Leadership

Samantha Vance, CEO

Samantha Vance comes from humble beginnings with a life-long history of serving the homeless. Her passion stems from a personal situation. Recently she hosted The impact Show interviewing her mother, who was once homeless while pregnant with her. Her mother was to turn her life around with the help of her community. Samantha hopes that the combination of experience in leadership and her passion for helping those in need will take the Kearney Center to higher heights.

To date, Samantha has raised close to $1M for nonprofits in the State of Florida. She has been recognized throughout the state with several high-achieving awards, and in 2020 appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to serve on the State Advisory Board for the Department of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention assisting with the management and allocation of close to $3M in federal funding. For 12 years, Samantha has run a consulting firm helping over 25 nonprofits, small businesses, and politicians nationwide. Vance is the Founder and Executive Director of Ladies Learning to Lead (L3), a Statewide organization that provides training and resources to prepare young ladies for college, careers, and life. She will continue her support of the organization, soon stepping into the role as Chair of the Board. Vance also led administrative operations, under Emmett Reed, for Florida’s first and largest advocacy organization for long-term care providers, Florida Health Care Association. Prior, she was the head of operations at California State University East Bay assisting with management of a $4.8M budget for the library centers and served as financial project manager at Alliant International University, San Francisco.