"I am Samuel's Mom"
Katie Renfrow is Samuel’s Mom. After losing Samuel to heroin/fentanyl overdose, Katie knew she needed to help others that are struggling with addiction. Within her grief, she wanted to find a way to help people access resources for recovery no matter what their journey has been. This is why she created Our SAM Foundation.
Patty Banks, LSW, LPCC-S
Patty is Samuel’s Aunt, and was very close to Samuel when he was growing up. She has 30 years of experience in non-profit work. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from John Carroll University and a M.Ed. in Community and Agency Counseling from Xavier University. Patty has worked for TriHealth EAP as a counselor since 2012.
Bryan has been friends with, Katie, Sam's mother for almost 15 years. When Katie had the idea to start a Foundation to assist with helping others, he and his wife were honored to be a part of it. He spent quite a bit of time of time with Sam growing up and he is sad Samuel no longer with us but, he is proud to preserve his memory by saving others.
Erin K. Banks
Erin is a technologist for a large corporation and focuses on the marketing and messaging of topics such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, and security. Katie Renfrow is her cousin and calls Samuel and Kayla her cousins as well since she has known them since birth. Erin is honored to be able to help with this cause and to stop the stigma associated with addiction.
Will is Samuel's step father. He has known Samuel since he was 10 years old. Samuel and Will always enjoyed chatting about their favorite YouTube videos and wanting to start a vlog one day. His favorite memory of Samuel was when he would get to spend time with Kennedy.
Kayla is Samuel’s older sister. Kayla is a software professional, and shares her brother’s love of video games and technology. Since her Mom has started Our SAM Foundation, she is excited to help make a difference and help those dealing with addiction to gain access to recovery resources.