Board Members


Kurt is the founder of Freedom Divers International. He has been working with disabled persons since 1996, and is a Instructor Trainer for  the International Association for Handicapped Divers (IAHD), Disabled Divers International (DDI), National Association of Underwater Instructor (NAUI), and National Association of Scuba Educators (NASE). Kurt is also the CEO/President of Clifton Diving Ventures Inc. since 1983.

KAREN CLIFTON  Vice President/Director of Training 

Karen has been teaching scuba diving since 1982 and is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, and Instructor with the International Association for Handicapped Divers (IAHD), Disabled Divers International (DDI),  Karen is also a Nationally & State Certified Paramedic/Police Officer with Northern Illinois University Department of Public Safety.

DUKE HARRIS    Secratary

Duke is the First Assistant State's Attorney for Champaign County, IL and is a Certified Rescue Diver working on his Divemaster. Duke has been diving for over 10 years, and helped in forming the Freedom Divers organization.

MARY JO SPARTZ   Treasurer

Mary Jo is a graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Engineering Technology, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Arts and Technology. She has extensive professional training in project management and team leadership as well as versatile software skills including creative, internet, and application programs. Her diving experience started with her PADI certification through Northern Illinois University in the late 80’s. She loved diving so much that she continued and became a Divemaster. Mary Jo currently resides in the Naples, Florida and enjoys riding her motorcycle, boating, snorkeling and scuba diving with her family.

CLARK JOHNSON  Board Member/NAUI Instructor

Clark has been diving since 1986, and completed his NAUI Divemaster course in 2011. Clark is a Special Operations Group officer as well as a Underwater Crime Scene Investigator with the Aurora, IL Police Department.

JORDAN CLIFTON  Board Member/IT Support

Jordan has been diving for over 10 years, and is the go to person for our IT support and office needs.

Kodilee (Kodi) Underwood  Board Member/NAUI Divemaster
 Kodilee is the newest Board Member and is attending Marian University, in Indianapolis, IN. She is planning a career as a Marine Veterinarian, with emphasis in Mammals.





























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