In 2013, Amy began her LGBTQ+ advocacy work through QORDS Camp (Queer Oriented Radical Days of Summer) as a regional team member to support queer and trans youth and youth of LGBTQ+ caregivers through a music based social justice camp. She also has found a specific passion in working toward equality for LGBTQ+ elders and serves as a board member of the LGBTQ Elder Advocates of WNC. As a Master of Public Health student, she also partners with Land of Sky Regional Council on Aging to provide staff sensitivity training on LGBTQ elder health disparities, specifically in long term care facilities. She also sees power in recognizing intersectionality within the LGBTQ+ community to understand and support the multiple layers of discrimination and oppression many LGBTQ+ people face.
Amy identifies as queer and uses she/her pronouns. She lives with her partner Kim and their 2 fur babies, Lucy and Salchi. She is lucky to call Asheville her second home after moving here from PA in 2008. Since then, she has worked at Mission Children’s Hospital as a certified child life specialist providing psychosocial support for hospitalized children.