Board of Directors

AMTA-Illinois Board of Directors

The Chapter Board governs the activities of the AMTA-Illinois Chapter. Terms of office are for two years. Board positions include: President, 2 Board Members, Secretary, and Financial Administrator.  The President, one board member and secretary are elected in even-numbered years. The other board position and and financial administrator are elected in odd-numbered years. If mid-term vacancies occur, appointments are made by the Board until the next scheduled election. Elections are held online.

The Chapter Board meets monthly, either in person or by conference call. Members are welcome to attend in order to understand the operation of the Board. Call the Chapter office for date and location information for upcoming Board meetings, or check the calendar on the Home Page of this web site.

Board of Directors Call for Candidates (Google Drive Doc)

All Board members can be reached through the Chapter office at 847-430-0203 or via email at http://illinois@amtamassage.org.

Current Board of Directors

  • President: Marva Wright
  • Board Member:  Karina Eckert
  • Board Member:  Tony Karoumi
  • Board Member:  David Foreside
  • Financial Administrator: Joan Cole
  • Secretary:  Nicole Tellez

*Vacancies will be filled by Board of Directors Vote


President – Marva Wright


Board Member – Karina Eckert


Board Member – David Foreside


Board Member – Tony Karoumi

Tony KaroumiTony grew up and has lived  in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.  He has been married to his lovely wife for the last 12 years.  They have two Golden Retrievers.  They love living in McHenry County and are involved within community.

Tony went to massage school in Crystal Lake, IL and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2006.  He has been an AMTA member his whole career.  After volunteering for several years for the AMTA -IL Chapter, Tony ran for the position of Member At Large and currently holds the position of Board Member.  Tony enjoys being part of the Outreach Committee and volunteering


Financial Administrator – Joan Cole

I have been involved with the AMTA-IL Chapter since 2015. I chair the Social Media Committee, and serve on the Education and Election Committees.

I have been a business owner in various endeavors since 1988, and in the massage industry since 2006.  I have been an enthusiastic student of massage, and eventually a continuing education instructor and appreciate the commitment shown by AMTA to the profession in what it provides in terms of continuing education, government relations, business tools, insurance benefits, etc.

When I began teaching continuing education workshops, I began giving back by volunteering for the AMTA-IL Chapter. I am honored to continue this work, following the service of Vicki Gothard, Steve Albertson and the many volunteers in this position before.


Secretary – Nicole Tellez