Introducing THE amazing

CWC TEAM

Our Awesome Team

Denise Archilla, MSW

Denise Archilla, MSW

Founder

Denise is a former Pediatric Clinical Social Worker, Chronic Illness Coach, Fellow Warrior, and Mom of 2 Young Adult Warriors. She founded the Chronic Warrior Society in 2015. Her passion is coaching teen and young adult warriors and helping them build confidence, shift their dreams, and reach new goals despite chronic illness.

Dawn Veselka, R.T.(T)

Dawn Veselka, R.T.(T)

Consultant

As a radiation therapist, Dawn spent over 12 years treating cancer patients at the world-renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Her role switched to caregiver and patient advocate when her daughter was finally diagnosed with multiple illnesses at age 4. 

Laura Anthony, R.N.

Laura Anthony, R.N.

Consultant

Laura brings 25+ years of vast nursing experience to the Collective. While working as a dialysis nurse that she found her niche and her gift of teaching and empowering patients with chronic illnesses to take charge of their lives and their health by first accepting the diagnosis and then working beyond its limitations.

Meet Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are a global representation of who we are!

Audrey Q.

USA

Chlöe G.

United Kingdom

dawn veselka

Dani K.

Australia

diana boyesen

Jessica B.

Canada

Nicole W.

USA

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Amanda P.

FL, USA

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April C.

CA, USA

audrey_adamson

Audrey A.

AL, USA

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Carmi R.

Canada

danni dwyer UK

Danni D.

United Kingdom

Dianne Perez_RA warrior

Dianne P.

USA

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Fuchsia K.

WI, USA

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Hannah L.

NY, USA

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Jaymie D.

USA

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Jen C.

WA, USA

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Jenny B.

USA

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Jessie S.

TN, USA

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Jessy W.

Belgium

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Katie S.

USA

Kaya is a blind chronic warrior who loves to game.

Kayla M.

OH, USA

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Kirsten V.

Belgium

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Lil S.

Israel

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Maika B.

UT, USA

maria warrior

Maria M.

Spain

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Mirjam H.

USA

Patty Skerl illness warrior

Patty S.

USA

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Rachel H.

TX, USA

rebekah_wolfson

Rebekah W.

FL, USA

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Sarah S.

NH, USA

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Sherrie B.

VA, USA

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Stephanie C.

USA

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Sadie V.

USA

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About Us.

Chronic Warrior Collective began in 2016 as Chronic Connections when Denise Archilla, a social worker, teacher, entrepreneur, and life coach, felt pulled to work with the chronically ill population once again. She recognized that the most underserved illness group was teens and young adults working to navigate that tough time in life between pediatric and adult care. 

Denise set out to pull illness warriors across all chronic illnesses and diseases into the same group that worked together to problem solve, uplift and cheer for each other and move toward new dreams!

Headshot of Denise, co-founder of the Chronic Warrior Collective

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