Meet The Team

Samantha Malcolm

I grew up in New Jersey and relocated to be in the sunshine 25 years ago.  I attended ASU and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Education.  Working in education and being around kids has always been a passion for me.  I taught high school for three years and loved it.  I made a career change in 2000 and decided to take advantage of the incredible real estate market in Arizona.  I have been a part of the Keller Williams family for 18 plus years and am proud to be a part of the Largest Privately held real estate company in the country!  They are always on the leading edge of technology and it has been a blessing to meet so many amazing people through this awesome company! I have my Brokers License and am proud to have been recognized by the Scottsdale Area Associations of Realtors as a recipient of 40 under 40, which is the top 40 agents in the association under 40 years old.

My husband Jason and I currently live in Scottsdale where we are raising our 5 children ranging in ages from 2-13.  I am very involved in our community and in addition to being a mom I love working with buyers and sellers in real estate.  I work endless hours to make my clients happy!  The most rewarding part of my career is when I receive a referral from a friend or client…there is no better compliment! 

Kelly Young

Kelly grew up in Springfield, Missouri. For college she decided to go to the Pacific Northwest where she graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelors in Communications. On a whim, and in an effort to get out of the rain, she moved to the sunshine state and landed in Tempe, Arizona. Since 2000 she has been a licensed realtor and the majority of her real estate career she worked for Shea Homes. Through this award winning company Kelly met her husband and they now live in Scottsdale and are busy raising their three boys ranging from 8-13 years old.
Kelly feels blessed to have met Samantha Malcolm who sold them their current home and has become a close friend. For over a year now Kelly has been having fun assisting Samantha with her marketing efforts, client gifts, large events and social media! Working as a team with Samantha is great fun and very rewarding!

Marni Gerber

Marni grew up in New York City.  Currently she lives in Scottsdale with her son!  Over the last four years, Marni got her feet wet in property management and real estate!  Marni thrives on building relationships and helping others.  She met Samantha thirteen years ago in a 5:30 AM boot camp and have been friends ever since!  Marni is so excited to be a part of Samantha’s team and Keller Williams!

Nicole Leier

Growing up on the move, Nicole found her passion for real estate at a very young age. She spent her childhood in over 5 different states including; North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado. During each move, Nicole fell in love with the entire buying and selling process, and understands the difficulties that can come with moving across state lines. While living in Colorado, Nicole stayed busy, working on a property management team, studying towards a BS in Marketing at CSU, and starting a family of her own. Over the last few years Nicole decided to pursue her real estate dreams, by moving to Scottsdale, Arizona and getting her license. Nicole loves being on the team, and being able to work alongside Samantha, a driving force in the industry.

Carol Samuelson

Carol, a Minnesota native currently living in Scottsdale, AZ, has a passion for real estate that first started as a residential property investor and that led her to become a licensed realtor in Arizona and California.  Currently, she is leveraging her extensive experience in corporate sales, operations, accounting/finance and real estate to work with her clients to help them achieve their real estate goals.  In addition to real estate, Carol has worked in the education technology and consulting industry for 15+ years focusing on sales and operations. She also has held various executive roles in accounting and finance. She is a graduate from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

Carol specializes in down- and right-sizing, vacation and second home transactions and is a senior real estate specialist working to find home solutions for aging in-place and transitions to retirement communities. Carol enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and volunteering.

Lara Palles

Lara was born and raised in Chicago but chose to make Scottsdale home after visiting with her husband in 2007. Lara is a mom of three and an active volunteer with the local schools. Lara has a BA from Columbia College Chicago in Marketing, Theater and Film and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. While in Chicago Lara worked in commercial real estate at a small boutique firm that represented big box retailers. She later went on to practice law in Chicago and became licensed to practice in Arizona, where she has a small solo practice specializing in the legal needs of small businesses.


Lara has a passion for building relationships and connecting people. Her love for the Scottsdale and Phoenix neighborhoods, schools and community led her to focus on residential real estate. In April 2021, she joined Samantha Malcolm’s experienced team, Sold by Samantha, at Keller Williams Arizona Realty. Lara shares Samantha’s love for family and community, and is inspired by her daily life and work ethic.  She is so happy to be part of such an incredible team.