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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…

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…

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…

David Goebel

David Goebel has a life-long love of boating, the water and the outdoors. He grew up near the water in Grosse Pointe, MI and later Lake Forest, IL. He spent many happy hours on his family’s boats as well as competing nationally as a junior sailor. David has also grown up vacationing in his family…

Bertram “Bert” King

An Army Veteran and a retired firefighter from Detroit, where he served for over 29 years and retired as a Senior Lieutenant.  He is a member of VFW Post 8195 in Hollywood, Florida, Bert worked with veterans in transition from military life back to civilian life.  Bert says, “It is important that we provide veterans…

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…

Doug Traina

Doug was fortunate to be able to incorporate his love of boating when he founded T.E.I. in April, 1981 with the purchase of a small marina outside of Atlanta, GA. From this start, he has grown T.E.I. into a vertically integrated enterprise encompassing nine divisions: Marinas, Boat Sales, Boat Service, Marine Retail, Boat Rentals, Hospitality,…

Kevin Walsh

Kevin has been a part time resident of Naples since 1995 and moved here fulltime in 2012 from the Boston Massachusetts area. Since 2018 he has been the Membership Executive for Freedom Boat Club, in Naples, a position that exposed Kevin to the great work being done by Freedom Waters Foundation. Kevin has extensive experience…

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…

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…

Jessica Dang

  • Program coordinator
  • West coast Of Florida

Jess, a US Army Veteran, is the Freedom Waters Foundation (FWF) program coordinator for the West coast and Broward County. In this capacity, she implements some of her greatest passions- building relationships, making a difference and enhancing the lives of others- through duties such as organizing outings and recruiting volunteers and participants into the Freedom…