Samantha is reliable, dedicated and eternally upbeat. Her ability to develop, provide, and support individuals with a strength-based, person centered approach - including calming angry or frustrated clients - is unparalleled. She is able to find hope with and for those who often come to her with little hope. I wholeheartedly endorse her for working with children, parents, individuals, families, within organizations and/or as a talented leader."
- Patti Bitney-Starke, Director of Mental Health, Kaposia
"Sam has really shown me that she cares about me in all areas of my life. She follows through on her commitments!
One big thing that Sam helped with was to have a positive team meeting. I usually dread these meetings because I feel they only focus on the “negative” things about me. Sam prepared with me and helped me think about the meeting in a different way. Together, we came up with tools that were very empowering. Sam set the tone for a meeting where I felt included and supported. People were finally recognizing my strengths and not just what they think I should improve upon.
Sam is always thinking of ways to help me be my best well self and supports me by sending videos or encouraging me in my wellness tools. It’s been great working with Sam, not only professionally, but also getting to know her as a friend." -Megan M., Job Seeker & WRAP Attendee
“Sam, Thank you for being so engaged with our group and the inquisitiveness you brought. You bring a quiet braveness that makes those around you feel safe and regarded.
-Deborah, Fellow Coach U student
"Sam worked with my daughter to find customized employment, and I was immediately impressed with her. She was very enthusiastic, organized, and professional in all of our interactions. I was amazed at how Sam was able to recognize my daughter's strengths so accurately after only a few sessions together. Her warm personality, professional and personal experience working with people with disabilities, and her passion for improving the lives of others makes her an excellent resource for those individuals and families seeking assistance in life planning. Sam has been a blessing to our family."
-Maria Girard, Mother of Jennifer, Job Seeker
"Samantha has helped me get through so much. She challenged me to get out of my comfort zone.
She persevered with me and encouraged me every step of the way. Samantha was creative in the meetings set up - I can't even remember many of the places we went! I learned a lot along the way and I never would have had the opportunity otherwise.
When I was hired as a full-time Warehouse Associate, I doubt I would have made it through the first day without her support. I've been in my job for 7 months now. I've enjoyed meeting new people and getting to know my coworkers. Without Sam to help me with conversations and accommodations with my supervisors, I would have had a lot of trouble, no doubt. She's positive and dependable. She definitely knows how to help people find jobs." -C.S. - Former Job-Seeker
"Samantha has excellent leadership qualities and empathy for those she serves. She throws herself wholeheartedly into working with individuals to help them reach their goals. At all of our meetings she was well prepared, creative in troubleshooting, and encouraged collaboration from everyone at the table. She does not back down from difficult conversations and has a way of calmly and confidently bringing people together. I have no doubt Samantha will make a positive impact in many people's lives." -Laura Lindholm, Ramsey County Case Manager
"Our family hired Sam as a personal care attendant (PCA) for our daughters. Sam’s background of working with individuals with unique needs was a large factor in our decision to trust her with our family. Sam immediately gained an amazing rapport with our family. She had a special way of making our daughter, Kayman (who has Down syndrome, ADD and Anxiety disorder) feel loved and supported. Sam used many techniques to keep her engaged, motivated, and following directions when Kayman was distracted. She had a lovely way of working with Kayman to get her back on track. Sam is a highly talented professional that I would hire in any capacity, any time. I would hire her as a coach for our company and re-hire her for the care of my children."
-Sara Lebens, President, Lebens Advisory Group
"I have really enjoyed and appreciated my time collaborating with Samantha. She takes a special interest in everyone she supports and goes above and beyond to ensure that the people she serves have everything they need to be successful. She is never afraid to take charge and be a fearless advocate. As a colleague she is smart, kind, flexible, and always prepared. She has been an excellent sounding board for me, coming up with creative solutions whenever we troubleshoot together. Samantha's strong work ethic and positive attitude shine through in everything she does."
-Anne Christians, Employment Consultant, Kaposia
"Caring and effective are the phrases that come to mind when I think about Samantha. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing her for a few years, during which she assisted her client in achieving her goals. Samantha did the research and found my business as a place to help a young artist succeed. Above all, I was impressed with her ability to guide and help her client improve upon her natural talents and abilities. Samantha guided with care, advised, and gave her client space to make decisions and grow."
-Jennifer Bisch, Owner, Artist Mercantile
As a former ESL teacher and current elementary school tutor, I have seen many teacher assistants and PCA’s in my lifetime. Sam is a very patient and relates well with children. I have observed her in many situations and remain impressed with her ability to be flexible, loving and knowledgeable. She keeps my granddaughter moving forward in her development and when completing tasks. In my interactions with her, I have found her to be compassionate and responsible with my granddaughters. I highly recommend Sam and her company, Lumina."
-Mary Walker, Grandmother & Retired School Teacher
"I have been very impressed with Samantha’s ability to approach her work with individuals in a positive and strengths-based manner. In a field where systems may encourage us to speak about, plan for, and address the weaknesses of folks we work with, Sam leads the way in focusing on people’s strengths and talents. Samantha is creative as she looks for real solutions to barriers that may come up along the way. She is a strong communicator with an ease and openness that allows people to open up to possibilities in a safe and positive space.
-Liz Gronert, Career Consultant, Kaposia
“Sam, you radiate a certain a compassion and kindness that is so hard to find. Your goals and passions have been so refreshing and encouraging. ” -Nick G., Fellow Coach U Student