AFMTE logoOn July 14, 2016, the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) held its Annual Business Meeting online. Their bylaws state they must hold an annual business meeting with their membership. The purpose of the meeting was to update their members about business and committee work during the previous year. The meeting agenda included a financial report, election information, updates on their National Teacher Education Standards Project, the 2017 Educational Congress, association updates and committee reports. They also allotted time for questions and answers so that all attendees had an opportunity for their voices to be heard and concerns addressed.

“The Alliance Board is very pleased with the content of and attendance at the AFMTE Annual Meeting on July 14, 2016. Our focus this year has been on the NTESP, organizational infrastructure, ongoing committee work, and preparing for the Educational Congress in Tucson in July 2017. Thanks to everyone who attended and everyone who helped make it happen,” said Stan Dawson, vice president of AFMTE.

The Alliance reports that 69 individuals pre-registered; 55 attended the meeting, of which 37 were AFMTE members. The event lasted two hours and 10 minutes and was moderated by President Cherie Sohnen-Moe, as well as Immediate Past President Pete Whitridge, Marketing Consultant Stephanie Beck, and Committee Member Deanna Sylvester.

Participants asked questions and requested feedback on issues such as The Massage Body of Knowledge Committees, continuing education provider certification, the National Certification Board and Federation of State Boards of Massage Therapy status on continuing education provider approvals, requests for marketing and school admissions speakers at the 2017 Educational Congress, and voting privileges for Allied Members. For a list of questions and the Board responses the Alliance invites you to visit their website: AFMTE 2016 Annual Business Meeting

The Alliance conducted a survey of attendees at the end of their Annual Business Meeting. One attendee commented: “Thanks for the update on the NCB and Federation status on CE approvals and for your advocacy work.”

The Alliance invites you to view the slideshow presentation, watch video segments of the event, and read summaries and questions of their 2016 Annual Business Meeting at this link: If you have questions, the Alliance encourages you to contact


About the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education

The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) serves as an independent voice, advocate and resource for the massage therapy and bodywork education community. Our mission is to support, strengthen and elevate educational practices and standards in massage therapy and bodywork. The Alliance may be contacted at P.O. Box 40014, Tucson, AZ 85717. The phone number is (855) 236-8331; the general office email address is; and the website is