Meet the Staff at the Energy Assistance Foundation

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Susan Sams 

Executive Director of the Energy Assistance Foundation 

Susan graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Special Education focusing on Hearing Impaired children. 

Susan's career journey is an inspiring and fascinating one. As she held on to her purpose of solving problems and was a reliable asset to her community, she taught children with hearing impairment, transitioned to a substitute teacher, a sign language instructor, and worked as a volunteer for many organizations for 26 years. 

 

In 2005, Susan joined the EAF as the Executive Director, and for the last seventeen years, Susan has remarkably impacted many lives. "This is by far the most rewarding job I have ever had. Being able to make a difference in so many families and seniors' lives is something that I enjoy every single day." Susan passionately and enthusiastically said.

It confirms that Susan is indeed fulfilling her purpose while contributing to the living conditions in the Central Illinois area. Although people seemed hesitant about the help offered by the EAF, Susan's good communication strategies paved a convincing way to approach them, offering the utility bill assistance. Susan is proud of keeping Illinois homes and hearts warm and cool year-round.

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Kimberly Mangan

Director of Marketing & Development

Kim joined the Energy Assistance Foundation in October 2022 as the Director of Marketing & Development. She is a graduate of Millikin University, with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and previously worked at her alma-mater in the Office of Alumni and Development as Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations.  

 

Kim is a thoughtful civic leader with exceptional experience in development across nonprofit and corporate spaces. Kim brings a professional background in corporate philanthropy, non-profit leadership as well as marketing communications and fundraising. Community engagement has been a cornerstone of her career path and purpose in life. She has a passion for public art, live music and photography. She currently volunteers with several nonprofit organizations as a board or committee member including Beautify Decatur Coalition, Decatur Area Arts Council, Early Bird Kiwanis Club, James Millikin Homestead and Oakwood Business Association.

 

Kim lives in the West End of Decatur with her favorite son, Garrett and their two dogs, Pepper Mae (Terrier mix) and Loki Boi (Husky). Her favorite daughter, Claire, lives nearby with Kim's grand-cats, Chip and Dale.