What happens when an Air Force Veteran and highly awarded middle school department head teacher join forces? UNITING US
Uniting US, a nonprofit with the mission to inspire, empower, and unite military, veterans, their families and the communities in which they live through the arts.
Founded by AnnMarie Halterman and Tiffany Wheeler
AnnMarie Halterman, born and raised in Wisconsin, began her military career at the Air Force Academy. Commissioned and given the Civil Engineer career field, AnnMarie was mentored by many Airmen, enlisted, civilians, and officers. She was taught professionalism, dedication to the mission, and tenacity when problem solving at home station and in deployed situations.
As a Senior Advisor at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), AnnMarie heard military and veterans discuss the healing and uniting power of the arts. As evidence based academic research findings report on the healing, wellness, and uniting impact of art (Creative Arts Therapy and therapeutic art) and hearing hundreds of testimonials, AnnMarie was inspired to focus on community nonprofit, inclusive arts initiatives.
Although Tiffany Wheeler never served in the US military, she grew up surrounded by family members that chose to serve in the Navy. As a standout in high school athletics, Tiffany received an athletic scholarship to attend Longwood University. Longwood softball Coach Kathy Riley's leadership style and 5am training runs could have been mistaken for basic training...that lasted 4 years!
Upon graduation from Longwood, Tiffany dedicated her talents to middle school teenagers hoping to inspire and provide support to students achieving their dreams. Honored as the Teacher of the Year, the students, parents, school district, administration, and peers recognized and celebrated the success of her guidance and teaching approach.
AnnMarie and Tiffany found an appreciation for art's healing power. Together, they designed a framework to inspire people and make arts accessible, empower creativity and engagement, and unite people for meaningful discussions.
Kasse is our first honorary founder. She is a retired veteran and community activist, who has dedicated her time to providing arts engagement activities for veterans throughout the DC Metro area. Additionally, she connects artists, veterans, and community members around the world!
Cynthia Scott-Johnson is an honorary founder and talented artist. As a major contributor to the development of Uniting US, Cynthia devoted her time throughout the COVID pandemic to shaping and expanding the Uniting US reach. She's never one to shy away from a challenge!
Rindy, a recognized professional photographer, volunteered immediately when Kasse told her about Uniting US! A little while later we found out Rindy is also a WWII family members.
As the Uniting US Lead Ambassador, April continually teaches jewelry making and other crafts throughout the community and is a talented public speaker. Her inspirational talks are always a highlight at Uniting US events!
Cyrus joined Uniting US as an artist and creates brilliant artwork that provide tranquility and peace in any environment. Shortly after joining Uniting US, Cy agreed to be an advisor to provide organizational growth and insight perspectives.
An acclaimed international artist and one of the greatest American, Steve volunteers his time and support to Uniting US. Working with military veteran artists like Cyrus Quadland and Maria Carrion inspires Steve to continue his American Military Contemporary art to honor service and our land of the free.
The Uniting US 100% volunteer workforce need your support to cover costs to support artists with supplies, materials, shipping, exhibit preparation, and installation. Join US and contribute to this worthy cause!