Meet our Staff: Samuelu Poueu
Samuelu Poueu is used to having hard conversations. As Property Manager for Tamayo Village, Sam is responsible not only for the upkeep of the buildings themselves, but more importantly, for ensuring that the youth who live onsite follow the terms of their rental lease agreements. Often, this means navigating through nuanced situations with a combination of compassion and clear expectations.
â€œSam reliably meets everyone with patience, grace, and kindness,â€ says Emma Grace Fairchild, Program Coordinator for Tamayo Village. â€œHe brings the perfect combination of firm boundaries and total understanding to our residents.â€
With thirteen yearsâ€™ experience in law enforcement, a Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and time invested as a youth counselor, Sam certainly has the professional background to excel in his role. However, it is his sense of humanity, rather than his rÃ©sumÃ©, that helps him connect with the youth.
â€œWhat inspired me to apply for a job at SAY is that I wanted to work at a place where I can have a positive influence on young lives,â€ says Sam. â€œI enjoy watching the youth develop life skills that will help them in their future.â€
And while he takes his role seriously, Samâ€™s warm smile and easy-going manner make him a welcome presence for both youth and staff alike. The youth enjoy talking to him, and he effortlessly balances his roles as educator, mentor, and management.
Samâ€™s passion for supporting young people extends beyond his work life. Sam is a proud husband and father of three who enjoys spending time with his family. He is also a coach for a summer high school baseball team.
When former residents come back to visit, it makes Sam proud of the work that he and his fellow teammates do each day. He is especially honored to work with coworkers who share his passion for helping the youth in our programs. The feeling is clearly mutual, as Emma Grace so aptly says: â€œThe world is a better place because Sam is in it.â€