Although the youngest Kaleidoscope team member, Amanda is an absolute force to be reckoned with. She has been quoted by local and national media outlets like U.S. News and World Report and Chicago Tribune commenting on the recent attacks on reproductive healthcare in Appalachia, and her writing on the deceptive practices of crisis pregnancy centers (fake women’s health clinics) has been featured in HuffPost. She was also recognized as the 2017 Undergraduate Woman of the Year by Marshall University Women's Studies Program for her work in reproductive health and rights in West Virginia.
Amanda has a BA in creative writing and a minor in women’s studies from Marshall University, where she completed the prestigious Yeager Scholarship program. Her creative work has appeared in Thoreau's Rooster and Et Cetera Literary Magazine, which she later led as Editor-in-Chief for two years, producing the journal’s first themed issue: “Safe Space.” An essayist at heart, Amanda’s creative nonfiction piece, “Photogenic Ovaries,” won an award at the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society’s international convention; Amanda was also recognized as a 2017 Maier Award recipient in creative nonfiction.
As a regular summer camp volunteer with Putnam County 4-H, Amanda cares very deeply about youth engagement and mentorship. She believes one of the best ways to create lasting change is by giving young people the tools they need to dismantle systems of oppression and embrace new ways of thinking. She hopes her work can help set the stage for this rising tide of intersectional changemakers in the Mountain State and beyond.
At Kaleidoscope, Amanda takes the lead on grant writing, web and graphic design, and donor/membership management projects. She most recently was the Community Organizer for MESH Design and Development and is now the new Communications and Development Officer for Read Aloud WV.