Staff

Helping 2 Overcome Staff

Stephanie Steele LBSW

Stephanie Steele LBSW

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Stephanie is a licensed social worker with a degree from the University of South Alabama. Stephanie is also a spouse of a disabled veteran and a mother of Air Force Reserve Member. She fully understands the need for the family to take part in the healing process. Stephanie is a certified Open Water Scuba Diver and is currently working on her Rescue Diver Certification.

CONTACT STEPHANIE: SAS@VETSRECOVER.ORG

 

Brandon Peters

Brandon Peters

ADVENTURE BASED PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST / LEAD SCUBA INSTRUCTOR

Brandon is a Certified Peer Support Specialist for the state of Alabama as well as a 7-year veteran of the United States Navy, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan as combat search and rescue. Brandon brings over 20 years of scuba diving experience as well as direct understanding of what our veterans and their families face in the battles with mental health, substance abuse, and healing. Brandon serves as the Lead Instructor for H2O’s Scuba Program

CONTACT BRANDON: BMP@VETSRECOVER.ORG

 

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

TRAINING AND SAFETY

Our courses in the Savana GA and surrounding area are taught by our NAUI Open Water and PADI MSDT Instructor Michael Turner. Never one to settle or leave something undone Michael has pushed himself to not only develop his skills as a scuba instructor, but also as a skydiving coach, drone pilot, working towards his PhD, as well as aspiring to earn his Cave / Tech Instructor in the next 3-5 years. Michael served 12 years in the US Army serving as a Sniper Instructor and Senior Operations Manager. One of Michaels favorite things about working with Helping 2 Overcome is that he gets to connect with fellow Veterans, Families, and 1st Responders.

CONTACT MICHAEL AT mic.d.turner@gmail.com

Independent Instructors

Sonja Bridges

Sonja Bridges

Panama City Beach FL and Surrounding Areas

Sonja is a spouse to a retired Air Force member of 22 years. She started diving in Guam in 1995 and became a certified Instructor Development Course Staff member with PADI in 1997. She managed and taught at one of the oldest dive shops in Panama City Beach for 12 years. She has taught the Scientific Dive Program with Florida State University. She worked alongside NOAA personal, while creating bathymetric maps to ensure safe passage for commercial traffic. She currently lives in Panama City Beach, FL. She loves teaching SCUBA diving, and her hobbies are underwater photography, and travel. 

CONTACT SONJA AT watertribedive@gmail.com

 

Brandon Peters

Brandon Peters

Mobile AL - Pensacola FL - MS Gulf Coast

Our courses in the Mobile, Pensacola, and MS Gulf Coast area are taught by our PADI MSDT Instructor Brandon. Brandon has been diving for over 25 years and has over 1000 logged dives. Brandon served as search and rescue in the US Navy for 7 years with 3 combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Helping 2 Overcome was started by Brandon and his wife Stephanie in 2020 because they saw the need to include the family of our wounded veterans in the healing process.

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Savanah Georgia and Surrounding Areas

Our courses in the Savana GA and surrounding area are taught by our NAUI Open Water and PADI MSDT Instructor Michael Turner. Never one to settle or leave something undone Michael has pushed himself to not only develop his skills as a scuba instructor, but also as a skydiving coach, drone pilot, working towards his PhD, as well as aspiring to earn his Cave / Tech Instructor in the next 3-5 years. Michael served 12 years in the US Army serving as a Sniper Instructor and Senior Operations Manager. One of Michaels favorite things about working with Helping 2 Overcome is that he gets to connect with fellow Veterans, Families, and 1st Responders.

CONTACT MICHAEL AT mic.d.turner@gmail.com

 

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