Amy Samples

Operations Manager

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Primary Responsibilities

  • Matching fellow lovers of the Bluegrass Region with an organization that helps them take action on their values and interests.
  • Supporting development efforts including grant writing, establishing a corporate partners program, and maintaining donor relations.
  • Providing operational support for financial management and systems.


Past Experience

Previous professional experience includes more than a decade dedicated to natural resources management, including conservation and philanthropy coordination for The Nature Conservancy of Maryland/D.C. and Great Lakes outreach, research, and education in Michigan.



Graduated with a B.S. from Clemson University in Environmental and Natural Resources and a M.S. from the University of Michigan in Natural Resources and Environment with dual fields of study in Environmental Policy and Planning and Aquatic Sciences.


Favorite Thing About The Bluegrass

There really is no place like home. While my studies, travels, and opportunities kept me away for almost two decades, I would always introduce myself as being from Kentucky. Why? Because I’m proud of our breathtakingly beautiful state which boasts all four seasons, dewy fields, distinctive culture, and my family roots.



Cooking, going to the lake, discovering and supporting my daughters’ hobbies.



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