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Our Board & Staff

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Our Board & Staff.

Enhancing the lives of individuals with special needs and veterans through providing therapeutic boat experiences.

Board of Directors

Andrew Cilla

In 1972, Andrew graduated from college with a degree in Economics and Business Administration. He began his career in marketing for a boat manufacturing company. In 1976, he joined Luke Brown Yachts. A year later the owner of Luke Brown Yachts advised his brokers that he was closing the doors, due to a lack of…

Mike Donahue

  • Vice President

Mike Donahue lives in Naples. He found Freedom Waters Foundation while walking through a boat show. Mike and his wife enjoy boating and giving back and were looking for an organization to support in the community. Freedom Waters Foundation was a perfect match. Soon after, Mike was invited to join the Board of Directors and…

Keith Perfect

Northrop & Johnson Director of Technology & Intelligence Keith has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from Broward College. He is extremely passionate about and dedicated to his field of study. Keith also boasts an extensive understanding of the yachting industry. In 2007, he joined Advantage Services, where he worked on a myriad…

Brianne DeSellier

  • Treasurer

Brianne is a tax lawyer, CPA, and network TV legal & business analyst. Graduated in top 1% of law school class (summa cum laude) and named salutatorian of graduating class. LL.M in taxation – New York University. Employed in the Washington National Tax Office at one of the largest public accounting & consulting firms, with…

Debra Frenkel

  • Founder/Executive Director

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…

Patricia Luppy

Patty has spent the past 12 years in Naples, working for Cypress Trust and U.S. Trust Company. Most recently she acted as an Administrative Officer, but she also has marketing experience. Patty holds a liberal arts degree from Buffalo State College in Buffalo, NY. Prior to moving to Southwest Florida, Patty ran her own catering…

John Weller

A highly successful broker, John has been awarded the Richard Bertram Yachts top broker award 26 times. His strong experience, excellent communication skills, and focus on listening to what his clients are looking for in a yacht have contributed to his success. One of his strongest accomplishments include the construction of the 240’ (73m) Feadship…

Honorary Board

Ronald McTighe

As a youngster, Ron ran everything from a 9’ Johnboat to a 90’ yacht. He ran a thriving live-bait business during his high school years which had him catching bait in the wee hours to sell to local fishermen, and often spending his days aboard those very fishing vessels helping guests catch fish using that…

Jim Sacks

Jim has an entrepreneurial drive that energizes his activities with each new venture. In the 1970s and 80s his intense international salesmanship skills were a factor in propelling Sacks Industries to the top tier of textile manufacturing supply. A shift to South Florida in the early 1980s focused his family’s attention on the pleasures of…

Marjorie Sherman

  • Retired

Loving and supportive friend of Debra Frenkel, Freedom Waters Founder since 2000 and has been a dedicated supporter of Freedom Waters Foundation since its inception.

Staff

Debra Frenkel

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…

Allison Donahue

  • Program Coordinator
  • West Coast of Florida

Allison Donahue organizes outings and trains and leads volunteers. Allison was drawn to Freedom Waters Foundation by her passion for community, service, and a will to help people. She is excited about Freedom Waters Foundation’s mission and loves being part of the Freedom Waters’ family. Allison has a master’s degree in applied mathematics and bachelor’s…

Lori Griffith

  • Program Coordinator
  • Palm Beach County Region

Lori is the Freedom Waters Foundation’s (FWF) Program Coordinator in the Palm Beach and Martin counties. 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…

Bryan Gantwarg

  • Outreach Coordinator

Bryan, currently (2018) is an Interdisciplinary Studies Major with a Minor in Marketing at FGCU. Through one of his classes, he was required to team up with a non profit and his group chose Freedom Waters Foundation to complete their project. Bryan felt a strong connection with the mission and family like atmosphere and remained…