Board of Directors


Jill Hottel
Executive Director

Jill has been diving since long, in fact, that she feels just at home below water as she does above. In 2009 Jill decided to take her diving career to the next level by becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Jill cherishes the opportunity to share her passion for the underwater world with others, and loves the look of exhilaration on the faces of new students as they breathe underwater for the first time. Jill continued her professional development by becoming an HSA (Handicapped Scuba Association) Instructor in 2011 and a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer in 2016; training that only better equips her to serve the hero divers at Diving with Heroes. Jill is excited to be involved in Diving with Heroes and is eager to continue to share her passion and love for the underwater world with others!

Joe Brickey

Joe became a certified diver in 1978, while in the Air Force and stationed in Texas. He began diving nearly every day during his next assignment in Athens, Greece. Today, Joe is one of four founders of Integrity Applications Incorporated, and is chairman of the board. Joe has thousands of dives, and had to create his own curriculum for night diving specialty because one didn’t exist way back when. As an Air Force veteran, serving more than 18 years before retiring, Joe is dedicated to serving his country, his community, his church and his family. Diving with Heroes is one more way he can serve a worthy and deserving community. 

Dan Crisp

Dan is a Navy Veteran, serving as on Active and Reserve duty in a variety of positions for a combined total of 29 years.  He began his diving journey in the late 1980’s, and continues that journey whenever and wherever he can.  He is a Master Scuba Diver with multiple subspecialties, including his Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA) Dive Buddy certification.  Dan feels particularly blessed for the opportunities he has been given as a citizen and for those that have served, and is deeply committed to those that have given of themselves to protect our country.

Scott Vadnais
Director of Communication

Scott is a veteran, serving more than 22 years in the Air Force in a variety of positions.  He has been diving since 2011 and has become very comfortable underwater while looking forward to each and every dive. He completed his Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA) Dive Buddy certification in 2015. Scott is very excited to part of the Diving with Heroes team, and benefits it brings to our injured and wounded veterans.



Neal Hamilton

Neal is an Army veteran who served 21 years in various positions.  He started diving in 2015 and immediately fell in love with the sport and started diving every chance he could, quickly logging almost 400 dives in less than 5 years of diving.  Neal became a PADI Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diver Leader in 2016 as a way to continue expanding his dive knowledge and as a way to help other veterans discover the love of diving and the therapeutic value of it.  Since that time, he has continued to expand his dive knowledge to include becoming certified as a cave diver and a technical diver.  Neal recently completed in NAUI Instructor certification to allow him to help more veterans experience the sport that has helped him so much