Hipólito Arriaga was born and raised in the South Bronx. In 2003 at age 19, Hipólito joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as an artilleryman. Following four years of service, which included two deployments to Iraq, he separated from the military honorably. Post service, he began seeking healing for the various injuries he sustained, both physical and invisible, leading him on an evolving journey of self-discovery. Hipólito is a writer and performer with Warrior Writers and the Combat Hippies. He is trained in Bapiste Power and Trauma Conscious Yoga, and serves as a wilderness expedition leader with No Barriers Warriors. His performance and writing experience include “AMAL” and “Conscience Under Fire”.
Jeremy Berggren, Vice-Chair of Warrior Writers Governing Board, currently lives in Durham, NC. In 1998 Jeremy joined the Marine reserves while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting. After earning a B.F.A. in 2004, Jeremy worked at Kennesaw State University’s Center for Student Leadership. There, Jeremy created and coordinated an Arts Leadership Initiative and Arts Advocacy Group. From 2008-2014 Jeremy was involved with educational, organizing, and political programs and actions around the country with Iraq Veterans Against the War, now About Face: Veterans Against the War. Artistically, Jeremy has exhibited art in California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. He performed at the Dodge Poetry Festival with Warrior Writers, and was invited to perform at the National Folk Art Festival in 2017. Along with two other North Carolina poets, Jeremy is featured in Gerret and Mimi Warner’s documentary, Truth Underground. Jeremy’s poetry is included in the Warrior Writers anthologies: After Action Review and Warrior Writers.
Eddie Falcón served for 4 years in the USAF as an active duty enlisted aircrew member, stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base. He completed 4 overseas tours, 2 in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan, as well as medical evacuations during Hurricane Katrina. After separation from the military, Eddie moved back to California, earned a B.A. in Spanish Linguistics and an M.A. in Spanish Language Literature, and is currently working on certification to teach high school Spanish. Eddie is a Warrior Writers artist and facilitator and has organized public readings and workshops at the San Francisco Arts Commission and around the Bay Area. He has served on the Board of Directors for About Face: Veterans Against War, was featured in the documentary Before You Enlist, and speaks in high schools and youth programs around the Bay Area about the true experience of military recruitment, service, and life as a veteran. Eddie is also a proud member of the Danza Mexica (aka Aztec Dance) community. He practices this indigenous cultural expression at ceremonies and pow wows throughout California.
Reverend Dr. Karis K. Graham USAF (Retired) served 33+ years as an active duty and reserve military chaplain, and she is a three-war veteran. Her military story was featured in the Carthage College play Afghanistan/Wisconsin as she was the first military chaplain to “come out” while in uniform. The Reverend Dr. Graham helps other veterans through her work with Warrior Writers. In her civilian capacity, Dr. Karis Graham is a pastor within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She is also a career Civil Servant with the US Government, serving as a diversity and inclusion expert. She is a member of the Indian Creek Chickamauga Tribe of Alabama.
Gala True, Secretary of the Warrior Writers Governing Board, is a health services researcher with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Section of Population and Community Medicine at LSU School of Medicine. As an undergraduate. Gala had a double major in Anthropology and Psychology. She received her PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Gala lived and worked in Philadelphia for many years and became involved in Warrior Writers during that time. When she moved to New Orleans in 2015, she and Ray Facundo co-founded the NOLA Veterans Arts and Humanities Alliance, a group of local arts organizations, Veteran artists, military caregivers, and civilian allies who create free, art-focused programming and events in greater New Orleans. Through her collaborations Gala helped start a new Warrior Writers community in New Orleans.
Will Woldenberg, Chair of Warrior Writers Governing Board, is a US Army veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn and continues to serve the U.S. Army Reserve as a Public Affairs Officer. Will is the founder and president of Entegrit, the first veteran-owned management consultancy to be a Certified B-Corporation. With more than a decade of consulting experience for non-profit organizations, Will leads initiatives around strategic planning, program & project implementation, organizational transformation, and leadership training. Will helps other veterans through his work with Warrior Writers. His writing on veteran leadership, B-Corps, and societal change has been featured in print in the USA Today & The Philadelphia Inquirer and on multiple podcasts. Dedicated to public and community service, Will is a member of the Defense Council for the Truman National Security Project, a fellow with the New Leaders Council, a leader with Veterans for American Ideals, and a graduate of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia. As a member of WeWork’s Veterans in Residence Powered by Bunker Labs, he was recognized with their Distinguished Leadership Award.
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