ACO welcomes Amy Gnadt

as the President of the Board of Directors this year. Amy served her first term on the ACO Board in 2014 and she has a long history as a community volunteer. We asked Amy if she could share why she has been so committed to ACO. Amy’s words were, “I can only respond by saying, life-altering tragedy can happen to anyone. When I was 2 years old, my dad died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 38. My mother was challenged with finding a job for the first time and raising 3 children under the age of 12. Unfortunately, for her and my family, we did not have a supporting organization like ACO to assist us during this difficult time. My interest in supporting ACO stems from knowing that my story can be anyone’s story today and if ACO can make a difference in the lives of families then I am all in with my support.”, shared Amy.

In addition to leading ACO, Amy also serves as an elected official on the Allen Independent School District’s Board of Trustees.  She has served on the Allen High School PTSA as Webmaster, Escadrille ABBA Board as Volunteer Coordinator, and as member of the Junior League. Amy is a Civil Engineer with a degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, and she works as a Risk Engineer in the insurance industry. She is married to Jay Gnadt and they have two children, Tricia, a student at the University of North Texas, and Emily, who attends Allen High School.  Amy is a 2016 Graduate of the Texas Association of School Board’s Leadership program and holds the certification of Master Trustee. She is also a current participant in the 30th Leadership Allen Class.

“We are so happy to have Amy’s leadership, compassionate heart and positive outlook. As a key volunteer of our organization, her expertise and commitment to our mission is inspiring”, said Marjorie Vaneskahian Burr, Interim CEO.


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