Since partnership with his highly skilled working assistance dog, Smitty, Andrew experienced a total life change- one he considers to be life saving. Smitty knows over 100 commands. To name a few, Smitty helps carry items around, retrieve and pick up items, brace and tug to help Andrew stand, open and close doors, turn on and off lights, and can even read. Receiving Smitty was such a profound moment in his life that from that day on, Andrew aspired to help other individuals with disabilities gain independence like he did. Over many years, Andrew and Smitty have volunteered countless hours which later lead to Andrew founding National Assistance Dogs to make a bigger impact to our nation, with a focus on returning members of our Armed Forces.
Patricio is a retired Navy Corpsman, serving 21 years, with multiple combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Following his retirement, he continued to serve the military and veteran population by volunteering his time to assist servicemembers and veterans with combat and military sexual trauma related PTSD. After being paired with Jake, his highly skilled service dog, Patricio became dedicated to assisting other veterans obtain access to service dogs in order to improve their quality of life. He has continued to volunteer his time by serving an appointment as NADI’s current President.
Patrick Armstrong is a Partner of Canal Partners. In this role Mr. Armstrong is responsible for developing relationships with referral sources, sourcing and evaluating potential investments, performing industry and financial analysis, due diligence, investment decision making, and providing additional support for internal operations and portfolio companies. Mr. Armstrong currently serves on the board of MobileLogix, and previously served on the board at nettime solutions.
In addition to his role with Canal Partners, Mr. Armstrong is Vice President and Co-Founder of JDA Investments (US), Inc., which was formed in 2008 to manage his family’s Single Family Office. Prior to his role at JDA Investments, Mr. Armstrong founded and operated Armstrong IT Services. Armstrong IT Services acted as an Information Technology consultant for several small and medium-sized companies with focuses on health-care, digital media, accounting, education, and IT services. Prior to that, Mr. Armstrong was a Support Specialist at Sungard Availability Systems. He began his career as an IT Technician in the Information Technology Services department at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Mr. Armstrong serves as a Director on both of his family’s foundations, the Armstrong Family Foundation and the Kiita Foundation, is a member of Arizona Technology Investors, previously served as Board Chair of SEED SPOT (where he remains a Director), and serves on the Board of Directors for the Rancho Feliz Charitable Organization. Additionally, he serves as the Board Chair for Social Venture Partners of Arizona – which cultivates effective philanthropists, strengthens nonprofits, and invests in collaborative solutions – building powerful relationships to tackle our desert community’s social challenges. Along with his wife, Amy Armstrong, he serves on the Grant Committee for Next Generation Philanthropists which provides programs and experiences that promote lifelong engagement and philanthropy.
Mr. Armstrong earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he and his wife founded the Kiita Scholarship which currently supports 6 students. Additionally, he received a Certificate of Business Excellence from the University of California at Berkeley and is a Microsoft Certified Professional. He has 2 children and resides in Phoenix, AZ.
Alison Armstrong Silver
Alison Started as a Service Learning Tutor, and leadership intern at the South Mountain Salvation Army while studying at ASU. Alison has a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A.E in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. Aiison has twins born prematurely, opening a door for her career in education with a focus on early childhood intervention.