CAPTAINS FOR CLEAN WATER – TEAM
CAPT. DANIEL ANDREWSExecutive Director
Captain Daniel Andrews once lived his life’s calling as a full-time fishing guide. As the SW Florida estuaries began declining due to water mismanagement practices, so did Capt. Daniel’s business. He learned of the underlying corruption and lack of awareness in the outdoor community, leading him to fight back by co-founding Captains For Clean Water. As Executive Director, Capt. Daniel keeps a steady pulse on Florida water policy and projects, working with elected officials and government agencies to ensure science-based solutions are implemented to restore our water quality. Capt. Daniel firmly believes that to protect the Everglades and our way of life, we must be the ones to speak up.
CAPT. CHRIS WITTMANProgram Director
Captain Chris Wittman is a career outdoorsman, spending over 20 years as a fishing and hunting guide, nationally renowned tournament angler, on-camera host and TV show producer. As a fourth-gen Florida native, Capt. Chris witnessed firsthand the destruction caused by Florida’s water mismanagement leading him to co-found Captains For Clean Water. Capt. Chris’ professional experience has positioned Captains For Clean Water to engage leading brands and personalities across the industry, collectively mobilizing the outdoor community to take action against water quality issues like never before. As Program Director, Capt. Chris identifies needs and opportunities to expand the organization’s reach and impact through initiatives, programs, and partnerships, ultimately turning years of work on the water into his mission to save Florida’s water.
CAPT. NOELLE CASAGRANDEDirector of Operations
Captain Noelle Casagrande brings 15 years of experience in marketing, media relations, C-suite communications, and corporate giving. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Public Relations and Business, Noelle worked across a variety of organizations spanning retail, hospitality/tourism, and nonprofit, accelerating their relevancy, growth, and success. Noelle has been recognized by media and prominent business groups for professional excellence, community service, mentoring, and leadership. Growing up in Southwest Florida, Noelle is an avid boater, Master Captain, and dedicated advocate for the sustainability of our marine habitats. As a Captains For Clean Water member, she eventually came aboard as Director of Operations in April 2019, overseeing daily operations, organizational development, and the implementation of strategic imperatives to achieve purpose-driven objectives.
CAPT. KAYLA MCGUIREAdministrative Assistant
As a Pine Island native, Captain Kayla McGuire is an avid angler and outdoorsman who has spent her entire life fishing the waters of Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island Sound, and Estero Bay. Kayla is a licensed captain and has extensive experience in charter fishing, marina management, and real estate. Kayla’s passion for conservation and protecting our way of life for future generations led her to join Captains For Clean Water as an administrative assistant in 2017. Today, Kayla’s role spans community relations and outreach efforts for Captains For Clean Water, creating and strengthening relationships with supporters and industry partners. Kayla is an integral advocate for the fishing industry and often assists in her husband’s charter business out of Bokeelia, Florida.
ALYCIA DOWNSCommunications Manager
Alycia Downs is a native Floridian, outdoorsman, and storyteller by trade. Alycia graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a marketing degree and spent nearly 10 years working in marketing, communications, branding, and project management, specializing in enthusiast-driven and outdoor brands. After witnessing the devastation of the 2016 Lake Okeechobee releases, Alycia became a Captains For Clean Water supporter, eventually joining the team in 2018. As Communications Manager, she strives to keep supporters informed and engaged within the unique culture that Captains For Clean Water has cultivated. Alycia is also a freelance writer for publications promoting conservation, tourism, and outdoor recreation. Alycia has spent her life fishing and hunting throughout Florida and is passionate about highlighting and preserving what’s left of the wild places we love.