22 US Military Veterans will choose suicide today. They fought for us, it is time we fight for them.
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John Gannaio - President
When John was 16 years old he was blessed to experience his first breaths underwater in the Bahamas. Ever since that moment John was hooked and in the back of his mind he knew he wanted to be a scuba instructor one day. After returning home to New Jersey John earned his open water SCUBA diver certification.
Once John graduated from High School John enlisted in the military and spent a total of 13 years in the Army and Air Force on active duty, Reserve and National Guard status. During his time in service he deployed several times for multiple operations including - Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, and participated in multiple joint task force operations. Between deployments John found peace while continuing to SCUBA dive and gain additional certifications. In October 2016 John decided to take the plunge and become an instructor, fulfilling his lifelong dream.
While John decided to separate from the service in December of 2016, he remains committed to his country, community and fellow veterans.
Kayla Schleich - Warhorse Divemaster
Kayla has been diving since she was 16 year old and is also in the Army Reserves.
Along with her diving duties as the Warhorse Official Divemaster, she is also working on her degree in Environmental Science.
Sean Cervone - Treasurer
Sean is a dedicated and enthusiastic environmentalist who has been diving professionally since 2014. His passion for the marine environment has brought him all over the globe from local Caribbean hotspots to the exotic Galapagos Islands. As a graduate from Monmouth University's Psychology program his focus has been in marine alternative therapy methods.
As an Assistant Instructor with PADI he is able to spread his love for SCUBA with others and gets great pleasure facilitating their introduction to the underwater world.
Sharon Patterson - Secretary
Sharon has been diving since 2000 and is in love with the underwater world! SCUBA diving is her passion and her world. In 2016 she reached the PADI Master Instructor rating which is a great accomplishment in her professional SCUBA career.
As a co-founder of Warhorse SCUBA, Sharon is honored to share her love for a sport that has brought so much enjoyment to her life, and hopes to see you all underwater soon!