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.
Lori left her work as a practice manager in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at a local West Palm Beach hospital in 2016 to dedicate more time to Freedom Waters Foundation and her photography business, “Chasin’ A Dream”.
“The universe put me in the path of Freedom Waters Foundation as their photographer for an event on the Mariner III several years ago. After learning what they did I became a volunteer and subsequently have come to work with them. The incredible family of Freedom Waters Foundation has not only given me an avenue to pursue my passions, but made a life changing moment happen for my son.”
In addition to my work with FWF, Lori has a weekly feature in the Jupiter Courier Newsweekly. She has written and photographed for several local, national and international magazines and am looking forward to building that aspect of my business.
Lori has also started a local toy drive (Kiting for Kids) in 2013 and collected about 50 toys. Kiting for Kids has now grown to providing over 1000 children in the Palm Beach area holiday toys and gift cards.
Lori is passionate about a few things: her son, making a difference in this world, photography, travel, and helping sick and disabled kids.
Bryan began helping around the office, out on boat trips and with community outreach events, willing to do anything to help. And, most recently, he produced the videos for the Keynote speech for the FWF 2018 Kind Mariners Ball.
Bryan truly enjoys being part of the Freedom Waters Foundation family and using his skills and talents for the greater good, so you may find him in the office; out in the community or out on a boat outing, or possibly behind a camera doing an interview.
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.