Amanda Davis


Amanda Davis is a former teacher and public school administrator whose personal experience with canine helpers led her to research and encourage the use of Animal Assisted Therapy in schools as a means of reducing school violence and increasing student participation in communities by participating in a K9 training program through their classes. After earning her bachelors degree in Elementary Education and English from Sam Houston State University, she taught in the areas of music, gifted education, special education and English as a Second Language, as well as reading, writing, science, math and social studies. Obtaining her Masters in Educational Leadership from Abilene Christian University with certificates in Conflict Resolution, Reconciliation and Mediation, she chose the graduate program in Superintendency at the University of Texas at Tyler. She was appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2009 to the Board of Directors of the Trinity River Authority, Gov. Perry also selected her to the Council for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, a nine member group that advocated for state services in favor of adults and children with special needs. Amanda is an AKC Canine Good Citizen trainer and evaluator. She holds a membership in the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and is currently working to become an evaluator for the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Currently, Amanda volunteers for Bella’s Buddies, overseeing the breeding and K9U programs, coordinating volunteers and training therapy teams.


Tommy Davis


Tommy Davis graduated from Tarleton State University in 1994 with a degree in Agriculture Economics. He works with his family, managing a feed and fertilizer business in Leon County, Texas. He is a past president of the Centerville Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador for Leon County Go Texan Committee, and has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations such as Ducks Unlmited and Delta Waterfowl. He has been president of Leon County Farm Bureau for twelve years. During the school year, Tommy spends time promoting student athletes on radio station KMVL 100.5. He was the first honoree to receive the Leon County Real Men Against Domestic Violence award and he serves as the Leon County Emergency Management Volunteer Coordinator. Currently, Tommy oversees plant operations, canine health and wellness, and Bella’s Buddies social media.


Connie Easterling


Connie Easterling is a special needs educator with Buffalo Independent School District in Buffalo, Texas. Raised in her father’s veterinary clinic, Connie spent much time caring for animals and learning about the connections they make with their humans. Connie graduated with a Bachelors in Teaching from Sam Houston State University in 1980. During her 30+ years in schools, she has taught many high school courses, coached girls’ sports and sponsored many extracurricular activities. Connie currently teaches PPCD and life skills at Buffalo Elementary, where she spends her days teaching children who have Downs Syndrome, Autism and other physical and emotional disabilities.



Eighth Grade Math

BS in Education

Sam Houston State University



First Grade

ES in Education

Sam Houston State University



Sixth Grade Science

BS in Education

Sam Houston State University



Middle School Technology

BA in Interdisciplinary Studies

Stephen F. Austin State University



Elementary Counselor

MS in Guidance Counseling

Angelo State University



Senior English

BA in English

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Cara Dudley

Board Member

Cara Dudley bleeds Aggie Maroon and loves all things Texas A&M! She received her BS in Agriculture Development in 2001 and her MSEd in Psychology with an emphasis in Low Incidence Disabilities in 2006, both from Texas A&M. She is a certified special needs diagnostician and obtained her principal’s certificate. As the Curriculum Director for Centerville ISD, Cara works with teachers and students on a daily bases, striving to provide encouragement and serving the school community however she can. She is active outside the school as the Centerville 4-H club manager and is a member on the Leon County Youth Livestock Show Committee. Cara lives in Centerville with her husband, Randy, and their children, Caraline and Quannah.