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“I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work across sectors in various capacities. My work has always focused on improving quality-of-life outcomes for children, families, and communities.

"So, I think the area of focus around human service has been the through line for what they have in common, but each has very different approaches in application. This has been an important perspective for me to gain — it has all helped shape my perspective and vision for true transformative change to create a more just and equitable society where all people and communities can thrive.”

— Samantha Mellerson

Samantha Mellerson is an executive director with the W. Haywood Burns Institute. Learn more about Mellerson’s unique professional background, commitment to bringing about transformative change to create a more just and equitable society, and advice for UMB students as they enter the workforce. 

Read more in the February 2022 issue of SPOTLIGHT newsletter.

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