A SOLDIER AND A SAILOR WALK INTO A COMMUNITY...
NO, THEY DIDN'T START A BAR FIGHT - THEY BEGAN ORGANIZING
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Patti Gerhauser: Post 9/11 veteran, wife, mom of two, community organizer and veteran advocate.
Patti is a U.S. Navy veteran who served from 2007-2011 as an AEGIS spy radar tactician on the USS Gettysburg. She spent two years on sea service and deployed to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Aden. In the Gulf of Aden, she served with the United Nations’ Combined Task Force 151, which led anti-piracy efforts in 2009.
As a civilian, Patti has pursued a career in the non-profit sector, including roles in outreach, adult education, community organizing, advocacy and community development. She previously served as the Women Veterans Program Coordinator at Veterans Leadership Program. In that position, she lead outreach and advocacy efforts, coordinated community partnerships and events, and managed social and supportive programming for Women Veterans in western Pennsylvania.
Patti belongs to many civic organizations to include the Women’s Overseas Service League (WOSL), the VFW, and The Mission Continues.
Patti holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Communication and Conflict Management from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
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Aryanna Hunter: Iraq War veteran, mom of three, author, and veteran advocate.
Growing up the youngest of ten children in a family that lived below the poverty line, finding a way to make things happen was just a part of life. In 2001, at the age of 18 and answering the call of her nation, Aryanna enlisted with the United States Army just weeks after the terror attacks of 9/11 and served with the XVIII Airborne Corp on the front-lines during Operation Iraqi.
In 2017, Aryanna decided to take on the political establishment and ran for Lt. Governor against an incumbent. Aryanna would later end her own campaign and turn her attention to co-founding a political action committee with a mission to level the financial playing field in politics, called Fight the Power PAC.
Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, an MBA, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Aryanna is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Community Engagement at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Currently, Aryanna is the Director in the Office of Veterans Services for the University of Pittsburgh.
Aryanna is a Defense Council member of the Truman National Security Project, an Oxfam Sisters on the Planet Ambassador, and belongs to many civic organizations to include the NAACP, VFW, The Mission Continues, and others.