Our Task Force Staff

Andrea Thompson – Drowning Prevention Task Force President / Instructor / Founder 

Andrea is originally from Michigan and was raised in West Palm Beach. She moved to the Keys in 1999,  joined the fire department and currently holds the rank of Captain, she has also been a Flight Medic with Trauma Star since its inception in 2001. She has a B.S. in Emergency Medical Services Administration. Andrea’s passion and love for the water in undeniable. Andrea began swimming competitively when she was only six years old and became a certified Scuba diver at the age of 12. Andrea is also a mother of two. 

Charlene Sprinkle – Drowning Prevention Task Force Vice President / Co-founder 

Charlene has 25 years of service in public safety and is also an avid volunteer. She is passionate about helping others and is involved in numerous community outreach programs. Charlene is a native conch and mother. 


Emily Mutschler – Drowning Prevention Task Force Secretary / Co-founder

Emily Mutschler is a Health Educator for the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County. She is passionate about community health improvement and works on various projects throughout the county, including drowning prevention, bike safety and injury prevention, Healthiest Weight Florida, Healthy Babies, Students Working Against Tobacco, and Multi-generational Parks. Emily is a graduate of Clemson University and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Health.

Marie Braun – Drowning Prevention Task Force Treasurer / Co-founder








Marie is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and moved to the Keys in 2012 after retiring from CenturyLink. She is currently the Operations Administrator at Florida Keys Electric Cooperative. Marie also held the position of Treasurer for two years with the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 154 in Marathon.

Alison Kerr – Drowning Prevention Task Force Executive Board Member / Co-founder 







Alison Kerr is a health educator program consultant at the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County. Originally from Los Angeles, she received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from USC in 2008 and her M.P.H. from FIU in 2013. She facilitates Monroe County’s community health assessment projects to help bring residents and local agencies together to help improve public health. One of the important issues from these assessment projects includes drowning prevention. Kerr currently lives in Key West with her husband, Emmanuel Kerr.

Erin Donald – Drowning Prevention Task Force Executive Board Member / Co-founder 

Erin Donald is the Director of Community Recovery and Development for the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition and a freelance consultant working on a variety of conflict resolution, strategic planning, and quality assessment projects. She is originally from Minnesota and moved to the Keys in 2014. She has a Master’s of Education in Youth Development Leadership with concentrations on community engagement and non-profit evaluation. She is involved in many initiatives to ensure that people living in the Keys are happy and healthy!