First I’d like to say how exciting it is for me to be a part of this team as the new CSMT Chair! I am an avid volunteer and can’t wait to see what we accomplish together in the future. And a special thank you to Jody Clouse, for being a great leader, advocate, and friend.  If we haven’t met yet, drop me a line and introduce yourself!

The team attended CT Mission of Mercy in Torrington this past April.  A wonderful job was done by our volunteers working on the dentists, hygienists, and support staff. If you’ve never attended this event, keep it in mind next year! It’s a yearly event that moves to different locations in CT, where people who are underinsured or have no insurance can receive dental work. The team did a combined total of 236 massages over the two day event! Feel free to contact me on how to get involved in Outreach Events.

Nikki Arel did a fantastic job coordinating our Legislative Awareness Day on May 1st!  This year saw 210 massages, both chair and Thai. Being able to give massage at the Capitol Building is a great opportunity and a beautiful location to work from. Nikki told me a number of times throughout the day people told her that this was their favorite day and that they love it when we’re there.

Deb Van Ohlen has been busy getting everything set for the EMS Expo at Mohegan Sun on 5/31-6/2.  There are six teams set up to give massage and educate the EMS Community about our team.  As Emergency Division Chair, Deb has been actively in contact with the Red Cross and the Town of Hamden in case our services are needed as storm clean up from the large weather system that occurred May 15th continues.

The summer is just getting started and I’m excited for how we can grow together!

Melissa Glassman
CSMT Chair
AMTA-CT Chapter