Live Water Foundation Leadership Team
From kayaking around Annapolis at a young age to stand up paddle board racing & instructing the past 7+ years, Mary has always been passionate about water sports and sharing that experience with others. Growing up in Annapolis & realizing the lack of access and opportunities to get out on the water, she’s committed to helping everyone have an equal opportunity to enjoy our local waterways.
An Annapolis native, Amanda has always had a passion for the water and environment and seeks opportunities to give back to her community. Introduced to our organization while President and Marketing Director of a local philanthropic organization, Amanda and her team selected Live Water Foundation as the 2019 beneficiary for their annual fundraiser, raising over $16,000. A few months later, Amanda joined Live Water, inspired by our mission to bring good vibes to locals through community events while educating the public on clean water initiatives. In no time, she became passionate about paddleboarding and enjoys the opportunity to introduce the sport to friends and family.
Nancy Kobel, ICF-PCC, ELI-MP
Nancy first saw a video in 2010 of paddleboarder, Jodie Nelson paddling with Larry the Whale, off the coast of California. She was mesmerized and knew she had to get on a board one day. When Capital Sup opened in 2014 in Annapolis, she was there, learning, loving it, and sharing her excitement with her friends and family. She has been hooked ever since and is open to paddling everywhere. Even Dublin in 2017, SUP Yoga in a wetsuit on a windy day! She has raced, danced, Yoga, paddled for fun and fitness. In 2021, she pursued her instructor certification. Nancy grew up in New Jersey and New York, swimming in lakes and spending days at the Jersey Shore. She went to the University of Maryland for her BS and has been living in Maryland ever since. She is a mom of 2 young adults, a coach, and a teacher at heart, and loves helping and encouraging new paddlers on the water. She is excited to be part of the LiveWater team working with the Junior Wai Koa and Wai Koa, programs, and of course the environmental initiatives.
Scotty, a North Carolina native and Annapolis transplant since 2015, has been paddle boarding recreationally for over 10 years and racing since 2016. Since birth, Scotty has spent as much time as possible on and around the water. A lifelong sailor, the sport brought him to Annapolis, but paddling found him when he got there. Always believing that water has a calming effect on the mind and body, he joined LiveWater’s mission at the beginning to help others see and feel those positive vibes as well.
An Eastport resident, Mark’s passion for paddling came from walking over the Eastport bridge one morning and seeing someone on a paddleboard. Inspired by what he saw, Mark overcame personal obstacles; learned to stand up paddleboard; compete in challenging stand-up paddleboard races, and train to be a stand-up paddleboard instructor. From the experience, Mark mentors others to self-actualize their ability to stand up paddleboard.
Past President, Co-founder
A University of Hawaii graduate, Brian has had a love for the water since he was a kid growing up on the Wicomico River on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Brian’s passion for paddling started when he joined a local outrigger club in 2011. He brought his love for paddling back to Maryland after deciding to move back home after a life-changing experience meeting his birth family. Co-Founder & Former CEO of Capital SUP, Brian, and his partners founded Live Water in 2017 to expand on the signature community give-back programs working with Veteran and Youth organizations.
Bridget grew up near the Gulf coast of Louisiana. The waterways there provided a constant playground — swimming, canoeing, sailing, fishing, and waterskiing. It was only natural that her first job would be as a lifeguard. Annapolis has been her home for over 20 years now, and she loves being able to play as she did as a kid on the water, now mostly on stand-up paddleboards. She was introduced to Live Water through her volunteer work with Team RWB, connecting veterans with paddle sports. Bridget enjoys fostering such connections. As a financial planner, she connects clients with resources to improve their financial lives, and as part of LWF, she connects the communities we serve with resources to enjoy and benefit from a life on the water. She lives steps from the Magothy River with her three children, Madeleine, Dax, and JP, and their cat, Clio.
