Mrs. Alstad has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Arizona State University and has specialized in procurement management for the majority of her working career. Including both retail and wholesale experience, Erin is currently the Director of Client Services for an e-procurement software company. She is in charge of an eight member team and is responsible for executing best practices to achieve the best results and exceed client expectations. Erin originally met Holly while attending Pendergast Elementary School. They were fast friends but as time went on and school districts realigned distance grew, but some friendships you never forget. In 2010 Erin attended Holly's first Fall Fling Event. As she left the event she found herself thinking about Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! and wanted to do more, give more and participate more in worthy causes. Erin is excited to be a part of the Don't be a Chump, Check for a Lump! team.
As a child, Amanda Goossen was affectionately nicknamed motormouth. Her passion for discussion was evident at an early age as she interviewed everyone and told the stories she learned to anyone who would listen.Reading Judy Blume and writing dramatic stories were Amanda's earliest hobbies, as well as creating videos impersonating Barbara Walters on ABC's 20/20. After graduating from California State University Northridge in 2004 with a degree in English and a specialty in education, Amanda decided to become a stay-at-home mom. Soon, however, the writing bug began biting too hard and a freelance writing career was born. Working from home and taking care of two kids under 3, Amanda was the editor-in-chief of Suspense Magazine, wrote for dozens of online publications, worked as a book reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly and established Lit Fest Magazine, an online magazine highlighting books, food and music in Los Angeles. In 2011 when her family moved to Phoenix, Amanda started writing for Arcadia News, a community newspaper with a readership of over 20,000 a month. In 2012, Amanda was named special sections editor of Arcadia News and in 2013 she was promoted to managing editor. As managing editor, Amanda went on to develop a successful teacher award program, a community book club, over a dozen monthly newspaper columns, photographed award winning newspaper covers and led the newspaper to two national awards for Best Community Newspaper, as well as over 30 awards in individual categories. In 2014 Amanda was named a Rising Star in Journalism by the Association of Free Community Papers, in 2015 won first place for Best Original Writing in a News Story from The Society of Independent Free Papers of America and in 2016 she won second place for Best Original Writing, from the IFPA.Amanda is currently a contributor to the Arizona morning show, Your Life A to Z, a frequent moderator of events, a freelance writer and while she is a California girl at heart, she has established a love for the desert community she now calls home.
Holly Rose never dreamed of founding a non-profit until she battled breast cancer. She received her B.A. in Psychology, yet she chose to follow the path as an entrepreneur with her husband. After many years of success and two little girls she chose to step away from their business and become a stay at home mother and devote her time to her family. Years later, during her battle with breast cancer she pondering her purpose in life and concluded her path was to “Live and Give”. She felt destined to give back to her community. She founded the Live and Give Foundation Inc. that quickly became know as, “Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump!” with the incredible support from her husband, John, her daughters, and her childhood friends, Kate Kunberger and Shelley Sakala, and jumping in down the line another childhood friend Erin Alstad. Holly is passionate in her work with Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! She gives thanks to God for keeping her alive and placing her on a beautiful path to give back. Her motto is “Together we are making a difference!”
Kate is an attorney specializing in entertainment-related intellectual property litigation. She earned her B.A. from University of Arizona, and her J.D. from New York University, School of Law. Kate has a passion for international travel and has been to over 50 countries.
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Shelley Sakala is about as close to a native Phoenician as they come. She has lived in the valley since she was three years old and has been friends with our founder, Holly Rose, since grade school. Shelley has lived in other parts of the U.S. while working as a broadcast meteorologist and reporter. Her goal was always to land a job back in one of the largest television markets in the country…Phoenix! She did just that and worked for ABC 15 for more than five years before deciding to transition into real estate. Her television experience and extensive knowledge of the entire valley has helped her build a strong referral-based real estate business. Her connections also make here a valuable asset to Don't be a Chump! Check for a Lump! Shelley is the proud mother of two little girls, Sage 8, and Chloe 5 and wife to husband Joe.
Marci McDonald an outgoing, enthusiastic, creative, and fun go getter that is happy to be a part of Don't Be a Chump, Check for a Lump. Marci is founder of Flipped Bird a company specializing in reversible bags and totes that can be found in over 1000+ boutiques and retail shops across the country. She also is Owner with her husband John with their new company Candle Happiness. Developed by Marci & John, Candle Happiness is a line of hand poured candles that has a happy message and jewelry surprise hidden inside the candle which can also be personalized. Their candles were recently featured inIN STYLE. Marci has been an avid supporter of Don't Be a Chump Check for a Lump, her entrepreneurial spirit, skills and persuasive selling will be the perfect fit to continue to help Don't Be a Chump to grow.Marci is married to her awesome and supportive husband John McDonald. He also encouraged her to be more involved with Don't Be a Chump, she has 3 kids, Kassidy (19), Keaton (16) and Dash(14) who has volunteered with Don't Be a Chump for the last several years. Marci loves yoga, riding her cruiser bike, longboarding, loves to happily scare her friends and family and is addicted to salty chocolate chip cookies!