Karen Kuciver is a survivor. She has led a rough and challenging life throughout her 50 years. She spent most of her life as an alcoholic and also struggled with drug addiction. She has lived through verbal abuse, domestic violence and was brutally raped, beaten and left for dead on the streets. She was homeless for over eight years. On July 25, 2010, she decided that she had had enough and changed her life for the better. She has now earned two associate degrees and is attending the University of Arizona to pursue her bachelor's degree in human services with a minor in organizational leadership. Because of her life experiences, she is now dedicating her life to helping others that have experienced similar traumas. Karen is the founder and Chairperson of Women Warriors, an organization that is dedicated to female veterans who suffer from military service-connected issues such as Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance use disorder, eviction, joblessness, homelessness or just having trouble adjusting to civilian life. Her greatest passion is bringing healing to people who have been through stressful/traumatic experiences and help them find a healthy perception of themselves to regain their self-esteem and dignity so they can now themselves become survivors.
Lisa Candler an Army Veteran, mother of two, currently working on a degree in Humanities, animal lover, and member of Women Warriors for three years.