Who are we?

John Gannaio - President


When John was 16 years old he was blessed to experience his first breaths underwater in the Bahamas, ever since that moment John was hooked. After returning home to New Jersey, John earned his Open Water SCUBA diver certification.

Once John graduated from high school, he enlisted in the military and spent a total of 13 years in the Army and Air Force on active duty, reserve, and national guard status. He deployed serveral times for multiple operations including: Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom, and participated in multiple joint task force operations. Between deployments, he found peace while continuing to SCUBA dive and gain additional certifications. In October 2016, John decided to take the plunge and become an instructor, fulfilling his lifelong dream.

While John decided to seperate from the service in December of 2016, he remains committed to his country, communit and fellow veterans.

Sharon Patterson - Vice President


Sharon has been diving since 2000 and is in love with the underwater world! Ever since her first breath underwater, SCUBA diving is her passion and her world! In 2016 she reached the PADI Master Instructor rating which is a great accomplishment in her professional SCUBA career!

As a co-founder of Warhorse SCUBA, Sharon is honored to share her love for a sport that has brought so much joy and excitement into her life, and hopes to see you all underwater soon!

Kayla Schleich - Secretary


Kayla has been diving since she was sixteen years old! Ever since her first breath underwater she has been mesmerized by the beauty of the ocean. She is an advocate for the humane treatment of our oceans and our friends in it! Especially sharks!

Kayla is also a member of the New Jersey Army National Guard.

Sean Cervone - Treasurer


Sean is a dedicated environmentalist who has been diving pro since 2014. His passion for the marine enviornment has brought him all over the globe from Carribean hotspots, to the exotic Galapagos islands. As a graduate from Monmouth University’s Psycology program, his focus has been in marine alternative therapy.

As an Assistant Instructor with PADI, he is able to spread his love for SCUBA with others and gets pleasure in facilitating their introduction to the underwater realm.

Lorie Guzman - Administrator


Lorie has been deeply immersed in the military life for the past 16 year. She has a passion for helping serice members, veterans and their families. As a military spouse of 15 years, she has played many roles while actively engaged in the military community. These include working as a civilian on the Battlefield training deploying soldiers and airman, working at on-post housing for Joint Base McGuire – Dix – Lakehurst and is the treasurer for a unit of the NJNG FRG. She has had the experience of multiple spousal deployments. Since her SCUBA certification in 2017, she has been working on advancing her diving career.

Matt Breslin - Administrator


Matt has been diving since 2012. In 2016 he started the “Sea Girt Wreck Identification Project”, and is involved in numerous shipwreck identification projects, including Stockton Universities “Mullica River Wreck Project.” As a member of the Explorers Club, he is passionate about exploring and identifying shipwrecks off our coast.

Matt is a PADI Assistant Instructor and is excited for the opportunity to support his countries heroes by sharing his love of SCUBA!