2021 IBWSS Speakers
Professional Speaker, Glenn Anderson Speaks
Glenn Anderson was a Managing Consultant with IBM Systems Lab Services and Training. During his 45 years with IBM, Glenn held positions in sales and support, management, technical training, conference speaking and event planning. Glenn holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. In his private life, Glenn is active in the Chicago area theater as a member of an improvisational acting troupe and is a graduate of the Player’s Workshop of Second City. He is a personal development speaker, keynote speaker and conference host at events throughout the world. glennandersonspeaks.com
Dr. Diana Bowman
Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Diana M. Bowman is a full professor in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where she serves as the associate dean for international engagement, and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. She is also a PluS Alliance Fellow (2016-2019) and team member of PlanetWorks in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Her research analyzes and informs the development of smarter governance and regulation of innovation in order to simultaneously enhance creativity, improve public health, and stimulate deliberation of the ethical, legal, and societal dimensions of emerging technologies. Diana is an Andrew Carnegie Fellow (Class of 2018).
Vice President of Global Marketing and Product Management
Mikele is vice president of global marketing and product management for ACR Electronics, the leading development center for emergency beacons. acrartex.com
Government Relations Manager, MRAA
As Government Relations Manager, Adam is responsible for representing the legislative and regulatory interests of the MRAA and its members, ensuring the Association’s voice is present wherever issues concerning boating and marine retailers are discussed. He is based out of the offices of the National Marine Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C., where he works directly with the NMMA team in representing the marine industry and its significance in the overall economy. Adam leads MRAA’s efforts in all areas of advocacy, including BoatPAC, the joint MRAA-NMMA Political Action Committee. He graduated from the University of Maine magna cum laude, with a Bachelor’s degree in economics and political science. He has previously worked in the office of Senator Susan Collins, and for former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. mraa.com
Founder, The LV Project
Dana Gage is founder of The LV Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to buoyancy, on water and in life. Ms. Gage founded The LV Project in 2012, following the preventable drowning of her 15-year-old son at a lake birthday party. Ms. Gage previously served as VP of Marketing of Tribune Media Services, a $200M division of Chicago-based Tribune Company. Before joining Tribune, she served as Vice President of Marketing and equity partner in JDTV, a company she and four others founded, which ultimately sold to Tribune in 1999. Before founding, JDTV, Ms. Gage was Director of Marketing for Fox Sports Satellite. She has led volunteer-based organizations, served as President of Women in Cable Television, and is an active member of the water safety community. Ms. Gage holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas. thelvproject.org
Chief, Boating Safety Division at Coast Guard (CG) Headquarters
Verne Gifford is the Chief, Boating Safety Division at Coast Guard (CG) Headquarters since September 2017. He is responsible for the administration and coordination of all functions of the National Recreational Boating Safety (NRBS) program, whose mission is to minimize the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and environmental impact from recreational vessel use, while optimizing safety and waterways enjoyment by the American public. These program functions include managing a $110 million grant program; developing the NRBS strategic plan; serving as Designated Federal Official (DFO) to the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC); administering the casualty reporting system for recreational vessels; developing standards for recreational boat and equipment manufacture; administering the boat manufacturer compliance program; publishing Boating Safety Circulars; maintaining the notification (recall) process concerning defects; and administering the NRBS education, state law enforcement, and undocumented vessel numbering programs. uscgboating.org
Director of Education, US Sailing/US Powerboating
Stu Gilfillen is the Director of Education for US Sailing/US Powerboating, overseeing all sail and power training for the organization at both the student and instructor levels. He is also responsible for all product and program development, including online courses and digital resources. Prior to joining US Sailing, he served as the Executive Director for the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program in Sarasota, Florida, the Sailing Director for both the Edgartown and Beverly Yacht Clubs and the Head Coach of the Providence College Sailing Team. He is a US Sailing Small Boat Level 1-3 Instructor-Trainer and a US Powerboating Instructor. Gilfillen is a Board member for both the National Safe Boating Council and US Safe Boating Institute. He is a former recipient of the US Sailing Community Sailing Committee’s Marty A. Luray award, given to an individual who has made an “outstanding and unselfish contribution to further public access sailing.” ussailing.org
President, National Woman’s Sailing Association
Debbie Huntsman is president of the National Women’s Sailing Association. She is a certified instructor for the US Sailing, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the National Safe Boating Council, States of Louisiana, Utah and Arizona and USPS. Huntsman is a past flotilla commander and Division 10 public affairs officer for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. She served as commodore for the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club in Phoenix, AZ where she first became involved with AdventureSail® and adult sailing programs. Huntsman is a past commodore for the Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association where she introduced the AdventureSail® and L.A.S.T. (Learn About Sailing Things) programs to the Gulf Coast. Debbie joined the Board in 2016. She was elected Vice President in 2017 and President in 2018. womensailing.org
Capt. Scott Johnson
