabilities 2011
MA AMTA Nerc Representative 2011-2012 MA AMTA Chapter NERC Liaison to Committee AMTA Mentor Program 2011-present
I am an active graduate from the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. I truly believe in supporting our profession, peers and therapists. I believe that educating the public and medical professionals to have awareness of the therapeutic value of treatments is key to understanding the benefits of our profession. I was also a participant as a therapist at the MA State House last year which helped heighten this awareness to the appropriate government officials to help pass some important legislature. I would love to be a continued participant to continue to raise the bar of the professionalism and integrity of Massage Therapists/Therapy.
I enjoy and am comfortable talking to people, and am very passionate about my profession. I am extremely organized and time efficient with any tasks or jobs I am asked to do.
Professionalism, Fairness, Communication, and Active Listening.
Kelly Ann Dalbec
Millbury HS, Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, Many continuing education classes including but not limited to:, Pregnancy Massage certification Kate Jordan, Active Isolated for Neck & Shoulders Aaron Mattes, Dimensional Mass Tech. Nancy Dail, Intro to Ortho-Bionomy Cynthia Wood, Professional Boundaries Marie Hardman, Bio Mechanics Robert King, Postural Pain & foot Kate Leigh, A variety of Ethics classes at New England Conferences, Training at AMTA's CVOP - Community Volunteer Orientation Program
AMTA Mass Chapter: 3rd VP (5/11-present), Membership Committee (2009-present), Education Committee (2009-present)
I enjoy being a voice for the members of the AMTA Mass Chapter in helping to set the standards as to what is accepted by the National AMTA for massage therapists. I recognize how important it is to be involved with the decision process by which the National AMTA posts position statements. I also want to be part of the House of Delegates to present recommendations to National AMTA as to what we feel is important for massage therapists.
I am an active and supportive team member. As part of a team, I enjoy speaking up, discussing matters and sorting out the facts that are presented to us. Since I assisted in writing a Position Statement, I understand the process of writing a statement and the importance of research and presenting the statement in a clear and true manner. Delegate - 2008, 2009, 2010 CVOP - Community Volunteer Orientation Program – 2011
With my prior experience as a Delegate, I am familiar with the Delegate process. I assisted in writing (with Lisa Parenteau and Mary White) the first and only position statement from the AMTA Mass Chapter. The Position Statement, about Hospice and Palliative Care, was presented at the AMTA National Convention and did pass. I have been an active member with the AMTA Mass Chapter for several years. I am a 16 year veteran of practicing massage therapy. I do look forward to being a representative and voice for the members of the AMTA Mass Chapter.
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 1973-1977 Diploma North Adams State College 1977-1980 Miami University 1982-1983 BA in psychology, minor in Athletic Training University of Virginia 1984-1985 Muscular Therapy Institute 1997-1999 Diploma in Massage Therapy
Certified Athletic Trainer since 1985 Certified Massage Therapist since 1999
Offices Held: none
I am very interested in getting involved in the AMTA at the local chapter level. The position as delegate feels like the best place to start.
As an experienced massage therapist with a previous background in sports medicine, I have the medical and scientific knowledge to contribute in the discussions involved with approving position statements.
I'd like to represent Massachusetts massage therapists and their opinions and concerns at the AMTA's House of Delegates. I can bring an interested, educated, experienced voice to the proceedings.
AMTA MA Chapter – Secretary Candidate 2012 – 2014
Nauset Regional HS - Graduation 1984 UMASS Amherst - 1984-1987 - Math major Cape Cod Community College - many classes through the years Cape Cod Community College - Massage Therapy Program - Graduation 1/2011
Offices Held: None
Dragonfly Massage & Bodywork, Harwich Port, MA - Owner, LMT - 11/2011 to present The E Spa, Brewster, MA - LMT - 3/2011 to present Savoy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center - Business Office Manager - 12/2001 through 9/2011.
I am very organized and detail-oriented. My position as the Business Office Manager at Savoy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center required the ability to monitor and/or perform billing, payroll, and accounts receivable, accounts payable and bookkeeping. This position within the healthcare field required daily prioritization and the ability to multitask with great attention to detail to meet many deadlines.
As a relatively new LMT, I hope to bring a fresh perspective.
