Joining the Verde Food Council in May of 2012, Amy has been instrumental in transitioning the organization from a community resource to the first county-wide food policy organization. Amy’s background includes over 20 years in restaurant management, including 12 years as co-owner/operator of the Katering Kitchen in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After relocating to Ahwatukee, AZ in 1998 with her daughter, Amy expanded her business scope to marketing and advertising as a Tempe based franchisee of Adventures in Advertising supporting such clients as the City of Phoenix Recycling, Tempe Fire Department, Black Canyon Red Cross, and Kalil Bottling. In 2007, Amy completed her MBA and accepted the challenge to become the executive director of a Bandera, Texas based dude ranch with facilities for special events and all-inclusive accommodations for 110 guests at full occupancy. After the completing her contract in Texas, Amy settled in the beautiful red rock country of Sedona, where she now fulfills her role as the Executive Director of Yavapai Food Council.
Amy’s passion toward making change and raising awareness about the quality of the ingredients found in fast food and fast-causal restaurants is the basis for her commitment toward earning a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Social Impact Management (2014 completion) at Walden University. Amy’s educational background includes an MBA in Marketing from University of Phoenix and an A.A. degree and B.A. degree in Business Administration: Management from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.
Amy’s personal philosophy toward her work with the Yavapai Food Council remains 1) to unite the agencies committed to serving the hungry throughout Yavapai County, 2) to better understand the gaps in the emergency food industry, while developing new, innovate and effective programs to fill these gaps, 3) and to remain and operate as the voice of the hungry in Yavapai County.
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