Chief, Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety
Captain Johnson is the Chief of the Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety where he serves as the Chief Director of the Coast Guard Auxiliary as well as the National Coordinator for the National Recreational Boating Safety Program. The National Recreational Boating Safety (NRBS) program’s mission is to minimize the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and environmental impact from recreational vessel use, while optimizing safety and waterways enjoyment by the American public. These program functions include managing a $110 million grant program; developing the NRBS strategic plan; serving as Designated Federal Official (DFO) to the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC); administering the casualty reporting system for recreational vessels; developing standards for recreational boat and equipment manufacture; administering the boat manufacturer compliance program; publishing Boating Safety Circulars; maintaining the notification (recall) process concerning defects; and administering the NRBS education, state law enforcement, and undocumented vessel numbering programs. uscgboating.org
President, Mustang Survival
Jason Leggatt is the President of Mustang Survival, and the current Chair of the Life Jacket Association. Jason has almost 20 years of business experience in the marine and aviation safety & protection equipment industry. He has a broad range of expertise in the field having held leadership over different function during his career trajectory, including VP R&D & Quality, technical product development, Government R&D programs, and business development & marketing. Jason is an athletic enthusiast, most recently competing in triathlon but also continuing to enjoy recreational watersports, ice hockey, snow-skiing & snowboarding. Most importantly, he lucky to be husband to his beautiful wife Jai, and is blessed with 3 amazing daughters. mustangsurvival.com
YouTube Certified TV/Media veteran
Jennifer Moore is a 15-year veteran of the broadcast / media industry working in 6 local TV newsrooms, HSN, and CNN in Atlanta. She has served in the roles of line / field / special projects producer, digital content producer, show booker, and assignment editor. While at CNN, Jennifer started and grew multiple YouTube channels, which ended up being the avenue for quitting in 2017 to focus on being a full-time video creator. She currently produces and manages content for five different channels, including a few local clients in the Tampa Bay area. extvproducer.com
Lead Volunteer, Southern Arizona Red Cross Chapter
Doc Morgan is a member of the Southern Arizona Red Cross Chapter serves as a Community Volunteer Leader and the Regional Training Lead. During his tenure with the Red Cross he has deployed on numerous Disaster Recovery Operations across the U.S. He is retired from both the United States Army and Department of Defense.
President, Neubauer Consulting Group
With over 20 years of professional experience in nonprofit management and philanthropy, Kate Neubauer has served in leadership roles for a wide range of environmental, sailing education and mission-based organizations. She is a key problem solver with entrepreneurial passion and loves working with her clients to design innovative strategies that increase organizational capacity and leverage philanthropy for impact. Kate has an extensive portfolio of projects, ranging from grassroots nonprofit organizations to multimillion-dollar capital campaign and currently serves as Board President of Rozalia Project.
Communications Director, NSBC
The NSBC’s communications director, Yvonne Pentz, has more than 15 years of experience in integrated communications and marketing, with over a decade working in recreational boating safety. She focuses on reaching the boating public with safety information in a format that is user-friendly and engaging. She oversees grant management and implementation working alongside staff, partners and contractors. Her recreational boating safety work has received recognition from the likes of the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts’ Communicator Awards, Hermes Awards, PR Daily Nonprofit Awards, and PRSA’s Bronze Anvil, to name a few. safeboatingcouncil.org
Wildlife Manager, Arizona Game and Fish
Deanna Pfleger began boating with her family on the Colorado River in the 1960’s so it was a natural fit when she returned in 1992 to work for Arizona Game and Fish as a wildlife manager with primary enforcement duties on the lower Colorado River. Over the past 27 years, Deanna has taught Arizona Boating Safety and helped train new volunteer boating safety instructors. She has also been very involved in the Watercraft Enforcement Patrol Officer Course (WEPOC), providing instruction on NASBLA Officer Water Survival, trailering, National Safe Boat Council Close Quarter Boat Handling, and field scenarios. Deanna participated in the first organized boating sobriety checkpoint in Arizona at Lake Havasu in 1993 and now organizes and runs similar details annually. In 2003, Deanna was honored to be named NASBLA Boating Officer of the Year for the State of Arizona.
Executive Director, NSBC
The National Safe Boating Council’s executive director, Peg Phillips, is an experienced executive and boating instructor. She is a certified American Canoe Association L2 Kayak Instructor and NSBC Powerboat Instructor trained in Open Water and Close-Quarters Boat Control. Working hands-on with hundreds of students, she has instilled recreational boating safety through her passion for recruiting new boaters and educating current boaters. Phillips has received awards for her outstanding boating instruction including the American Canoe Association President’s Award and American Canoe Association State Director of the Year. safeboatingcouncil.org
Acting Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service
Jaret is the Acting Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Phoenix, Arizona. He specializes in building relationships with external partners, such as government agencies and community organizations, to enhance weather preparedness in support of a Weather Ready Nation. Prior to his stint in Phoenix, Jaret previously forecasted severe thunderstorms and tornadoes for the United States at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Jaret enjoys researching hazardous weather and developing innovative ways to deliver and communicate weather information.
