Amanda Cross

Grant Research Team Member

Amanda Cross’ professional career began in the computer industry as co-founder of CWC Software. In 1990, Amanda moved to Sanibel with husband, W J Torpey, a saltwater fly-fishing guide and their young daughter, Lindsay. A few years later Lindsay developed a life-threatening electrical problem in her heart, which was diagnosed at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. After a friend’s infant son was diagnosed with cancer, Amanda co-founded SanCap Cares (SCC) in 2000 to raise money and awareness for the children’s hospital. To date, over $14 million has been donated to the hospital by SCC.

Other notable services, achievements, and recognitions include:

  • Canterbury School (Fort Myers) trustee for 15 years
  • Florida Weekly 2001 Lee County Power Women
  • Gulfshore Life 2006 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Currently serves on the boards of these organizations:

  • Lee Health Foundation
  • Harvard Club of Lee County

Women’s issues

  • Member, League of Women Voters of Sanibel
  • Supporter, EMILY’s List and Ruth’s List to elect women to state and national political offices
  • Trustee, recently endowed family foundation whose mission will focus primarily on women


  • AB, Harvard College – Applied Mathematics