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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

Kevin Walsh

  • Board President

Kevin has extensive experience as a senior sales and management professional with more than thirty-five years of retail an healthcare customer support activities. He has been the Membership Executive for Freedom Boat Club, Naples, since 2018. Kevin is married to his lovely wife Donna for forty years and has four wonderful grandchildren.

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…

Paul Stephan

  • Board Director, Treasurer

Paul is a Certified Public Accountant who retired from the Naples Daily News as the Vice President of Finance. Paul has been married to his lovely wife Francie for over forty-five years and has two daughters and four grandchildren. His oldest grandson has been involved with Freedom Waters Foundation’s Adaptive Sailing Program for three years.

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…

David Goebel

  • Board Director

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…

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…

Doug Traina

  • Board Director

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,…

Jeff Cox

  • Board Director
  • Board Director

After a few years working at a highly respected law firm, Jeff founded the law firm now known as Cox & Company Maritime and Aviation Law. Cox & Company, for nearly a decade, has distinguished itself from other firms by focusing solely on maritime and aviation law, as it pertains to yacht and private airplane…

Nichole Sleiman, Board Member, Freedom Waters Foundation, FL

Nichole Sleiman

  • Board Member

Nichole Sleiman is Vice President of Business Operations overseeing Kam Marine, Northport boat yard and KYS Luke Brown brokerage in Florida. Her leadership and expertise have led to an increased role in responsibilities including strategic business operations, acquisition and development of projects, employment enrichment and culture, financial reviews to increase profit, budgeting and other senior…

Pam Karll

  • Board Member

Pam Karll and her husband Bob moved to Naples in 2005. They are avid boaters and were introduced to Freedom Waters Foundation shortly after moving here and Pam’s quickly and still often says, “you mean all I have to do is take people for a boat ride? That’s easy.” And, she and Bob have been doing…

Honorary Board

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…

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.

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…

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…

Staff

Meredith Gavin

  • Program Director
  • Program Director

Meredith is so excited to be a part of the Freedom Waters Foundation (FWF) family. She has lived in Naples for 3 years with her husband. They have a daughter, Asha, who keeps them on their toes. Before joining FWF, Meredith worked in the development department of American Cancer Society for several years and worked…

Amy Chance, Director of Development, Freedom Waters Foundation, FL

Amy Chancy

  • Director of Development

Amy Chancy was born and raised in Naples, Florida. She brings with her a wealth of history and connection to the area, as well as her expansive skills in development. Amy graduated with a BS in Economics from Florida State University. Amy is excited to be part of the Freedom Waters Foundation’s family.  She feels…

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…