William M. Ziefle, B.S., J.D., MBA, is President and CEO of Divers Alert Network (DAN). Associated with DAN since 1989, Ziefle served on the board of directors from 1999-2009. He has directed various DAN companies including DAN (Director Emeritus), DAN Services, DAN Brazil Association, DAN World, Traveler Emergency Medical Services as well as Accident and General Insurance Company. Prior to taking the leadership role at DAN, Ziefle owned a private law practice in Texas specializing in oil and gas law.
As a member of the DAN Board of Directors, Ziefle established new governing documents for DAN and its subsidiaries and led the way for DAN to become a more transparent and tax efficient nonprofit. During his tenure on the DAN Board of Directors he provided oversight of the DAN subsidiaries and was integral in reorganizing insurance operations to reduce operating costs by 40 percent while improving services available to members. He recruited highly qualified attorneys, actuaries, professional investment managers and enhanced auditing services.
Ziefle is an avid scuba diver with 5,000 dives logged since he was certified in 1973, and over the years has provided legal counsel and fundraising support to several prominent ocean conservation organizations: Ships to Reef, American Academy of Underwater Sciences, National Marine Sanctuaries and Ocean Futures Society. In 2001 Ziefle cofounded Futures 4 Kids, a nonprofit which continues to provide web-based programs that pair local mentors with students to explore interests and develop goal-based educational tracks.
In 2010, Ziefle assumed the role of CEO of Divers Alert Network, wherein he has revised the insurance products DAN has offered for nearly a decade, striving to expand the available product suite to better serve the modern diver. Ziefle has directed the organization on a successful path with solid financial footing, enabling more funds to be put into the endowment of The DAN Foundation than ever before – ensuring that divers can rely on DAN to serve them for years to come.
Eric Eckes has been SCUBA diving for fifteen years and holds instructor certifications from NAUI, SDI and PADI. Eric’s passion for diving is evident as he has been an active member of the Historical Diving Society for over ten years. Eric holds technical certifications in closed circuit rebreathers and cave diving and can be found in the coastal waters off California on most weekends.
Eric has extensive business experience serving as Chief Financial Officer for over 25 years in the financial services market. The Board looks to leverage Eric’s experience by having him focus on HDS’ profitability through financial decisions and controlling the Society’s financial records. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Accountancy from California State University Long Beach.
Lee Selisky was President/Founder of Sea Pearls, Inc. a garage start-up that, when sold in 2007, had over 1000 clients and served both the domestic and international markets. The majority of sales involved servicing the commercial/recreational diving market, but had considerable sales involving lead components for nuclear medicine, hunting and fishing, and other markets. Oversaw all areas of operation, from manufacturing to marketing.
Served on the board of directors of the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) for six years (1992-1998). While president (1994-1997), led the organization from a membership of 55 manufacturers to an industry-wide organization of over 1000 members.
While president of DEMA, served on the board of directors of Ocean Futures, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the ocean environment. Also served on the board of governors of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in Grand Cayman.
Served on the board of directors of the Historical Diving Society USA for 12 years, 6 as chairman.
Currently serving on the board of directors of Divers Alert Network, a non-profit that provides medical information and insurance for divers.
I am a technical diver with 45 years of diving experience and have traveled the world extensively and am Nitrox certified as well as certified for re-breathers. Avid boater with 40 years boating on Lake Superior.
Ed Uditis began diving in 1954 and became a YMCA assistant instructor in 1959. He became NAUI instructor 1,293 in 1966 and later became a NAUI Course Director and IANTD instructor trainer. He has lived and worked in Connecticut, Florida and the Cayman Islands, where he is credited with successfully introducing NITROX to their dive operations.
Ed joined the HDS in 1992 and is member number 95. He is the HDS Director of Development and is an HDS Lifetime Member. Ed is a regular volunteer for the Society at the DEMA, Underwater Intervention, and Beneath the Sea dive shows and a frequent lecturer on behalf of HDS.
Matt is Vice President/Founder of Dive 1st Aid as well as Vice President of Seaside Marine Intl. Drug Co., Inc. He has been diving for over 20 years and is a certified instructor for both PADI and SDI/TDI. Matt has a business degree from the University of La Verne, a degree in emergency medical management from USC, a pharmacy technician license and is a certified EMT. This background makes him uniquely qualified to advise the maritime industry on medical needs as well as the commercial shipping and drilling industries. He also wrote the current medical first aid requirements for the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI).
Ryan is a lifelong diver and diving historian. He is a recipient of the Nick Icorn Diving Heritage Award and founder of Flashback Scuba and the Flashback Scuba Museum, known for its collection of Cousteau Team items. Ryan believes that creating a connection to our past is critical to inspiring the next generation of divers, explorers, and ocean conservationists.
Pat has been diving since 1980, and was certified by Dan Orr at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Shortly thereafter, Pat was employed as the Dive Locker Technician at WSU, assisting Dan with teaching SCUBA class and maintaining the dive equipment. During this same time, Pat also worked at a local dive shop learning the retail side of the sport diving industry.
In 1985, Pat had the opportunity of a lifetime when he moved to Key West, Florida, and was hired to work for Mel Fisher at Treasure Salvors, Inc. Upon returning to the Dayton area, Pat became a NAUI Instructor (10604) and continued to assist in teaching classes. In 2011, Pat helped to establish, and continues to participate in, a law enforcement forensic dive team. This team is designed to support law enforcement primarily in the area of evidence collection in any body of water. Pat has been involved in a wide variety of diving endeavors over the years. Diving in black water for evidence collection or filming great white sharks off of Guadeloupe Island, Mexico, are all part of Pat’s enthusiasm for diving. When he is not the water, Pat enjoys attending various dive shows in support of the Historical Diving Society.
A diver for over 50 years, Sid graduated with the second class of Santa Barbara City College’s Marine Diving Technology program in 1971. He served as a public safety diver and is ADCI-certified. His company, Mocean Video, produces historically-based diving videos for various television and commercial organizations.