Haley Jain Haggerstone, Chapter Manager, 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 Leadership and Management. She grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia where she worked as an environmental researcher in forestry and fisheries. 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. Haley is also an active member of the MOOP Squad, a group tackling the issue of MOOP or Matter Out of Place at festivals around the world.
Julia Chunn-Heer, Policy Manager, a graduate of UCLA, joins the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter after being heavily involved with the chapter and the organization for the past nine 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 working on the No Border Sewage (NoBS) campaign for the past three years. Roderick helped coordinate 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.
Randy Iwai, Executive Committee Member, was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii which cultivated his love for the ocean as well as life on land. His passions include surfing, hiking, camping and travel. 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. For years he has supported many environmental and wildlife organizations, but he’s chosen to focus his time and energy on the Surfrider Foundation. His proudest achievement is his daughter’s college graduation where she earned 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.
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.
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.
Matt O’Malley, Executive Committee Member, comes to Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter with a background in public interest environmental law, and holds the position of Waterkeeper at San Diego Coastkeeper. He first got involved at Surfrider with the No Border Sewage campaign and has since assisted with stormwater, wastewater, and potable water issues in the Know Your H2O campaign. Originally from New Jersey, Matt finally – and gratefully – arrived in San Diego in 2010 by way of Colorado, Seattle, and Florida. He’s a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law and of Rutgers University.
Mark West, Executive Committee Member, after spending twenty-four years as a US Naval Officer, Mark officially “came” out of the environmental closet. His Naval career afforded him the opportunity to travel to every continent witnessing firsthand the devastating impacts that humans are having on our oceans, waves and beaches. Being a witness to these atrocities fueled his fire to become a steward for the environment. Mark has been an active member of Surfrider for the past nine years and an activist for the past six years he has focused his efforts on the No Border Sewage campaign. Mark is currently a Citizen Forum Board Member for the United States International Boundary and Water Commission working to reduce transboundary pollution in Tijuana Mexico and Imperial Beach. Furthermore, he completed a Capstone research project for Surfrider San Diego focusing on ocean water quality testing. He possess an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado – Denver. Mark resides in Imperial Beach with my wife Megan and our two four-legged children Dublin and Zoe.