AMTA-Illinois Committees

AMTA-Illinois Committees

Both short-term and standing committees are the center of action in the Chapter. In this day and age of fast-paced living and crowded schedules, people need bite-sized tasks and short-term projects to feel ready to volunteer. So, in addition to the traditional committees described below, the chapter board identified a list of 10 ways to help the chapter. The board hopes this will make volunteering simpler and more appealing to busy members. Those interested in working on a committee or any of the work on the list should contact the Chapter office at 847-430-0203 or via email at .

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Education Committee

The Education Committee makes recommendations to the Chapter Board of Directors for presenters at chapter educational events, recruits and communicates with potential presenters, and ensures that all educational presenters and events meet AMTA’s high standard. The Education Committee plans and implements the Chapter conference, working closely with the Board and the Conference Event Planner. A conference is a one or more day long event designated as such by the Chapter Board and may include, but not be limited to one or more of the following: continuing education, meals, entertainment, exhibitors, and the Board of Directors meeting. Currently, the chapter holds the Illinois State Conference & Annual Meeting in spring, and three educational events throughout the year across the state.

Interest in teaching at one of these events or have you taught for AMTA before? Please reach out and contact the committee chair with information on the course you wish to teach. We would love to hear from you!

Board Liaison:  Kimm Danzie
Chair:  Sharon Wong

Government Relations Committee

Government Relations Committee advances the interests of the massage profession in the area of government regulation. This committee may work with other massage and bodywork associations or groups, massage schools and training programs, state agencies and departments, lobbyists, and local governments.  The committee also keeps track of potential upcoming changes in massage therapy legislation.

For information on current Government Regulations, please click on  “RESOURCES” button and then scroll down on the drop-down to “Government Regulations”.

For what is happening nationally, you should check the Advocacy Action Center on National AMTA website. There you can connect to Advocacy notices that may affect massage therapy and directly contact your legislative representatives. You may also be interested in the Advocacy News Archives for more information.

Board Liaison:  Mickey Agney
Chair: Linda Moore
Committee Members: Colleen Grabow, Angel Wray, Julie Bevel, Laticia Maher, lobbyist Maureen Mulhall

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is a vital element of the Illinois Chapter as it facilitates communication between the other committees and work groups and serves as a bridge between members and AMTA. The primary goals of the committee are to encourage and maintain membership by promoting the benefits of AMTA and to recruit chapter volunteers. This is accomplished in several ways such as conducting school visits, hosting local Meet-Ups and communicating with members via phone calls, emails and social media. The success of our chapter is attributed to our members especially those who volunteer. There are several areas and committees to serve and volunteers are connected to the committee or work group that best suits their interests.

Membership Committee includes our communication with our members. This includes plans and coordination of the production and dissemination of the Chapter communications and ensures that they meet appropriate quality and standards.  The Membership Committee oversees the function and delivery of the editorial content issued by the Chapter on a regular or recurring basis through the following means: e-blasts, social media,  e-newsletter, surveys, flyers/handouts, press releases, web site, etc.

The Committee coordinates volunteer members providing Outreach events such as chair massage at public events under the banner of the AMTA-IL. The goal is to educate the public about the benefits of massage therapy and to increase the visibility of the massage therapy profession in a positive way.

Honoring our members through awards is part of Membership. Under the guidance of the  chair, this committee solicits, receives and reviews nominations of individuals who will  receive recognition for their contributions to the advancement of the profession of massage therapy. Following national guidelines, the awards committee has the distinct privilege of setting the criteria and categories in which an individual is recognized. Although it is always a difficult decision to make, the committee fairly and unbiasedly votes on the award winning nominee to be presented at the annual AMTA-IL chapter spring meeting.  

For more information about AMTA-IL and ways to get involved in our chapter or have questions concerning your membership services, please call 847-430-0203, write AMTA-IL 500 Davis Street Suite 900 Evanston, IL 60201.

Board Liaison: Sandy Saldano, KimC Miller
Chair:  Kathleen Quinn
Committee Members: Marva Wright, Lisette Beltran, Siutanya Smith, Tyler Sheets, Tracy Lewis, Karina Eckert