Born in Albury NSW, Sam grew up in both regional Victoria and the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Her family moved every two years and Sam has attributed this constant movement to her ease in communicating with people from all walks of life. Sam has been living in South Australia since 1999 and is currently Arts and Cultural Development Manager– Aboriginal program for Country Arts SA. In this role Sam works with communities across the State and with the Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Engagement Officer supports SA Aboriginal communities in their arts and cultural aspirations. Prior to working as a Manager Sam worked as an Arts Officer for Country Arts SA, where her position was in partnership with the Port Augusta City Council. In this role she acted as the Manager of the Fountain Art Gallery and in 2008 was the Country Arts SA representative working on the inaugural State Government Initiative Regional Centre of Culture “Port Augusta Re-Imagines”. Sam has always been passionate about First Nations affairs, in 2001 she discovered she has Aboriginal heritage, her mother who at the time was volunteering at the Koori Heritage Trust was researching the family tree and found that the family has connection to the Taungurung Nation in Victoria.