Valued San Diego County Surfrider members,
Welcome to our 2022-23 Executive Committee (EC) member voting page. Thank you for your membership, your support, and your vote!
The 2022 EC will be comprised of 9 volunteer members who serve as our chapter-level Board of Directors. This year’s vote will be to fill 5 open spaces for the 2022-2023 term (each term is 2 years; EC members can serve multiple terms as long as they serve in a different role each term).
As we have 6 candidates, please take a moment to familiarize yourselves with them below. You can vote for your top 5 at the bottom on this post*. If you would like to vote but are not an active Surfrider member within San Diego County, you can renew HERE.
Udo Wahn, MD
As a dedicated coastal defender for a lifetime and Surfrider Member since 1980’s I want to be an impactful member of the EC in further building relationships and stoking collaboration to further our mission. I’m dedicated to continue advocating for beach preservation and pushing climate friendly policy along with supporting all the other important programs Surfrider SD is involved with. Having served 2 terms on the EC in the past, I feel qualified to serve once again providing my experience in calling on the contacts and relationships in the community that I have built to advance the work of Surfrider SD. I have been active in hiring qualified leaders for our chapter, such as Chapter Manager, Policy Manager, and Beach Cleanup Coordinator. I have extensive experience with major event planning. As a Distinguished Toastmaster I bring those skills when speaking to City Councils and other public and governmental agencies. I am a Certified Climate Reality Leader, trained by former Vice President Al Gore. I am very excited to serve our Chapter!
Ally celones Senturk
As an experienced core volunteer and committee lead, I have spent four years learning to serve my community better. I took advantage of every opportunity to work on growing my skill set. From presenting in classrooms to media coverage and collaborating with local agencies – I can confidently say I know what it takes to run a thoughtful and successful Surfrider program.
In 2017, we relaunched the Blue Water Task Force in response to the disastrous Tijuana River Valley sewage spill. At the time, we hoped it would provide a local platform for community involvement and engagement in Imperial Beach. Over the years, we grew from two sites to 16 sites spanning almost all of the San Diego coastline, from Imperial Beach to Oceanside. Each year we reached more people, forged new partnerships, and challenged ourselves to grow a little bit more.
And that’s what I intend to do on the Executive Committee. With your support, I will push us to become better and grow a little bit more.
I am running for a second term as a Surfrider SD Executive Committee Member because of my unwavering love and commitment to ocean protection! I firmly believe that equitable access to clean public beaches is not just a luxury of living in San Diego County – but also a right.
In my time on the Executive Committee, I have supported fundraising and event-planning efforts for our largest annual events, hosted multiple beach cleanups, recruited new volunteers, and monitored red curb violations & coastal development with the Beach Preservation Committee – and I’m just getting started.
In my second term, I hope to deepen the impact of my volunteer work and expand the reach of Surfrider’s mission. I will continue to advocate for diverse representation in our beach communities and recommit myself to making our beaches accessible to all. Please consider voting for me, Kelsey P!
I am deciding to leave my current role as the Climate Change Committee co-lead to join the Executive Committee. I have considered making this change for a couple years now, and believe that now is the right time. I hope to gain more insight as to how the chapter works as a whole, and how my skills and strengths can lend to the efforts and activities of the San Diego chapter. While I love my current role on the Climate Change Committee, I believe being involved in the larger mission of Surfrider and its multiple committees, as well as learning more about the legalities and internal policies that drive this Chapter, can help make me a better, well-rounded leader for this organization.
I am an avid beach goer, surfer and enthusiast of nature. Our Oceans and coastlines are the front line to the changing climate. As a former boat captain, I have seen way more than my fair share of the terrible practices boat/fishing/scuba charters have for the ocean. Throughout my travels internationally I have seen the effects on the culture/people of areas that rely on the ocean being devastated by pollution and climate change. As a real estate agent, I know the value to our communities and taxes our coastal properties bring for our communities. We must preserve and protect our environment from further destruction as every generation inherits a new baseline of what nature “should” look like. My life and values have been shaped by water and I now have the time and means to give back. I would be honored to serve on this committee and do my part to make a difference.
Like all of us within Surfrider, I have a tremendous love and respect of the ocean and everything it gives to our community. I am running for the Executive Committee because I want to go deeper into the organization and help build on Surfrider’s strong impact.
As a communications professional in my work life, I help uncover the needs and interests of various people and groups. I can apply that skill to the EC; I’ll listen more than I speak, and I’ll work to promote the diverse perspectives of our community.
I also believe experience is a great teacher. Whether it’s water sampling, picking up beach litter or researching solutions, I’m keen to do whatever needs doing— and share any learnings with the EC along the way.
Lastly, I enjoy participating in large project groups; I work hard to build relationships across teams to get work done and share camaraderie. I would love to share this collaborative energy within Surfrider!
I hope for these reasons, you’ll consider me for the Executive Committee.