A former librarian, Ami has long been energized by connecting people to essential resources. She loves to listen and dig deeper into what her community actually needs. Whether that’s information, a grant, or an introduction to other support systems, Ami wants to help Lander residents chip away at complex community problems.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Ami began her career in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where she developed a passion for community work as a volunteer with Burkina Faso Outreach. She spent a year traveling into the bush to interview families who needed help with their children’s school fees, and her experiences there instilled a deep belief that the people make the place.
When Ami moved to Lander in 2012 in search of open spaces, shorter and more beautiful commutes, and less humidity, she worked in a space that represented the intersection of many cross sections of the community: the Lander Library. She began as a part-time children’s librarian and worked her way up to lead adult librarian within a few short years, founding the Bookmarked Literary Arts Festival along the way.
At the library, Ami fell in love with the talented, creative, and quirky people who call Lander home, and her desire to help those neighbors only grew stronger. As LOR’s Lander community officer, Ami continues to build connections between people and resources, listening to the challenges Lander residents face and helping to launch solutions to address them. And as a former LOR grant recipient herself, she brings a unique perspective and understanding to the process.
In her free time, Ami can be found reading (of course), writing poetry, mountain biking and hiking, sipping cocktails on her back porch while admiring Table Mountain, and trying to improve her handle of the French language—definitely a pre-cocktail activity.
My Kind of Livable
Wide open skies, open windows all summer long, lots of adventure, and a place where my kids can bike to school.