Samantha Durfee serves as a Director of Public Health for the Capital Area Public Health Network, an initiative of Granite United Way. Sam received her MSW from the University of New Hampshire and her BSW from Plymouth State University. Sam has held various roles at Granite United Way since 2016 and has several years experience in facilitating Granite United Way's grant-making process from beginning to end. Sam's current scopes of work primarily support NH's Capital Area in strengthening its capacity to address public health issues, such as preventing and addressing substance use disorder, increasing access to basic needs and behavioral health services, and convening key partners to address these challenges together. Sam lives with her husband, Sam, (yes! Sam and Sam) and their two adult rescue felines, Francis Thunderwood and Callie Cowbells. While Francis has long held the title of "Household Tyrant," Callie's adjustment to a settled and spoiled life is increasing her confidence in trying to claim the title. Sam hopes to strengthen and support New Hampshire Humane Society so the animals and people it serves also receive the opportunity for love, growth, and empowerment. The Sams love to ballroom dance together, stroll New Hampshire's forests with mushroom, tree, and bird identification books in hand, and continue to build roots in New Hampshire.