On The Edge, (OTE), was established as a 501c3 in 2008. 2019 marked our 12th year. The founders, Dianne & Robert Kasper, have a child with autism and 30+ years of water skiing experience. They have been successfully designing and fabricating adaptive water ski equipment for adaptive people during this time. The foundation has many able bodied and adapted volunteers that work tirelessly to help build equipment, make ropes & learn all of the safety procedures for these events. OTE’s key designs include an adjustable seat binding, carbon ski, swivel ski, ski fly chair, surf board, triple bar & ropes & handles. OTE has had the privilege of putting over 10,000 adaptive people up on the water for water sports (skiing, kayaking, boat rides, fishing & many other activities). Currently we annually average around 3,500 people on the water, through our partnering philosophy with other organizations that utilize our training and equipment.
They have already successfully created a lot of equipment, including over 30 adaptive skis and 40 adjustable bindings that look like seats. OTE has won various awards and has been recognized for its contributions and community service. It has been called an innovative force in the adaptive water ski world. OTE provides equipment to other foundations that become founded due to the influence of OTE, or travels to attend their events to provide the water feature service.
OTE participated in one of the 1st adaptive pyramids & our equipment was used to break 2 world records for most adaptive skiers behind one boat. We support USA show ski teams & The USA disabled team. We have received an award from Oasis & have been featured 3 times in water skiing magazines. OTE appeared in Water Ski Magazine for putting ski boats on a private lake in Gettysburg, PA in 1996. We have been mentioned in local newspapers and cable networks for our contributions. We have won an award from The American Water Sports Industry. OTE won an award from the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association for its contributions to the sport.
OTE partners with over 30 organizations, including water ski teams, health systems, adaptive, veterans, big brothers/big sisters organizations (to name a few) in the USA. OTE training and/or equipment has been represented in 28+ states including; California, Colorado, Wisconsin, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Maryland, North & South Dakota, North & South Carolina, Alaska, Washington, Texas, Michigan, Alabama, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Louisiana.
One unique feature about OTE is the feeling of community and being included in a group of people who are caring and willing to help. Our young volunteers learn a wide range of things, including how to fix equipment, how to drive a boat, how to overcome challenges, how to care for others, how to give back and feel a sense of fulfillment from it, and just how to grow up being hard-working, responsible young adults. Our participants tell us over and over again how in just one day, they make lasting friends and feel connected to a nurturing, fun and empowering community. These are some of the hidden magical gems that OTE provides across the nation and beyond, by just doing what we love to do and what we do best. The feeling of camaraderie and friendship is instant and long-lasting.
On The Edge, (OTE), was established as a 501c3 in 2008. The founders, Robert and Dianne Kasper, have a child with autism and 40+ years of water-skiing experience. Robert Kasper has a civil engineering education. He has been successfully designing and fabricating adaptive water ski equipment for adaptive people during this time. Mr. Kasper had a 36 year long, successful career in engineering/project management for Bechtel, the #1 engineering construction company in the world. This has afforded Mr. Kasper the knowledge, intelligence, and experience to create unique equipment that provides adaptive people the ability to ski and participate in other water sports behind a boat. The foundation has 15-60 able bodied and adapted volunteers (depending on the size of the event) that work tirelessly to help build equipment, make ropes and learn all the safety procedures for these events. OTE key designs include an adjustable seat binding, carbon ski, swivel ski, ski fly chair, surf board and triple bar. OTE makes it's own ropes and handles. Mr. Kasper has already successfully created over 30 adaptive skis and 40 adjustable bindings that look like seats. Currently OTE annually averages around 3,500 people on the water, through their partnering philosophy with other organizations that utilize their training and equipment.
Co-Founder, Board Member
On The Edge, (OTE), was established as a 501c3 in 2008. The founders, Robert and Dianne Kasper, have a child with autism and 40+ years of water-skiing experience. Dianne Kasper has been a physical therapist for over 35 years. She is a water ski instructor and safety coordinator.She has been instrumental in helping to create the unique equipment that provides adaptive people the ability to ski and participate in other water sports behind a boat. The foundation has 15-60 able bodied and adapted volunteers (depending on the size of the event) that work tirelessly to help build equipment, make ropes and learn all the safety procedures for these events. OTE key designs include an adjustable seat binding, carbon ski, swivel ski, ski fly chair, surf board, triple bar and OTE makes it's own ropes and handles. Mr. Kasper has already successfully created over 30 adaptive skis and 40 adjustable bindings that look like seats. Currently OTE annually averages around 3,500 people on the water, through our partnering philosophy with other organizations that utilize our training and equipment.
Marketing/Social Media/Event Planning
Rebecca is a Virginia native, who went to Virginia Tech. After an eclectic list of occupations, she settled on being a singer and an artist entrepreneur, during the 16 years. During the same years, she has also been raising her beautiful children with her husband, Chris. She is an artist who has donated many lessons and pieces of art to charities in the past 16 years. But, she never really felt the power of giving back until she came across On The Edge CF and their partner Lake of the Woods Adaptive Water Sports Foundation (in her town.) She started got heavily involved in the LOW foundation after being involved with the LOW Ski Club for years as a spotter/safety volunteer and parent. Her children have been in the ski team off and on for many years. These water sports events for all who have challenges create smiles and tears of joy unmatched to anything she has seen before. There is a warm, happy feeling at these events in addition to the extreme water fun that is provided. It is her honor to work for the Kaspers as a contractor and as a volunteer for the past 2 years. Her family has also been heavily involved in volunteering for OTE for 2 years and the LOW foundation since it's beginning in 2016.
