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Leader of the Month: Amy Sandel

Posted on 04 September 2017

Hey y’all!  My name is Amy Sandel, and I’m honored to be YXU’s leader of the month!  I grew up in Youngstown, OH, and graduated from Ohio University in 2005.  After school, I lived all over: Southern California, Austin and Houston Texas, Nashville, TN… I have a gypsy soul.  Now that I’m a little older, I’ve settled here in the beautiful Weinland Park neighborhood of downtown Columbus.  On a typical day, you can find me hanging out at bars, having a beer, chatting up the bartender, all while getting paid to do it because yes, I have the coolest, best job ever: I’m a sales rep for Rhinegeist Brewery. 

 When I’m not slingin’ beer, I’m slingin’ weights as a CrossFit coach at my CrossFit box, Ohio Strength.  If I’m not selling beer or coaching, I’m usually drinking beer or working out!  I’m also a huge concert-goer, avid reader, coffee drinker, cat lady, hot yogi, and I enjoy participating in different volunteer opportunities throughout my community.  I do my best to do it all.

 As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a love of animals, especially our feline and canine four-legged friends.  As a kid, I had dreams of becoming a veterinarian, and to this day, I have deep love and compassion for all of God’s creatures.   

Also, as I mentioned earlier, I used to live in Houston.  I worked in many of the small coastal towns south of the city, as well.  Even though I’m no longer there, I left a lot of great people and great memories (and great barbecue!) behind.  The city of Houston was very good to me.

In light of the above and recent events in the Houston area, my charity of choice for September is the Houston Humane Society (  The city is in dire straits right now, and the Humane Society has been inundated with hundreds of animals needing shelter and care.  Many of these animals have been separated from their families and are frightened and disoriented.  Many are also needing serious medical attention.  This is an urgent crisis that cannot be taken lightly. 

My heart hurts for these animals, the victims, the city, the rescuers – the entirety of Houston.  However, these people are resilient and will show the world why you “don’t mess with Texas!”  So let’s give them a helping hand this month in supporting the Houston Humane Society.  Here is your chance to be the change you wish to see in the world.

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