— 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.
— Program Coordinator – Volunteers
Megan Mondt joined the Amanda the Panda team as Program Coordinator- Volunteers in September of 2017. Megan graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services. Before joining Amanda the Panda, Megan worked for Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South and Children and Families of Iowa. Megan is so grateful for the opportunity to be able to work with individuals and groups in need.
— Program Assistant
Jess Short Joined Amanda the Panda as the Program Assistant in January 2018. She previously worked at ChildServe and The Homestead and has volunteered with Children’ Cancer Connection, Blank Children’s Hospital and Mercy Children’s Hospital. After graduating from Grand View University with a degree in Human Services, she decided to pursue a Master of Science in Child Life through Bank Street College of Education in the hopes of becoming a Child Life Specialist. She is very passionate about supporting kids and families and is very excited to be working here at Amanda the Panda.
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