3-time Olympian and Olympic Silver medalist
Bill Schuffenhauer is a 3-time Olympian and Olympic Silver medalist that has overcome extreme adversity to achieve his dreams as a champion in life. As a speaker, trainer and mentor, he teaches key concepts of success in business and life to leaders and organizations around the world. Bill has worked with clients from non-profit to technology and currently serves as an advisor to the technology industry, Utah Olympic Foundation for the 2030-34 Winter Olympic Bid and several other organizations and individuals. Olympic and business principals can be applied to real-life solutions to help educate, inspire and transform organizations and individuals.
Executive Director, American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter
Courtney Slanaker joined the American Red Cross in March 2018 as Executive Director. Prior to her current role, she worked closely with the local Southern Arizona Red Cross chapter on numerous disaster responses through Community Organizations Active in Disasters from 2015 to 2017. She previously served as the Executive Director of local non-profit, World Care. She led World Care through many organizational transitions and coordinated large-scale disaster relief efforts. Courtney is a Tucson native and earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a minor in Spanish from the University of Arizona in 2014.
Director of Coaching Education, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee
Chris Snyder is the director of coaching education for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. In his current role, Chris and the coaching department support the USOPC by working in coach education, high performance coaching development and coach recognition for all Olympic and Pan-American Sports, as well as, working as an advisor for US Paralympic sport on coaching. The coaching department also directs the long-term athlete development system called the American Development Model (ADM) for the USOPC, while also operating the How to Coach Kids program with Project Play and Nike.
Past Chair, NSBC
Chris Stec served for 12 years as the Chief Operating Officer of the ACA, the oldest nonprofit paddlesports organization in the U.S., focusing on paddlesports education, stewardship, recreation and competition, including the Olympic paddlesports of Slalom and Sprint and the Paralympic discipline of Paracanoe. In addition, Chris holds numerous paddlesports instructor certifications and enjoys spending time on the water with his wife and two kids, whether it’s racing downriver canoes, kayak fishing, or surfing SUPs in the ocean. He currently serves as the Past Chair of the National Safe Boating Council.
Boating Safety Activist
Scott Swanby, boating safety activist and developer of the first S.O.S. inflatable lifejacket (SOSPENDERS®), has made boating safety his life’s work. Swanby is a nationally recognized boating and outdoor enthusiast that has won numerous accolades, including his most recent award as the 27th inductee into the National Boating Safety Council Hall of Fame. He also served two terms as a member of the Boating Advisory Council, a prestigious position that is appointed by the White House. Swanby is presently the Director of Sales for UST Brands, an emergency and survival gear manufacturer founded in 1936, and still works to advocate boating safety worldwide.
Water Safety Advocate, Twiggys Inc.
In 1978, a baby squirrel was rescued after being blown from her nest during a hurricane. Chuck and Lou Ann Best chose to take her in and make her a part of their family. Shortly there after, Chuck bought his daughter a remote controlled boat for her birthday. Their friends started teasing him saying that he bought it for himself, since he played with it all the time. Defending himself, he quipped, “I have to learn to drive the boat so I can teach my squirrel to water-ski!” The rest is history. Twiggy has been performing since September of 1979, traveling all across the US, Canada, Bermuda, Europe and Germany. She has appeared in numerous books, magazines, newspapers, and television shows all over the world. Learn more at twiggysinc.com.
Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Legal Affairs
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Nicole is a seasoned government affairs leader with demonstrated experience bringing together industry executives, trade associations, non-profit organizations, and policymakers. She is also skilled in crisis communications, trade, transportation and environmental policy, strategic planning and budget analysis, and will lend her experience and expertise to IBWSS21.
Capt. Kathy A. Weydig
Co-Founder, Women Diver’s Hall of Fame
Captain Kathy A. Weydig is co-founder of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. In 2018, became the first female Board Chair for the Divers Alert Network (DAN) Foundation. She holds a 100 ton USCG Master captain’s license sailing the Atlantic, Caribbean and now, the Pacific. She has been a scuba instructor since 1989, as well as holding Instructor Trainer and Course Director ratings with NAUI and SDI/TDI. Kathy is also a certified Instructor with the National Safe Boating Council.
Director of Content, Kalkomey Enterprises
Mary Winkler has been with Kalkomey Enterprises for seven years. As Director of Content, she supervises the writing, editing, and production of over 800 print publications and 200 online courses. These various educational materials are created for boaters, hunters, bowhunters, scuba divers, off-road riders, snowmobilers, and others to teach them what they need to know to be safe while enjoying their outdoor recreation activities. In her role, Mary works with her team to ensure that all of Kalkomey’s courses meet the company’s high standards for accuracy, quality, and consistency. In addition, Mary serves on the NASBLA Education and Outreach Committee, exploring different options for changing the way that students are taught. kalkomey.com