COMMODORE: BILL DAMUDE Commodore Bill Damude and First Lady Marcia have been married for 31 years and living in beautiful Beaufort for the same period of time. Bill has been teaching and coaching at Beaufort High for the past 28 years and is in his 32nd year of teaching overall. Marcia works in the Women’s Imaging Center at Beaufort Memorial Hospital and is the Imaging Services Coordinator. Bill and Marcia have two children; a son, Taylor, who attends the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA and a daughter, Jylian a former Pirette, attends the College of Charleston.
Paul Howe and Rand Thacker, serve as Festival consultants under the Commodore.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: CHRIS CANADAY Chris is the Finance Manager for the Town of Port Royal. He and his wife Stacey, Productions Coordinator, have two boys, Hayden and Rowan. This is Chris’ 11th year with the Water Festival. His Directors are Adam Aimar, Van Brown, Jeff Duncan, Alan Langford and Patrick Webb.
PRODUCTIONS COORDINATOR: STACEY CANADAY Stacey is a shareholder at Tupper, Grimsley & Dean law firm, and this will be her 13th year with Festival. She and her husband Chris, Program Coordinator, have two boys, Hayden and Rowan. Her directors are Dave Helmer, Ramona Brown and Liz Brown.
PARKS COORDINATOR: ERIN “TANK” MORRIS Tank is a Beaufort native and graduate of Beaufort High School. He is a Patrol sergeant with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Tank and his wife, Kiera Morris, have a son, Hunter. This is his 11th year with the Water Festival. His directors are Pam O’Bryan, Frank Mueller, Frank Pataki, Todd Stowe and Dusty Vickers.
ADMIN COORDINATOR: BRIAN PATRICK Brian began volunteering for the Water Festival in 2005. He is an Occupational Safety and Health Specialist at MCRD Parris Island. He has 3 children, Krieg, Kortni, and Alyssa. His Directors are Rainey Schott, Amy Lane, and Brooke Schott.
SALES & ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR: JASON BERRY Jason is a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist for the Navy. He and his wife Melissa have three children, Mark, Brandon and Cassidy. This is Jason’s 11th year volunteering with the Water Festival. His Director’s are Jennifer Partridge, Melina Lee, Shelley Kolb, and Tim Brown.
MARKETING & PR COORDINATOR: JAMES NUTT A Beaufort native, this is James’ 9th year volunteering with the Water Festival. He is a field manager for Builder’s Wholesale Flooring. His Directors are Emilee Brown, Elizabeth Snyder, and festival photographer Renea Gray.
SPONSORS COORDINATOR: ROB AVERILL Rob is the Store Operator for the Piggly Wiggly in Port Royal, SC. He and his wife Brooke have one child, Gavin. This is Rob’s third year volunteering for the Water Festival. His directors are Jessica Hawley and Shawna Doran.
SPORTS COORDINATOR: BERNIE AMAYA Bernie is a Sales Coordinator at Grayco Building Center. He and his wife Tracy have three children; Amber, Amanda, and Alex. This is Bernie’s 13th year with the Water Festival.
WATER & AIR COORDINATOR: JOSH SCHOTT Josh is a lineman at SCE&G. He and his wife Brooke have two children Joshua and Ava. This is Josh’s 4th year with the Water Festival. His director is Kyle Gentry.
TREASURER: BEN TANNER Ben, A Beaufort Native, Works at Hand And Tanner Financial Group Inc. He and his wife Sara have one son, Hayes, and a newly born daughter, Ella Cantley. He is very proud of his extensive Furby collection. This is Ben’s 4th year with the festival, and his assistant treasurer is Cori Talbert.