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ABMP's education team is composed of eight staff members dedicated to the needs of massage schools, students, and instructors. These ABMP staffers regularly venture out to meet with school administrators, and work with instructors directly at Instructors on the Front Lines events. Get to know our education team members and stay in touch with the school liaison in your state for up-to-date information about your ABMP school member benefits.
> Anne Williams, Director of Education
> Kathy Laskye, School Liaison
Connecting with schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
> Cindy Williams, School Liaison
Connecting with schools in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
> Katie Mills, School Liaison
Connecting with schools in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia.
> Brian Halterman, Education Program Coordinator
> Taffie Lewis, Education Facilitator and National Program Liaison
> Kristin Coverly, Education Facilitator
Anne Williams, Director of Education
800-458-2267, ext. 644
I am a licensed massage therapist, esthetician, certified reflexologist, clinical hypnotherapist, registered counselor, aromatherapist, spa consultant, author, and educator. I feel very lucky to be the director of education for Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), where I get to pursue my passion for education by developing support materials and resources for massage students, instructors, schools, and our professional members. I also have the honor of working with a smart and dedicated group of people who are excited and motivated by ABMP’s motto: ExpectMore. They make work fun and exciting.
Before joining ABMP, I worked as an instructor with a special focus on curriculum and program implementation for Ashmead College in Washington State. In 2004, I became Ashmead’s director of education and ran the education program at the Tacoma campus for three years. I loved the chance to understand all aspects of the educational program and also to learn how to balance the needs of our school as a business with the needs of our students as learners.
Since I’ve been with ABMP, I’ve served on the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards’ (FSMTB) test writing committee and developed ABMP’s Student Success Program and a wide range of resources for schools and instructors. I also wrote the curriculum and implemented the “Instructors on the Front Lines” massage teacher training program for ABMP and acted as project coordinator and editor for a joint book project between ABMP and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) titled Teaching Massage: Foundation Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors, which was published in October 2008. I published Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists with LWW in 2006 and I’m almost finished with another massage textbook for LWW, set to publish in 2012. When I’m not writing or working at ABMP, I love rock climbing, ice climbing, hiking, camping, running, biking, skiing (this winter for sure), hanging out with my Boulder tribe, and anything that gets me out into Colorado’s beautiful countryside.
Kathy Laskye, School Liaison
800-458-2267, ext. 649
Region: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
I graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. I have an extensive business background in industries ranging from finance, cable TV entertainment, and telecom. I finally decided to leave corporate America and join the ranks of ABMP in 2002. My strong analytical skills, marketing experience, and exemplary customer service were three areas of expertise I was certain I could put to good use supporting ABMP schools, instructors, and students. One aspect of ABMP I greatly appreciate is that I can bring fresh ideas to the table and those ideas are heard. I fully embrace the importance of the body, mind, and spirit connection and that’s just one of the reasons working at ABMP is for me!
In my spare time, I try to keep up with my blue heeler, Violet, on the running trails outside of Evergreen, take on the slopes of Winter Park ski resort, and climb as many mountain passes as I can in one day on my road bike (locals call this the Triple Bypass).
Cindy Williams, School Liaison
800-458-2267, ext. 636
Region: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
I bring 10 years of massage and bodywork experience to the role of school liaison. I’ve been actively involved not only as a practitioner, but also a school administrator, instructor, and mentor. I have a passion for observing and understanding the dynamic qualities of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies, and intend to remain a student for as long as I am capable of learning (frankly, my nose is very often in a book!). In my role as an instructor of anatomy, physiology, and business classes, I have experienced the challenge and triumph of creatively motivating artful students to embrace science and structure. My administrative experience allows me to understand the needs of school owner and directors, and act promptly and proactively to ensure that their needs are supported and met. When I’m not being of service to my beloved profession, I love to rejuvenate in the splendor of the outdoors by backpacking, rock climbing, and skiing.
Katie Mills, School Liaison
800-458-2267, ext. 626
Region: Connecting with schools in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia.
Brian Halterman, Education Program Coordinator
800-458-2267, ext. 650
I’ve been a massage therapist since 1992 and have served our profession in private practice, athletic clubs, chiropractic offices, and now with ABMP. As the education program coordinator, I love inspiring our members through webinars and coordinating the array of education programs presented by our amazing education team.
My previous life before ABMP involved international travel with a Tibetan lama, service as a Buddhist monk, and a year-long solitary meditation retreat. For a little diversity, I have a bachelor’s degree in food science and nutrition and a Kundalini yoga instructor certification.
My passions include yoga, music, chanting, meditation, hiking, bicycling, massaging, and humor.
Taffie Lewis, Education Facilitator and National Program Liaison
800-458-2267, ext. 629
As a specialist in human potential, I enjoy inspiring audiences with my enthusiasm for personal growth. For the past 14 years, I’ve supported instructors and school administrators in growing their potential and their students’.
I began my facilitating and public-speaking career at The Pacific Institute (TPI), a global company dedicated to helping organizations move to the next level of performance by growing human potential. I spent seven years facilitating TPI’s cognitive psychology programs to corporations and private sectors alike. My work with the leadership teams of organizations such as Sprint, Lexus/Toyota, Intuit, and even Nascar racing was very fulfilling. However, after becoming involved with TPI’s Education Initiative, I discovered a newfound passion: supporting staff and faculty in supporting their students.
Eventually I realized I wanted to be more directly involved in student success, so I decided to combine my personal growth background with another area I’m passionate about: massage and bodywork. With seven years of massage school administrator experience—from registrar to admissions, to director of administration—I saw firsthand how crucial staff and faculty are in students’ success.
My enthusiasm for student success and those who support it daily has led me to become a national program liaison and education facilitator for Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. I am now able to work with massage programs across the country in improving retention through ABMP’s Student Success Program, student presentations, and various instructor workshops. I truly believe that it takes a campus to raise a student and I’m proud to be part of the process. For fun, I like going on hikes with my husband and 16-year-old daughter, taking on HGTV projects, and dancing.
Kristin Coverly, Education Facilitator
800-458-2267, ext. 658
I’m a massage therapist and educator with a passion for facilitating growth within therapists, instructors, and the massage profession. As an ABMP Education Facilitator, I enjoy sharing “Instructors on the Front Lines” workshops with educators across the country and developing online continuing education courses for massage professionals and students. My background in massage education includes experience as an instructor, administrator, and curriculum developer at both the Boulder College of Massage Therapy and the Cortiva Institute—Colorado. The insights I gained while managing the internship, alumni, career services, and continuing education programs, and teaching the business, communications, and chair massage courses led to my desire to support instructors and educators on a larger scale.
I enjoy blending my business background and degrees in marketing, advertising, and public relations with my massage and education experience to bring a unique perspective to my work with both educators and massage professionals. I also love working with clients in my private practice and exploring Colorado through hiking, biking, and photography.