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Kathy Cilia Takes AMT Executive Director Helm

AMT announces new executive leadership for the association.

New AMT Executive Director, Kathy Cilia, MBA, MT (AMT), MT (ASCP), CAE, was appointed by the AMT Board of Directors in the spring of 2021 and assumed her new role on Nov. 1, succeeding Christopher A. Damon, JD, who served as Executive Director for 21 years.

Cilia, a 14-year veteran of AMT, served most recently as Deputy Executive Director, where she led the certification, member services, marketing, business development and customer service teams during a time of rapid growth and change. She led the marketing and business development teams in attaining a 75% increase in applications over a 10-year period while also increasing AMT’s annual renewals more than 100% during the same time. Cilia has also helped optimize operations and establish new education and customer service departments, leading to significant growth in staff resources.

As an industry leader, Cilia serves on the board of the Health Professions Network and the Executive Committee of the Coordinating Council for Clinical Laboratory Workforce while also serving as an Executive Council member of the National Consortium for Health Science Education. Prior to her tenure at AMT, Cilia helped lead international development of accreditation services at the College of American Pathologists. Cilia earned an MBA from Keller Graduate School and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Illinois. She is a Certified Association Executive through the American Society of Association Executives, as well as a certified Medical Technologist through AMT and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

When asked about how she plans to lead AMT, Cilia says, “Our stakeholders rely on AMT and our commitment to the highest standards for more than 100,000 qualified and dedicated allied health professionals who are on the front lines of healthcare delivery. I plan to leverage our core competencies and continue our commitment to this high standard, which is so essential for quality patient care. Through our talented team who are implementing strategic member-led initiatives, I strongly believe AMT will continue to provide value to not only our members and their employers, but ultimately to the general public. I am honored that the Board has entrusted me with leading this mission-driven organization.”

Christopher Seay, MT (AMT), Board President of AMT, says: “The last year and a half demonstrated how AMT was well prepared to adapt and thrive amid challenges and change. Kathy’s track record and her dedication to advancing the profession of allied health will serve our members well as we navigate the changing world of healthcare delivery. I am looking forward to what comes next.”

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