Sam Blazina Bio
Sam Blazina is a Senior Education Ombuds with the Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO). Sam earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Public Health Education and Spanish, as well as her Master's degree in Special Education at Central Washington University. Prior to her work with OEO, Sam had 25 years of combined experience in the fields of Public Health, independent living counseling, social service, post-secondary academic and career counseling, and community program development supporting youth with disabilities. In her current work, and recent appointment to the Washington State Special Education Advisory Council, Sam maintains a strong commitment to serving students with disabilities in all areas. As a parent of a young adult with a developmental disability still in school, Sam understands first-hand how to navigate through systems and most effectively bridge them so that students and their parents can fully participate in the decision-making impacting their future. Sam speaks Spanish and Portuguese.