Sam Melden

Sam Melden

Director of Strategic Engagement

Sam grew up in the Toledo area and currently lives in West Toledo with his wife, Lindsey, and their three daughters.

Sam has worked in leadership positions in the non-profit industry for the past several years. His roles have included serving as the Executive Director of Food for Thought, the Executive Director at The Center for Servant Leadership, and as the Director of Growth and Advancement at Leadership Toledo. His experience in local organizations, as well as many other areas of community involvement, have prepared him for his role at The Ability Center.

In addition to being passionate about his community, Sam has become increasingly passionate about reducing barriers for people with disabilities after his youngest daughter was born with Spina Bifida. “Nothing makes you an advocate quite like having a child with a disability and that’s why this work is so personal for me. I’m very honored to work in such a great organization, doing such important work in our community.