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San Diego Chapter Executive Committee

Kelsey Pickert

Kelsey Pickert
Executive Committee Chair

Kelsey is in her second term on the Executive Committee and serves as the 2022-2023 Executive Committee Chair. Her love for the environment was fostered in Northern California, where she grew up before moving to San Diego for college. A passion for science, surfing, and environmental protection brought her to the Surfrider Foundation in 2018. Her work with Surfrider is driven by an ambition for equitable beach access and mitigating climate change for future generations. Environmental justice is at the heart of her work, and her motto is, “Think Globally, Act Locally.”

Udo Wahn, M.D.

Udo Wahn, M.D.
Executive Committee Vice Chair

A retired Assistant Professor of Reproductive Medicine at UCSD and Kaiser, Udo is a dedicated coastal defender and Surfrider member since the 1980’s. Having served 2 prior terms on the EC he is dedicated to continuing advocating for beach preservation, access and pushing climate friendly policy along with supporting all the other important programs Surfrider SD is involved with.  In 2017 he became a Certified Climate Reality Leader, trained by former Vice President Al Gore. Loving retired life, living by the tides and participating in purposeful environmental activism. 


Carly Kupa
Executive Committee Member

Carly hails from Oregon and has always had a love for the outdoors. Ever since childhood, she’s always had an awareness of environmental issues and the need to protect our natural resources. After getting her graduate degree in Sustainability from the University of Oregon, she moved down to San Diego to be closer to the ocean and sunshine. She had always dreamed of volunteering for Surfrider and got involved immediately. She has been the Climate Change Committee co-lead for two years now and is excited to get more involved in a larger capacity on the EC. In her spare time, Carly loves to paddleboard, hike, and spend time with her new baby.


Ally Celones Şentürk
Executive Committee Member

Ally Celones Şentürk is a Filipino-American creative storyteller with a multimedia background in marketing and science communication. Ally is the Communications and Outreach Manager for San Diego Coastkeeper and works closely with Surfrider staff. As a Surfrider volunteer, she helped relaunch the Blue Water Task Force as a co-lead from 2017-2022.
Ally is passionate about enhancing the lives and expanding San Diegans’ perspectives while assisting them in strengthening their communities. She specializes in building communities around causes for the common good – like clean water, science, and resilience.
Ally enjoys gardening, traveling, cooking (and of course eating!), reading, dancing, exploring everyday activism, and playing outside in her free time.


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Simone Fraid
Executive Committee Member

Simone grew up in Dallas, TX, hundreds of miles away from any coastline, but once she experienced life by the beach, she was hooked in, and felt drawn to helping protect the special gift of the ocean and its shores. Simone became active in Surfrider through beach cleanups and water sampling for the Blue Water Task Force. She loves to paddleboard, hike and travel in her free time. Simone is excited to delve deeper into Surfrider through the EC!
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J.P. Bruner
Executive Committee Member
(He/ Him)

JP has spent the last 5 years as the chapter's Climate Change program lead. In this time, he advocated on behalf of the chapter for calls to end offshore oil drilling, strong climate action plans, community choice energy, and building electrification. From the beaches to the mountains, JP is passionate about being active outside. This passion led him to want to protect and advocate for the beautiful and important places that we all live and recreate in. 

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Corie Sandor
Executive Committee Member

Corie was born and raised in Southern California, with a passion for ocean, community and helping youth find their personal purpose.  Dedicated to future success, she has focused on education as a solution for change.  As the co-founder of a nonprofit organization, she provides an array of programs to local public schools.  In addition to philanthropic work in San Diego, she also works on youth projects abroad.  Guided by her personal passion and hobbies, she has found opportunities to support ocean-related education and programs through her work with SURFAID, SDSI, Give and Surf and other nonprofit organizations.  
As a new member of the Surfrider Executive Committee, she looks forward to using her talents to support the mission of the organization.
BS, Human Development Emp. Children's Services, CSUSM
MA, Educational Leadership Emp. Technology, SDSU
CEO, Co-Founder, BASE Programs

Ben Rubenson
Executive Committee Member

Ben is currently a co-lead for the Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) in San Diego and helps lead some of the monthly beach cleanups.  He has been involved with Surfrider since 2016, previously working with the Rise Above Plastics and Ocean Friendly Restaurants Programs.  Whether its surfing, snorkeling, open water swimming or running, Ben tries to spend as much time at the beach as possible.  He is looking forward to getting further involved with Surfrider through the Executive Committee role.


Yusef Miller
Executive Committee Member