Amanda Rials was raised on a farm with beef cattle, swine, broiler chickens, cotton, and peanuts in Samson Alabama. She received a BS in Poultry Science from Auburn University. She currently lives in Auburn, Alabama.
She currently works as a Project Engineer – Food Safety with the Alabama Technology Network. She previously worked for Tyson Foods. During her 15-year career with Tyson Foods, she spent some time working with the Distribution and Transportation division to disposition product and find alternative waste streams for product destined for the landfill. She was able to develop an ongoing relationship with TCWR and increase the amount of product directed to TCWR. With an extensive background in animal agriculture and a passion for animal welfare, she was drawn to the mission of TCWR and wanted to become more personally involved.
She enjoys spending her free time with her boyfriend Dave riding the bike trails in NWA, enjoying the lake, road-tripping in her Jeep, camping, watching Auburn sporting events, volunteering with the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas, and cuddling her 15-year-old fur-kid “Harry Cat”.
Although she loves her Alma mater, Auburn University, she also has a connection with Kansas State University, where her “Bonus Son” Tristan is a Senior in Mechanical Engineering.