A native of Chicago, Sam came to Citygate Network from a member mission where he served as Senior Director of Programs, overseeing the startup of a multiservice resource center and the expansion of an overnight shelter from 60 to 330 guest per night. Prior to that he was Vice President of Poverty Reduction for Catholic Charities of Central Colorado. Stints with Young Life and the American Cancer Society are also in his portfolio. Meari, his wife, is a teacher; their daughter is a college student. A longtime Presbyterian church elder, Sam is an avid mountain biker and skier. He and Meari can be found on the trails and in the trees throughout Colorado all year long.