Chapter Leadership

Chapter President
Carrie Mayo Buechler, LMT


Carrie has been an AMTA member for over 25 years and has been actively volunteering with the Michigan Chapter since 2013. Over the years she has been Delegate, Awards Committee Member, Chapter Secretary, 1st VP,  Membership Committee Chair, Financial Admin, and Education Committee Member. Carrie truly enjoys volunteering with the AMTA and has made lifelong friendships through it.  When Carrie is not running her Corporate Chair Massage business, she spends her free time gardening, canning, trying out new recipes, and occasionally Pet/House Sitting for friends and family.

Board Member
Johaun Hassen, LMT


Johaun has been in the massage industry for over 20 years. He had started as an ABMP member but has since transition to AMTA, and has no desire of leaving.  Johaun actively practices massage therapy in a variety of roles. He serves as a LMT in a chiropractic office, in-house at a local furniture manufacturer, a massage office,  and with his own massage business! Additionally, he provides massage for hospice patients.

Board Member
Laura Starr, LMT

Bio Coming Soon!!

Financial Administrator
Kathy Paholsky, LMT, BCTMB


Kathy has been an AMTA Member for over 30 years! A licensed massage therapist, she specializes in pain management, craniosacral and manual therapy. As an NCB Approved Continuing Education provider, Kathy has taught at local meetings, state and national conventions as well as creating online courses for AMTA.

She's been a volunteer for AMTA at the state and national levels, working on school committees, and is currently on the National Convention Education Committee. Since becoming the Michigan Chapter President in 2017, she's had a chance to meet many of our members and renew connections with former students. The friendships she's made and sense of fun she's found as a volunteer keep her active. Massage is a solitary profession; AMTA provides a community of caring therapists.

Christa Hudson, LMT


Christa has been an AMTA member since 2019. She is currently the elected Secretary, and volunteers as the membership coordinator and as an education committee member. She has also previously volunteered as a communication committee member. Being an AMTA member provides Christa with the opportunity to engage in the community, network, and gain knowledge, and she is eager to contribute to its future.

She attended Lansing Community College for the Massage program in 1996. She graduated from Davenport University in 2005 with an ABA in Business Administration and Accounting, and from Stautzenberger Institute in 2011 with a Massage Diploma