Sam joined the Willamette team in July 2015. She is from the Bay Area in California and moved to Corvallis to experience a new lifestyle and to continue her educational interests in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. In the past Samantha was a Zookeeper at Oakland Zoo and an Exotic Animal Trainer at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. She has also worked at a lion conservation in Zimbabwe. Her hobbies include hiking, cooking, baking, and water sports. She shares her home with her boyfriend, Cameron and their two pitbulls, Duke and Diesel.