Andrea is the resident American on the board, moving to Newcastle in 2014 and currently serving for a second year as a board director. 

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida Andrea studied general business, marketing and sports business management at the University of Central Florida (UCF). During uni she served an active role in Alpha Kappa Psi a professional business fraternity and worked for the Office of the President on the President’s Leadership Council. Upon graduation in 2011 she took on a role in Community Relations for the Philadelphia Eagles NFL (gridiron) team.

Following 18 months with the Eagles, and a one-year stint back at UCF in University Marketing – Andrea moved to Newcastle to be with her partner. 

When she first arrived in Australia Andrea began documenting her new adventure in a blog called The Pineapple Cake before commencing work in Events and Communications for the Hunter Academy of Sport. 

After a bit of soul searching and realising that for two years she had been carting party supplies back and forth from America, Andrea opened her own business, Palm & Pine – a premium party goods shop in Newcastle West in January 2017 filling the gap in Newcastle for boutique party supplies and decor. 

With her broad range of knowledge in event planning and styling Andrea was asked to teach the Cert IV Event Styling course at the Hunter Design School this year. 

When Andrea isn’t working in the shop, she is constantly thinking about her next epic party, enjoying a coffee or cocktail at one or Newcastle’s great venues, at the gym or lounging around with her French Bulldog, Palmer.