Terrence N. Tysall
Born in Peoria, IL, on August 27, 1966, Terrence has been diving since the age of 8. With over 25 years of diving experience, he has attained numerous credentials. These include instructor trainer ratings from ANDI, IANTD, NAUI, NSS-CDS, NACD, SSI, and TDI These ratings as well as his presence on various Boards, such as the NOAA Diving Technical Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of Florida Speleological Researchers, the Technical Advisory Board for the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), and the Florida Director of the US Deep Diving Team demonstrate his commitment to the underwater environment. He is the President of Benthic Technologies Inc. as well as President and founder of the Cambrian Foundation.
Terrence has led multiple expeditions around the world with the Cambrian Foundation and as a paid guide. These include; six expeditions to the Andrea Doria; the first scuba exploratory dives on the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior. The first team to visit the USS Atlanta off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, and as Diving Supervisor for the joint NOAA, US Navy, Cambrian Foundation Monitor Expeditions, and NOAA, National Marine Fisheries, and US Navy Monk Seal Study near Midway Island in the Pacific. The USS Monitor Survey Project is in it's seventh year with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He has led numerous expeditions to the cave systems of the Yucatan and Belize, the SS City of Ainsworth in British Columbia and an international team of divers as the first to visit the bottom of the Great Blue Hole of Belize. The Foundation's activities have been the focus of several television pieces on the Learning Channel and NOVA.
Terrence has also authored numerous articles that have been published in the various diving magazines and technical journals worldwide.
Kyle W. Creamer
Kyle helped form Benthic Technologies and is the Treasurer and Secretary. He has been instrumental in the development of training materials and course structure. Kyle is a trimix instructor for IANTD and TDI, a rebreather instructor, a PADI Master Instructor and a certified full cave diver.
In addition to teaching through Benthic Technologies, Kyle is the Financial Director for the Cambrian Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education, preservation amd exploration of the aquatic realm. He has participated in several major projects which include several cave exploration expeditions to Mexico, the 1997 Cambrian Foundation Blue Hole Expedition as well as all USS Monitor Expeditions since 1997. He has also been involved with the creation of the Cambrian Foundation Diving Program and Manual that has forged the way for a reciprocity agreement with NOAA.
Kyle was born in Texas in 1961 and after high school, spent 4 years in the US Air Force as a Weather Equipment Specialist. He attended VIrginia Tech, and after receiving his BSEE degree in 1987, he went to work for GE in Salem, Virginia. In 1989, after meeting and marrying his new wife, Cindy, he decided to leave this career behind to start another - running a dive center. After ten successful years, he and Cindy sold their dive center, Diving Enterprises, Ltd. in Roanoke, Virginia.
Timothy J. Gallagher
Tim is a Director of Benthic Technologies and holds instructor ratings with SSI, TDI and IANTD. In addition to this, he is a member of the Board of Directors, the Diving Safety Control Board and the Vice President of Dive Operations for the Cambrian Foundation. He holds ratings as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Dive Medical Technician (DMT) and Chamber Operator. He has participated on numerous Cambrian expeditions, including the USS Monitor Expeditions (since 1998), the City of Ainsworth in British Columbia and the Great Blue Hole of Belize.
Tim is also a technical consultant for the National Undersea Research Center, and in this capacity has participated in several saturation missions in the Aquarius Habitat.
Tim graduated from Colorado State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Cindy Willis Creamer
Cindy is a PADI Master Instructor, a trimix diver and a certified full cave diver. She brings additional instructional talents to the recreational end of Benthic's training.
Cindy is also involved with the Cambrian Foundation - she is the Educational Director. She has participated in several major projects which include the 1997 Blue Hole Expedition as well as all USS Monitor Expeditions since 1997. Her unofficial title is Mission Photographer for the Foundation. She has also been involved with the creation of the Cambrian Foundation Regional Ecosystem Educational Series and has recently begun work on a program to assist NOAA with all the National Marine Sanctuaries.
While raising four children on her own, in 1983, Cindy started and ran Diving Enterprises, Ltd., one of the largest and most successful dive centers on the east coast. She was joined in business by her husband, Kyle, after they married in 1989. After sixteen years, she and Kyle sold their dive center at the end of 1998 in order to work with the Cambrian Foundation on a full time basis. She also has a degree in psychology from Hollins College. Cindy's greatest other passion is horticulture - she loves planting and working in her yard and garden.