Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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Annual Session - Honored Guests/Speakers
Amanda Leigh Brozana Rios - National Grange Communications and Development Director

Amanda Leigh Brozana Rios is the National Grange Communications and Development Director and works with the Grange Foundation as an associate.  She is also past National Lecturer (2015-16), a member of Potomac Grange #1, Washington, D.C. and Cumberland Valley Grange #2104, Pennsylvania.

Brozana Rios holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a Master’s of Arts in Journalism from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, and completed doctoral work at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Communication Studies. She began her career in communications at 14 when she started working for the local weekly newspaper, the Southern Schuylkill Call, in her hometown area of Schuylkill County. She later worked for the daily Pottsville Republican Herald as a correspondent, intern, copy editor and reporter. She has taught communications and journalism, and American Studies, as a teaching assistant and then adjunct instructor at the University of Alabama, served on faculty at Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Bridgewater State College (now Bridgewater State University) in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. During her time at Alabama, she was the inaugural award winner for Student-led Community Engagement Partnerships.

She is married to Victor Barreto Rios, who is also a member of Cumberland Valley Grange #2104, PA, and serves as Steward of New Deal Grange #447, Greenbelt, MD. Together, they live in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, where she has been newly appointed to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Amanda and Victor enjoy community service projects, simple signing using ASL and petting “all the dogs.” They have three rescue dogs of their own - Wagneto, Austin and Maggie - and are the proud host parents of Anna Marie Wagerer of Schaalby, Germany.

Amanda grew up the daughter of a small-town police chief, an experience that destined her to live by the philosophy that, “You aren’t going to be popular, but you can choose to do good, work your hardest and be right.” She applies that each day to her work with the Grange.

During her time at the National Grange, she said she is most proud of launching the Communication Fellows program that has helped teach basic communication skills to members who prove to be part of our up-and-coming leadership core and the quarterly magazine, Good Day!.




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