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Whitney Austin


Impassioned after surviving the Sept. 6, 2018, shooting in Cincinnati, Ohio, Whitney created the WhitneyStrong to promote responsible gun ownership with the ultimate goal of reducing gun violence.

Whitney has been employed by Fifth Third Bank for 15 years; her current role as Vice President, Digital Lending Product Manager.  In 2018, Whitney and her team launched one of the first omnichannel digital lending applications in the banking industry.

A wife and a mother of two, Whitney resides in Louisville, Kentucky where she earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Louisville. She enjoys cooking, family trips to Chicago and camping, college basketball, musical theatre, and the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Sara Hayden

director of operations

Sara Hayden is a Strategic Sourcing Manager with Bunge North America, a global leader in agribusiness. With over 12 years in procurement, she collaborates globally to ensure material supply while also driving savings to the business. She also leads Bunge's Women of Bunge employee resource group. Sara holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville.

While a native of Louisville, she currently resides in St. Louis, MO with her husband and two daughters. She has been friends with Whitney since attending Louisville Male High School together.


Brooke Edge

Director of market research

Brooke Edge has a PhD in Media Studies and Communication from the University of Colorado and currently serves as Director of Research and Strategy for PriceWeber, an advertising and marketing agency based in Louisville, KY. She also taught media studies and theory at the University of Denver and University of Colorado, Boulder, and was a features reporter for a number of publications, including The Prague Post and Creative Loafing.

Brooke’s academic research focused on healthcare messaging in popular media, qualitative analysis of audience response, and strategic communications to underserved populations. Brooke has conducted media and communications research and strategy efforts for clients in the arts, automotive, beverage, entertainment, financial services and packaged goods industries.


Megan Gardner

Director of marketing

Megan Gardner serves as Director of Marketing for Whitney Strong. She has over 12 years’ experience as a strategic marketer and communicator in healthcare, consumer goods, tourism and non-profit sectors. She is excited to bring her expertise to develop the overall marketing strategy for Whitney Strong. As Whitney’s younger sister and with three young children of her own, she is dedicated to ensuring the future is safer for our children. She has been married to her husband, Lonnie for 10 years, and lives in Louisville, Kentucky.


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Please join with WhitneyStrong today by making a donation. Together we’ll be working with politicians to drive conversations related to gun violence as well as gathering data and leveraging findings to drive education and advocacy. We can prevent these situations from happening and I’m excited to take advantage of my second chance in life to make a meaningful difference. I can’t do it alone… but we can do it together.

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