Our Staff

Our Staff 2017-10-05T14:14:00+00:00
Debra Frenkel, LCSWFounder/Executive Director
Debra Frenkel, LCSW, shares LOVE on and off the water! With her BA in Journalism, with a specialization in public relations and advertising (UCF), and her MSW in Social Work (Loyola University of Chicago), and her numerous years of work experience in business, she has put her cumulative skills to use in Freedom Waters Foundation, which she founded in March of 2006.

Through Freedom Waters Foundation, Debra builds bridges in much of what she believes in: sharing one’s passion; building a greater sense of community by building relationships beyond tolerance and understanding through shared experience; and offering opportunity and new ways of being to those who might not otherwise be exposed to full potential possibilities.

Debra was the Chairperson for US Sailing Disabled Sailing Championship for 4 years (and involved since 1999) and wrote the preliminary manual for disabled sailing for U.S. Sailing.

Debra also holds a Florida Real Estate Associates license. Is a certified diver, and has numerous hobbies: dancing, reading, travelling, making art, writing, fitness, and always trying something new.

In March 2013, she was one of five honorees at the American Association of University Women’s Luncheon for her work in Freedom Waters Foundation. Other awards received include: Yachtworld Hero Award, and the Hodges University’s Dr. Harold Russell Excellence in Diversity Award.

Connie Nagele
Connie NageleAdministrative Consultant
Connie Nagele has been volunteering behind the scenes for the last 2 1/2 years, bookkeeping, developing streamlined processes and other administrative support duties.

Connie has had her own business consulting business for many years. She is incredibly good at building systems and efficiency for small businesses. She is also a very fine artist and works in multiple mediums.

Connie enjoys fishing, kayaking and helping others achieve their goals.

FWF is appreciative of all her efforts and she is now taking a part time position to further assist FWF in a more concentrated way.

Elisabeth Devik
Elisabeth DevikOffice Staff
“I moved to Naples in 2013 from Sweden to study Psychology at Florida Gulf Coast University. I found out about Freedom Waters Foundation through my school. It has been an extremely rewarding and exciting experience, and I am lucky to have met so many wonderful people and to have shared their joy out on the water,” wrote Elisabeth.

Elisabeth is the Program Coordinator for the West Coast of Florida for Freedom Waters Foundation, planning boat trips from Marco Island and up to Sanibel Island and even a few beyond.

Hannah ReevesOffice Staff
Hannah Reeves started volunteering with Freedom Waters August of 2015. She helped out on the water and in the office. Her sister is autistic, which lead her to immediately fall in love with Freedom Waters and their mission.

Outside of Freedom Waters I also do financial planning and I am a full time student. I love scuba diving, paddle boarding and shopping!

Freedom Waters Foundation has given me the chance to learn and grow as well as to be able to help those in my community.