Amanda holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and 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. Amanda received her undergraduate degree in American Studies from Amherst College.
Summer moved to Leelanau County with her husband and son in 2005. Prior to coming on board with FPS she worked in banking, served on the Leland Chamber for 9 years, and obtained her real estate license. Summer balances her work life at the ice rink being a hockey mom to her son.