Jeremy Dublon, MD
Dr. Jeremy Dublon is a surgeon in the United States Army and an Active Duty Officer. Currently stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he was able to connect with the Annapolis community to return the water. Growing up sailing, he was quickly plugged into the local racing scene and the veteran community through the Valhalla Sailing Project. From his work with service members and their families, he realized the opportunity to give back directly. Not just through sailing, but all watersports. Having then learned about the Wai Koa program, he became an instant supporter and aims to get more deserving veterans and active duty service members out on the water paddling.
Co-Founder, Board Member
“Mr. Positive Vibes” was born in Baltimore and raised in Annapolis MD. As a summer job in 2008, he started working for a valet company downtown where he grew passionate about the history of Annapolis and its waterways. Entrepreneur, CEO of Capital SUP, and leader in the clean water movement. Kevin keeps his time busy but encourages the importance of a healthy work/life balance. He lives by a self-motto that keeps him driven for more realizing anything is possible.
Growing up on Lake Ontario, Erika has being in the water since she was young. When she learned to swim, she dove right in the deep end which would solidify her love of water sports. From swimming, boating, and diving to lifeguarding, Erika has enjoyed the water in many ways. She started paddling over 10 years ago and loves to go on camping trips in her kayak. She currently stays involved by coaching springboard and platform diving and enjoys the peace that either pool or the bay water provides. Erika hopes to share that passion for the water by providing opportunities to get out and enjoy the water through the LiveWater Foundation.
As the daughter of a Marine, Lisa moved up and down the East Coast growing up, but her family always managed to end up close to the water. Lisa now lives in Annapolis with her husband, 2 year-old daughter, and goldendoodle, Camden (named after the baseball stadium, not the city in New Jersey), and she is so happy to once again be close to the water and all it has to offer. Lisa has spent the last 10+ years of her career working in the nonprofit world, a majority of the time in program and grants management. Now as a Compliance Manager at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation she’s working to guide grantees through the world of federal budgetary regulations. Lisa is very excited to join the Live Water Board and is eager to help continue to bring more equitable access to water sport opportunities for local Annapolis youth.
Jeff was introduced to standup paddle boarding through the lens of his camera while photographing paddlers on Spa Creek near his home in Eastport. After getting to know some of these paddlers, he was eventually persuaded to get on the water. Five years later, he’s still on a board, training and competing in races. He values this tremendously supportive and welcoming community whose members continue to inspire, encourage, and challenge others to test their limits.
Born in Chicago, IL and is currently residing in Alexandria, VA, Anne is a first generation American and disabled veteran. In 2020, her partner sustained injuries while serving overseas and she became a caregiver where she was introduced to Live Water Foundation through their Wai Koa program and partnership with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She is a strong advocate for adaptive sports opportunities for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. The positive vibes and sense of community compelled her to volunteer with Live Water Foundation’s Junior Wai Koa program and oyster cage cleaning to support the clean water initiative programs. Anne is passionate about the Foundation’s initiatives for many reasons, but mainly because she grew up in an underprivileged community and has seen firsthand how equitable access to watersports activities can improve and be life-changing experiences for our youth and the future of the overall community.
Mother of 2 and “Nana” to 2 beautiful grandchildren. Mary discovered paddle boarding when she was training for the Nashville marathon/ half. She has always been drawn to the water and its beauty. She is humbled by the Warriors who have given so much to our country and give us the opportunity to be a part of their healing. She continues to work with the water education program that involves Live Water’s local youth showing them the importance of clean waterways! Giving back living every day with an open heart and mind.
Susan was raised in Annapolis and has always gravitated to the water. She spent 9 years learning to sail at SSA and never stopped loving being connected to the water. At 18, Susan made the choice to take an adventure on a unique sailing vessel design made of “Ferro Cement.” This journey led Susan to liveaboard life working and cruising the USVI, BVI, and a journey throughout the Caribbean for 15 years. Susan spent 35 years in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as a surgical assistant and eventually upper-level management at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Since retiring, Susan has taken on many volunteer jobs and loves giving back through volunteering. Susan is very excited to combine her passion for volunteer coordination and love for water activities as an integral member of the Live Water Foundation team.