For the last decade, Amanda Mack has been working to make the world a better place by raising her two kids, as a grassroots activist and volunteer, and by teaching yoga. In her recent roles as president of her Unitarian Universalist church and her kids’ school PTA boards of director, she drew deeply from the peace of her yoga practice to provide leadership and advocacy for the interests of both organizations. She seeks to embody a leadership style of compassion, collaboration and thinking for the future – the kind of leadership that she feels is deeply needed at this time.
After graduation from college in the late 1990s, Amanda’s first real job was working with Bob Stilger and Robert Theobald. She was actually present for the birthing of New Stories! After leaving Spokane in 2001, Bob and Amanda have stayed closely connected.
Bob and Amanda collaborated on a project with Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), an NGO out of Boston, in the fall of 2018, providing new opportunities for New Stories and for Bob and Amanda to work together again. Amanda came back to New Stories in Spring 2019 to help “get sh*t done,” as Bob puts it. She looks forward to helping in the ways she can.
Amanda has a master’s degree in speech communication and has enjoyed working in project coordination and teaching at the college level to both traditional and at-risk students. She also enjoys (that may be a strong word) engaging in politics to create a world in which her kids and future generations can thrive. Amanda is an RYT-500 yoga instructor who has taught yoga to little kids, at-risk youth and adults. She also is a reiki practitioner and biodynamic cranio-sacral therapist. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband David and kids Audrey and Adam.