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Sarah Damron

Sarah Damron

Chapter Manager

Born a water-lover in middle America, I grew to become an ocean-lover through family vacations to the coast. I became an ocean-protector through the Surfrider Foundation.

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Casey Dennehy

Casey Dennehy

Washington Pacific Coast Coordinator

As Aldo Leopold once said, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Although he was discussing his land ethic, we can and must extend this principle to a water ethic.

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Mara Dias

Mara Dias

Water Quality Manager

The ocean, beaches, water, waves, sand & sea air are elemental to who I am and how I live my life. I'm so thankful that I'm able to live on the coast where I can thrive and spend my days working to protect these environments.

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Katie Ferguson

Katie Ferguson

Communications Manager

Katie's drive for meaningful work, and her love for the ocean, waves and beaches, drove her to the Surfrider Foundation.

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Jim Lindberg

Jim Lindberg

As lead singer and songwriter for the legendary L.A. based punk band Pennywise, Jim has mixed his career as a musician with a healthy dose of charity work and activism. In 2000 Pennywise donated all proceeds from one of their largest shows to local charities, and again in 2007 they donated earnings from their record release party to the UCLA Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy center. A lifelong surfer, he’s also spearheaded the bands involvement in ocean related causes, benefit albums and celebrity surf events. Growing up in the south bay of L.A. and witnessing firsthand the deterioration and re-birth of the regions sea life, Jim is dedicated to maintaining and protecting our beaches, coastlines and oceans.

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Rob Nixon

Rob Nixon

Born and bred in Texas for better and worse. Rob grew up around his Father, a pioneering FBI Agent and Texas Ranger who instilled in him the Texas ethos of doing what is right and standing up for what you believe. He grew up spending every summer in a small trailer with his family on the beaches of Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island. In 2005, his beloved park was threatened by development that would have destroyed the lifestyle that generations of South Texas Families had enjoyed in camping at the beach. He became an accidental Activist and became a founding member of the South Texas Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Since that time, he has built the South Texas Chapter into a well respected Community and Environmental Organization utilizing the Surfrider Foundation Chapter Network. In any issue that he is involved in his only thought is, "I want to look into my boys eyes when they get older and be able to say to them that I did everything in my power to protect and preserve our beaches and your right to enjoy them."

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Liisa Pierce Fiedelholtz

Liisa Pierce Fiedelholtz

Chair

Liisa grew up going to the beaches of Eastern Long Island: East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk. This is her favorite place in the world. It was a desire to protect these beaches as well as teach her children to be responsible for them that led Liisa to the Surfrider Foundation. Now, whether it is about caring for the environment or surfing; it is her children who are the teachers.

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Steve Rabineau

Steve Rabineau

Steve Rabineau is a Partner and senior motion picture literary agent at leading talent and literary agency United Talent Agency, representing top-tier directors and writers. He started his career in the William Morris Agency mailroom before moving to the Gersh Agency where he spent more than two years. In 1985, he joined International Creative Management, where he rose to become head of the literary department and later co-head of the motion picture department. In March 1997, Rabineau left ICM to become a partner at Endeavor. He eventually settled at the William Morris Agency in 2003. In 2009 he joined UTA. A native Southern Californian and history graduate of UCLA, Rabineau lives in Santa Monica with his wife and their two children.

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Kevin Ranker

Kevin Ranker

Kevin has spent his entire life on the coast and in the ocean and is an avid surfer, swimmer, fisherman, sailor and runner. Kevin Ranker concurrently serves as a Washington State Senator and as a Senior Partner at Coast Policy Group, a Seattle based environmental consulting firm.

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Gus Gates

Gus Gates

Washington Policy Manager

Growing up on the Central Oregon Coast, I got a sense of the importance of protecting healthy ecosystems & special places at an early age. Now as the Washington Policy Manager with the Surfrider Foundation, I have the honor and privilege of working with the Washington Chapters and activists to protect ocean and coastal ecosystems throughout our great state.

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Melissa Gates

Melissa Gates

Northeast Regional Manager

I remember being tucked into the undertow at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, as a kid, and somersaulting away thinking…"Cool! Again, again!" The sensation was better than the coolest roller coaster ride, ever. I was hooked.

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Mark Spalding

Mark Spalding

Mark J. Spalding has been the President of The Ocean Foundation since its founding 10 years ago. Under his leadership, it has grown exponentially from a $200,000 to $5 million/year budget, and he has prioritized its focus on steering the human relationship with the sea to a brighter future through diverse, carefully chosen strategies and projects.

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Matt Gove

Matt Gove

Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager

You are probably wondering: Why should I give my time, effort, or money to support Surfrider? For most of us it comes down to a special place that we love—a beach, a wave, a cove—that is under threat of disappearing or changing forever. Think about your happy place; what would you do without it?

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Nancy Hastings

Nancy Hastings

Southern California Regional Manager

The very first Surfrider Foundation meeting I attended, I drove home the new Chair of the Malibu Chapter. Following a rather organic lifelong path that ebbed and flowed around art, music, and the ocean, I felt I had finally found something that really got all my synapses firing off all at once. I wasn't going to let that opportunity pass me by!

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Rob Wells

Rob Wells

Rob Wells is Universal Music Group’s President of Global Digital Business and serves on UMG’s Executive Board. He is responsible for strategic development and execution of UMG’s digital business worldwide across its various divisions and around all of UMG’s digital assets, including in the wireless, online and transactional sectors. This includes identifying next-generation distribution channels and strategic partnerships, and working with UMG’s business partners to further extend the company’s digital strategy and reach across current and emerging platforms. Wells has served as UMG’s President of Global Digital Business since October 2010. Prior to that, he was Senior VP of Universal Music Group’s international division, where he was responsible for directing and executing all aspects of the company’s international digital business. He began his tenure with UMG in 2000, when he joined Universal Music UK as Division Director of Digital Services. Prior to UMG, Wells worked in a series of positions at BMG Entertainment, literally beginning his career in an entry-level mailroom job and culminating with his service as Head of Internet and New Media.

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Walter Wilhelm

Walter Wilhelm

Vice Chair

A lifetime surfer who grew up on the beaches of California, going to the beach with his father as early as he could walk. Currently works as President of WWA, consulting with worldwide brands and retailers including major surf and outdoor brands. Over twenty years of experience in apparel retail, and footwear consulting, and technology sales, installation & support. He has owned and operated two retail operations in Utah and spends as much time with his family outdoors and on the beach as he can possibly manage.

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Paul Herzog

Paul Herzog

Ocean Friendly Gardens Program Coordinator

Though I grew up in a rural LA suburb with lots of natural open space, it wasn't until I moved back to it after college that I hiked the hills. Working a few stints on small, organic farms between community organizing jobs grounded me a bit more. Helping Chapters run Ocean Friendly Gardens Programs gives us a great tool to help people prevent urban runoff and restore a bit of the hills in their yards.

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Jenna Holland

Jenna Holland

Direct Mail Manager

As a mother of three, I protect what I love: my children and my beach.

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Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

Staff Accountant

What’s your favorite memory at the beach? Without a doubt, my first barrel ride in Ventura, California. It was the most euphoric experience any young surf kid could imagine. After that day, I knew I was stitched.

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Kyle Lishok

Kyle Lishok

Marketing Manager

Protect where you play, whether it's on asphalt, snow, or water.

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