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 847-885-0674 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:  David Fireside
Chair:  Sharon Wong
Members:  Joan Cole

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.

Board Liaison:  Karina Eckhart
Chair:  Linda Moore
Committee Members: Colleen Grabow, Mike Hovi, Kateland Thornton, Kim Rostello

Membership Committee

Colleen Fitzpatrick-Grabow
Colleen Fitzpatrick-Grabow

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.

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:  Linda Moore
Chair:  Colleen Grabow
Committee Members:


Communications Committee

Marva Wright
Marva Wright, Communications Chair

The Communications Committee plans and coordinates the production and dissemination of the Chapter communications and ensures that they meet appropriate quality and standards.  The Communications Coordinator 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.

Board Liaison:  Joan Cole
E-Newsletter Editor:  Vacant
Webmaster:  Vacant
Social Media Chair – Vacant
Social Media Liaison – Joan Cole




Budget and Finance Committee

Joan Schraith Cole, Financial Administrator
Joan Schraith Cole, Financial Administrator

The Treasurer and and members of this committee help with both the day to day and long term financing to carry out the goals of the AMTA-IL Chapter.

Board Liaison:
Chair:  Joan Cole








Outreach Team

Tony KaroumiThe Chapter Outreach Team coordinates volunteer members providing 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.

Board Liaison:  Linda Moore
Chair:  Tony Karoumi





Awards Committee

The Awards Committee consists of a group of chapter volunteers who oversee the AMTA-IL chapter awards program. 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 conference.  The Awards Committee is open all members who wish to volunteer.

Board Liaison: