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Improv Actor & Leadership Trainer
Glenn Anderson

Glenn Anderson helps team leaders and emerging leaders solve their team’s communication and collaboration problems. His presentations and webinars combine decades of corporate experience and teaching with his passion for performing improvisational comedy. Glenn enjoyed a long career with IBM – in sales, management, training, and event speaking.  As a graduate of Player’s Workshop of Second City and with his experience performing improvisational theater, Glenn excites audiences with teaching experience and improv techniques that energize communications and create a collaborative team environment.

Professional Angler | Hunter Bland Fishing
Hunter Bland

Hunter Bland is a national boating safety advocate and a Bassmaster Opens professional bass angler. He was the driver in a boating accident that took place on January 14, 2017 with the University of Florida’s bass team. This accident sparked his passion for safe boating and ultimately changed his life. In 2019, Hunter was awarded the National Boating Industry safety award for “Best Marine Marketing and Outreach” recognizing his boating advocacy work with Yamaha Outboards. He continues to advocate for safe boating on the water through national speaking engagements, video series, television, fishing tournaments, events, and social media. He is a member of the life jacket working group that helped draft the first annual National Water Safety action plan. He serves as an ambassador for the National Safe Boating Council and as a member of the Waves of Hope family. His goal is to continue to make the waterways a safer place by sharing his story across the country, and positively change behavior to eliminate all water related tragedies. His sponsors include: Yamaha Outboards, Skeeter Boats, Mustang Survival, Yeti Coolers, The National Safe Boating Council, Toyota, 44 Tackle Co., Missile Baits, and Costa Sunglasses. hunterblandfishing.com

Boating and Water Safety Consultant
Virgil Chambers

Virgil served as the former chair of NASBLA’s Recreational Boating Professional Certification Commission and is the current program co-manager of NASBLA’s Inland Boat Operation and Marine Patrol Training Program. Under his leadership as executive director of the National Safe Boating Council (1996-2013), he instituted the Wear It Campaign, the NSBC Boat Control On-water Training Program, and was a founding member of the International Boating and Water Safety Summit (IBWSS). He retired from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission in 1995 as Chief of Boating Safety Education. While there, he developed Pennsylvania’s public-school boating and water safety program, and the Pennsylvania Water Rescue program – one of the first recognized water rescue training programs for fire and rescue service personnel in the U.S. While in the U.S. Navy he served aboard a patrol craft in the Rivers of Vietnam where he was decorated for his actions in combat situations. He also served in the Army National Guard as an air-traffic controller. Chambers lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Pamela Dillon.

Product to Market Coordinator | Mustang Survival
Lili Colby

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Multimedia Supervisor | BoatU.S. Foundation
Alan Dennison

As the Multimedia Supervisor for the BoatUS Foundation, Alan’s responsibilities include managing ongoing online learning projects, editing content, and collaborating with the amazing talent on staff. He has a degree in visual arts from Penn State University and a masters in business administration from University of Maryland University College. Alan began boating at a very young age on his father’s sailboat in Barnegat, NJ, going on countless fishing trips with him, his grandfather, and uncle in Maine. Whether fishing or cruising, there’s no place Alan would rather be than on the water. boatus.org

Associate Director of Waterfront | Eckerd College
Ryan Dilkey

Ryan Dilkey is the associate director of the waterfront program overseeing the Eckerd College Search and Rescue (EC-SAR) team – a community service program of full-time enrolled Eckerd students, who respond to over five hundred calls for maritime assistance each year. EC-SAR is recognized as a valuable resource by the Coast Guard, 911 emergency response, fire departments, law enforcement, and many others. As a student in the program from 1994-1998, he discovered his passion for helping others. Ryan graduated as a boat captain with over 200 rescue cases, and that same year, enlisted in the Coast Guard reserve. After 9/11 he was called to active duty and spent five years on deployments. He was commissioned as an officer in 2004, and continues his service today as a commander in the Department of Logistics for Contingency Operations & Deployability. Ryan is a certified instructor for the National Safe Boating Council and USA Waterski. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Eckerd College and a master’s of education in college students affairs administration from the University of South Florida. eckerd.edu/waterfront/ecsar/

Project Specialist | National Association of State Boating Law Administrators
Pam Dillon

Pamela Dillon serves as project specialist for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). In this role, she works to fully articulate NASBLA’s national role in standards development and conformity assessment, serving as staff of the National Boating Education standards panel. Previously, Dillon served as Ohio’s boating law administrator, retiring in 2011 as chief of the Department of Natural Resources division of watercraft. She oversaw the state’s comprehensive boating program; including law enforcement, marine patrol training, boater education, facilities, boat registration and titling, and scenic rivers programs. Dillon served as executive director of the American Canoe Association from 2002-2007, working to develop strategic alliances with boating, outdoor recreation, paddlesport education, and conservation programs across the U.S. and Canada. Dillon served two terms as an appointed member of the National Boating Safety advisory council, and in 2019, received the U.S. Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public Service Award. Dillon served on the boards of the National Safe Boating Council, Professional Paddlesports Association, Outdoor Alliance, American Canoe Association, International Whitewater Hall of Fame, and the World River Center. nasbla.org

Boating Education & Outreach Supervisor | Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection
Wendy Flynn

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Chief Commander | USPS – America’s Boating Club
Craig D. Fraser

Chief Commander Craig D. Fraser is the current ranking officer of United States Power Squadrons (USPS) – America’s Boating Club, the parent organization of America’s Boating Channel. In this role, he leads the entire organization with a mission to “improve the competence, knowledge, and enthusiasm of the boating community by providing high quality boater education and enjoyable boating and social opportunities.” Prior to his current position, Craig served as National Executive Officer for two years, responsible for the supervision of the Safety Committee, Vessel safety Check Program, Public Affairs, Environmental Affairs, and Cooperative Charting. He also held the position of National Educational Officer for four years leading the organization’s Education Department activities, including its ten committees, which are responsible for the preparation and updating of all course material for the organization. When not working on projects for USPS – America’s Boating Club, Craig enjoys spending time with family and friends boating on his 370 Sea Ray Sundancer on Lake Erie. americasboatingclub.org

Special Programs Coordinator | The Corps Foundation
Rachel Garren

Rachel Garren is the special programs director / grant manager for the nonprofit Corps of Engineers Natural Resources Education Foundation (the Corps Foundation). Rachel retired after working more than 31 years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in various roles. The Corps Foundation contracted with her in 2014, to manage grants they received from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. Rachel was instrumental in the establishment of the award-winning Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns campaign. That campaign was launched in 2016 and is primarily promoted in partnership with USACE at their over 400 lakes and river projects nationwide. Rachel has managed over a million dollars in grant funds used for products, advertisements, video PSAs, social media, and a life jacket video contest to promote the campaign. Rachel is an avid boater and enjoys spending time on the water with her family and friends.

Chief | Boating Safety Division at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
Verne Gifford

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

Chief of Auxiliary and Boating Safety | United States Coast Guard
Captain Troy Glendye

Captain Glendye is the chief of the U.S. 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. His previous assignment was the deputy director of the Logistics Transformation Program Integration Office within the Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics Directorate to modernize and fully align all Coast Guard Engineering disciplines within the Coast Guard’s Mission Support Business Model. Read Captain Glendye’s full biography.

Technical Director | ABYC
Brian Goodwin

As the technical director at the American Boat and Yacht Council, Brian is responsible for managing the review and publication of over 80 standards and related documents. He also ensures the execution of numerous grants awarded to the ABYC technical department. Brian actively liaisons with other groups including NMMA, NASBLA, SAMS®, NAMS, NFPA, and SAE. Prior to assuming the role of technical director in 2012, he was the technical standards manager at ABYC. abycinc.org

Education Coordinator | Alaska Office of Boating Safety
Annie Grenier

10 years ago Annie Grenier joined the Alaska Boating Safety Program as an intern while studying at Alaska Pacific University. Now she serves as the education coordinator, continually improving and adapting our education programs for both kids and adults to reach more Alaskans in relevant and positive ways. Annie also serves on national committees and works to make the paddlesports industry safer for all of us.

General Manager | Marine and Safety Tasmania
Peter Hopkins

Peter Hopkins is the general manager of recreational boating with Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST). He has held this position for around 22 years and has seen boating change dramatically over this time in Tasmania. MAST is a semi-government organization and is responsible for all recreational boating issues in Tasmania including boating safety, infrastructure, swing moorings, and most importantly, boating education. Peter has been a member of the Australian New Zealand Education Boating Education Group (ANZSBEG) since 2000 and sits on the standards Australia committee for life jackets and other standards involving small boats. In his spare time, and with his ocean racing days behind him, Peter enjoys cruising around the east coast of Tasmania. mast.tas.gov.au

