Biographies 

 

Joy McGinty

Founder, The Gift of Swimming

In 1992, Joy began teaching children to swim and in the past 26 years, has taught thousands of children to swim. Realizing there was a need to teach all children to swim; in 2003 Joy founded The Gift of Swimming, dedicated to providing scholarships for underprivileged and special needs children. 


Joy was honored with the Humanitarian Award for 2007 by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Community Action Board & Head Start Policy Council. Her accomplishments were achieved through an exceptional partnership with The Gift of Swimming, SouthWest Aquatics & the Orange County Head Start program. This partnership gave disadvantaged children the opportunity to learn water safety skills through swimming.

In May 2008, Joy was selected by the Chairman of the Board of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Mark Spitz, to be recipient of the G. Harold Martin Award. This award demonstrates long & exceptional leadership, insight & dedication to the water safety of children & the cause of making “Every Child a Swimmer.” “For that special person who sets a standard for mankind with their commitment to aquatics, who has lived their life with a passion to bring forth in the world a dream of vision, a way of being for mankind that is independent of any personal goals.”

On November 17, 2008, Joy was celebrated by Bank of America as a “Local Hero” in our community for her commitment and leadership to contribute significantly to neighborhood vitality.

 

Dr. Michael DiMauro 
Chairperson, The Gift of Swimming 

Dr. DiMauro attended Ohio State University and received his Undergrad degree in B.S. Psych in 1984. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1988. He completed his Pediatric Residency 1988-1990 at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. Known as “Dr. Mike” in Orlando, he has been a Pediatric dentist. He resides in Sand Lake Point with his wife and their 5 children…all alumni of Joy’s PediaSwim program.
Community involvement includes: 14 years with the Central Florida YMCA, Partner in Education, Orange County Public Schools (Windy Ridge), School Advisory Board St. John Vianney Catholic School, Member Greater Orlando Dental Society and various state and national affiliations. He has little leisure time but enjoys working in his yard and garden. http://www.drmikeorlando.com

Nyea Sturman
President, The Gift of Swimming 

Nyea Sturman has been with the Orlando Magic since 2005 and was named general counsel in April of 2014. Prior to this role, she spent almost two years as the assistant director of legal services and seven years in the Magic’s corporate partnerships department, most recently as the partnership business manager, focusing on operational efficiency, strategic planning, financial analysis, budgeting, market research, contract negotiation, sweepstakes compliance and inventory management. In her current role as general counsel, Sturman is responsible for providing legal counsel to the organization. She is admitted to practice in Florida, New York and Wisconsin, and is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association (SLA), the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and serves on the Advisory Board for the National Sports Law Institute, the Board of Directors for The Gift of Swimming and the Sports Business and Leadership Association.

Kristie Moses
Secretary, The Gift of Swimming

Kristie is the Director of Recreation for Disney's Wilderness Lodge. and is also a board member for the World Waterpark Association. She is originally from Chicago and has had an aquatic safety background throughout her career beginning with her first job as an Aquatics Safety Consultant and Risk Manager for Jeff Ellis and Associates where she supported over 150 pools and water parks in the Midwest. Kristie also opened and operated Six Flag’s Hurricane Harbor Waterpark in Gurnee, IL in 2005 and led the executive team for the CoCo Key Hotel & Water Resort for many years. She has a passion for lifeguard training and swim lessons and joined the board of the Gift of Swimming to use her professional experience to help the community. Kristie lives in Orlando with her fiancé David and their dogs Cherish and Goose.

Tera Kapp
Treasurer, The Gift of Swimming 

Tera's background includes working in the hospitality industry for Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. She has held various roles in finance and operations. She is a native Floridian growing up in Windermere and graduating from Florida State University with a BS in Finance. Tera enjoys volunteering in her spare time with organizations such as The Gift of Swimming, Give Kids the World, Special Olympics, and Junior Achievement. 

