Year Joined MKLM: 1996
City: Phnom Penh
Focus: Education, Health, Pastoral Care
Project(s): Boeung Tumpun Community Health and Education Project
People Served: Boeung Tumpun and two Vietnamese communities
Project Goal(s): Provide access to public education, literacy and numeracy classes, early childhood schooling, health training and low cost medical treatments and social service outreach.
At Boeung Tumpun Community Health and Education Project, Sami is the Finance Manager and is responsible for all related matters. She does music ministry in her parish. Sami will be transferring to Haiti, one of MKLM’s new mission sites, in mid-2018.
Back in 1996, Sami joined Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Pavia, Venezuela. She started a community food cooperative, worked with youth in a music ministry and did pastoral outreach in the rural areas.
She transferred to Cambodia in 2008 and was the Seedlings of Hope HIV/AIDS Program Finance Manager. Sami oversaw the accounting staff, prepared budgets and financial reports, liaised with funders and supported project managers. She trained and transferred the position to local staff.
Sami is from St. Paul, MN, but came to Maryknoll Lay Missioners from Phoenix, AZ. She has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Marquette University, and has worked in banking as an analyst and auditor. At St. Luke Parish in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Sami was a liturgist, Eucharistic minister and budget committee member. She also volunteered at a reading service for the blind.