Meet the Board
"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."
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.
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 Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Bill oversees all of Pizzuti’s financial activities, including cultivating capital markets partners. Bill also oversees both the property and asset management functions of the firm. A member of Pizzuti’s senior executive team, Bill brings a wealth of experience in the real estate investment and banking fields. He is responsible for structuring debt and equity investments in Pizzuti’s projects, working with both private and public sources including pensions, insurance companies, endowments, Tax Increment Financing, and federal and state tax credits. He also chairs the Investment Committee and actively engages in lease negotiations within the Pizzuti portfolio. Prior to joining Pizzuti, Bill was Managing Director and Senior Vice President for a major Ohio-based financial institution, where he managed the investment origination and portfolio management teams for a $2.5 billion real estate investment fund and separate account platform. In this capacity, Bill structured JV and preferred equity investments, along with mezzanine and senior participating debt. He also was responsible for the strategies of several co-mingled discretionary funds and separate accounts investing in all real estate asset classes. In addition, he served in other investment-related positions at real estate organizations in Florida and Oregon.
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 continues to help Nikki run the day to day operations of Sam’s Fans.
Samuel Gracida is the Operating Director of Sam's Fans. He is the main writer for our blog. He is also in charge of marketing and communications and you often see him posting on Facebook and Instagram, conducting live interviews, and more! Samuel is from Mexico, graduated from Capital University in Columbus Ohio with a degree in music, and is now completing a Master's degree to become a music therapist at SRH University in Heidelberg, Germany.