Committees 2017-10-16T05:23:41+00:00

Education and Events 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 a high standard. The Education Committee plans and implements the chapter conference, working closely with the board.

Education Chair:  Vacant. Apply now!

Meeting and Planning Chair:  Sarah Albritton

Government Relations Committee

The 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.

Legislative and Florida Board of Massage Relations Chair:  Jessica Sward.  Open for application.  Apply Now!
Lobbyist: Janet Mabry

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is a vital element of the Florida Chapter as it facilitates communication between the other committees and work groups and serves as a bridge between members and AMTA-FL. 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 Chair: Vacant.  Christian Perez

Social Media Chair: Marc Juneau and Jessica Sward.  Open for application.

Website Chair: Marc Juneau

Communications Committee

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 chair 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, website, etc.

Communications Chair: Vacant.  Apply now!

Newsletter Chair: Marc Juneau

Advertising Chair: Marc Juneau

Community Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee coordinates volunteer members providing chair massage at public events under the banner of the AMTA-FL. 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.  National Massage Therapy Awareness Week is celebrated annually in October.

Commuity Service and Massage Therapy Awareness Week (MTAW) Chair:  Jean-Pierre DeBarros

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee oversees the AMTA-FL Chapter awards program and presents names of award nominees to the chapter board for approval. As massage therapy continues to grow as a profession, the AMTA-FL Chapter deems it important to publicly recognize and award contributions to our industry, our therapists, and our association. Award recipients are highly regarded individuals, organizations, and advocates for massage residing both inside and outside of the massage profession, and have proven to be most effective at helping advance massage. Those on the Awards Committee are given the special privilege of setting the criteria, soliciting and reviewing the nominations, and narrowing the nominees to a handful of outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to massage and to our chapter.

Awards Chair: Apply Now!

Historian: Apply Now!

Convention Committee

The Convention Committee plans and implements the annual state meeting and organizes planning for the AMTA National Convention.

Convention Chair: Jessica Sward

Elections Committee

Elections are held online as of 2018.  A call-for-candidate is released, submissions made, Bios posted, voting open for cup to 14 days. These processes are managed by the Online Elections Coordinator.

Online Elections Coordinator: Laurel Freeman

Elections Committee

Elections are held online as of 2018.  A call-for-candidate is released, submissions made, Bios posted, voting open for cup to 14 days. These processes are managed by the Online Elections Coordinator.

Online Elections Coordinator: Laurel Freeman

Jessica Sward

President

[email protected]

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Dear AMTA Florida Chapter Members,

The AMTA Florida Chapter is currently going through some leadership transitions that I would like to let you know about. 

My name is Jessica Sward and I am the new AMTA-Florida Chapter President.  

I have accepted this position because I have a strong desire for collaboration and success within the Chapter.  Please trust

that I will strive to lead and direct the chapter in a way that benefits and appreciates its members.  

     

We also have a new Board Member, Marc Juneau, who will be assisting the Florida chapter in updating it’s website as well as networking and marketing.  

     

We currently have several volunteer elected and appointed positions open that we are seeking to fill.  If you are interested in volunteering with the Chapter, please feel free to contact me and we can discuss your interests and see how they match up with our needs.  

     

I’m looking forward to serving the AMTA-Florida Chapter members.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I am here for you.

Jessica M. Sward

 

Marc Juneau

Board Member [email protected]

We are pleased to announce that Marc Juneau, LMT has been appointed the Marketing Chair for the Florida Chapter.  He is extremely excited to bring his passion for massage therapy and knowledge and experience in Marketing together to represent our members.

Marc’s journey into Massage Therapy began in 1997, but took several twists and turns before finally coming to fruition earlier this year.  He spent the past two decades developing a fulfilling career in technology and development; employed with GoDaddy.com and Yosemite National Park as a corporate trainer while studying Software Engineering and Internet Development.  In 2005, he founded NOLAGraphics, a New Orleans based web development and marketing agency.  In late 2015, he continued his education in the field of Massage Therapy, graduating from Blue Cliff College in 2017 with Honors and becoming licensed in both Louisiana and Florida.  Upon graduation, he sold NOLAGraphics, after deciding the Florida Panhandle is where he wanted to reside and practice.

