— Team Director
Mollie Giller joined the Amanda the Panda staff as Team Director in October 2015, after serving as Director of Jewish Family Services and Outreach for the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines. Mollie attended the University of Iowa, earning a Master’s of Public Health degree in Community and Behavioral Health and a Bachelor’s degree in English, Communication Studies and International Studies. Since then she has loved working in the nonprofit world, providing high-quality services in a mission-driven environment. With a passion for helping individuals and groups most in need, it is exciting to see the mission and work of Amanda the Panda in action, helping so many children and families overcome the loss of a loved one. It is truly an honor to be a part of such a wonderful, life-changing organization.
— Program Coordinator
Teske Drake, Program Coordinator, joined Amanda the Panda in March of 2016. Teske has a passion for working with those who’ve experienced the loss of a loved one, shaped by her personal, educational, and professional background. With a BA in Social Work and Family Services, and an MS and PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, Teske has worked in end-of-life care as a Hospice Social Worker and previously served as Director of Hamilton’s Academy of Grief and Loss. Teske also co-founded and led a non-profit support group for 8 years, Mommies with Hope, designed for women who experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss; a topic on which she has researched extensively and published two books. Teske is excited to be a part of Amanda the Panda and to carry on the longstanding history of bringing hope and healing to grieving families in the community and beyond.
— Program Assistant
Erica Sherman, Program Assistant. Erica Sherman grew up in Des Moines and graduated from Roosevelt High School. She spent 9 years with Campfire USA, first working as a camp counselor and site director for 4 years, and finally working as a Office Manager/Registrar for 5 years. She has also worked as an Administrative Assistant for United Way of Central Iowa’s Volunteer Engagement department for 5 years and as an Executive Assistant at the Iowa State Fair. She is excited to join the life changing work of Amanda The Panda.