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About Sea Tow Foundation

About Sea Tow Foundation



The Sea Tow Foundation’s mission is to promote safe boating practices that directly reduce accidents, deaths, and property damage related to recreational boating.



With a focus on safe boating practices that result in fun on the water, the Sea Tow Foundation – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – was established in 2007 by Sea Tow Founder Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer. After his passing in 2015, Captain Joe’s legacy continues as the Foundation brings attention to the number of preventable boating-related accidents, injuries, and deaths, and directly addresses prevention methods through education and awareness.



Board of Directors

A dedicated volunteer board of directors govern The Sea Tow Foundation.

  • President, Kristen Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow Services International
  • Secretary, Ken Cirillo, Consultant
  • Treasurer, Patrizia Zanaboni, Sea Tow Services International
  • Member, Bob Cangemi, Citigroup
  • Member, Joseph Frohnhoefer III, Sea Tow Services International
  • Member, Kerry Kline, Sea Tow Central Florida Lakes
  • Member, Ray Fernandez, Bridge Marina, Inc.

Board members can log in here


Paid staff manage the programs, grants, relationships and day to day work of the organization.

Gail and Michael in a boat wearing inflatable life jackets

  • Gail R. Kulp C.A.E., Executive Director
  • Michael Wesolowski, Director of External Relations


Volunteers from communities around the country help spread the boating safety message through our programs and resources. These people are part of businesses; governmental agencies at the local, state and federal level; other non-profit organizations; civic groups; and clubs. Volunteers communicate with each other by joining boating safety supporter groups. 



The Sea Tow Foundation receives funding from a number of diverse sources including individual donors, corporate sponsorship, and in-kind gifts and services. Grant funds are provided through private foundations, state and regional governmental entities and through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, all donations to the Sea Tow Foundation are tax-deductible. Copies of our 990s and other tax-related documents are available on Guidestar.