Elizabeth M. Lucas served as executive director of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) for more than 10 years. This week, she announced her resignation from her position.

Reasons behind her resignation were not made public. A statement to members from the AMTA Board of Directors (provided to MASSAGE Magazine by the AMTA) read:

“The AMTA Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of our long-time Executive Director, Elizabeth M. Lucas. During her more than 10 years as Executive Director, and in her years before that as Director of Communications and Marketing, Liz provided AMTA, the National Office and staff with outstanding leadership, while carrying out the direction of the national board. The board and staff thank Liz for all of her contributions and wish her all the best as she pursues other career opportunities.

“The board will begin its search for a new Executive Director for both AMTA and the Massage Therapy Foundation. In the meantime, Shelly Johnson, who has been AMTA Deputy Director for more than 8 years, will function as Interim Executive Director. All AMTA day-to-day activities will continue as scheduled.”