The Samaritan’s Feet team is devoted to serving those in need and helping others do the same. We invite you to learn more about our incredibly talented staff by viewing their information below.
Co-Founder, President, & CEO
Manny is the co-founder of Samaritan’s Feet and the chief foot washer and visionary. He loves watching lives transform right before his eyes and seeing people walk in their purpose. One of his most impactful memories with the ministry is when he witnessed the President of Burundi wash the feet of the poor and pygmies in his country. Another is when he witnessed one the orphans we served finish college, launch their own ministry, and have their own family. Manny enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, and investing in people.
Co-Founder, Vice President, & CAO
Tracie is the co-founder of Samaritan’s Feet and the guardian of our culture and chief encourager. She loves seeing our team, as well as those we serve with, reach their potential and utilize their platform to make a difference. Developing our Women Ambassador program and seeing computer learning centers being built in Africa and the success of their Barefoot Gala has been so meaningful for her. She loves serving her children, traveling with her husband, and of course, shoe shopping!
Regional Program Manager
Kyle develops and executes opportunities to grow the Samaritan’s Feet outreach through partnerships across Arkansas and the surrounding area. He enjoys seeing the impact a new pair of shoes and message of hope can have on a child immediately and then throughout their life. While serving in Puerto Rico, Kyle experienced a life-changing moment as he saw an eight-year-old boy, who had been orphaned due to a drug cartel killing, pray for the safety of the mission team members. Kyle loves spending time with friends and family, fishing, and watching college football.
Deni develops content to keep Samaritan’s Feet supporters informed and inspired about our initiatives while also supporting the Samaritan’s Feet staff with their marketing needs. She loves hearing stories of impact and sharing those with our supporters. While at a distribution, she recalls a young boy’s proud smile as he posed wearing his new shoes that properly fit over the braces on his feet. Deni loves black coffee, listening to music, and spending time at the beach with friends and family.
Marcela manages and coordinates all special events for Samaritan’s Feet, like the Barefoot Gala and Golf Tournament. She enjoys seeing the passion and commitment of the team, as well as knowing that the work she does helps make a difference in someone else’s life. Marcela loves seeing the joy and smiles in the faces of the children we serve. She enjoys camping, Alabama college football (Roll Tide!) and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Pam assists in our Missions Department by organizing international travel and events, and developing, building, and supporting in-country partnerships to form sustainable programs to advance the missions of all parties. She was exposed to the mission of Samaritan’s Feet through her previous position in which they partnered together in Ghana and Costa Rica. Pam and her family enjoy boating and spending time on the lake in the summer and in the winter, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and ice skating.
Digital Marketing Manager
Bryan produces videos, photographs, and designs pieces to document the domestic and international initiatives and impact of Samaritan’s Feet. He enjoys being able to tell the stories of those we serve. While serving thousands of refugees in Uganda, he realized he was ready to be a part of this global movement. Bryan enjoys munching on Haribo gummy bears, spending time outdoors, and getting tattoos.
Belton works in our warehouse ensuring all orders are correct, and keeping everything organized and safe. He really loves the people he works with and even tells his mother every day about his work family. Because of that, he really looks forward to coming to work every day. Outside of work, he enjoys relaxing, taking care of his mom, spending time outside, and spoiling his dog Pookie.
Lead Warehouse Associate
David helps in the warehouse making sure all orders of shoes are good to go. He is responsible for getting thousands of shoes properly packed and ready for distributions around the world. His favorite thing about working at Samaritan’s Feet is the good spirit and happiness of all his co-workers, and that he feels good when he goes home because he knows we’re doing good in the world. Outside of work, David enjoys gaming, listening to music, and cooking.
Jim ensures everything at our international headquarters building and warehouse is in tip-top shape. He feels blessed to be a part of an amazing group of people who are making a difference in the lives of others. While volunteering at a shoe distribution, Jim was forever changed by seeing the joy on the faces of those served. Jim enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and family (and the grandkids!), working outside, biking, hiking, swimming, and playing his piano and guitar.
Senior Program Manager
Debbie is the Senior Program Manager and will develop this program to serve senior citizens with new shoes while also giving them hope through service to them. Debbie said she’ll never forget the smiles on the recipients’ faces and the feeling of self-worth and dignity that they experienced while serving for the first time with Samaritan’s Feet. She also enjoys reading, watching college sports (especially Ohio State football), and traveling with her husband on day trips.
Security & Logistics Manager
Larry maintains security at our worldwide headquarters in Charlotte, NC, while also helping with trucking and logistics. He loves that he is playing a part in serving those in need. He recalls serving at our powerful reconciliation event in Charleston one year after they experienced tragedy through the shooting at Mother Emmanuel Church. Larry enjoys watching NASCAR, doing special projects with his church, and fishing.
Brandi assists our finance team part-time with a wide variety of services. She loves the welcoming environment at Samaritan’s Feet and being a part of an organization that is making a difference in the lives of others. Plus, she is excited to do a different side of financials in her role here. In her spare time, she loves reading, spending time with her wife, and road trips.
