— 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 – Grief and Loss
Madee Carder has always had a passion for serving families grieving the loss of a loved one. Before becoming Program Coordinator for Grief and Loss she served as the Bereavement Counselor and Volunteer Coordinator for HCI Hospice Care Services Perry and Metro Teams. Madee joined the Amanda the Panda staff in July of 2017. Madee attended Iowa State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services. While completing her education, she volunteered as often as possible with different grief support organizations. Madee is extremely grateful to serve families going through one of the toughest times in their life, and hopes families leave Amanda the Panda feeling loved and supported by staff, volunteers, and most importantly, their peers.
— Team 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.