Samantha grew up in Cheney, Kansas, with a love for the outdoors and wishing her future turned into a real-life version of The Wild Thornberrys. She later moved to Texas, where she would graduate from Texas State University with a degree in Biology and a minor in Anthropology. Once graduated, Samantha accepted a tour guide position at a wildlife park in Arizona, providing educational tours to the public. She worked there for six years, working her way up to assistant manager of the hoofstock department, where she helped manage the husbandry for 100 individual animals. Some of her favorites included Eland, nilgai, watusi, and of course the three male giraffes. Samantha is grateful to be a part of the Longneck Manor team to help further their wildlife conservation goals, while also providing the best animal welfare she can. She enjoys traveling and watching movies with her husband and their two cats, Killarney and Gimli.