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June 2023 newsletter

President’s message
Well, this may come as a surprise to some of you, it actually is somewhat a surprise to me that I am here writing as the AMTA New Hampshire State President. I am honored to step in after the resignation of our past president. The board asked if I would take the helm and I agreed. It’s crazy how life happens. I was fully expecting to step away from the role of president in 2022 and stay on the sidelines for the chapter if any needs arise. In my spare time, I have been working on an all inclusive massage retreat on Lake Ossipee for 9/11-14 with education, fun, relaxation, competition and other activities ( It is not an AMTA event. As for the call to return as president, I didn’t hesitate to accept the request and am grateful for the strength and determination of the volunteers who are heading the current board.
As I was getting back into my role as president, just for fun I asked each board member what their spirit animal is. We have two owls, a horse, a bobcat and a lion! This gives you an idea of the energy we have going through this leadership transition. Right away, I am seeing tenacity, leadership, wisdom, determination and a great deal of humility We truly have a great team guiding the chapter and representing the members as well as being resources for non-members. The momentum is propelling the chapter forward after the spring conference just a few months ago. I am humbled to be part of this ambitious and dedicated team.
I have taken their responses to this and other exploratory questions and thought it would be fun to let them introduce themselves in their own words. Some of these responses have been altered a little because not everyone likes to talk about themselves.
From left to right in the picture are Bethany Chabot, Pam Jaeger, Angie Preisendorfer and Amy Woychowski.
Meet Your Board:

Board member Bethany Chabot has strength, leadership and provides high visibility for the chapter. She loves to do a lot and it definitely shows! She loves to go on adventures, travel, and do physical activities (working out solo and with her husband). B loves her career and working with clients in her clinic and on contracted work. She loves spending time with her fur babies and will take animal therapy any time she can get it. Bethany loves to lead, guide, inspire people, be a good human and lead by example, being organized and have direction for those lost/mentoring. She also loves to connect with family friends and loved ones with good quality experiences and conversation. B even loves engaging strangers in conversation/connection. She loves to listen to music and inspirational educational podcasts. If this sounds like a lot, don’t doubt that this is true. Bethany is a powerhouse. Just when you think she can’t possibly do more, she will call you up at random and challenge you to a round of ax throwing! It is not a surprise that B is heading up social media for the chapter. With all that is on her plate, you might think that it would lead to distractions, like a squirrel trying to cross the road. I see that she is also quick to put her phone on ‘do not disturb’ and, like a lion, she is able to focus down on a task at hand and get things done. Although she is not currently ready to take on another role (president) she is eminently capable of leading and already takes on a lot of leadership for the chapter.

Financial Administrator Pam Jaeger is motivated by respect and kindness. She loves to create both in the kitchen and with textiles. Whether it be whoopie pies from scratch or a basket of hand sewn felt hearts by her treatment area, her gifts are a measure of her thoughtfulness and kindness to others. Pam also loves being in the woods and taking long walks around the lake, listening to thunderstorms – but not at 1am!. When she has re-charged her batteries with solitude, she loves surrounding herself with people interested in helping one another achieve their highest selves. Like the owl, you might not see her, but know that she is observing and taking it all in. Don’t be surprised when she swoops in to deliver an astute comment or wise suggestion. Her dedication to the chapter is evident as she pays attention to the details in her role as financial administrator, ensuring that the chapter is in good financial health and able to move ahead securely to provide the best for our members. In addition to her excellent financial stewardship, she has an uncanny ability to gently pose questions that help keep the chapter on task and not make mistakes.

Secretary Angie Preisendorfer is a steady presence on the board. Like the horse, gently and resolutely guiding the chapter’s happenings all while documenting and taking notes. I am told that Angie was the real driver in getting things done with the April 2023 education event. She gathered together help and is determined that everyone has FUN. I am also told that fun is probably her middle name. Angie is an adventurer who loves being outdoors – whether hiking, skiing, camping, boating etc. She loves instilling the adventurer’s spirit in her now five year old daughter. She loves making other people feel loved and special through acts of kindness. She loves to be creative and host events, mostly working behind the scenes and not enjoying the spotlight. Although Angie has a lot of things on her plate – like everyone on the board she does have a life outside of the work she does for the chapter – she is able to accomplish tasks for the chapter steadily and with efficiency. While the stream of consciousness that is often the trademark of board discussions is going on, Angie is able to distill the core of what is being discussed into a coherent set of notes showing our commitments and accomplishments. 

Board member Amy Woychowski works hard in the background. She loves to better her life and the lives of those around her through continued learning, mindful relaxation, development of new skills, setting goals and working toward them, and engaging in acts of kindness. What she brings to the team is the ability to get things done without requiring the spotlight. She continues to lead us through her work on education, membership and scholarship. As a sample of what is being done, Amy is coordinating volunteers to promote the free AMTA student membership to massage schools in New Hampshire and compiling lists of teachers to raise the efficiency of course offerings to massage therapists through our educational offerings. True to her bobcat nature, you know she gets a lot done even if you might only catch a glimpse of her from time to time.
As you can see, we have an amazing diversity of talent on the current board. Not only that, we are also in the process of bringing on board other volunteers to help us with tasks such as education, school outreach, communications, government outreach and other tasks. I will go into more detail on this in the next newsletter.

Future Events:
Now we are busy planning next year’s events, meetings, and educational opportunities for our Members, out of state members, and non-members alike. On the docket is a one day volunteer retention training from AMTA National for our current volunteers in early September. We also have a tentative date for the spring meeting (most likely April 16-18, 2024). To alleviate the rush and to ensure the best choice of venues and educators, the board is also working on plans for the 2025 meeting!
At the spring meeting, the board canvassed the membership and we are committed to listening to what the members asked. First, there was interest in moving the meeting to another location to spread the love around. Given the timeline, we decided to remain at Mills Falls for 2024 just to take the pressure off of the venue acquisition team. Anyone who has ever endeavored to contract with a venue for a multi-day event, especially with the involvement of AMTA National contracts and legal team, knows that this is not a quick task.

You Can Be a Part of This:If you are interested in giving back to the organization, please contact us. Whether you are able to commit only one day a year or one day a month, tell us what you love to do and what you are interested in doing and we will work to make this happen for you. Being part of this robust group is rewarding. Seeing that your contribution can make a difference to the chapter is a great motivator. Off the top of my head, I know we can use help with gmail coordination and the improvements to the website. We don’t want to reinvent the wheel, but we do maybe need to grease the bearings and inflate the tires! We are also excited to get mini education and fun events to your areas. If you are interested in hosting, let us know and we will work with you to make that happen. Many of us work solo, so we appreciate being able to check in with others who are doing the same work to commiserate or to help work through problems. We are part of an association, which helps us to not be doing this alone. 
Now for your part! We would like to get to know you a little better.
What’s your favorite type of massage to do? What is your favorite part about being a massage therapist? What does being a part of AMTA NH mean to you?Please answer at and we will post answers on our Facebook and Instagram.
Thank you,Vincent Dufort, LMT PhD – President, AMTA-NH

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