Amanda was born and raised in Independence, Kansas. In 1995, two weeks after graduating from high school, she packed up her truck and drove to Valdez, where she has lived ever since.
Her first summer in Valdez she began working for Stan Stephens Cruises and has been a year round employee since 1996. In 2007, she acquired her 100 Ton Masters License and is now a captain.
Amanda currently serves as the commercial tourism representative on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee, the City of Valdez representative on the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Board of Directors, and is on the Valdez Marine Safety Committee. She loves the outdoors and is an avid birdwatcher in her free time.
Amanda was seated on the Council’s Board of Directors in May 2012.