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Dr. Chad Nelsen

Dr. Chad Nelsen

Chief Executive Officer

I grew up as beach kid and lifeguard in Laguna Beach where I gained a true appreciation for both the power and fragility of our oceans and coasts. Now as Surfrider Foundation's CEO, I have the privilege of leading the world's largest grassroots network dedicated to the protection our ocean, waves and beaches.

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Michelle Kremer

Michelle Kremer

Chief Operating Officer

On the first day I walked into the Surfrider Foundation offices in San Clemente, I had no plan to stay as long as I have.

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Steve Blank

Steve Blank

Director of Development

What’s your first memory involving the beach? What’s your favorite? As the Director of Development for the Surfrider Foundation I have the best job in the world – I get to ask people these two questions every day and then help them to link their philanthropy to their desire to protect these memories.

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Nancy Eiring

Nancy Eiring

Director of Marketing Strategies and Engagement

Nancy leads the teams responsible for all aspects of communications, membership, branding and marketing. She works with her teams to develop strategies that will increase opportunities for engagement, grow membership and build awareness about Surfrider and its impact on our ocean, waves and beaches.

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Angela Howe

Angela Howe

Legal Director

People may wonder why a girl who grew up in land-locked San Antonio, Texas is now working for the Surfrider Foundation. Starting with a move to California for law school, I quickly learned to love the surfing and snowboarding that California has to offer. This drove my desire to protect our beautiful natural environment and help others to enjoy the outdoors!

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Edward Mazzarella

Edward Mazzarella

Director of Chapters

So here I am, four CEO’s later, 60 new chapters, new friends made and some friends gone. A fancy Director of Chapters title, tools incorporated into our outreach efforts that only a few dreamed of way back in 1992, regional staff in the field to assist our chapter network, training conferences hosted around the globe and too many bands later to remember the names.

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Randy Assell

Randy Assell

Graphic Designer

At the end of the day we can all wish and hope for change, but we won’t see it until we take action.

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Brice Boland

Brice Boland

Washington Field Coordinator

I love playing in and on water whether hot, warm, cold, or frozen. I am in debt to H20 and now it's time to get to work to protect it!

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Lori Booth

Lori Booth

Global Grants Manager

I was 28 years old when I first truly met the ocean, but I loved water way before then.

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Ericka (Davanzo) Canales

Ericka (Davanzo) Canales

Quad Youth Manager

I believe that one should always strive to work hard and play hard to both protect and enjoy their playground.

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Stuart H. Coleman

Stuart H. Coleman

Hawaii Coordinator

I've had two major environmental awakenings in my life: The first was when I first started surfing as a teenager and just fell in love with the ocean (I even slept with my first new surfboard!); and the second awakening occurred after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. That's when I realized how fragile our coastal ecosystems really were. I happened to be living in SoCal at the time and would often get sick after surfing at Malibu. So water quality became an important issue for me as well, and that's when I first heard about the Surfrider Foundation.

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Toni Craw

Toni Craw

Controller

Most of the important events or milestones in my life coincide with a trip to the beach.

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Ryan Cruse

Ryan Cruse

Oregon Field Coordinator

Ryan has been working in the nonprofit sector since 2008 with a focus on program development and community engagement. In his spare time, you’ll find Ryan out in the ocean chasing waves, on a river chasing trout, or looking for his next derelict vehicle project.

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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 Surfrider Foundation.

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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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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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