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Kim Jackson started her water recreation early in life. She grew up in Bullhead City, Arizona, and enjoyed waterskiing and jetskiing with her family on the Colorado River. After attending Northern Arizona University, she moved to California seeking fame and fortune, but what she found instead was a love for the ocean. Being the adventurous type, she and her husband purchased and lived aboard a 41’ sloop, although at the time, neither one of them knew anything about sailing. They lived in a working harbor for 8 years before her husband convinced her to move to Idaho with promises of tall evergreens, snow-capped peaks, and pristine lakes fed by the melting snow. From 2001-2006, Kim served as the head ranger at Henrys Lake State Park, as well as the marine deputy for this remote mountain lake. When she wasn’t busy saving stranded boaters, she spent her time teaching the park’s visitors about the wonders of the area, how to stay safe while boating, and introducing local school children to the art of sled dog racing. From the fall of 2006 until June 2012, she held the position of boating education safety coordinator in Idaho until; she accepted the position of Arizona’s boating and OHV safety education program manager. She is a National Safe Boating Council certified instructor, and is trained in PWC Rescue techniques, and swift water rescue. She has also attended an accredited river guide school and is a paddlesports instructor (kayak and SUP).

Grant Project Manager | America’s Boating Channel
Marty Lafferty

Marty Lafferty, past district commander and advanced pilot, is the grant project manager for the United States Power Squadrons’ (USPS) America’s Boating Channel. His work on America’s Boating Channel was honored with the USPS Chief Commander’s Award in 2018, the Go Global Top Placer Award for Further Education in 2020, the National Boating Industry Safety Award as Top Marine Media Outlet in 2021, and the IBWSS Communication Award for Best Video PSA Series in 2022. Marty is also a certified instructor and vessel safety examiner and received his Educational Proficiency Award in 2014. He was professionally trained as a television producer and director, earning his Master of Fine Arts degree at Yale School of Drama. His prior work has included supervising the first multi-channel television coverage of the Summer Olympics for NBC and launching three cable television networks for Turner Broadcasting. He now serves as chief content officer for StreamSearch LIVE. americasboatingchannel.com

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Boating Safety Education Coordinator | Oregon State Marine Board
MariAnn McKenzie

MariAnn has been with the Oregon State Marine Board since March 2006 in the Boating Safety Section. She is the coordinator for several programs including Boating Safety Education, kids/school education, “Let’s Go Boating” Grant Program, Incident and Fatality Data, and the Boating Safety Advocates Program. She was the team leader for the Non-motorized Boat Oregon Advisory Team (BOATs) and was the project manager for the Non-Motorized Boating Project linked to the Marine Board’s Strategic Plan. Currently, she is the chair of the NASBLA Education & Outreach Committee. She was also the interim Boating Law Administrator during the first half of 2022.

Chair | National Safe Boating Council
Robert Newsome

Robert Newsome is the senior vice president of operations for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), responsible for overall organizational operations, the development and implementation of strategy to support the recreational marine industry, overall membership activities, the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) program, and product certification (NMMA Certified) programs for boats, yachts, PWC and boat trailers. He is the chair of the National Safe Boating Council and serves on the Technical Board of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), and has extensive experience in representing the marine industry in standards development and technical issues through numerous committees of ABYC, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Robert is an avid power boater, fisherman and a life-long sailor on Lake Michigan and the lakes of the Midwest. nmma.org

Senior Director of Product Management | Sea Machines Robotics
Drew Orvieto

Drew Orvieto is an experienced marine industry professional with a diverse background which include naval architecture, product design, engineering management, sales, product strategy, and business development. He is passionate about design and innovation, particularly in the marine industry, and holds multiple patents for boating products and software. He was selected as Boating Industry’s 40 Under 40 in 2020, identifying him as one of the young leaders in the boating industry. sea-machines.com

Communications Director | National Safe Boating Council
Yvonne Pentz

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

Executive Director | National Safe Boating Council
Peg Phillips

The NSBC’s Executive Director Peg Phillips is an experienced executive and boating instructor. She is a certified American Canoe Association L2 Kayak Instructor, SUP Instructor, and NSBC Powerboat Instructor. Working hands-on with hundreds of students, she has instilled recreational boating safety and influenced boater behavior. She has successfully provided guidance for over a dozen federally grant-funded programs since she joined the NSBC in 2018. 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. With two decades of senior executive level management experience, Peg is accomplished in strategic planning, staff development, inspiring commitment, managing change, and building coalitions and partnerships. safeboatingcouncil.org

