Staff Spotlight: Amanda Herndon

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date October 12, 2020

We are so excited to introduce our new Social Services Director, Amanda Herndon! This is such an important role in our community and we know that Amanda is a perfect fit. So we look forward to seeing what the future holds for her here at Kirkwood.

To help you get to know her, we have asked Amanda a few questions about herself and her family!

How long have you worked in social services?  I graduated with a a minor in Criminal Justice and Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from UAB in 2005.  I graduated with a Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama in 2009.
How long have you lived in Alabama and what is your favorite thing about your city?  My husband and I both grew up in the Center Point and Huffman areas.   We currently live in Odenville and we love the small town feel of our community.
Where did you go to school?  Erwin High School – UAB for undergrad and University of Alabama for Master’s Degree!
What sports team do you cheer for?  Auburn Tigers! But I am part of a divided home…
What are your favorite hobbies?  I love to read. I can also crochet and enjoy it when I have the time.
What is your favorite place you have ever traveled?  Vero Beach or Lake Lure as both vacations were family centered.  Both locations were beautiful and had a laid back atmosphere.  They were needed relaxing vacation destinations.
What is your family like?  I have been married to my husband, Brad, for 13 years.  We have 3 wonderful children (Savannah 15, Sawyer 10, and Blake 4).  We are active in sports in our area throughout the year with both girls playing softball and Sawyer also plays basketball!  We also have a large extended family that we spend as much time as possible with.
Amanda we are so excited to have you as our new Social Services Director! Thanks for telling us a bit about yourself to help the kirkwood family get to know you a little better!

The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My time at Kirkwood was spectacular; they taught me how to walk again. The staff was outstanding, and the care was beyond reproach. When I arrived, I had a long way to go. I was very sick. The first night, they had to lift me as I could not move by myself. When I left, they were chasing me down the hallway. They taught me how to perform the activities of daily living again. It was the best care I could have prayed for, and on top of that, the food was spectacular.

Eli Gold Past Resident

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents