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The Team

  • Amber Helms
    Amber Helms Executive Director

    Amber has dedicated both her professional and personal time to fulfilling the HOW mission. She began her professional journey with HOW as an area coordinator, having been promoted through the ranks to our current ED.

  • 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 Operations Manager

    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 Area Coordinator

    Sergeant First Class (Retired) Jason Austin is a long-time participant and believer in Heroes on the Water. 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.

  • Laura Armbruster
    Laura Armbruster Director of Communications & Community Engagement

    When Laura got to combine her decades of marketing and content experience with her love of the outdoors, it was a dream come true. She loves telling the HOW story and engaging the community to rally behind our heroes.

  • Faeda Elliott
    Faeda Elliott Digital Marketing Manager

    Faeda specializes in design and branding for nonprofit organizations. She has worked as a print, web and brand designer for 20 years and brings with her a vast amount of design and marketing knowledge. She joined the HOW team in 2017.