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International Program Coordinators (IPCs)

Regional Program Coordinators (RPCs)

Michael Stafford
Steve Foulger
Alex Edelmann
Jose Morera
Lynn Ekstrom
Frank Cummings
Marc Heffern
Brian Heustis
Sunny Kamiya
Jamie Nygren
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Honduras
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Michael Stafford

Chairman of the Board, SNUBA® International, Inc.
Founder
International Program Coordinator

Michael V. Stafford currently serves as president and Chairman of the Board of SNUBA® International, Inc. For four years he served in the United States Air Force and in 1970 received an honorable discharge. From 1970 through 1972 Mr. Stafford attended Sierra College and in 1973 through 1974 attended Sacramento State University. In 1975 Michael moved to Soda Springs, California where he founded and operated the High Sierra Ski Shop, Tinker’s Station and other successful businesses. It was during these ten years in Soda Springs that Mr. Stafford first imagined the idea of SNUBA. As an avid diver since the age of 14, Michael never let go of his passion for the underwater world and aimed to share it with everyone––divers and non-divers alike. In 1987, Mr. Stafford moved to Placerville, California, where he joined his brother, Patrick Stafford and long time family friend, Jim Mayfield, to co-found SNUBA® International, Inc. Mr. Stafford served as President and CEO of SNUBA® International, Inc. from 1987 until 1994.

 

Alex Edelmann

International Program Coordinator
Regional Director—Mexican Caribbean and Belize

edellmannAs an International Program Coordinator (IPC), Alex Edelmann has been an invaluable liason between the Mexican Caribbean operations and the SNUBA® International corporate office. Beginning his career as a dolphin trainer at Xcaret Park in Riviera Maya, Mexico, Edelmann moved up the ranks and in 1998 was appointed Program Coordinator for the park. During his years at Xcaret, he began his Scuba training. In 1992, he received his Open Water Certification and in 1994 completed his Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

In 2002, Edelmann joined the SNUBA family when he was appointed an International Program Coordinator (IPC). As a member of the corporate team, Edelmann actively works with numerous sites in Mexico including Xcaret, Xel-Ha, and Paamul, in Riviera Maya, Chankanaab and Jeannie’s Beach Club in Cozumel, Garrafon in Isla Mujeres, Mahahual in Costa Maya, Los Cabos, and Aculpulco.


Steve Foulger

International Program Coordinator
Regional Director SNUBA® Hawaii, Inc.

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“…Whenever Steve Foulger gives a SNUBA briefing, whether it be on one of our boat operations in Maui or when traveling the world to train new SNUBA candidates, Steve always says the same thing: “Boy, I sure wish SNUBA was around when I was a kid!!” Steve has been a certified diver since he was 14 years old. When he joined SNUBAInternational’s corporate team in 2002, his boyhood dream of sharing the beauty and wonder of the underwater world with as many people as possible, became a reality. Previous to 2002, Steve was instrumental in building the SNUBA program on the US island territory of Guam in the western pacific. With a background in broadcast communications, Steve has contributed significantly to the media and training aspects of SNUBA International. He has aided in operational developments in a variety of locations, including: Aruba, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Grand Cayman. Steve currently staffs our Hawaii Regional Office and is developing new business in Japan.

Jose Morera

International Program Coordinator
Regional Director – Latin America & Caribbean

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Joining the SNUBA family is Jose Morera, he will be working as our Regional Manager and International Program Coordinator for the Caribbean and Latin-American markets. Jose brings a wealth of knowledge both in the Latin-American region and as a SNUBA trainer. He was key in the success of P.A.D.I. in that region working as a regional manager, course director and examiner for 10 years. Jose’s host of duties will also include reviewing all of our training material, in addition to our standards and procedures. For now, Jose’s home base will be his native Puerto Rico for the remainder of 2014 and will eventually like to relocate to our corporate office in 2015

Frank Cummings

Regional Program Coordinator
Owner/Operator of Virgin Island SNUBA® Excursions

cummingsAs the longest running SNUBA operator, Frank Cummings has hosted approximately 40,000 SNUBA divers on St. John and St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. After completing his certification in California in 1988, he went on to complete his open water dive in Monterey, Ca and became a PADI Scuba Instructor in 1990. Over the years, Cummings has been a concessionaire for Cunard, Holland America, Princess and Norwegian cruise lines. Cummings relishes in the challenge of aiding beginners in their first SNUBA adventure. When asked about his career as a SNUBA operator Frank simply states, “I am the longest running SNUBA operator and the last twenty years have gone by in the blink of an eye. I love what I do.”


Lynn Ekstrom

Regional Program Coordinator
Owner of SNUBA® Big Island

ekstromLynn Ekstrom has been with SNUBA for 20 years. Prior to joining SNUBA® International, Ekstrom worked in the real estate and the construction industry. In 1987, Ekstrom completed his SNUBA certification with International Program Coordinator (IPC) Michael Stafford, in Placerville, CA and became Scuba certified in Lake Whiskeytown, Ca the same year. Ekstrom worked as a SNUBA guide for two years at Key Largo, Florida and one year in Lahaina, Maui before settling down in Kona, Hawaii. For the past 18 years, Ekstrom has lived on the Big Island with his wife Carol and daughters Kira 10, Haley 10, and Kami 7.

Marc Heffern

Regional Program Coordinator
Owner/Operator SNUBA® Honduras

heffMarc Heffern has been a proud member of the SNUBA family for over 19 years. In 1980, Heffern received his PADI certification and continued on to be a dive instructor for Galaxy Scuba from 1983 to 1985. Tempted by the innovative SNUBA system, Heffern became a SNUBA guide in 1989 and worked for several years in Kona, Hawaii. During the following years Heffern accomplished the level of Regional Program Coordinator (RPC) and added a variety of SNUBA locations to his resume, including: Houston, Texas, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, Mexico, and currently Roatan, Honduras. Heffern has also played an integral role in successfully training guides around the world.

Aside from SNUBA, Heffern enjoys theology, philanthropy, cultures, travel, real estate, fitness SNUBA photography. His future aspirations range from a wife and many children, to more scuba, more SNUBA, and more Sea Trek!

Sunny Kamiya

Regional Program Coordinator
Owner/Operator SNUBA® Japan

sunntCurrently residing in Maui, Hawaii, Sunny Kamiya has come a long way from his birthplace in Japan. Kamiya comically shares that his “story is too long to tell here, but if you buy [him] a couple of beers (Samuel Adams), [he] will tell you about [his] life as a firefighter in Japan…and an EMT in New York.” Kamiya moved to Hawaii when he saw a TV commercial and realized that he was “in the wrong place”. His SNUBA career started soon after he realized “people weren’t setting that many fires on Maui” and the tourism industry needed him more than the fire department. Kamiya has worked as a SNUBA guide for over 11 years and is the owner/operator of SNUBA® Japan. He also works as a Japanese translator and is a SNUBA Regional Program Coordinator (RPC).

Brian Heustis

Regional Program Coordinator
SNUBA® Maui

heustisBrian Heustis began his diving career as a Divemaster in Aruba. For several years he worked in the diving industry and also acted as a windsurfing instructor. In 1993, he converted to SNUBAand soon realized that it would become a “big part” of his life. Heustis has been involved with SNUBA for 16 years and is currently a Regional Program Coordinator. He works in Maui, Hawaii and says he is “stoked to share [his] love of the ocean with people…who were once resigned to only dreaming about it.” Heustis lives with his beautiful wife and sweet little girl, and continues to “turn people on to what Maui has to offer under the water.”