Karen Vaughn is the mother of fallen US Navy SEAL, Aaron Carson Vaughn (SEAL Team VI). On August 6, 2011 Aaron was killed in action in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan when a chopper (call sign Extortion 17) carrying thirty Americans was shot from the sky while rushing into battle. Losing Aaron changed everything…and put Karen on a new path.
Over the past six years, Karen has emerged on the national scene as a powerful spokeswoman for not only our defenders still fighting on foreign soil and securing peace across the globe, but also as an advocate for a better, stronger, more resilient America.
Carrying on Aaron’s legacy has brought this Gold Star mother through the halls of Congress, into a National Press Conference, onto multiple national television sets and dozens of radio programs. She’s been featured on large stages across this country as a keynote speaker, including a guest speaker position during opening night of the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Nicole is an Emmy-nominated reporter and fill-in anchor with WINK News. She heads up the Collier County bureau for WINK News, bringing more than a decade of news experience to Southwest Florida. Prior to working at WINK, she reported in Orlando, covering several high-profile stories, including the Casey Anthony Murder Story. Nicole grew up in the Boston area but has lived in Florida for the past ten years.
Vin DePasquale, a primary force in Collier County’s restaurant industry for more than forty years, is Founder and President of Dock 5, Inc., and owns and operates two of this area’s most popular restaurants, the Dock at Crayton Cove and the Riverwalk at Tin City.
A native of New York who was educated at the University of Tampa, Vin came to Naples in 1971 after having worked in Marriott’s Hotel and Airline Catering Divisions in San Francisco. After a brief stint at a yacht club, he ventured into the first of six local restaurant enterprises — the Club at Crayton Cove.
His wide-ranging community support has extended from the Police Athletic League to the annual Red Ribbon Runs held for many years in Naples, to the Collier County Parks Advisory Board, and much more.
A native of Hawaii, Ikaika “Ike” Alama-Francis, attended the University of Hawaii where he studied Sociology. He then joined the National Football League (NFL) as a defensive end for the Detroit Lions. He also played as a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins and the San Francisco 49ers, before his retirement in 2012.
Since 2003 and especially after retirement, he has devoted his life to working for the community, especially with youth. Alama-Francis joined Drug Free Collier in September 2016. He’s also been involved with many charitable events and organizations including: Able Academy Special Needs Sports Camp; Kapiolani Children’s Hospital; St. Francis Hospice; Shriners Hospital; Maddy’s Mission, Earl Morrall Charity; the YMCA and more.
Alama-Francis was also National Sales Director for Dreamware Incorporated, a company out of Naples, FL, for which he collected and analyzed data based on customer demographics to drive market sales. Alama-Francis was just recently elected President of the NFL Alumni – SWFL Chapter. He also participated in “Dancing with the Stars – Naples” learning tough moves on the dance floor, which he says rivaled the pain he experienced on the football field. He makes his home in Naples with his wife, Maina and daughter. He frequently visits family, including two daughters, in Hawaii. In his “spare” time he enjoys being outdoors with family and friends.
Athletes Against Bullies, Inc. is the brainchild of retired professional football player David Jones. David’s outstanding career included: Delaware State University all-time leading receiver with additional honors of being three time All Conference and two time All American.
His professional career includes playing for the San Diego Chargers, the Los Angeles Raiders, the Cleveland Browns and a brief time in the European league.
As a highly sought after speaker, David began to hear during some of his travels about the growing epidemic of bullying and the tragic effect it had on individuals, schools, families and communities. He felt called to doing something about it. The last part of 2013, David started heavily researching how to make the greatest impact on the issue of bullying and was encouraged to leverage his background as a retired professional athlete.
Athletes Against Bullies, Inc. was created to impact this societal issue. This is accomplished through: Creating and fostering educational programs. Creating more awareness to this issue. Finding resources to help.