In a move intended to create more independence from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) for the Massage Therapy Foundation, (MTF), the MTF will get a new executive director.

“For more than a year, the MTF and AMTA have been examining the most beneficial structure for the MTF,” noted a press release. “Since the MTF was founded, its executive director post has been held by the AMTA executive director as part of an annual agreement.”

On July 1, 2013, Gini S. Ohlson will become the new MTF executive director. Ohlson is the AMTA’s current foundation director.

“With Gini’s 15 years of experience at AMTA and directly managing the day-to-day operations of the MTF during that time, the board is confident in her abilities and understanding of the foundation,” says MTF President Ruth Werner.

The MTF’s mission is to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education and community service.