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Amanda Saint grew up a Bama fan in the heart of Middle Tennessee.  She graduated from Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, TN and then moved to Tuscaloosa to attend The University of Alabama where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and a Masters of Accountancy.  For 17 years, Amanda has either examined, audited, or worked in banking.  As a Senior Vice President and Business Unit Controller at Regions Bank, Amanda establishes corporate accounting policy, advises on accounting and reporting risks, and serves as a subject matter expert on the identification and implementation of process, risks and control improvements. 

Amanda currently serves on the Board of Directors of Better Basics Inc., an organization focused on advancing reading and mathematical literacy through enrichment and intervention programs throughout Birmingham and Jefferson County.  Amanda is a recent Junior League of Birmingham sustainer after serving 11 active years, including 2 years on the Board of Directors.

Amanda and her husband, Brian, live in the Cherokee Bend neighborhood, along with their 10-year-old son, Will and a host of pets: Jack and Arnold- their goldendoodles, Charlotte- the cat, and Steve- the bearded dragon.  The family also has a cow, Sassie, but she lives in Eclectic, AL. 

Amanda enjoys dinners out with friends, volunteering, cheering on the Tide, playing Pokémon Go with her son, visiting family, reading, and “Netflix and chilling ;)”

Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
I was serving on the JLB Board of Directors when the Torcbearers campaign was initiated to raise funds for a permanent home for One Place.  In my role on the Board, I was fortunate to visit a One Place organization in another city and witness first-hand what an amazing and absolutely NEEDED place it was.  Sadly, domestic violence and sexual assault is a prevalent problem that does not have an expiration date.  When I learned all the hardships that a victim must endure just to see a nurse, have counseling, press charges, etc., it opened my eyes to the needs of ONE place for victims to come and receive all the services they need.  One Place is a wonderful, operating organization in this city; however, a larger location would allow more services for more victims.  I am motivated to do my part to make this happen for our city.

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
I am inspired by so many- my husband, my son, my family, friends, co-workers, and previous torchbearers.  I am inspired by Jesus and his love for all.  The older I get, the more I understand how hard life can be…..for everyone.  However, I also understand how powerful a smile, a quick message, and time and attention can be.  I strive to do my small part to make a better place for those struggling and those I love.

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