Meet The Team

Our success – is directly related to our staff. Here at Divecare nothing would be possible if it wasnt for our dedicated, and passionate staff.
Bill Hardman

Bill Hardman

President and Founding Member

Captain Bill Hardman has been teaching all levels of Skin and Scuba diving for over 35 years. He owns Aquatic Obsessions scuba shop and is the Treasurer and past President and Vice-President of the Florida Skin Divers Association (Est. 1952) and the current President of the Professional Association of Dive Operators. He holds ratings as Instructor and Instructor Trainer for Scuba Diving International (SDI), Technical Diving International (TDI), Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PDIC) and Handicap Scuba Association (HSA). He is a former Florida and World Spearfishing Champion and is a current spearfishing World Record holder. Captain Hardman joined the USCG Reserves in 1977. His enlisted rate was Machinery Technician and he left the service seven years later as an Ensign. He currently writes a bi-weekly column for the Tampa Bay Times and is a contributing writer for many national and international Skin and Scuba industry periodicals and on-line magazines.

Dean W. Karikas

Dean W. Karikas

Vice President, Director of Legal Affairs and Founding Member

Dean has been scuba certified since 1985. His current certifications include being a Dive Master with PDIC and SDI and Dive Master in Scubility by SDI. He served as Captain in the United States Air Force, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Eastern Space and Missile Center, Patrick Air Force Base Florida from 1984-1988. He is a member of the American Legion at the Andy Anderson Post 125, BPOE, as well as Lifetime Guild member of Abilities of Florida. He is also a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Professionally, Dean practices personal injury law as a partner of Karikas and Kasaris, P, A, in St. Petersburg, FL.

Christian Gardner

Christian Gardner

Director of Finance

Christian has been working as a Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator for the past 8 years with the privilege of helping hundreds of families with arguably the largest financial decisions they will make in their lifetime. He graduated with a BA from USF with a Finance degree and a minor in Economics. He also has an AS from the Florida Culinary Institute and studied abroad in Cambridge, England focusing on Political Science. It was through education and life experience that he understands the value of the American way of life and how important it is to protect it. So, 10 years ago he found a way to say thanks through the Dive Care mission. It is a small price to pay relative to the sacrifice that our brave men and women of our armed forces sacrifice daily. By helping those that sacrificed so much, Christian can say that he lived a life worth living.
Andrew Cleveland

Andrew Cleveland

Director of Information Technology

Over the past 25 years, Andrew has held various positions in the technology field and is currently the Director of Information Technology for a local St Petersburg company. He grew up in the Midwest and began his love of scuba diving in the fresh water lakes of Minnesota and Wisconsin. As he moved further and further south, he realized his life-long devotion to all things aquatic could be realized in Florida and moved to St Petersburg in 2001. Since then he has completed certifications in Advanced, Rescue and Underwater Hunter and served as Vice President of the Tampa Bay Spearfishing Club in 2010. As often happens, life intervened and after surviving a serious motorcycle accident, involving months of recovery and rehab, he was inspired by the challenges and courage of others with similar life-changing injuries, as well as a heart-felt compassion for those who help and support them, so he decided to get involved.
Jay Carlson

Jay Carlson

Secretary of the Board

A proud native of St. Petersburg, Jay was born at Mound Park Hospital (now Bayfront Health) and grew up on beautiful Pass-A-Grille Beach. He loved swimming as a child and spent more time underwater than on the surface. He enjoyed snorkeling at numerous islands around the Caribbean, but it wasn’t until 2017 when he finally became addicted to diving. Various certifications have followed including Dive Master, CPR, Oxygen Administration, Underwater Hunter, Advanced, Rescue, Fossil, and Deep Diver. Jay and his dive buddy daughter Liz have enjoyed diving in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, West Palm, the Florida Keys, and the most memorable trip so far – a week-long dive live aboard in the Bahamas. He volunteered for over a decade with the Azalea Little League Miracle League and Challenger Programs, adaptive baseball programs assisting children and teens with physical, emotional, and intellectual challenges. Jay graduated from USF with a Bachelors in Marketing, and went on to get an MBA in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago. Since 1992, Jay has been a Senior Conversion Analyst with Fiserv, a Fortune 500 Financial Data Processor, leading the data conversion of Commercial Loans for hundreds of banks and credit unions.