Boater Education Manager | Texas Parks and Wildlife
Kim Sorensen

Kimberly Sorensen joined the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Division as the Boater Education Manager in January 2021. She brings a wealth of knowledge of water safety, paddlesports safety, and boating safety to her role as Boating Education Manager. Kimberly is a graduate of the NASBLA Leadership Academy and serves on the NASBLA Education and Outreach committee. She is an American Canoe Association certified instructor trainer for SUP and Kayaking, an American Red Cross Lifeguard instructor, and an avid boater. Over the last twelve years, she has worked with local non-profits focused on drowning prevention and paddle sport educators to ensure proper skills and safety on and around the water. Working with her media team Kimberly created Texas Parks and Wildlife Boating and Water Safety Facebook and Instagram social media pages reaching more than 40,000 people during water safety month. The social media pages include weekly boating tips and safety messages. She shares many posts from partner organizations on the pages. In 2021 she partnered with Oncor Energy to fund education materials reminding boaters that water and electricity don’t mix. This partnership resulted in 40 new boat ramp safety signs and boater education materials that include information on safe boating around powerlines and marinas. Working with the Game Warden Academy Kimberly created a Paddle Patrol course teaching officer’s safety and rescue skills and technical knowledge around paddling and using paddlecraft to patrol. tpwd.texas.gov

VP of Business Development | America’s Boating Channel
Kathryn Strachan

Kathryn Strachan is the VP of business development for America’s Boating Channel. She grew up and currently lives on the Connecticut shoreline and has spent many days boating on Long Island Sound. Kathy is responsible for partnering with content rights holders to provide boating safety and boater education videos for America’s Boating Channel’s two new smart TV offerings. She has aggregated hundreds of hours of boating themed video content including epic movies, TV program series, military films, power boat and sailboat racing for both the on-demand app and linear video channel. Kathy has a B.A in Communications from the University of Connecticut and has spent her career in the broadcast, cable, and steaming TV industries launching innovative technologies and channels. She has held business development positions with NBC Olympics and CBS PPV. Kathy is currently the chief corporate and business development officer for StreamSearch Live. americasboatingchannel.com

Parent | Waves of Hope Coalition Member
Krissy Taylor

Krissy Taylor is a team lead for an organization that staffs emergency room clinicians all over the United States. She is married with three children and owns two dogs. After the tragic loss of her 7-year-old son to carbon monoxide poisoning while boating, advocating about this danger has become a huge mission of her life. There was a tug at her heart to start something in memory of her sweet boy. LovelikeAfton, is a non-profit organization that not only educates others about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, but also helps those in need. She is currently working with her local Senator in efforts to pass legislation that would establish the month of April as Power Boating Safety Month, with an emphasis on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning that can occur while boating. LovelikeAfton.com

Founder | UnderwayUSA
Kelli Toth
Public Information Officer | Arizona Game and Fish Department
John Trierweiler

John Trierweiler is a member of the public affairs and media relations team for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. His charge includes working with both local and national media outlets, and for the public, promoting and showcasing the work of the department. John is a veteran television broadcaster with over a decade of experience in media and television journalism in the midwest, Florida, and Arizona. azgfd.com

Marine Biologist | Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Carter Viss

Carter Viss grew up in Denver, Colorado with a passion for fish and marine life. He attended Palm Beach Atlantic University and graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s of science degree in marine biology. On Thanksgiving Day in 2019, Carter was struck by a 36-foot boat while snorkeling on the Breakers Reef. He lost his right arm on impact, and had severe damage to both of his legs and left wrist. After making a miraculous recovery and getting back to his normal life, Carter decided to team up with the driver to make positive changes in the diving and boating communities. By improving the visibility of diver-down devices and reducing boat speeds in close proximity to the beach, he hopes to make the oceans a safer place for humans and marine life. wavesofhopeboating.org

Program Coordinator | National Safe Boating Council
Alexis Webb

National anthem vocalist and NSBC program coordinator Alexis Webb is excited to be joining the #IBWSS23 program. She is also a local worship leader in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she studies and coordinates music for multiple teams and services weekly. Alexis enjoys encouraging and equipping others to live life “on purpose.”

Assistant Chief of Communications | Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Lauren Weston

Lauren Weston is assistant chief of communications for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission where she coordinates the agency’s marketing efforts. She worked in the advertising, destination marketing, and software industries before finding her home at the AGFC. She was born and raised in Arkansas, and is glad to play her part in keeping The Natural State true to its name.

Parent | Waves of Hope Coalition Member
Jan Wilhite-Iserman

The Ashleigh Iserman Boating Safety Foundation was established to honor the life and memory of Ashleigh Iserman, Jan’s daughter. The goal of the foundation is to help promote boating safety education in order to keep our families safe while riding in boats, personal watercraft or other vessels on Michigan’s waterways. ashleighiserman.com

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