Samantha Eisenstein Watson, MBA
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Samantha Eisenstein Watson 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.
Michelle Landwehr, MPH
Michelle Landwehr, MPH, is our Program Director. She has been involved with The SAMFund since the beginning, both with events and as a part of the grants committee. Her academic background is in public health, and she is excited to be working on issues facing the young adult survivor community. Michelle holds a BA from Brandeis University and a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University.
Kristen Coco is our Development Associate, responsible for conducting a variety of fundraising activities in order to secure financial support for The SAMFund. Kristen graduated from Clemson University with a dual degree in Communication Studies and Sociology, and following graduation spent a year in Phoenix, Arizona serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. The daughter of a cancer survivor, she is proud to be a part of The SAMFund team.
Greg Parent joins The SAMFund 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 during their treatment, Greg is excited to continue helping a community of people he has grown to love.