The Team

  • Amber Helms
    Amber Helms Director of Operations

    In addition to her responsibilities as Director of Operations, Amber and her husband Rusty lead the Northeastern Oklahoma chapter. During her 20-year military wife career her and Rusty lived and fished all over the United States and in several countries.

  • Randy Ramler
    Randy Ramler Director of Finance and Administration

    With over 30 years U.S. and international experience in corporate accounting, finance and general management, Randy oversees the financial area of Heroes on the Water. He is a CPA with a Master’s Degree in International Management.

  • Joe Winston
    Joe Winston Area Coordinator

    As one of the volunteers who worked in the early days of HOW alongside founder Jim Dolan, Joe has a long-time passion for Heroes on the Water. His current role allows him to do two things he loves – support others and kayak fish.

  • María Castañeda
    María Castañeda Area Coordinator

    Before Heroes on the Water, María was a Federal Agent, Computer Lab Manager and Assistant Community Outreach Patrol Officer. She and her husband Rudy lead the Rio Grande Valley Texas chapter.

  • Jason Austin
    Jason Austin National Spokesperson

    Sargent First Class (Retired) Jason Austin raises awareness and educates on the topic of post-traumatic stress and veteran reintegration. SFC Austin spent the majority of his military career as a Military Policeman and is the recipient of the Purple Heart along with many other commendations.