Meet the Team

Running the Spirit of America Foundation and programs takes a tremendous effort from an outstanding team. Below is our national team and a listing of some of the great organizations that we partner with to receive volunteer and staff instructors.


In each location, we are privileged to have some of the finest instructors in the country assisting with our curriculum. Instructors, both volunteer and compensated, come to Spirit fromĀ our Partner Organizations. We are grateful for the generosity they show with their time and for their expertise and dedication to changing the future of water based recreation through education.

Partner Organizations

These partners shape the Spirit of America programs in many ways, including through providing staff and volunteers.
  • Parks and Recreation Specialists
  • Local Fire Service
  • Local Dive Rescue Teams
  • Local Police Departments
  • United States Coast Guard
  • 4-H
  • United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • United States Power Squadrons
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Sea Scouts of America
  • YMCA
  • US Sailing
  • US Powerboating
  • American Sailing Association
  • American Canoe Association
  • State Watercraft Law Enforcement
  • Colleges and Universities

Board of Directors

Cecilia A. Duer

CEO & President


Jonathon Duer

Executive Vice President


Rob Adams

Vice President


Mike Urban

Secretary & Treasurer