Amanda received her Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law, and her Bachelor of Science from Florida State University.
While attending Florida State, Amanda earned a certificate degree in Gerontological Studies (the study of aging), with an emphasis in the study of death and dying. She interned at local skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, and facilitated the senior education curriculum at Florida State’s Claude Pepper Center. In conjunction with the Area Agency on Aging, she prepared an extensive reference manual about Alzheimer’s disease.
At Stetson, Amanda was an Editor for the Stetson Law Review, and Vice Magister for the Phi Delta Phi international legal honor society. She received five book awards, and was nominated for the National Dean’s List and All-American Collegiate Scholars. She was also awarded the William J. Bowman Scholarship Award, 2004 Creative Writing Award, and the Maria G. Martin Award for the Most Outstanding Treatise in the Field of Legal Ethics.
Amanda is a member of the Florida Bar, is licensed in United States District Courts in and for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida, and is an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans' benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Prior to her journey into service as a caregiver advocate, Amanda was a litigation attorney at a large Tampa law firm, where she represented insurance companies and handled cases throughout the United States. She then served as the Women's Economic Empowerment and Caregiver Consultant for the YWCA of Tampa Bay.
She has written and edited numerous published works, and has been actively involved in many professional and community organizations.
Amanda has served as a member of the American Bar Association Breast Cancer Task Force, AARP Caregiver Accelerator Program, AARP Caregiver Coalition, Florida Lifespan Respite Alliance, YWCA Tampa Bay, Leadership St. Pete, and the Suncoast Hospice Cornerstone Circle Foundation, and has volunteered for Wills for Warriors, Tampa Bay Watch, the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, Habitat for Humanity, and the Belle of the Ball Project. In 2016, she was named an Up and Comer by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and joined the Advisory Board of the Tampa Bay Hospice Cup.
Amanda is presently an AARP Caregiving Expert. Through AARP, she speaks and writes about legal and financial issues affecting caregivers. She is also a member of the Florida Bar Speakers' Bureau and gives talks about estate and life care planning for families with young children, baby boomers, and the caregiver community. She has recently appeared on the Take on Today podcast with Bob Edwards.
Amanda also hosts the Candid Conversations About Care podcast on the Whole Care Network. On her program, Amanda and a variety of guests tackle some of the most difficult challenges caregivers face.
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