Samantha De Laho

Major: Criminal Justice, Minor: Sociology; Class of 2019
Hometown: Roy, NM

I was born and raised in New Mexico where I grew up on a small family ranch. At 18, I joined the United States Navy where I was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia and Washington, D.C. over the course of six years. Following my enlistment I moved around Virginia, Florida, and Arizona, eventually settling in North Carolina. In 2017, I obtained my Associate’s in Criminal Justice Technology from the State College of Florida. In 2018, I moved to Charlotte to attend the University of North Carolina Charlotte to pursue my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. 


Throughout my time at UNC Charlotte, I became an active member of the Student Veteran Association, where I helped revive the organization, serving as the Vice President. Additionally, I have spent time volunteering in the community with the Hands On Charlotte organization. 


Currently, I work for the Veteran Services Office as a work-study, where I have created and implemented a voicemail and message-taking system, created a work-study training program, trained eight work-studies, created work-study schedules, updated benefit contracts, and additional forms to fill departmental needs. 


After graduation, I plan to begin working as a Probation Officer in the state of Virginia. My goal in becoming a Probation Officer is to aid in the rehabilitation of offenders and to guide them back into society while reducing the likelihood that they will return to committing crime or that they will commit a new offense.