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Staff

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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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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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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Christina Davies

Christina Davies

Grant Assistant

I love the sea for its beauty, for the many great gifts it gives all of us, for the amazing creatures and plants that live in its depths, for the incredible miracles that continue to be discovered in its deep black waters once thought barren of life, and because it plays a very large role in my own spirituality – as indeed it does for many cultures of the world.

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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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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 Coordinator

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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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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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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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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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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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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Laura Lee

Laura Lee

Director of Marketing and Communications

I’m living the dream. Having grown-up in Texas two hours away from the Gulf coast, I feel incredibly lucky to have so many memories on the beach and in the water. Thanks to my mom’s huge love of our oceans and my dad’s passion for fishing, I grew up with a deep appreciation for our coasts and all bodies of water.

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