Originally from West Hartford, CT, Amanda moved to Florida in October of 2014 to begin working as the Director of Operations for the Humane Society of Pinellas. Amanda received degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience, with a focus in Animal Behavior, from the University of Connecticut. After working as an independent behavior consultant, Amanda began working as the Behavior Department Manager for the Connecticut Humane Society. While working at CHS, she continued her graduate education with the American College of Applied Science in Companion Animal Behavior and Counseling.

Throughout her career, Amanda’s focus has always been two things: improving the welfare of animals in shelters, and making it easier for the people taking care of them to do so. Amanda has developed shelter operations and programming that stress emotional health of both animals and staff, while ensuring capacity for care is maintained and best practices are exceeded. Amanda loves sharing these strengths with local organizations through trainings and presentations, most recently presenting at the Humane Society of the United States Animal Care Expo on HSP’s volunteer behavior program. In 2018, Amanda earned the title of Certified Behavior Consultant - Canine, Knowledge Assessed from the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) to be considered one of only 232 CBCC-KAs worldwide. Amanda also serves on several consulting and advisory committees for St. Pete College, the CCPDT and IDEXX.

Amanda is happy to lead a team of excellent staff and volunteers that are dedicated to improving the lives of shelter animals and that tolerate her enthusiasm for herding breeds and NFL football. She resides in Clearwater with her husband Steve, son Anderson, and Australian Cattle Dog, Matilyn.