Upon appointment as Marketing Chair, Marc jumped in with both feet and is already engaged in several projects designed to implement technology into our regular business and tasks.  He has moved our Chapter to the Google Cloud, utilizing additional business tools for within GSuite.  He has also been revamping the website, providing a new look and ease of use to allow our members, board and volunteers to stay in touch and become even more engaged within the community of the Florida Chapter.  He is also excited to collaborate wit our lobbyist he blank), meeting with state and federal legislators to discuss the future of Massage Therapy in the United States, with a focus on our region.

We look forward to introducing you to Marc Juneau at the July Sports Massage event in Orlando.  He has already proven to be a great asset to the Florida Chapter through his enthusiasm, capabilities and knowledge

Jean-Pierre DeBarros

Financial Advisor [email protected]

Jean-Pierre is a newly appointed board member currently serving as the Financial Officer.  Jean-Pierre has been in and around the hands-on medical field since 1990, with a extensive background in therapeutics and rehab.  His massage therapy background complements his active duty career as a health care administrator within the U.S. Public Health Service.

Jean-Pierre joined the AMTA Florida Chapter in 2016 as a hope of assisting fellow massage therapists navigate through some of the challenges that plague us all.  He started as a volunteer overseeing the planning and organizing of Massage Therapy Awareness Week for the Florida Chapter.  He continues in this endeavor and has been successful in expanding its outreach into the Florida communities.

Jean-Pierre enjoys all of that South Florida has to offer, but is especially fond of his motorcycle and the ability to have the wind ride through his hair.  His other passion is exercising as means to keeping himself fit-ready for the sometimes grueling field we work in

Committees

Education and Events 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 a high standard. The Education Committee plans and implements the chapter conference, working closely with the board.

Education Chair:  Vacant. Apply now!

Meeting and Planning Chair:  Sarah Albritton

Government Relations Committee

The 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.

Legislative and Florida Board of Massage Relations Chair:  Jessica Sward.  Open for application.  Apply Now!
Lobbyist: Janet Mabry

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is a vital element of the Florida Chapter as it facilitates communication between the other committees and work groups and serves as a bridge between members and AMTA-FL. 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 Chair: Vacant.  Christian Perez

Social Media Chair: Marc Juneau and Jessica Sward.  Open for application.

Website Chair: Marc Juneau

Communications Committee

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 chair 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, website, etc.

Communications Chair: Vacant.  Apply now!

Newsletter Chair: Marc Juneau

Advertising Chair: Marc Juneau

Community Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee coordinates volunteer members providing chair massage at public events under the banner of the AMTA-FL. 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.  National Massage Therapy Awareness Week is celebrated annually in October.

Commuity Service and Massage Therapy Awareness Week (MTAW) Chair:  Jean-Pierre DeBarros

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee oversees the AMTA-FL Chapter awards program and presents names of award nominees to the chapter board for approval. As massage therapy continues to grow as a profession, the AMTA-FL Chapter deems it important to publicly recognize and award contributions to our industry, our therapists, and our association. Award recipients are highly regarded individuals, organizations, and advocates for massage residing both inside and outside of the massage profession, and have proven to be most effective at helping advance massage. Those on the Awards Committee are given the special privilege of setting the criteria, soliciting and reviewing the nominations, and narrowing the nominees to a handful of outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to massage and to our chapter.

Awards Chair: Apply Now!

Historian: Apply Now!

Convention Committee

The Convention Committee plans and implements the annual state meeting and organizes planning for the AMTA National Convention.

Convention Chair: Jessica Sward

Elections Committee

Elections are held online as of 2018.  A call-for-candidate is released, submissions made, Bios posted, voting open for cup to 14 days. These processes are managed by the Online Elections Coordinator.

Online Elections Coordinator: Laurel Freeman

Online

House of Delegates

  Jessica Marie Sward (2017-2019)

Delegate

Miami Beach, FL
(715)551-1249

[email protected]

·         Marcel Coffman (2016-2018)

Delegate

Orlando, FL
(407)826-3500

[email protected]

·         Jean-Pierre DeBarros

Delegate

Doral, FL
(941)237-1020

[email protected]

·         Laurel J. Freeman

Delegate

Gainesville, FL
(941)237-1020

[email protected]

Alternate Delegates

Matthew Florio

Alternate Delegate 1

Ocala, FL
(352)533-8604

[email protected]

·         Joseph Festante

Alternate Delegate 2

Beverly Hills, FL
(352)364-1852

[email protected]