Congratulations Deanna Benson, Minnesota’s 2016 Meritorious Award Winner!
This award, which honors an individual by acknowledging diligence in volunteerism accomplished in an altruistic manner, is the highest award bestowed upon an AMTA member by a chapter. Deanna was presented with the award at the 2016 AMTA National Convention in Milwaukee, WI.
Deanna, has been instrumental in the successes of our Minnesota Chapter, for over 10 years. We could not be more thankful for her commitment to volunteering for AMTA.
She graduated from St. Cloud State University, with a BS in Special Education, in 1976. After, twenty three years, of working in human services, supervising group homes for individuals who have cognitive and physical disabilities, she made a career change, in 2001, by attending Northwestern Health Sciences University, School of Massage Therapy. Where she graduated in December 2002. She is an Independent Contractor at Courage Kenney Rehabilitation Institute (formerly Courage Center) in Golden Valley, and she see’s clients who have disabilities in four different group homes. She has, also, worked with the Robbinsdale School district, providing chair massage, as part of their wellness program. She enjoys volunteering with Basset Buddies, a Basset Hound rescue, and Families Moving Forward. Her hobbies are gardening, cooking and traveling.