Samantha Gomolka, a native of Buffalo, NY, is a military spouse of 15 years and a mother of three. Her adventures in this military lifestyle have included residing in North Carolina, and West Virginia before returning home to live near family and friends.
Currently employed as a Physician Assistant in Dermatology, Samantha has earned her B.S. in Business Management from SUNY Geneseo in 2002, and a Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky in Physician Assistant Studies in 2013.
A passionate advocate for military families, she and her husband Michael have founded Project 33 Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to honoring the lives of Special Operation soldiers killed in action since 9/11/01. Through her work with Project 33, Samantha was awarded the 2019 Armed Forces Insurance National Guard Spouse of the Year award. This award introduced her to two other military spouses, Maria Reed and Jessica Manfre. Together, they founded Giving Tuesday Military; a global initiative under Giving Tuesday to complete intentional acts of Kindness. The initial goal of 1 million acts of Kindness was far surpassed, when 2.5 million acts of kindness were completed on 12/3/19, Giving Tuesday.
Samantha remains steadfast in her dedication to provide support for military families, and more specifically, National Guard Special Forces families. The NG SF life is a unique lifestyle that presents challenges which may not be recognized or experienced by Active duty components.
She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and children “seeking high adventure” and working their land. Happy to travel the world and discover new things, but she is also equally as content to stay home to cook a good dinner and curl up with a book. Retirement plans include opening a Christmas Tree farm, and local artisan gathering space.