Washington Chapter Leadership

Executive Board Members

Elected Volunteer Positions


President – Michael J. Mandell
I am a licensed massage practitioner in Washington State where I live in the Northwest since 1996. I studied at Brian Utting School of Massage, class of 2004. My background includes elective work in knee and ankle injury and advance treatment massage, certified in SRT, Onsen Therapy, muscle energy technique, thoracic outlet and carpal tunnel syndrome advance treatment and Thai massage. Currently enrolled in the Barral and Upledger Intituite.

My prior employment includes extensive experience in Customer Service Management in multiple industries, receiving many service awards dealing with the public and private sectors. I left the high tech industry where I was working with fortune 100 companies as a project manager before starting massage school.

Since moving to Seattle, I’ve worked with 3 failed “startups” during the Tech Boom and met many great people. It was a great ride while it lasted. I have worked with the AMTA board since 2004 through MERT and left to concentrate on my Massage Clinic employing 19 therapists.

I’m glad to be back on the Board. Our industry is changing so fast and I want to be a part of the change and protect our industry.


Financial Administrator – Mandi Denning
In 2003, I graduated with honors from Ashmead College of Massage and moved back home to Pullman, WA. I’ve found that the diversity of patient needs and related problem solving skills are part of what I enjoy most about massage therapy. I’ve had a continuous desire to soak in information related to many different areas of our profession. This has allowed me to gain insight and fuels my passion for educating the next generation of massage professionals through my co-owned massage school, Altura College.
I have owned, operated, and continue to provide massage care at Healing Hands Massage Clinic since 2004. We now have 2 locations, 10 massage therapists, and 2 staff. My desire to bring massage therapists together as collaborative colleagues led me to organized the Palouse Massage Therapy Networking group in 2014. A greater vision of our profession is what has brought me to volunteering on the WA board. I want all Massage Therapists to realize their role in the progression of our profession and the influence we can have, as a whole, in healthcare.


Board Member – David Phillips

Board Member – Lillian Anderson


Program Chairs

Volunteer Positions


Government Relations – Susan Sherman


Membership – Joseph Major
I have been a massage practitioner since 2013 and AMTA Volunteer for just as long. The AMTA is wonderful network of professionals that form a huge massage community and I was happy to accept the position of Membership Chair in 2015.
I have been involved in the health environment for approximately seven years. It has been my continuing pleasure to help clients achieve a better sense of mental and physical wellbeing; by definition, a better sense of health. The ability to influence change through massage profoundly impacts all of us in a way that is hard to measure. What we give back through touch, is a direct catalyst in helping others obtain a better sense of Health and Wellness.
The AMTA has a vision and I am proud to be part of that process. This is the perfect platform to give our community the merit and recognition that massage therapy deserves.


Volunteer Coordinator – Allison Hanelt

I graduated from the Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College in 2002 and have been practicing in a chiropractor’s office since 2004 focusing on surgery rehabilitation, scar tissue work and therapeutic massage. I first became engaged with the AMTA in 2009 and immediately knew I had found a way to be actively involved in my profession.

I volunteered as the Chair for the South Sound Massage Therapists networking group for several years before serving in the Volunteer Support and Development Committee. I was appointed Board Member in 2017 and look forward to connecting with younger members of our profession. We are the future of our industry and must work together for the success of all. Knowledge is empowering and as bodyworkers the importance of connecting with other massage practitioners is paramount.