Director of Family and Community Relations & Certified Crematory Operator
Amanda is a native of Dahlonega and graduate of Lumpkin High School. She is a licensed funeral apprentice and has worked at Dahlonega Funeral Home since 2010. She is the Director of Family & Community Relations and location manager for our Dahlonega location as well as our Cleveland location under the leadership of Claire McDonald.
Amanda is a Certified Crematory Operator and holds a certificate since 2019 from the NFDA. Amanda operates our on site crematory in our Cleveland Funeral Home.
Through her role in the funeral industry over the last 12 years and with developing relationships with families she has served she has felt the impact of certain unexpected deaths. This has caused her to become an advocate for Suicide Prevention where she carries a certificate in Suicide Prevention Training and for Overdose prevention where she is part of the Georgia 911 Good Samaritan Law fighting fatal opioid overdoses. In this is trained and able to administer Naloxone.
Amanda currently attends Ogeechee Technical College to complete her final step in obtaining her degree for Funeral Directing.
Growing up in Dahlonega and just recently making a temporary move to Dawsonville with her son Dockery; she is assisting in the process of restoring an older home in downtown Dahlonega where she hopes to reside very soon.
Amanda plays an active role in all daily activities with McDonald Family Funeral Home's and spends a great deal of time volunteering in the community and being a key part of many organizations including CASA, Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Lumpkin, Dahlonega Cemetery Committee, Eastern Star, Kiwanis, and Dahlonega Woman's Club. Amanda takes pride and fills her already busy schedule by coordinating many Senior Events, Cell Phones For Soldiers Projects, our annual Toys For Tots Drive, and partners with Lumpkin County Family Connections, Community Helping Place, Thankful Hearts and Rainbow Children's Home for many other community projects and events in hopes to better and give back to the community in which she loves so much.
Amanda is a court appointed special advocate and has previously served on the board for Enotah CASA (an organization that advocates for abused and neglected children). She has served as a chair on the Lumpkin County Cemetery Committee, the Fundraising Chair for Lumpkin County PFO, a Secretary for W.I.L.L (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), President of the Lumpkin County Healthcare Committee, and Vice President Health & Family Expo organizing committee.
Amanda grew up spending much of her childhood in White County and looks forward to becoming more involved with White County Programs and being more rooted in the community.