 

Lisa Green

Board Member, The Gift of Swimming 

Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida (Orlando, Florida) with extensive studies in Sociology. She became active in her community as a young child in Vero Beach, Florida soon after re-locating with her family from Bitburg, Germany. She strongly believes in dedicating her skills and passion for others' well-being via advocacy with the knowledge of making an impact as much as possible to the underserved and forgotten segment of our society. She wishes to provide a strong and effective voice for children and adults who cannot speak for themselves. She has and continues to advocate for individuals who are socio-economically disadvantaged, disabled, victims of domestic violence, juveniles, and homeless individuals via empowerment. Her background includes:Licensed Free-Lance Photographer, Licensed Foster Parent/Advocate via the State of Florida-Department of Children & Families for nine (9) years, Homeless Case Management and Domestic Violence Victim Advocate (Women's Residential & Counseling Center), Vocational Planning Counselor (Goodwill Industries of Central Florida).

Juan H. Garriga
Board Member, The Gift of Swimming

Juan obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering with an officer commission from the USAF-ROTC. Completed USAF pilot training at Williams AFB, Arizona where Juan also obtained his commercial pilot license. Juan was then assigned to pilot B-52s at Carswell AFB, Texas.  After separation from Air Force active duty, he remained in the reserve and worked as an engineer for the various aerospace locations including: Bell Helicopter, Martin Marietta, Harris Corp, Cape Canaveral AFS, and Kennedy Space Center.  Air Force recalled him during the first Iraqi war in 1991 to do more engineering in the B-1b bomber, which he had worked at Harris.  He has been retired since November 2008 and have taken multiple Philanthropy courses at Rollins College. 
 

Josseline Garriga

Board Member, The Gift of Swimming

Josseline a B.S. Degree in Mathematics from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. She began her career working in computer programming for an insurance company and then moved into developing application for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She has over 10 years of experience in system design, development and operational support. She also has 20 years experience managing an operating staff of professional engineers and a vast portfolio of applications. Josseline’s career has included extensive work in both hardware and software arenas, encompassing a number of management positions with growing responsibility. 

Dr. Gregory Gordon
Board Member, The Gift of Swimming

Dr. Gordon is a member of Pediatric Associates of Orlando. He has been a physician in Orlando for seven years. He graduated from the University of Florida and completed his residency in Birmingham, Alabama.  He resides in Windermere with his wife and nine children. http://gregorygordonmd.com/OrlandoPediatrician.html

Maureen Minervini
Board Member, The Gift of Swimming

Maureen received her Masters in Business Administration from Rollins' Crummer School of Business. She attended the University of Florida and attained an undergraduate degree in Marketing. She competed as a National springboard and platform diver for 12 years, her last three years she competed on the University of Florida's Swim and Dive team. She has been active in the Central Florida community. She enjoys her free time in the water, whether it is on the Butler chain of Lakes, at the ocean, or in the pool.

 

Kelly Fitzpatrick
Board Member, The Gift of Swimming

Kelly Fitzpatrick has been with CNL Financial Group since 2014 where she serves as Vice President of Portfolio Management. She is responsible for the ongoing valuation of the company’s real estate investment trusts (REITs) that principally invest in healthcare, multifamily and leisure properties. Kelly also focuses on fund-level monetization strategies with the primary objective of maximizing shareholder value and has been an integral part of real estate dispositions across various asset classes. Prior to joining CNL, Kelly worked at GE Capital as a Senior Asset Manager where she oversaw a portfolio of approximately 500 triple net leased properties across the United States. Kelly began her commercial real estate career a decade ago with EastGroup Properties, a publicly traded industrial REIT, as an asset manager with a focus on lease negotiations, budgeting, underwriting and financial analysis.

Kelly graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and received her Master of Science in Real Estate from the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida. She is married with three young children and resides in Central Florida with her family.

Dr. Jennifer Thielhelm
Board Member, The Gift of Swimming

Jennifer Thielhelm, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician with Orlando Health Physician Associates. Dr. Thielhelm specializes in providing comprehensive care — from the assessment of childhood development to the treatment of common and complex illnesses — for newborns, children and adolescents through college.

Dr. Thielhelm earned her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. She completed her pediatric residency at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and child residency.

In addition to her practice work with Orlando Health Physician Associates, Dr. Thielhelm is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Florida State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Thielhelm is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Medical Association and on the board of the Central Florida Pediatric Society. 

Eric Schlekeway

Board Member, The Gift of Swimming