Staff Spotlight: Amanda Herndon

By Lauren Sanderlin | 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 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

My only regret is that I didn’t move here sooner with my late husband. We would have loved living here together. It would have been perfect for us to travel without the responsibilities of a home.

Nell Mehaffey Current Resident

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

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

We love that Kirkwood isn’t only church affiliated, but faith is a very prominent, important part of the community. To us, there just couldn’t be a better place.

Bob Tate Current Resident

If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!

Robbie Sevier Former Resident of 37 Years

We’re a family. We really are a family.

Bet Kesmodel Current Resident