Shortly after her son’s (Bailey) autism diagnosis in 2001, Sammi became an active supporter of the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR). As a volunteer, she raised awareness about autism throughout Southern New England; and chaired the Southern New England Walk for Autism Research held in Providence, RI. As NAAR merged with and became a part of Autism Speaks, she later became a member of the New England Chapter’s Board of Directors for Autism Speaks. In 2008, Sammi created her own nonprofit organization, “Bailey’s Team for Autism”, which has raised over 1.2 million dollars for autism research, education and programming in support of individuals living with autism and their families. She has done so through annual campaigns, a charity golf tournament and many other fundraising events.
Sammi lives in North Attleboro with her husband Doug and their son, Bailey, now 22 years old. Their other children include Rachel, age 25, and Spencer, age 21; and she is stepmom to Lindsay.