Domestic Programs Coordinator
Emilie coordinates shoe distribution programs in the U.S., focusing on Shoe Lockers and Seniors. She manages these programs from the start, sponsor relationships, to finish, getting the correct shoes to the correct place. She traveled with Samaritan’s Feet to Greece to provide shoes to refugees and it changed her life. Emilie enjoys caring for her houseplants (she has over 90), taking her dog on hikes, and reading.
Receptionist & Finance Assistant
Viki assists our finance team and loves thanking our donors for their generosity. She also greets all of our guests who arrive at our worldwide headquarters. She remembers a man who brought his daughter to one of our distributions, but his shoes were more tattered than his daughter’s. Samaritan’s Feet was able to provide shoes for both of them and she’ll never forget how thankful he was. Viki enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, and swimming.
Regional Program Manager
Cid works as a regional program manager for Samaritan’s Feet and loves traveling to help run our domestic distributions. She enjoys engaging with people from so many different backgrounds. Outside of work, she loves exploring new places with her partner, spoiling her pets and DIY projects.
Chief Operating Officer
Trish manages our community engagement, working with individuals and organizations to raise support through volunteerism and financial contributions. When volunteering at a shoe distribution, Trish greeted families attending which allowed her to have a special moment with nearly every one of the 800 who received shoes that day–a true gift of the season. She enjoys spending time with her family, being on the lake, and camping.
Jimmy works in our warehouse helping prepare orders that will go out around the world. He loves the team at Samaritan’s Feet and the concept of the mission, saying that he spent 37 years working somewhere he had to, now he’s doing a job he wants to do. Outside of work he loves doing target practice and volunteering with dogs (he and his wife had a self-funded animal rescue for several years).
Associate Director, Domestic Programs
Katie coordinates domestic shoe distributions for large corporate sponsors and enjoys her role as a liaison between the Operations Team and all the other areas of Samaritan’s Feet. She enjoys interacting with all areas of the organization as she helps get an event from inspiration to execution. She is impacted seeing the sheer size and reach of the ministry that all started with one simple pair of shoes. Katie loves hiking and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Regional Program Manager
Alicia helps create opportunities to serve at domestic shoe distributions. She makes connections and friendship, raises awareness for the organization, and help promote the mission. Her favorite memory serving with Samaritan’s Feet is from 2017 when she washed the feet of her future stepsons! Outside of work, Alicia enjoys taking photographs, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and playing games.
Steve is our Warehouse Manager and oversees all the shipments that come in and go out of the warehouse, ensuring the correct shoes are going to the correct places. Originally from West Virginia, Steve has been involved in Southern Gospel and Christian music since a very young age. Outside of work, he loves family function with his kids and grandchildren, traveling to the beach and mountains, woodworking, and playing keyboard and singing at his church.
Associate Director of Development
Nike develops partnerships and strategic initiatives to further the impact of Samaritan’s Feet. In 2018, a team of brave individuals committed to hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro in an effort to celebrate the years of service of Samaritan’s Feet. Nike said this trip was the most invigorating, challenging, and rewarding trip she’s ever been a part of. Nike loves a good long road trip, trying new food, a strong dark cup of coffee, reading, running, and spending time with friends and family.
James works in our warehouse and helps pick and pack shoe orders for our distributions. He makes sure the correct shoes are in the correct order. His favorite thing about working at Samaritan’s Feet is the team of people he works alongside. Outside of work, James enjoys spending time with his friends.
Digital Marketing Coordinator
Jasmine manages all of our social media, along with completing other marketing tasks that help support the efforts of other departments. She is very passionate about all aspects of marketing and enjoys what she does! She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2021 and is excited to be a part of the team. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, especially with her 5-year-old boxer mix, playing pick-up volleyball, and exploring all the great things Charlotte has to offer.
Whitney coordinates our teams and trips as we serve internationally and in the United States. She enjoys being behind the scenes and developing relationships with all of our partners around the world. While traveling to Nigeria several years ago with Samaritan’s Feet, her eyes were opened to a new world and she keeps those friendships and memories close. You can always find her outside enjoying the sun and spending time with her family and friends.
Davida researches, writes, and coordinates all efforts with grants. She loves hearing stories from volunteers about the impact Samaritan’s Feet is making in the lives of others. For her, impactful Samaritan’s Feet moments are the times she can go to one of our Shoes of Hope distributions to see the smiles on the faces of children and volunteers. Davida enjoys being outside, walking, reading, and being with family and friends.
Regional Development & Sports Initiative Manager
Kathy focuses on needs in the Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin region, while also developing relationships with athletes and sports organizations. She loves knowing that when she begins work each day, her mission is to help others in a tangible way. At a previous job, Kathy helped collect shoes to send to Nigeria and once she saw the photos of kids wearing those shoes, she was inspired. Kathy loves sports, including playing golf and pickle ball with her husband, yoga, reading, and spending time with family.
Community Engagement Manager
Meka is responsible for connecting communities to Samaritan’s Feet through fun and engaging service opportunities. As a native Charlottean, she has been heavily involved in servant leadership and loves to support philanthropic efforts as much as possible. At a distribution, hearing the excitement from the students sharing their dreams and aspirations made her smile for a week. Meka loves encouraging others to find at least three positives a day, cooking large meals, and all kinds of music. Her favorite animals are cows and turtles!