Amanda holds a Ph.D. in Folklore & Folklife and a Certificate in Historic Preservation, both from the University of Pennsylvania. She has written numerous architectural, landscape, and engineering studies for the National Park Service, as well as published an award-winning history of Omena, Michigan. Amanda trained at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and in addition to teaching writing at the university level, has presented living history programs about nineteenth-century farm life. She received her undergraduate degree in American Studies from Amherst College.
Elitza grew up on the Baker Farm in what’s now known as the Port Oneida Historic District. She attended Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, spent many years fine-tuning her approach to customer service, and moved back to the County in 2013. Her position at FPS allows her to integrate her passion for history (as evidenced by her home library’s preponderance of medieval biographies), her love of Leelanau County, her mildly type-A personality, and her long track record of providing great service, all while juggling several projects at once. She can often be found running on the Leelanau and TART Trails training for her next long-distance race, sailing West Grand Traverse Bay with her fiancé on his 32’ Endeavour, exploring the area’s restaurants, and playing pub trivia.