Before joining our team, Amanda led a local nonprofit that delivers social and emotional learning programs and training to Hillsborough County schools, equipping children with tools to manage their emotions, develop healthy relationships, and make good decisions. Amanda comes to Heart Gallery of Tampa with experience in nonprofit management, fund development, and marketing. She was raised in Tampa, attended the University of South Florida, and is the wife of a serial entrepreneur and the mother of three boys. The mission the Heart Gallery is meaningful to her as she has the privilege to be part of the inclusive family support team raising her adopted stepson, ensuring that he is set up for personal success. Amanda is honored to serve the role as Executive Director for an important organization that works passionately to engage our community in the welfare of local foster children who are bravely waiting to find their forever families.
Lindsay worked in the foster care system for six years prior to joining the Heart Gallery team in 2014. She initially began working with newly licensed foster parents before transitioning to work specifically with prospective adoptive parents and helping to match waiting children to their forever families. She has also worked for Eckerd Community Alternatives as an Operations Specialist and liaison between Eckerd and case management agencies. Helping children find their forever families has been the most fulfilling thing Lindsay has ever done both personally and professionally. Through her work with the Heart Gallery, she is now able to make a direct impact on the lives of children waiting to be adopted through her work as the Program Manager.
Christie and her sisters were adopted from foster care as young children and now as a mom, she has become an advocate for adoption hoping to impart the significance of giving back to her own children. Christie became a Guardian Ad Litem in 2009 and has since become a Master Guardian and trains new mentors. She has served on the Heart Gallery’s Be Mine event team for two years and is a dedicated mom and volunteer. Christie joined the Heart Gallery team as a part-time exhibits coordinator in 2013.
Jenny was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana until her career as a Special Education teacher moved her to Atlanta, Georgia. She worked specifically with children with significant emotional needs, many of whom were in the foster care system. Jenny and her husband, Vince, adopted their third child from the Hillsborough County foster care system in 2011. Throughout the past five years, Jenny has remained involved in the child welfare system by serving as a volunteer for the Heart Gallery Tampa Bay. She officially joined the Heart Gallery team as a part-time Project Coordinator in 2015.
Christy has been a passionate advocate for children and youth in foster care since 2006. She began her career in the foster care system working with foster and adoptive families. She first joined the Heart Gallery in 2009 and worked for the program until 2014. Christy continued her advocacy work as a Foster Care Licensing Specialist, then as the Supervisor for the Adoption Recruitment Team with Eckerd Connects. During that time, she continued to serve the Heart Gallery in a volunteer capacity. Since 2006, she has mentored four foster care youth and adopted one, who is now an adult. Christy also has two adult daughters. She is delighted to be back as a formal member of the Heart Gallery team again and looks forward to making an impact in her role as Development Coordinator.