Meet the Staff

Samantha Eisenstein Watson, MBA
Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Sam is a two-time young adult cancer survivor, diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in December of 1999 and with secondary Myelodysplastic Syndrome in April of 2001. She is proud to be an active member of the cancer community and a passionate 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.

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.

Carolyn Melley
Program/Social Media Assistant

Carolyn joined The Samfund as a co-op student from Northeastern University, where she is studying Political Science and Communications. She is excited to promote The Samfund’s mission and share the stories of grant recipients on social media.

 

Patrick Russell
Grants Assistant

Patrick is the Samfund Grants Assistant, and also a young adult cancer survivor. He comes to The Samfund from a state healthcare exchange, and has an extensive history with disaster recovery programs. Patrick graduated from OSU with a BA in Sociology and is happy to help other cancer survivors on their journey.