Amanda Rials was raised on a farm in Samson, Alabama, that produced beef cattle, swine, meat goats, broiler chickens, cotton, and peanuts. She received a BS in Poultry Science from Auburn University and currently resides in Auburn, Alabama.
She serves the food manufacturing industry as a Project Engineer specializing in Food Safety with the Alabama Technology Network, an entity of the Alabama Community College System. She has extensive experience in the food manufacturing industry, including 15 years with Tyson Foods. During her time with Tyson Foods, Amanda worked on projects to disposition product and locate alternative waste streams for product destined for the landfill. This project introduced Amanda to Turpentine Creek and its mission. 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 camping, traveling, road-tripping in her Jeep, attending Auburn sporting events, volunteering with the Junior League, soaking up the sun at the beach, and cuddling her 17 year-old fur-kid “Harry Cat”.