Haley Jain Haggerstone, Chapter Coordinator, has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of British Columbia and is currently pursing a Masters degree from the University of San Diego in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia where she worked as an environmental researcher in forestry, fisheries and coastal resource management. Haley was an active member of the Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Chapter for nearly five years before relocating to southern California. She is currently the Chapter Coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter and the President of the Board of Directors for Surfrider Foundation Canada.
Julia Chunn-Heer, Campaign Coordinator, a graduate of UCLA, joins the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter after being heavily involved with the chapter and the organization for the past six years. She started volunteering for the chapter at beach cleanups and later the Art Gala. In 2006 she was elected to the Executive Committee, and in 2007 she was nominated to be the first female Chair of the San Diego Chapter. In 2008 due to her work at Coast Law Group she took a more policy oriented volunteer role as Policy Coordinator. Later in 2008, Julia became the General Manager of Surfrider Australia where she lived and worked for over a year. Julia uses her experience to help empower other activists and to aid the chapter in influencing the change it desires in San Diego.
Roger Kube, Chair, is originally from Culpeper, VA. His passion for our oceans, waves and beaches began as an adolescent, from the many family vacations in Outer Banks, NC. His love for the mountains took him to Breckenridge, CO, for four years on the slopes, where he earned his BA in Political Science at the University of Colorado – Boulder, in 2000. Ultimately, his desire to live on the coast brought him to San Diego a year later. He’s been surfing, diving, open water swimming and enjoying our precious coastline ever since. In addition to his volunteer work with the Surfrider Foundation, he is a proud parent to his son, Austen, and has enjoyed over a decade of professional success as a mortgage consultant.
Roderick Michener, Vice Chair, is a third-generation southern Californian who is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction and teaches Rhetoric and Writing Studies at SDSU. Prior to being elected to the Executive Committee he was a core volunteer and worked on the No Border Sewage (NoBS) campaign for the past three years – most recently serving as coordinator for the campaign’s water quality monitoring program in the Tijuana River watershed. After participating is his first Paddle for Clean Water in 2001, Roderick joined the San Diego Chapter of Surfrider and soon became active in beach cleanups and the Kids for Clean Water program before joining the NoBS campaign. When he’s not elbow-deep in false parallelisms and split infinitives, Roderick can usually be found in the water somewhere between the OB jetty and the southern reefs of Sunset Cliffs.
Terry Rodgers, Secretary, is a lifelong surfer and award-winning journalist who was a columnist and coastal issues specialist for the San Diego Union Tribune for 19 years. He is currently Special Projects Coordinator for the City of Santee, where he writes grants and manages the city’s website. Terry has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Humboldt State University. He is a resident of San Diego’s Carmel Valley community.
Sunshine Johnson, Executive Committee Member, is a teacher with the San Diego Unified School District, working with visually impaired students. She has been an active member of the Surfrider San Diego Chapter Executive Committee for the past two years. Sunshine is also the Beach Cleanup Coordinator for South County. Prior to joining the Executive Committee, Sunshine was a Core Volunteer. She has been involved with the chapter since Earth Day of 2006. Sunshine began volunteering at weekend beach cleanups, which blossomed into overseeing booth events and helping out at major fundraising events.
Sarah Diaz Roth, Executive Committee Member, is passionate about oceans and animals. As a child she would stand on the street corners with signs for world peace, the environment, and animals. She got involved with Surfrider in 2010, first with beach cleanups and later fell in love with Rise Above Plastics. She joined the Executive Committee in 2012 and serves as a liaison for Ocean Friendly Gardens and continues to co-lead Rise Above Plastics. SDR loves running with her dogs, Mowgli and Peggy on the beach.
Kyle Winkler, Executive Committee Member, grew up in the Village of Depew, which is just outside Buffalo, New York. He later moved to Riverside, Florida where he graduated high school and enlisted in the military. Upon completing training in Chicago, Pensacola, and Jacksonville Kyle was stationed at the East Coast Master Jet Base Oceana. Kyle spent four years there working as an Aviation Support Equipment Technician for F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets. At this time he became a member and started volunteering with the Virginia Beach and Outer Banks Chapters of Surfrider Foundation. In 2009 he reenlisted, and shortly thereafter was deployed to Iraq, where he was stationed at various bases in Baghdad, to carry out the mission of Task Force 134, under the commands of the 705th Military Police Battalion and 89th Military Police Brigade. Following his deployment, Kyle carried out the remainder of his military contract at the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, San Diego. During this time, he began volunteering with Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter where the majority of his time was and still is spend volunteering with the No Border Sewage campaign. Kyle is also a full-time student at Grossmont College. He enjoys bodyboarding, playing hockey, and training in mixed martial arts.
Mark Corcoran, Executive Committee Member, is a veteran of the U.S. Navy originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He earned his Bachelors degree from the University of San Diego in Political Science and his Masters Degree in City Planning from San Diego State University. Mark has been an active Surfrider Foundation member since 2005 and has served on the Executive Committee since 2012. In addition to his participation in Surfrider, Mark is also a member of the City of Del Mar’s Planning Commission and the San Dieguito Lagoon Preservation Committee. Professionally, Mark works as an environmental planning consultant for Pacific Municipal Consultants (PMC) specializing in environmental planning, public outreach and general planning services to public agencies throughout Southern California.
Randy Iwai, Executive Committee Member, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii has provided him his love for the ocean as well as life on land. Surfing, hiking, camping and travel are his passions. Growing up in Hawaii but living most of his adult life in San Diego has provided him with an opportunity for exploration and appreciation of our great outdoors both here and abroad. For years he has supported many environmental/wildlife organizations but focuses his physical time and energy with our local Surfrider Chapter. His proudest achievement is his daughter’s upcoming college graduation this May where she will earn a degree in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Environmental policy. We just live an outdoor, recycle, reuse lifestyle and I guess it rubbed off on her. Professionally he works as a Financial Advisor, providing investment advice and guidance to individuals.
Crystal Carson, Executive Committee Member, became a member of the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter’s Executive Committee in late 2012. Coming from a family of ocean enthusiasts, she seemed a natural fit for the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter. An education in Environmental Science combined with a strong passion for the ocean makes for an exciting mix of career paths for this one. Between fighting for a bag ban in San Diego County and working toward eliminating border sewage in the Tijuana River Valley, she can be found teaching kids to surf, experimenting with home brewing and diving with sharks. Crystal’s motto is less plastic, more waves.