Dr Kenneth Huynh Bio

Dr Kenneth Huynh Bio

Board Medical Advisor

I started my medicine career in the U.S Navy at 20 years old. I joined the Navy as a hospital corpsman recruit in 2006. I wanted to do my part to help our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan following the “9-11” event. I was trained in a wide variety of specialties search as phlebotomy, surgery, emergency medicine, and urology to name a few. Although like most corpsmen, I did not specialize in any particular field. After graduating 3rd in my class, My first duty station was in Guam. At Guam Naval hospital, I worked in the MSU before moving to the ICU where I was eventually put in charge of the unit.

Trey Stickland

Trey Stickland

Board Member

Trey was born and raised in St.Petersburg Florida where he spent most of his free time on the water fishing. In 1992, he got his scuba certification and was hooked on all things ‘in’ water not just ‘on top of’ the water. He has NAUI certifications in Helitrox, Skin Diver, and First Aid. He has been an active member of the Florida Skin Divers Association and the St. Pete Underwater Club, and has been participating in freediving and scuba diving spearfishing tournaments held throughout Florida since the early 2000’s.

Trey is a Sr. Ops Consultant at Raymond James & Associates, a St.Petersburg-based investment firm where he started his career in 1996. Raymond James has a culture of giving back in their community, and Trey has supported many related activities the firm has championed such as United Way and Habitat for Humanity. Trey’s father, Clifton Lloyd Stickland, Jr. served in Vietnam from ‘66 to ‘68 in the 25th infantry division over 3 tours. Trey’s grandfathers both served in the Army in WW2, as well several cousins that currently serve. Trey believes it’s important to provide ongoing support to those who served, and others.

Leo Montambeault

Leo Montambeault

Board Member

Leo graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1985 with a B.S. in Zoology, along with completing ROTC. He was a Combat Engineer officer in the U.S. Army for 6 years. In 1996, he received a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from South Dakota State University, and then in 1998 he earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. He moved from his native New Hampshire to Florida in 2008 to enjoy the beaches. After a career in pharmacy, Leo retired in 2019. Leo started scuba diving in 2018, earning various certifications including Scubility Dive Buddy, Dive Master, Fossil Diver, Underwater Hunter, and Helitrox. He currently is a member of the Tampa Bay Spearfishing Club

Liz Carlson

Liz Carlson

Board Member

Liz has loved swimming since childhood and spent more time underwater than on the surface. She grew up snorkeling at numerous islands around the Caribbean, but it wasn’t until 2017 when she finally became addicted to diving. Various certifications have followed including Advanced, Rescue, Fossil, Deep Diver, Underwater Hunter, Dive Master, and Dive Instructor. Liz and her dive buddy dad Jay have enjoyed diving in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, West Palm, the Florida Keys, and the most memorable trip so far – a week-long dive live aboard in the Bahamas. She volunteered for most of her childhood with the Azalea Little League Miracle League and Challenger Programs, adaptive baseball programs assisting children and teens with physical, emotional, and intellectual challenges. Liz graduated from Gibbs High School – Pinellas County Center for the Arts program with a focus in Technical Theatre, and has since gone on to St. Petersburg College with a focus towards ASL – American Sign Language. Before joining the Aquatic Obsessions family she was lifeguarding for multiple years at the YMCA, which led to teaching swim lessons to children and adults, and helping with Physical Therapy for disabled adults. Since becoming a Dive Instructor, she has helped certify multiple Dive Care students and has furthered her skills by taking a Scubility Dive Buddy course.
Andrew Hunsicker

Andrew Hunsicker

Board Member

Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, Andrew Hunsicker has deep roots in the community. Following high school graduation, Andrew made a dedicated commitment to serving his country by joining the U.S. Marine Corps, and participating in various operations spanning the globe.

Post-Marines, Andrew transitioned into the dynamic world of the oil and gas industry, residing in diverse regions such as the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. In 2018, driven by a passion for real estate, he established Ash Developers, a firm dedicated to creating impactful real estate projects.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Andrew is a seasoned Dive Master, finding solace and adventure beneath the waves. As a valued member of Dive Care, Andrew brings a wealth of experiences that enrich our mission and underscore the importance of supporting those who have served our nation.

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