Board of Directors

Marissa is a retired US Army officer, an Advanced Open Water and Adaptive Diving Instructor, and a disabled veteran. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Master’s degree in International Management.. She is passionate about improving the quality of life for disabled veterans and sharing her love of scuba diving.

Director
Marissa Candelore

Tom is a strategic brand marketing professional with expertise in brand platform management, experiential marketing, and digital media programing. He is a passionate visionary and innovator, having worked for such companies as British Airways, American Express, and Amazon. Tom is a lover of the sea and has used his love for diving as an effective treatment for his lifelong struggle with depression.

Secretary
Tom Monahan

Dave served 15-years with the US Army/Army National Guard and is a service-related disabled veteran. He has been diving for over 20-years and appreciates how diving can benefit those living with physical and emotional injuries by providing them a place to experience peace and joy. Dave is the CEO of Grokit INC, a consultancy providing speechwriting and strategic consulting services to Fortune 500 executives. 

Military Affairs Officer
David Karle

Kirstie is a longtime diving professional as both diving instructor and guide in numerous locations around the world. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Politics, History and Languages. She has served as Administrator for Iracambi, a non-profit working to preserve the Brazilian rainforest and the biodiversity within. Having suffered a traumatic brain injury herself- and endured the resulting rehabilitation- Kirstie has experienced the pain and frustration many disabled veterans are going through. She is driven to share her journey and diving expertise with veterans in an effort to help them along their own recoveries. 

Treasurer
Kirstie Le Bouedec-Timar

Ryan is a US Navy Captain and is board certified in Infectious Disease, Critical Care, and Internal Medicine. He is currently affiliated with: Naval Medical Center, San Diego CA; Scripps Green Hospital, La Jolla CA; Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego CA; and, the VA San Diego Healthcare System. As a career military officer and physician, Ryan is committed to keeping our military members- past, present, and future- as healthy as possible.

Medical Advisor
Captain Ryan Maves, MD, FCCP, FIDSA 
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