St. Ambrose University
- Great Clips
Sam was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, grew up in Atkins, Iowa, and currently lives in Norway, Iowa. She attended St. Ambrose University where she studied Forensic Psychology. She and her husband Phil have two daughters, Brooklyn and Sienna. They also have a golden retriever, a Shi Tzu mix, and a cat. It’s a full and busy house! Sam is a Great Clips franchisee of thirty-six different salons between Iowa and Nebraska. She is in the business with her parents and her sister, which is a huge blessing. She is responsible for training, technology, managing upper management, overseeing recruiting and scheduling efforts, and anything else that comes her way.
When she’s not at work, Sam is throwing all of her energy into being a mom for her two girls. She loves going to their show choir competitions and musicals. She says they love everything Disney and each day at their house is like its own musical performance. When she does have the opportunity to get outside, she likes spending the day fishing with her dad and family. She says, “We love to go to our family lake house in Arkansas and just hang out in the water for days on end. Card and board games are also a good time.” Sam also loves being a tourist. She likes traveling and finding things to do, explore, and experience while on vacation.
Sam’s connection to Camp Bear Creek started when she was very young. She says, “I was a camper for what feels like my entire childhood. Many summers I would spend multiple weeks at camp. I was blessed to have a group of kids who all continued to attend camp together for several years and really appreciated the friendship with kids other than those I went to school with. Looking back, I wish I had gotten on staff as I would have loved a few more summers there!” She felt so connected to camp that she even had some of her senior pictures taken at Horsethief Cave!
Now, Sam serves on the board to help ensure that camp continues to provide the same experiences that she loved as a kid. She wants camp to bet that safe and welcoming place for kids of all ages to grow up, and she hopes to one day be able to send her own girls. Sam says, “I love the connection camp provides its campers! Campers are able to connect with people with different backgrounds and from different places! Camp always seemed to have such an ease to its ministry that just felt right. It felt right to have everything just built into what campers were doing and kids were able to really just enjoy being themselves with the people around them, experiencing the same things. I really appreciated how nearly every activity was easily tied to ministry but wasn’t forced or made to feel artificial.”