Meet the Board of Directors

Bob Huff
Bob HuffLSC Treasurer, Board of Directors, General Manager, Travel Chair, Course Director
Captain Bob started Learn Scuba Chicago (LSC) in 2008 out of his garage with a hope to bring the easygoing Pacific scuba subculture to Chicagoland. In 2014, Bob and his Learn Scuba Chicago team decided to broaden scuba diving access and education to include under-served communities such as veterans of war, low-income students, and individuals with disabilities. Since 1992, Bob has logged nearly 2,000 dives; he is a certified Course Director for NAUI and earned the rating of Master Instructor for PADI. Bob is a Chicago native, graduate of Northwestern University, and has earned a doctorate degree in law. He holds a Master Captain’s license issued by the US Coast Guard, and is also a private pilot.
Stephanie Joyce
Stephanie JoyceLSC President, Board of Directors, Marketing Chair, NAUI Instructor
If you ask Stephanie about her scuba career, she would tell you that after getting certified through Learn Scuba Chicago in 2012, she just never stopped showing up! After joining the water staff, Stephanie was the driving force behind moving LSC to a non-profit organization after starting our Veterans program. She’s now President of the Board and Chair of the Marketing Committee.

In her professional life, Stephanie works in risk management for a major financial services company. When she has the chance to get away from work and her LSC responsibilities, Stephanie enjoys traveling, food and wine. Her favorite place to dive is Belize.

Josh Laabs
Josh LaabsLSC Vice President, Board Directors, NAUI Instructor
Josh brings 10+ years of professional experience as an award winning graphic designer, and B2B marketing creative. He is the designer and builder of our organization’s website and branding. Josh helps lead our marketing team.

Josh is a self-professed underwater GoPro junkie, and has even licensed video to the Weather Channel, so bring your video questions to him! He loves tropical reef diving, is a volunteer diver at the Shedd Aquarium, and his favorite variety of underwater sea creatures is the octopus.

Mariel Harvey
Mariel HarveyLSC Secretary, Board of Directors, Party Planning Chair, Divemaster
Mariel started diving in 2005 and joined Learn Scuba Chicago in 2013, working her way up to Divemaster while having fun and meeting new friends in the process. Mariel brings experience in consulting in the environmental, healthy and safety industry. She doesn’t have a favorite dive spot, but says she’s happy anywhere in the world as long as she’s underwater.
Sue Huff
Sue HuffLSC Board of Directors
Sue is responsible for helping guide Bob’s vision into a reality. Her encouragement, leadership and financial support allowed LSC to come into existence and grow into the exciting adventure it is today.
Tim Wedryk
Tim WedrykLSC Board of Directors, Committee Liaison, Fundraising Chair, NAUI Instructor
Tim has a passion for water. He was on the swim team in high school, and college. He earned his Open Water Certification from Learn Scuba Chicago in 2012, and has since become a scuba instructor. Tim brings his experience as a high school teacher and coach to help develop scuba skills with his students. His favorite dive destinations to date are Kona, Hawaii, and Key Largo, Florida.
Katie Mika, PhD
Katie Mika, PhDLSC Board of Directors, Mission Liaison, Special Communities Committee Chair, NAUI Instructor
Katie was PADI certified in 2005 and just kept going, despite primarily diving in lovely midwestern quarries. She joined LSC in the summer of 2017 and has played an integral role in getting the youth outreach and certification programs off the ground.

On land, Katie is a scientist at the University of Chicago. Give her a chance and she will talk your ear off as to why the frogfish is the coolest fish around.

Luke Sassolino
Luke SassolinoLSC Board of Directors, DMC/IA Chair, NAUI Instructor
Got hooked on scuba from a discover scuba night while in college. Then had to wait for the weather in Minnesota to warm up and class to start. After completing his open water in spring of ’99 he started helping out with pool sessions the next fall while working on his advanced & rescue certs, and continued to help with pool sessions every semester until he graduated. After college he was lucky enough to have the opportunity to be a volunteer diver in the Wild Reed at the Shedd Aquarium for six years.

In 2014 he was introduced to LSC at Our World Underwater. A few months later he started in the DMC program, and never looked back. He is currently the chair of our DMC/IA committee, so if you are interested in joining our LSC family feel free to email him at

Rafael Vescovi, PhD
Rafael Vescovi, PhDLSC Board of Directors, Compressor Czar, Tek SubCommittee Chair, NAUI Instructor