Meet the Staff

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Samantha Eisenstein Watson, MBA
Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Sam is a two-time young adult cancer survivor. Diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in December of 1999, and with secondary Myelodysplastic Syndrome in April of 2001, she co-founded The Samfund in 2003 after recognizing a void in programs and services tailored specifically for young adult cancer survivors after treatment. She is proud to be an active member of the cancer community and an advocate for young adult survivors throughout the country. Sam holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MBA in Mission-Driven Management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis.

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Michelle Landwehr, MPH
Chief Operating Officer

Michelle is our COO, and she has been involved with The Samfund since its inception. She oversees all program and evaluation activities, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with the young adult survivor community. Michelle holds a BA from Brandeis University and a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University.

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Greg Parent
Program Manager

Greg’s role at The Samfund is to facilitate the programs that help our young adult survivor community. A graduate of the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, Greg has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a dual major in Religious Studies. Having previously worked supporting cancer survivors who have traveled away from home during their treatment, Greg is excited to continue helping a community of people he has grown to love.

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Caitlyn Burke, MBA
Development Associate

Caitlyn is the Development Associate at The Samfund. She was first introduced to the organization through a project as part of her MBA program at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and is so excited to officially be a part of the team. She also holds a BA in History and English from Saint Michael’s College.