Amy Lee, the trips program and communications manager at the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, was bestowed DEMA’s 2019 Wave Makers Award this past weekend at DEMA Show 2019.

Wave Makers are employees or owners of DEMA-Member businesses who have been involved as a professional in the diving industry for 60 months or less and who should be recognized for their contributions to the industry, a dive business and DEMA.

Lee was one of four finalists for the award. She attended the University of South Carolina where she earned two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science. She came to REEF as a Marine Conservation Intern in the fall of 2014, and joined the staff in April 2015.

Before moving to Key Largo, Lee worked in the communications department at the South Carolina Bar, served as Student Public Relations Coordinator for the University of South Carolina’s Marine Science Program and studied coral reef ecology as a research assistant in Indonesia.

Managing REEF’s Field Survey Trips Program has allowed Lee to merge her passions for diving, communication, science and travel. She organizes, plans and promotes trips to dive destinations throughout REEF’s nine survey regions and strives to implement effective communications into all aspects of REEF’s programs. She frequently writes or edits content for REEF’s online and print platforms, and in her spare time is a contributing writer for the Divers Alert Network’s “Alert Diver” magazine. Lee has surveyed throughout the Tropical Western Atlantic and Indo-Pacific, as well as the eastern Pacific, New England, and US west coast.

The Wave Makers Award was first introduced in 2017 and aims to recognize professionals who have been working in the industry for five years or less and have made a significant contribution to the industry during that time. The Wave Makers Award encourages the Industry to support a culture that fosters innovative thinking and encourages engagement with the association and industry by new professionals.

Check out Lee’s nomination video below.

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