Certification – ITMA Faculty

Chas KrollChas Kroll, ITMA Certified Tea Master™, and Executive Director of the International Tea Masters Association, is proud to be called a tea master, not for its catchy nomenclature, but because he is passionate about teaching others. Formerly, he owned and operated an online specialty tea business, which he sold in June 2006. His original vision for the company was to disseminate information on more…
Roy FongRoy Fong, ITMA Certified Grand Tea Master™ is the founder and proprietor of San Francisco’s Imperial Tea Court, the first traditional Chinese tea house in America. A native of Hong Kong, Mr. Fong was introduced to tea early in life, and has spent many years developing close relations with tea growers and producers in mainland China and Taiwan. more…
Melissa SalazarMelissa Salazar, ITMA Certified Tea Master™ and ITMA Certified Tea Blender™. I suppose the first thing you may be wondering about me is why I dedicated my life to tea. One reason is the plethora of health benefits that tea offers us. Tea has AMAZING qualities that surpass any other “superfood,” fruit or vegetable on the planet! Another reason is that there are over more…
Claudia Zárate VergésClauda Zárate Vergés, ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™, ITMA Certified Tea Master™, ITMA Certified Tea Blender™, and Managing Director of the Tea Masters Association of Mexico, is an expert on high-end teas and the fruit of the vine as a professional wine sommelier, an expert on sake, tequila, and vodka, and a gourmand of fine cuisine. Her expertise is vast in each of these arenas. more…
Eva Lee, Honorary ITMA Certified Tea Master™, is a pioneer in Hawaiian tea and an advocate of Hawaii’s first generation tea culture. In 2012, the Puna Soil and Water Conservation District named her the “Puna SWCD Outstanding Farmer Cooperator of the Year.” She is the co-founder of Tea Hawaii & Company producing green, white, oolong, and black teas of exceptional quality with remarkable aroma and taste. more…
Rocel Valeroso-Leoncio, ITMA Certified Tea Master™, completed her training from the International Tea Masters Association in 2014. She is a senior human resource executive by profession and has more than 20 years of experience gained from different companies in the Philippines. She has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and recently completed more…
Jo Leonard, ITMA Certified Tea Master™, and partner in The Tea Trip, Australia. Raised in rural Australia with tea served with every meal and for morning and afternoon teas. Tea has always been a part of Jo’s life. Her love of tea sent her on a journey of education and healthy living, and what she found was far beyond her expectation more…
Daniel J. Johnson, M.A.O.M., L.Ac., ITMA Certified Tea Master™, was raised in a small rural town in western Pennsylvania. His father, an avid sportsman and environmentalist, sparked his interests in Native American wisdom and natural living from an early age. These simple yet profound lessons, drawn from nature, piqued his interest in natural health. more…
Emiko Doi, ITMA Certified Tea Master™, has studied loose-leaf teas from all parts of the world for over 27 years. She has a vast amount of experience in the Chinese and Japanese Tea Ceremonies. As a collector of fine teas from around the world, her desire and passion is to teach about proper tea etiquette and how to enjoy an extraordinarily good tasting cup of tea with family, friends, and guests. more…
Parag Hatibaruai, Honorary ITMA Certified Tea Master™, loves tea with a passion. It stems from the fact that he was born and brought up in tea estates in Assam. India, and is a third generation tea master following the path of his grandfather and father. more…

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