Parent To Parent of NYS


Staff - Parent To Parent NYS

Amanda Christy
Regional Coordinator

Amanda Christy, Finger Lakes Regional Coordinator, joined Parent to Parent of NYS in January 2018. Amanda embraces the philosophy that everyone should be recognized and valued for his or her strengths and abilities, while being supported in their areas of need. She is passionate in this pursuit as it relates to her son, who was born prematurely at 28 weeks gestation and was given less than a 1% chance of survival. He experienced many medical challenges associated with prematurity and PPROM (preterm premature rupture of membranes) and spent four months in the NICU. Today he is a vibrant, bright, sensitive, curious boy, full of potential, with strong interests, is self-motivated, and is highly energetic.

Prior to the birth of her son in 2010, Amanda earned a BA in Economics from Saint John Fisher College and a MS degree in Public Policy and Analytics from Carnegie Mellon University. She held various positions working in the areas of business intelligence, analytics, and project management. Facing circumstances, decisions, emotions and uncertainty for which no parent can be prepared, Amanda chose to take a break from her career to focus on her son. Little did she know her son would take her on a journey she could have never anticipated: sometimes heart-breaking, sometimes joyous, but always interesting and ever-evolving.

After her son was born Amanda sought opportunities to become educated in the areas of her son’s needs, appropriate support systems and interventions, and advocacy. Wanting to become more involved in her new-found community, Amanda served as a Parent to Parent support parent for several years, as well as a support parent with the URMC NICU parent support group. Additionally, Amanda is a graduate of NYS Partners In Policymaking. She has a particular interest in making a positive impact on the narrative of and interventions used to support children with behavioral challenges and to further the understanding, acceptance, and support of twice exceptional learners.

Amanda lives in Rochester, NY with her husband and son.

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