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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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.

Maia Dolphin-Krute, BFA
Grants Assistant

Maia is the Grants Assistant at The Samfund and assists our applicants through every step of the process. As a chronically ill young adult, she is happy to be supporting other young adults and The Samfund community. Maia holds a BFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and is the author of two recent books on illness and disability studies.

Tori DeRoche
Program/Social Media Assistant

Tori is the Program/Social Media Assistant. She first started working at The Samfund as a co-op student, and has since continued on part-time while continuing her studies in Human Services and International Affairs at Northeastern University. She is excited to be able to share the stories of the incredible cancer survivors who receive grants from The Samfund.