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Amy O’Barr

Associate Director and Senior Grant Writer
Hometown: Dothan, Alabama

Pronouns : she / her / hers

Amy comes to Elevate with diverse experience in education and the private sector. In these roles, Amy has worked on collaborative teams to achieve various types of goals including, reaching financial milestones and exceeding learning objectives. Amy is passionate about advocating for those with unheard voices, including individuals with disabilities and those negatively affected by the criminal justice system.

Amy holds a master’s degree in Grant Writing, Management, and Evaluation from Concordia University Chicago. Additionally, she has a master’s degree in Education from the University of South Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Troy University. Amy volunteers with animal rescue shelters to secure funding to reduce pet overpopulation and euthanasia rates.

During Amy’s off hours, you can find her tending to her cat sanctuary, currently numbered at 21 furry felines. She also enjoys exploring bookstores with her daughter and diving into comic
book movies with her partner.

What is your hidden talent?

My hidden talent is having a keen sense of smell.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

My punctuation mark would be the em dash. Conversations with em dashes are the most entertaining and informative.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

My grammatical pet peeve is when sentences lack parallel structure.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Sunday afternoons are for good books and leisurely naps.

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