AMTA MA Chapter – 2nd Vice President Candidate – incumbent
Muscular Therapy Institute Certificate in Massage Therapy, Certificate in Massage Therapy, 2003 - 2004 Simmons College BA, Sociology, Secondary Education, 1976 - 1980 Activities and Societies: Distinguished Student in Sociology-1980 Glastonbury High School 1972 – 1976
3rd VP MA Chapter 2009-2010 2nd VP MA Chapter 2010-Present Webmaster 2009 -Present Delegate- 2009, 2010, 2011 National HODOC 2009-Present
Over sixteen years as a sales, marketing and adult education professional with a track record of producing extraordinary results for the Massage Therapy professional community, Non-Profit organizations and Internet and Telecom industries. Strengths:
• Energetic self-starter with excellent communication, analytical, organizational and proven leadership skills. • Talented educator with experience developing and implementing educational programs • Skilled national presenter/trainer who works well with diverse groups with expertise in cultivating collaborative relationships • Creative designer of logo development, branding and marketing collateral and social media marketing strategy • Extensive experience in planning and coordinating trade shows and conference presentations • Experienced Director of Sales and Marketing in a wide range of vertical markets • Deep commitment to community service as demonstrated through a lifetime of volunteerism and public service.
Supporting the members through online and social media channels and as well as supporting the board in carrying out all of our activities!
Continue expanding the services we offer to our members a well as to expand the communication methods and increase the networking and community building opportunities.
AMTA MA Chapter – President - incumbent
Salesian Secondary School, Limerick Ireland Diploma in Recreation and Sports Management, Waterford Institute of Technology. Waterford, Ireland Massage Therapy, New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts. Hudson. NH Nutrition, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester Mass. On going Massage Therapy education with continuing Ed courses.
Secretary to NERC 2004/2005/2006 2nd VP Mass Chapter 2006 Secretary Mass Chapter 2006 - 2007 Webmaster 2006 - 2007 Membership Chair Mass Chapter 2006 - 2011 1st VP Mass Chapter 2007 - 2010 Chapter Outreach Committee Member, Massage Therapy Foundation - 2009 – to date Law and Legislative committee 2010 – to date Long range planning committee 2008 – to date Finance Committee 2008 – to date President Mass Chapter 2010 –to date Community Experience:
Community: 4H Group leader 1995 - 2005 Town of Bolton 4H coordinator 2003 - 2005 Professional: Office Manager for a busy Massage Therapy practice which expanded to 6 LMT's and a yoga studio 1989 - 2006 Member of Massage Therapy Team to the elite athletes at the Boston Marathon 1996-2011 Coordinator of Massage Therapy team to the elite athletes at Boston Marathon 2011 –to date. Currently running a successful Massage Therapy practice both in office and chair massage 2006 to date
Having served the members of the Mass Chapter in many capacities, from secretary to President I have had many opportunities to hear from the members and understand their professional needs and work to fulfill these needs where possible.
I have worked with the board and previous president to create stability in the chapter. I understand the working of a 501 C3 non profit organization and how important maintaining that status is. Working with a financial advisor on behalf of our members on the finance committee has taught me a lot about maintaining that stability financially enabling the leadership team to do more with the chapter dollars for the members such as providing a legal benefit and subsidizing education at $50 a day among other things.
Working closely with our lobbyist and the past Law and Legislative chair I have learned about the legislative process, working to put a bill through Beacon Hill, testifying on behalf of members in favor of the bill and meeting with many legislators asking for their support for the bill.
To achieve much of what happens in moving the Mass Chapter forward diligence and sacrifice of time is required. I believe that over the past few years I have shown both the members and the leadership team of the chapter that I bring both of these requirements to the table.
As a sole proprietor of a small but busy Massage Therapy practice I understand how challenging it can be to be financially successful and take care of all the business needs while also taking care of your clients. This helps me view things from my fellow members’ perspective when making decisions at a board meeting.
One of my skills that have helped me be successful as a small business owner is the skill of networking. On behalf of the chapter I network continuously with the leading vendors and educators of our profession to develop relationships that help the chapter improve upon the quality of events we run for our members. All things said I am passionate about my chosen profession which I continue to enjoy after 21 years. I bring this passion to the roles I play in the Mass Chapter to help improve the field of Massage Therapy and hopefully make life a little better for the Mass Chapter members as a result.
When I first ran for 2nd VP I stated that I wanted to see the Mass Chapter as a community to serve it's members and I set about working to create that community with the leadership team. I am happy to say that community has grown over the years. As it did I strove to add benefits for the members and over the last 2 years we have added a legal benefit, health care connection and IRA connection for our members. I will continue to strive to add and improve upon the value of the AMTA membership here in Massachusetts. This is where my diligence will come into play.
My vision builds upon what I see myself contributing to this position. A community of LMT's working together being supported by their professional association in many ways and serving the community when opportunities arise. Additionally I would like to add that my vision includes a time when Licensed Massage Therapists are no longer aligned with those that practice illicit behavior. My law and legislative endeavors are working toward this on behalf of our members.