Jaime Bonifay is a leader in process engineering helping to exceed customers expectations while also leaning the process to be more efficient. She works at TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, as a Business Excellence Program Lead within the Business Process Transformation department. Jaime is passionate about creating connecting communities and in addition to serving on the board for On The Edge, she also serves on The Women’s Resource Center board and supports numerous other organizations through volunteering and donations. Jaime is married to her husband Tim Bonifay, an avid boater and water skier, and together they have three children.
"On The Edge is one of the best organizations I have worked with. They create a connected community for their clients and their families allowing people to do what was perceived to be unimaginable. They enable ability to all."
I met Bob and Dianne with On the Edge CF in 2019. I was searching for a sit water ski that I would be able to afford. I came across one number, called it and they gave me Bob and Dianne’s number.
When I called Bob, he answered and I told him a little bit about my brain injury. I had told him that I’m on a limited income but would really love to find a sit water ski that is used, so I can afford it. He said that they were having an event down in Florida, with Ann’s Angels. He invited me to go down and I had the time of my life.
Bob and Dianne are so kind, caring and open hearted. They asked me what I used to do and I told him. I owned my own business for 27 years and I had 3 to 4 employees, with a 350 inpatient hospital. I also was an EMT for 10 years for my town.
I was asked what I like to do, and I said I love the water and that’s the main reason why I would like to get a sit ski. Bob told me about this slalom course that you can be timed in doing. I said, “Oh I love competition. I would love to know more.” So Bob and Dianne gave me a new goal in life, and that in turn gave me hope. I am so grateful that I have met them both. I love them so much.
Bob and Dianne have created a wonderful organization, They have brought hope to thousands of people that thought they could not, and you showed them they can. That has made a lot of smiles!
I do want to tell you the spark in my life was ignited the day I met Bob and Dianne. I love you all with every fiber of my being. It's so strong I think my arm...the one that's no longer with us... it too has love for you! Where my story began with OTE is the day I met Brandon Sanders at the gym. He told me about an organization that needed someone who could help inspire people to see that nothing can hold you down. The day I met Bob and Dianne Kasper is the day my family drastically grew, and I don't think it’s going to stop until I do! Which is never! Thank you to On the Edge! More importantly Bob and Dianne!
I am a NASM personal trainer and a nutrition specialist. When I woke up from a coma the doctor informed me that the two main reasons my body did not want to give up was one, God, and two, because of the condition I kept my body in. From that day forward I have made it a priority to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I found that my passion is to help people achieve their fitness goals, building friendships through the process. All that has had a domino effect to show me that my passion is to lend a hand (pun intended).
"Everything happens for a reason." I also plan to become a motivational speaker!
Theresa is a mother of three, an educator and Realtor in Winter Haven, Fl. She currently teaches at Frank E. Brigham Academy as the P.E Para and absolutely loves the children she teaches. She is a Realtor with Crosby and Associates Inc. and works hard with families to get them into their dream homes. She moved to Winter Haven in 2012 and was introduced to the sport of water skiing through the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team. Her son joined in 2015 and has been hooked ever since! She has grown quite a love for the sport and what it has done to bring families together. She aids in promotions and sales for the team and volunteers her time to help wherever she can. She was introduced to On The Edge through an adaptive clinic that CGWST hosted and also living next to Bob and Dianne Kasper.
On The Edge is an amazing foundation that does so much for the sport of water skiing. Being at an OTE event and seeing the joy that it brings to so many, that would not have the chance to be on the water otherwise, is truly awe inspiring. Bob and Dianne Kasper have the most giving, kind spirits and their passion for others is infectious. I am honored to be part of a board that gives back and helps enrich lives.
Glenda first found her love of charity work, when she joined Women for Women International’s as an unpaid intern in fall 2008. That same year, she hosted her first fundraiser raising $200; and shared many stories of female entrepreneurship in war-torn countries. In 2009, she traveled to Pascuales, Ecuador to help build a school for underprivileged children through Children of Guayaquil. For months before the trip, she fundraised and collected clothing and calculators to bring to Ecuador. In 2011, she was nominated as a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Woman of the Year candidate, and raised $40,000. She took over as Executive Director for Dreams For Kids DC (DFKDC) in September 2011. Over the past five years, she has developed numerous corporate partnerships, engaged hundreds of new volunteers and empowered hundreds of children with disabilities. The empowerment these children feel and learn from all of DFKDC's activities propel them through school, work and life. She also owns Elpis Experience, a PR and Events firm, where she dedicates one event per year to a charity. Despite having two start-ups, she still finds time to support other charities, such as Mama Hope, LLS, UrbanLight, and more!
I worked for Budweiser in North Carolina, Colorado and Florida in Management. Was in charge of the 4th largest warehouse in the US involving Logistics.
I am currently in the process of R&D of Whussiz Bbq sauce company.
My reason for joining OTE is because the passion they have to help everyone enjoy life through outdoors activities; water skiing, wake boarding, paddle boarding, etc. Even snow sports.
I had a brother that was paralyzed and I wish he could have enjoyed the activities that OTE offers. I get great enjoyment by giving back through him. Go OTE!!