Portrait of a GFFer: Amanda Kalescky

Meet Amanda. Amanda is a Dallas native that attended Texas Tech University to receive her undergraduate degrees and the University of Texas at Arlington for her master’s. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Rob, for seven years and together they have a three year old daughter, Eleanor and a five year old shelter rescue mutt named Minnie. Read below for more about Amanda!

  1. I had a double major in college – Architecture and Civil Engineering, as well as double minors – History and Math. That’s a cumulative 244 course hours in 5 years!
  2. My dad has a small business that does audio visual work, and I’m often his cheap labor. I’ve gotten to help him do the staging and production work for really big events like the Dallas Marathon, as well as less well known things like the Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant (all contestants are touted to have “reached the age of elegance,” also known as 65+).
  3. I am an award winning flower arranger and a member of the Junior Group of the Marianne Scruggs Garden Club.
  4. I have been waterskiing at the family lake house since the age of 4. I could slalom ski by the time I was 6, thanks to the tutelage of my uncle, who had been a ski instructor at Camp Longhorn (and wouldn’t take “no” as an answer when it came to skiing).
  5. In addition to time at the lake house, I grew up spending summers at my mother’s family’s rice farm in Stuttgart, Arkansas. We still often go to Stuttgart’s World Championship Duck Calling Contest, held every Thanksgiving!
  6. I’m featured in the “Build A Truss” exhibit in the TI Engineering & Innovation Hall in the Perot Museum of Nature & Science. I actually drew the hand drawings you see in the exhibit – though I didn’t know they were going to use those! I would have been a little neater, had I known.
  7. I am a member of the Junior League of Dallas and have had the opportunity to volunteer with organizations like The Trinity River Audubon Center, Habitat for Humanity, and the Dallas Arboretum through the league. I am currently serving on their R&D Committee.
  8. We have season tickets to the SMU football games and love the laid back, family friendly atmosphere of the games (since there is rarely a crowd there…though that might be changing! The ponies are 2-0 so far this season!)
  9. I got to study abroad twice in college: once to Paris & London with Texas Tech’s Honors College and once to Montreal with Tech’s Architecture program. While in Paris I got to see the final day of the 2004 Tour de France, which sparked an interest in watching the 21-day race every summer (on TV).
  10. I helped lead dozens of trips down to South Texas to aid in the recovery following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike, mostly through putting new roofs on houses that had been damaged. I’m quite skilled with a nail gun and could lay out shingles in my sleep.