Amanda earned both her BA in Telecommunications and MA in Digital Storytelling from Ball State University in the early 2000's. She worked part-time serving in restaurants along the way, ultimately deciding to do course work in the hospitality industry at the University of Findlay in 2008 before returning to Dayton.
While the production background was not specifically panning out, opportunities in hospitality presented themselves, ultimately landing her a job at the Victoria Theatre Association. Amanda went from Operations Supervisor, to Event Sales Supervisor, to Event Manager, and finally GM of the Food and Beverage Department over the span of nearly seven years.
In 2020, Amanda took an opportunity with Kohler Catering but was unfortunately laid off when the COVID-19 pandemic concerns started to ramp up. The very next day, Amanda and Executive Chef Matt DeAngulo went to the House of Bread to inquire how they could be a culinary support to the organization. A month and a half later, Amanda was named Executive Director of 501(c)(3) Miami Valley Meals (formerly Set the Banquet Table).
In November of 2020, Amanda was Daytonian of the Week and in March of 2021, a finalist in the WDTN Remarkable Women of Dayton. Amanda currently holds memberships with the Gem City Market, NAACP and Generation Dayton.
Outside of work, Amanda has a love for travel inspired from an early age when she shared her home with exchange students from all over the world. Her partner shares this passion and they love learning about new cultures abroad and at home. The various festivals around the Dayton area are a favorite of her family with the Reggaefest and Hispanic Festivals being the top two. She is constantly inspired by her city, Dayton, and is happy to pitch in when possible, volunteering for the I Love West Dayton Clean Up, Dayton World Soccer Games, the Dayton Holiday Festival and more.