Meet The executive Team
Amanda was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, where she lived for the first 18 years of her life. She now attends Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she studies Global Studies and Strategic Communication. Amanda has always embodied a passion for public service, especially regarding women’s empowerment. After interning for a U.S. Senator in 2017 and serving as a Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow in 2018, Amanda founded Missouri M.A.D.E. to inspire and empower more MO women to run for public office. The powerful women in her life, particularly her mom, inspire her to diversify the voices representing us in government. She believes that mobilizing and diversifying elections is essential because women have always been steady voices of empathy shaping our society to be the best it can be.
Koby Ljunggren is a senior biochemistry student at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. Involved in both political and scientific advocacy, he brings a unique perspective as both politics and STEM disciplines lack gender diversity. As a Missouri resident for 15 years, he’s watched the state evolve politically, and he would like to see it move in a different direction. He believes that promoting and advocating for women in public office is integral to moving our state in a better direction. Ultimately, he believes Missouri M.A.D.E. is the best avenue for this change.”
Director of Public Relations
Arylle Kathcart is a fourth-year student at Missouri State University studying intercultural communication and sociology, with a plan to continue her education in law. Arylle was an intern for a U.S. Senator in 2018, where she was able to start her experience in helping Missouri citizens. Through organizations both on and off campus, Arylle practices educating women to ensure they have the tools to empower themselves. For her, Missouri M.A.D.E. is an opportunity to ensure that every voice has someone advocating for them in office.