For Sam, it’s simple things that bring her joy: a yummy and nourishing meal, being in nature, and connecting with her son, her friends and family, and the kids that she teaches. Her role as the Director of Community Programs, as well as a WKids Coach, provides her the opportunity to share with both children and adults ways of living a healthy and mindful life. Sam also enjoys heading up the social media for Wellness Foundation and coordinating Wellness Challenge 360°.
Sam’s career path allowed her to meld her three great passions: art, children, and public service. She studied Art History at Christie’s in London before working at NYC contemporary art galleries Metro Pictures, Fredericks and Freiser, and the non-profit, Art Resources Transfer. After 9/11, Sam listened to her heart and followed it, pursuing work with children at a local preschool, teaching art. Following a move to the East End with her son, Sam went on to co-found Karma Kids, a non-profit dedicated to teaching kids how to give back by creating and selling their art.
Sam is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell. Practicing yoga and meditation and walking her dogs on the beach are Sam’s favorite forms of exercise and stress relief. And, she loves preparing healthy and delicious meals with her very sporty (and always hungry) son. She finds that the biggest benefit of living a healthy, plant-centered lifestyle is that she feels so good! It’s important to Sam to be on a path that keeps her healthy and happy so that she is available to connect deeply with the people that she loves and to live a really long life. Sam’s favorite wellness read is “The Blue Zones” by Dan Buettner, because it addresses the keys to longevity and provides terrific tips that are easy to incorporate.