Meet the members of the Ocean Games team! We come from a variety of backgrounds, but we have one thing in common: our dedication to the Ocean Games event and to its mission to support brain trauma research and awareness. Most days you can see us hanging out at the West Ocean City Starbucks (or “Bux” as it is lovingly known), so if you are ever passing by when we’re there, feel free to come say hello!
We are passionate about our cause and enjoy giving back to our community, and we hope that you will join us, too! Looking forward to seeing you in Ocean City!
Board of Directors/Founder and Director
Corey Davis is the founder and director of the Ocean Games. After a motorcycle accident left him with a traumatic brain injury in 2007, Corey turned to the Johns Hopkins Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program as his only hope. A few years later, he was not only back on his own two feet, but also completing triathlons and long distance swims such as the 4.4 mile Chesapeake Bay Swim or the 7.5 mile Potomac Swim! Corey first conceived the idea for the Ocean Games in 2013 as a way to give back to the program that helped him return to a normal life. He leads the Ocean Games team with passion, enthusiasm and experience to ensure a fun, safe event for all! Read more about Corey’s story here.
Sandy Deeley is Ocean Games’ East Coast SUP CUP paddleboard director. Owner of Ocean City-based stand up paddle company Walk on Water, Sandy is also a level 2 PaddleFit Certified Instuctor and a Regional Race Director for the World Paddle Association. Sandy added our ocean paddleboard events to the Ocean Games repertoire in 2014, which are the first of their kind on the East Coast. If you would rather “Walk on Water” than swim, Sandy is the guy who can make it happen!
As the Ocean Games Co-race Director, Jenny brings over 15 years of experience as a workforce management consultant and Certified Personal Trainer. On race day, she is responsible for making sure that all teams are in place, that the event runs smoothly, and that everyone is having fun! However, her role extends far beyond that. Throughout the year, Jenny maintains close communication with all team members, plans for the following year’s event and constantly seeks new avenues for helping the Ocean Games grow. An athlete herself, Jenny also participates in local and national 1/2 marathon and sprint triathlon events.
Board of Directors/Swim Advisor
Dave Speier is the Ocean Games swim and safety advisor. President of the Nanticoke Swim and Triathlon, Dave brings years of experience in organizing athletic events and ensuring the safety of all participants involved. An open water enthusiast himself, Dave competed in our own 9-mile swim in 2013, and has also participated in the Alcatraz SharkFest Swim, as well as the Potomac Swim, to name a few.
Nathan Bonds is a retired military veteran who brings over 20 years experience in medical laboratory technology to our Ocean Games team. Safety has always been his number one priority. He is currently a Program Analyst for the Air Force Medical Support Agency. We are happy to have Nate on board as our safety director this year!
Larry Jock brings his unique background as the executive of a national newspaper and as owner of “Coastal Fisherman” magazine. Larry manages the finances and keeps a streamlined budget for the team! Larry and his wife Mary and son “Little Larry” reside in West Ocean City, MD.
Jeanna brings over 20 years of experience to the Ocean Games team, from working within major corporations to becoming the owner/CFO of an international land acquisition and home building company. Jeanna coordinates and commounicates with all the Ocean Games vendors to ensure a smooth set up and break down the day of the race. Communication and vendor layout is key promoting the vendors. Jeanna is also an advocate for a balanced life style promoting personal growth through healthy emotional, physical and nutritional choices. She is a perfect fit for the Ocean Games team!
As our promotions and media manager, Chatty brings over 15 years experience in marketing, brand strategy and media connections to the Ocean Games team. Chatty’s creativity and passion to give back to the community makes her a perfect fit. Chatty is also a paddleboarder and a Mom!
Marine Permits/Emergency Vessel Assistance
Ross Fowle is a recently retired Coast Guard Boatswain’s Mate Master Chief with 24 years of vessel operation, safety and command experience. As the Officer in Charge of Station Ocean City from 2009 through 2014, he was responsible for all Coast Guard SAR, Law Enforcement and Environmental Protection operations in the Atlantic Ocean from the Delaware/Maryland line to the Maryland/Virginia line out to fifty nautical miles offshore and in all inland waters. As part of the Ocean Games team, Ross is responsible for submitting all necessary marine permit applications and requesting/coordinating federal and state emergency vessel assistance.
Jane Reynolds Collins
Jane brings her organization, can do attitude and over 20 years in the sales/service to the Ocean Games team! An athlete herself, Jane understands how important the volunteers are to ensure a fun/safe event for all. Jane resides in Annapolis, MD.
Lindsay’s expertise in communications, marketing and over 15 years in hospitality ensure that the participants and volunteers will be nourished and hydrated! Lindsay works directly with all of our Ocean Games vendors and food sponsors, and also plans out meals for the day. Lindsay is the Marketing Executive for Burley Oak Brewery and head bartender at Bull on the Beach 94th St. We are happy that she is able to bring her expertise and long list of contacts to the team. When she’s not working, Lindsay and her husband enjoy the beach life!
Watercraft Support Manager
This guy is Ocean City’s finest boater! As our watercraft support coordinator, Corey ensures that swimmers and paddlers are safe throughout the event. Logistic buoy placement, keeping a watchful eye on ocean and weather conditions and providing water and nutrition to the swimmers as they pass by are all part of Corey’s responsibilities. As fundraising coordinator, Corey is responsible for organizing local events that help to raise money for the Ocean Games.
Mike Nicholson is the Ocean Games transportation manager. A law enforcement officer of 24 years and currently responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement, Mike knows what it takes to move racers and equipment from one end of Ocean City to the other. Mike is no stranger to the water, either. Competitive swimmer, swift water rescue, police diver and Marine Patrol boat captain round out his resume’.
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