Aryanna Strader (D-PA-16)
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Aryanna Strader Congressional Candidate Pennsylvania District 16
Aryanna Strader was born the youngest of ten children to Steven Hunter and Celia Tamraz on November 23, 1982 in Beaverton, Oregon. She learned at a very young age the meaning of hard work as she watched her mother labor as a waitress and her father who performed room maintenance and other odd jobs for local hotels.
Her family did their best while living well below the poverty line. With the assistance of local Churches, Food Stamps, and the National School Lunch Program, as well as receiving a public education – from Head Start through high school – Aryanna knew and appreciated the value of what her community provided.
While in school in Sherwood, Oregon, Aryanna participated in drama, basketball, track, and student council in order to make herself a more well-rounded person. In January of 1999 she moved to Mesa, Arizona and attended Mesa High School for her sophomore and junior years and then graduated from Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona, all the while continuing to participate in extracurricular athletics. Using funding from a Pell Grant she recieved, Aryanna enrolled at Estrella Mountain Community College; however as a young woman working part-time she was still unable to make ends meet financially.
Remembering those in her community who assisted her at a young age, Aryanna decided it was time to give something back and in doing so enlisted in the United States Army. In November of 2001, just months after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Aryanna joined as a Radio Communications Operator/Maintainer and was off to Ft. Jackson, SC for her Basic Training. She would also later be stationed at Ft. Gordon, GA for her Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and then at Ft. Bliss, Texas where she was a member of the 18th Airborne Corps, 108th BDE ADA, HHB and Bravo 1/7 ADA.
In February 2003, Aryanna deployed to Jordan as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom at a high level secret forward operation base where she guarded the ammo supply point and performed her duties encrypting radios, and ensuring her unit could communicate with the other units stationed nearby. In October of 2003, Aryanna was then moved to Bravo Battery in Ft. Bliss, TX. This is where she met her future husband, Dan Strader who was also serving in the U.S. Army as a Patriot missile operator maintainer. One year later in October of 2004, after receiving Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Aryanna was honorably discharged and moved to Pennsylvania where her husband is from.
Shortly after moving to Pennsylvania, both Dan and Aryanna found employment at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Since 2005, Aryanna has attended school online through DeVry University and given birth to son Donovan, age 6, and daughter Camryn, age 4. This was all accomplished while also working fulltime. In May of 2008 Aryanna graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Operations Management and in October of 2008 they moved to Jeannette, PA where she began work at Elliott-Turbo machinery Company.
Now in pursuit of further education, January of 2009 brought about Aryanna’s enrollment to the Keller Graduate School of Management to begin a Master’s degree program. Another job offer came soon thereafter in Chambersburg, PA , this time as a SAP Consultant for Robbins-Gioia where she provided support to Letterkenny Army Depot with their software implementation. The same job briefly relocated Aryanna and her family to Albany, New York in March 2010 to support Watervliet Arsenal .
Wanting to create their own small business, Aryanna and Dan opened Arydan LLC in August of 2010 where they worked with other consulting firms and organizations to provide SAP training, implementation, and support. Aryanna graduated with a Master’s degree in Project Management in January of 2011. At this same time, Arydan LLC also landed their first client, IDS Scheer to provide SAP implementation support to Sun Products Corporation.
Deciding it was time to settle down and prepare their children for school, Aryanna and Dan chose to relocate their family and business to Kennett Square, PA in July of 2011. Since then Aryanna has been working with Accenture to support the Defense Logistics Agency with another wave of their SAP implementation in Washington D.C and New Cumberland, PA.
The Strader family are members of the YMCA where their daughter attends preschool and their son is enrolled in the 1st grade at Greenwood Elementary School. In her spare time, Aryanna loves to read, sing, and play with her children and their Shetland Sheepdog named Brownie.