"As the Founder and Executive Director of Sam’s Fans, I have the honor of being Sam’s mom. March 15, 1998 was one of the best days of my entire life when Sam made me a mom for the first time. She was one challenging baby girl that grew up to be an amazing young lady. Diagnosed with a rare disease at the age of seven, Sam made it her mission to make the most of her situation and do whatever she could to help kids like her. Research was incredibly important and so was giving back and she had the biggest heart of any young person I have known. October 15, 2009 was the worst day of my life when Sam passed away. It has been our mission as a family and me as her mom to continue to live the life Sam would have lived and do the things she was passionate about. Each day we had with her was a gift and while she left us much much too soon it is important to move forward with her in our life each day. The daily work we do at Sam’s Fans gives us the change to provide happiness and comfort to kids like her and affords us the opportunity to keep her memory alive and create her lifelong legacy."
Mandy McGlone, MS, LCDC III, OCPS II, TTS
Mandy McGlone is a Managing Partner with Mighty Crow Media, LLC. Mandy is a Project Manager and Project Director with over 20 years of tenure in the human services field. Mandy and Nikki have been best friends for over 30 years, and have been together through the brightest and darkest days in each other’s lives. When Mandy said goodbye to Sam, she made a promise that she would take good care of Nikki. When Nikki decided that she wanted to honor Sam’s legacy and love of music by starting a nonprofit, there was no question that Mandy would play an integral part in helping Nikki to get things underway. Years later, Mandy serves on the Board of Directors, and continues to help Nikki run the day to day operations of Sam’s Fans.
Allie Sabo has called Columbus home since 2003 by way of her hometown of Tulsa, OK and after living in Chicago for several years. She is the Director of U.S. Strategic Communications for CGI, a global IT consulting firm. Allie has a passion for connecting with others over social media and became the Director of Social Media for Sam’s Fans in 2016. Nikki and Allie developed a close friendship after meeting through Allie’s husband Joe, who attended high school with Nikki. Allie first became involved in Sam’s Fans by running in the 5K. She has since helped plan the first Thread of Hope and assisted with other Sam’s Fans initiatives. Allie and Joe have a dog, Rudy Ray, who is the love of their lives.
Owner, THREAD Boutique – A Columbus native, Miranda spent years in retail at both big and small businesses. As her career was blossoming, her family began to blossom as well. She made the choice to stay at home with her husband and three daughters, but her spark for the worlds of retail and fashion never diminished. Miranda jumped back in with both feet, opening THREAD on Grandview in 2012. The store itself reflects both the heart and mission of THREAD: to build community through the shared love and interest in fashion, while remaining accessible and accommodating.
As President of the The Success Group, Dan McCarthy is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of one of Columbus’ premiere government relations firms. While he has an extensive background in health care issues, Dan serves a broad array of clients in transportation, telecommunications and other fields. Dan is the proud father of Sam and her brothers Finn, Joe and Jack. Dan also has the good fortune to be Nikki’s husband! In Dan’s words music and art therapy have the ability to bring out beauty and joy to the sterile walls of hospital rooms where all that seems is important are numbers and information.
Joe Feidner is Samantha’s grandfather. Joe is a retired from building two successful construction businesses in Florida and Ohio and currently serves on the Sam’s Fans board as well as Dynamic South, Inc. Joe is a licensed boat captain and enjoys fishing, traveling and hanging out with his five grandchildren.