|Birth Date||January 25, 1973|
|Occupation|| Coffee Barista|
|Tribe(s)|| ██ Yasur|
In Vanuatu, Ami became the catalyst of the failed all-female Yasur Alliance.
Ami Cusack was born and raised in Golden, Colorado, to Richard, a top gun pilot and explosives engineer, and Virginia, a former substitute English teacher and homemaker. After graduating Golden High School, she attended Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver. In 1992, while attending RMCAD, Cusack became one of the original six employees of a Golden-based nutritional company called Experiment and Applied Sciences. She started out by answering phones and by 1996 she became the company's charitable director. In 1998, (with over 350 employees), the company was sold and Cusack decided to travel for the next four years. Her travels led her to Australia, Thailand, Tahiti, Iceland, Japan and Africa.
Upon returning to the U.S., she took a job at a coffee shop, which she now considers "the greatest job in the world." She looks forward to being a mom and taking care of her family. She also is a nanny for a six-year-old. She is still very active in charities and has been named an Ambassador for the Colorado Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In 1996, she lost her 18-year-old younger brother, Kyle, to a drunk driver. Her mother now conducts motivational speaking to high school students about the consequences of drinking and driving.
Cusack is currently single. Her birth date is January 25, 1973.
During the welcoming ceremony, Ami Cusack was annoyed that she was put down second before a man. The tribal chief divided the tribes by gender and Ami was placed on the Yasur tribe. The women won the first challenge because of Chris Daugherty's inability to stay on the balance beam. The women also won the reward challenge and comfort items, once again due to the men's inability to cross a balance beam. However at camp, the women was divided between youth and work ethic. Ami preferred the hark workers and bonded well with Leann Slaby. The failed to work together in the immunity challenge and lost badly. After the challenge, a paranoid Eliza Orlins came to Ami with a proposition to vote out swing vote Dolly Neely. The plan worked and Dolly was blindsided. At the next challenge, it was revealed to be a double tribal council. Yasur lost the reward part of the challenge. As a stipulation of winning the individual immunity, John Kenney spent time at the Yasur camp to decide on who getts the individual immunity for Yasur. Hoping not to distrupt the intended elimination, John decided to give it to Ami. Ami's alliance proceded to vote off the tempermental Mia Galeotalanza. The Yasur tribe won the next two challenges, winning a native wilderness guide to show them the resources of their camp and immunity.
On Day 11, native Vanuatu tribesman came to the Yasur, wanting the women to pick a tribe leader. The women agreed the oldest one, Scout Cloud Lee. A tribe switch occured with Scout and Lea "Sarge" Masters in charge of mixing tribes. Scout picked the tribes that Ami would stay with Eliza, and Leann and introduced to Travis "Bubba" Sampson and Rory Freeman. Sarge picked the other group as the Lopevi tribe. The new Yasur also gotten Lisa Keiffer when she chose Yasur over Lopevi. Yasur lost the first challenge of the new tribes. At the immunity challenge, Ami hear Bubba asking Chris to throw the challenge. Angered by this, Ami successfully campaigned for Bubba's elimination. Yasur lost the next two challenges. Although Rory was the initial target, Ami deemed Lisa untrustworthy and arranged for elimination as well. Yasur won the next challenge, winning a coffee shop and loved-one letters and pictures. Although she bonded with everyone, Ami was dead set on voting out Rory, much to the latter's anger. This would be Averted as Rory won the women immunity. Despite that, Ami still Targeted Rory.
After losing Cookies and Milk in a reward challenge, the tribes merged at the next immunity challenge. Ami agreed with Twila Tanner's recommendation of staying at the Lopevi Camp. In the first individual immunity challenge, Ami made to it the final round but lost to Sarge. At camp, Ami was targetted by the lopevi men because Rory informed them of what was going down at Yasur. Ami was safe because Twila and Julie Berry deemed it was their best interest to go with the women over the men. Ami's alliance eliminated Sarge and Chad quickly. Ami wanted Chris to go next as failed to win immunity (which she won). Her closest ally, Leann, didn't feel right about sending Chris to the jury as they sent Lisa home. Ami accomodated for Leann and turn the vote against Eliza. Unfortunately, Chris used this opportunity to form a counter alliance with Eliza, Twila and Scout and blindside Leann. In the minority, Ami tried to get Eliza to turn against the duo of Twila and Scout. Ami failed both win immunity and sway Eliza to her side Ami was voted out in a 4-2 vote and became the fourth member of the jury.
At Final Tribal Council, Chris described her as with a soft heart. Ami voted for Twila. The reasoning being that Twila had answers that came from the heart.
|Ami's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Yasur Tribe Immune|
|4||Yasur Tribe Immune|
|7||Yasur Tribe Immune|
|8||Rory|| Chad, Chris,|
|12||Scout|| Chris, Eliza,|
|Voted Off, Day 33|
| Voted for|
|Statistics of Ami Cusack|
|Total number of days||54|
|Total votes received||12|
|Days spent at Redemption Island||N/A|
|Ami's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|2||Malakal Tribe Immune|
|4||Malakal Tribe Immune|
|6||No Tribal Council|
|7||No Tribal Council|
|Voted Off, Day 21|
- Ami attended the 10th anniversary party of Survivor.
- Ami was the only female Malakal member to not make the merge in Survivor: Micronesia.
- Whenever Ami got votes at Tribal Council, she received exactly four.
- In both seasons Ami competed in, there was an all-female alliance. The Yasur Alliance failed, while the Black Widow Brigade succeeded.
- Ami is openly bisexual.
- Ami was involved in two tribe switches but always stayed on the same tribe
- In Micronesia, Ami was the only person voted out between the switch and the merge to not switch tribes.
|Survivor: Vanuatu Contestants|
Ami Cusack · Brady Finta · Brook Geraghty · Chad Crittenden · Chris Daugherty · Dolly Neely · Eliza Orlins · John Kenney · John Palyok · Julie Berry · Lea Masters · Leann Slaby · Lisa Keiffer · Mia Galeotalanza · Rory Freeman · Scout Cloud Lee · Travis Sampson · Twila Tanner
|Survivor: Micronesia Contestants|
Alexis Jones · Amanda Kimmel · Ami Cusack · Chet Welch · Cirie Fields · Eliza Orlins · Erik Reichenbach · James Clement · Jason Siska · Joel Anderson · Jon Dalton · Jonathan Penner · Kathy Sleckman · Mary Sartain · Mikey Bortone · Natalie Bolton · Ozzy Lusth · Parvati Shallow · Tracy Hughes-Wolf · Yau-Man Chan