Members Who Make Us Proud!

Is there a CT AMTA member you know who you would like to see recognized for a job well done? Do you know someone who deserves ‘thanks’? Each year we take pleasure in honoring deserving individuals during our Annual Chapter meeting through Awards and Certificates of Appreciation. It is important and it is fun!

If you know of someone who deserves consideration, we would like to hear from you. Please email for more information.

AMTA-CT Chapter Award and Recognition Summaries

  • Chapter Meritorious Award: This is a chapter award given to a chapter member. It is selected by the chapter to recognize someone that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to promote the AMTA and CT chapter, massage therapy, and the profession in general. People can receive this award multiple times. Click here for the Award Nomination Form
  • Outstanding Committee Member: This award recognizes a current member that has displayed superior effort, commitment and dedication to a particular committee or workgroup on which they serve. This award is determined by the CT Chapter Board of Directors.
  • Outstanding Committee Award: This award recognizes a current committee for their work and dedication to the goals and objectives of the CT Chapter. This award is determined by the CT Chapter Board of Directors.
  • Chapter Humanitarian Award: This Award is given to a member who has been instrumental in supporting the CT Chapter of the AMTA and the massage therapy community at large. Click here for the Award Nomination Form
  • Certificates of Appreciation: Any number of these certificates can be awarded for outstanding service to the chapter in various situations or programs. If someone has made an impact on you tell us about them. These awards are determined by team chairs and the CT Chapter Board of Directors.

National Awards

National awards are presented at the AMTA National Convention each year. Awards are given to both the chapter and to individuals.

1998 National Meritorious – William Greenberg
2006 National Sports Massage Achiever – Lee Stang
2007 National Sports Massage Achiever – Maryanne Daniel
2007 National Meritorious – Shirley Cooper
2010 Government Relations Activist – Lee Stang
2010 National Sports Massage Achiever – Richard Testa
2011 National Sports Massage Achiever – Laura Stevenson-Flom
2013 Government Relations Activist – Scott Raymond
2014 Distinguished Service – William Greenberg
2015 National Meritorious – Lee Stang
2016 National Meritorious – Scott Raymond
2018 National Humanitarian – Karen Pirhalla
2018 AMTA Chapter Innovation Award
2019 National Meritorious – Maureen Stott
2020 National Humanitarian – Cass Crewdson
2021 Government Relations Activist – Nikki Arel
2021  National Sports Massage Achiever Award – Tama Mackay
2021  National Meritorious – Becca Torns-Barker
2022 National Meritorious – Nikki Arel
2023 National Meritorious -Cass Crewdson
2023 Distinguished Service Award – Maureen Stott
2023 New Volunteer of the Year Award – Jenne Wilusz

Chapter Meritorious 

1988 Steve Kitts
1989 Jeanne Guertin
1990 Shirley Cooper
1991 Bill Greenberg
1992 JoAnn Parady
1993 Lucille Gecewicz
1994 Cass Crewdson
1995 Deanna Jackson
1996 David Zychowski
1997 Chaleen Bloethe-Abely
1998 Bill Greenberg
1999 Franci Tartaglino
2000 Lee Stang
2001 David Zychowski
2002 Shirley Cooper
2003 Audrey Fontaine
2004 Rich Testa
2005 Susan Forster
2006 Marilyn Holt
2007 Kerry Methot
2008 Shirley Cooper; Laura Stevenson-Flom
2009 Cass Crewdson
2010 Marilyn Waters
2011 Judi Ohrt
2012 Scott Raymond
2013 Shannon Saunders
2014 Linda Lane
2015 Lee Stang
2016 Deby Van Ohlen
2017 Sue Barrett
2018 Pat Shimchick
2019 Maureen Stott
2020 Wendy Payton
2021 Becca Torns-Barker
2022 Nikki Arel
2023 Cass Crewdson

Chapter Others First (previously Chapter Humanitarian)

2017 Karen Pirhalla
2018 Tom Cushman
2020 Cass Crewdson
2022 Jennifer DiSilvio
2023 Melissa Glassman

Government Relations and Legislative Advocate

2020 Nikki Arel and Becca Torns-Barker
2021 Nikki Arel

Chapter Sports Massage Achiever

2020 Bill Gibbs
2021 Tama Mackay
2023 Steve Callis

Chapter New Volunteer of the Year

2022 Susan Francis
2023 Jenne Wilusz-Erisoty

Chapter Distinguished Service Award

2019 Mindy Michaud
2021 Nikki Arel
2022 Cass Crewdson
2023 Lani Dove