Who We Are

Meet Our the Officers for 2019-2020


Ryan Patrylak


Ryan received his Bachelor of Science in Coastal Studies from the University of Connecticut at Avery Point and his Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.  He currently works as a Hyperbaric Technician for South Shore Hospital in addition to being the Diving Safety Officer for the American Museum of Natural History.  He is a PADI Staff Instructor, DAN Instructor Trainer, EMT, and a Diver Medic Technician.


Jeff Godfrey

Dive Safety Officer

Jeff is the Diving Safety Officer for the University of Connecticut.  Prior to this he spent 8 years conducting scientific diving at Utah State University.  Jeff holds SDI and TDI instructor certifications including mixed gas rebreather instructor and he teaches both recreational and scientific diving at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus.


Amanda Anderson


Amanda grew up near the water in Maine and developed a lifelong love of the ocean. She earned her rescue diver certification in 2017 and is passionate about underwater photography and keeping our beaches clean. She frequently dives in the waters of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine.  When she’s not diving, she can often be spotted surfing in Rhode Island, or paddle boarding along the Mystic River.


Shannon Jordan


Shannon is a Marine Sciences student at UCONN Avery Point. She started diving in 2015 and has since taken every opportunity to further her skills and certifications under the water. Shannon has always been fascinated by the diversity of the sea; diving seemed to her like a natural step in getting closer to this environment and learning more about it. In 2016, Shannon interned with Greenforce Bahamas where she surfaced dives, participated in AGRRA surveys and helped prepare other volunteers to do the same. She has been re-adjusting to New England waters ever since!


Peggy Friest


Peggy was but a wee tike of 4 years old, when her mother lied about Peggy’s age to get her into swim lessons early. After years of fruitlessly trying to develop gills, Peggy discovered the snorkel (which was very unusual in those days, especially for a girl from Iowa). She then happily spent years observing the sea creatures of the western Caribbean (again, unusual for a girl from Iowa)  deciding which ones would be best for dinner that night.  But, again, the search for staying longer underwater in her happy place continued. And then the heavens opened and the path to Nirvana was shown – scuba diving!  In her usual way, just getting certified wasn’t enough for Peggy. No – on to her Advanced, Rescue, and much to her pleasure she was forced into Divemaster. And now….the pinnacle….SECONN officer.


Corey A. Leamy


Corey is a Field Assistant at Ocean Surveys, Inc – a marine surveying company. She has experience as a Marine Research Specialist at the University of Connecticut, a Wet Chemistry Technician, and a Rescue Diver/Surface Water Survival Instructor at Survival Systems, USA. Born and raised in Connecticut, her love of the underwater world was cultivated during family vacations to a small island on the coast of Maine where she would spend hours exploring the tide pools and watching the endless sea crash upon the rocky shore. She began her journey into the diving world in September 2014 during her last semester at the University of Connecticut, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science.