Board of Directors


Jill Hottel
Executive Director/Instructor

Jill began diving in 2000, and took her diving career to the next level by becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in 2009. 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 has continued her professional development by becoming an HSA (Handicapped Scuba Association) Instructor and crossing her instructor certification over to SDI (Scuba Diving International) in conjunction with Diving with Heroes becoming a SDI/TDI training facility in 2021.

Dan Crisp

Dan is a Navy Veteran, serving 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 sharing the benefits scuba diving brings to our injured and wounded veterans.

Teaching Team


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, diving every chance he could. Neal became a PADI Divemaster 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 is now a certified NAUI, SDI and TDI instructor allowing him to help more veterans experience the sport that has helped him so much.