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JESSICA

Chief Operating Officer

Jessica is from Winston-Salem, but has lived in Raleigh for eight years. She grew up with a dog and currently has a Miniature Schnauzer named Cooper. Jessica became COO of aMANda’S BEST FRIEND in January 2020, after working part-time on the weekends for over 2 years and doing the bookkeeping. She loves to bake cookies, hang out at breweries, and listen to podcasts. The three words Jessica’s friends would use to best describe her are reliable, funny, and patient.

RYAN

Pet Handler

Ryan moved to Raleigh in 2010. He grew up in Greensboro, NC, where he had a cat and a dog. Ryan currently has an orange Tabby cat named Malvo. He spends his time cooking, trying new restaurants, watching the Panthers, and playing tennis. So far, his favorite job has been to join the aMANda’S BEST FRIEND family, but his dream job would be traveling to experience different foods around the world. Ryan’s friends would describe him as easy-going, loyal, and optimistic. The most exciting thing he has ever done is going on a 50+ mile backpacking trip in the Appalachian Mountains.

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CAROLINE

Pet Handler

Caroline has lived in the Raleigh area her whole life. She grew up with labrador retrievers and now is an “auntie” to her roommate’s dog, Meeko. Caroline loves to read, practice yoga, and travel. She is a recent graduate of East Carolina University where she received her BA in English. Her most memorable life experience has been a Yoga for Healing workshop where she learned that happiness is being content in who she is and learning to embrace it. Her biggest hope is that she would always be attuned to herself, and by doing so inspire others to do the same. Her friends would describe her as strong-willed, compassionate and mindful.

TAYLOR

Pet Handler

Taylor is from Dayton, OH but has lived in the Raleigh area for 14 years. Though she just joined the aMANda’S BEST FRIEND team in 2020, she has been walking dogs for more than 3 years. Her current rescue dog, Oliver, is a dachshund mix who loves to cuddle! She even helped pay for his adoption fee when she was in sixth grade by selling her things at a yard sale. Taylor is a recent grad from UNCW where she earned her Bachelor’s in Environmental Science. Though she loves being a pet handler, her dream job would be to work at an animal sanctuary. Taylor’s friends would describe her as loyal, resilient, and kind. The most exciting thing she has ever done is travel to Reykjavik, Iceland in 2017.

HANNAH

Digital Strategist

Hannah is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She moved around a lot as a child but finally settled in Raleigh, NC 11 years ago. Hannah recently graduated from NC State with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She has had three dogs in her life, but currently has a Shiba Inu and a German Shepherd. Hannah started working with aMANda’S BEST FRIEND as a part of her Digital Marketing class at NC State, then officially joined the team as a Digital Strategist in May 2020. She loves to take pictures, bake and spend time with her friends and family. One of the most exciting things she has done was getting married. She enjoyed the celebration and dancing the night away with her friends, family, and husband.

NICOLE

Digital Strategist

Nicole is from Raleigh, NC, and is a senior at NC State University. She grew up with five dogs and two cats, but she currently has a cat named Nelson. Nicole first started working for aMANda’S BEST FRIEND as class credit for her Digital Marketing Practicum, but she then joined the team part time in May 2020 as a Digital Specialist. In her free time, she loves going swing dancing with her friends, and her favorite adventure is when she biked the entire Neuse River Trail with her dad (33 miles). Nicole believes that being a family is being a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.