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San Diego County Chapter

Executive Committee

Alex Ferron

Alex Ferron

Executive Committee Chair
Alex lives life in accordance with the “100% beastmode” philosophy and served as our volunteer plastic pollution policy coordinator prior to joining the EC!
Scott Ridout

Scott Ridout

Executive Committee Vice Chair

Scott was born and raised in San Diego where he developed a love for the city’s beaches. As a lifelong surfer, protecting and enjoying the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches is a mission very close to him. After receiving an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Scott joined onto the No Border Sewage committee and was immediately drawn to the mission because he frequents breaks on both sides of the border. In 2017, Scott served led the No Border Sewage committee during the largest sewage spill in Tijuana River Valley history and responded by hiring an environmental lawyer who has filed suit against the federal government. In addition to serving on the Executive Committee, Scott is also a beach cleanup site captain for Ocean Beach.

Sunshine Johnson

Sunshine Johnson

Executive Committee Member
Sunshine is one of our longest-serving EC members! Her Surfrider journey began as a Beach Cleanup site captain over 10 years ago. Since then, Sunshine has become a major contributor to our chapter’s signature events, our annual Art Gala and our Paddle for Clean Water. She currently serves as the EC Representative for our Events & Fundraising Committee and coordinates art and silent auction donations for our Art Gala.
Jim Royer

Jim Royer

Executive Committee Member

Jim grew up waterskiing on the Chesapeake bay and boogie boarding in Ocean City, Maryland.   After getting pushed into waves in Waikiki at the age of 8, he made it a priority to live where he could surf.  Finally moving to San Diego 25 years later, Jim jumped at the chance to join as a Surfrider Core Volunteer. He became active through the Ocean Friendly Restaurants program and advocated for single-use plastic reduction.  Jim is also an avid SCUBA diver and is passionate about preventing plastic pollution from harming his fish friends.  His background is in materials engineering and currently is a scientist for a technology startup company.

Ryan Vaughn

Ryan Vaughn

Executive Committee Member
Ryan Vaughn is a Southern California native who grew up on the water. An economist, environmentalist and climate change activist, he led Surfrider San Diego’s Climate Change Committee before joining the Executive Committee as Treasurer. He remains active in both our Climate Change and Beach Preservation work.
Dr. Udo Wahn

Dr. Udo Wahn

Executive Committee Member

Udo grew up in the small village of Sayville along the shores of the Great South Bay separating Long Island, NY from Fire Island and the Atlantic Ocean. His environmental activism dates to the time of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill. This horrific event sparked a great movement in environmentalism. He joined Surfrider Foundation in the 80’s. Udo is a retired physician. He penned the Cabo and Coral series of books with aloha for the ocean-minded child. These books are chock full of environmental messages. He is also a supporter of Reef Check Foundation, Heal the Bay, and the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Kelsey Pickert

Kelsey Pickert

Executive Committee Member
Kelsey grew up exploring the forests and lakes of Northern California before moving south to the beaches of San Diego for college. She became involved with Surfrider through local beach cleanups, and soon started providing event and fundraising support for the Chapter. She now serves as a representative to the Beach Preservation Committee, supporting the work of coastal defenders who advocate for the protection and preservation of San Diego’s natural coastline. She is passionate about public access and public education, and can be found during the day working at the Museum of Man, an anthropology museum in Balboa Park.

 

Alexis Vasquez

Alexis Vasquez

Executive Committee Member

Alexis has dedicated her life to helping people and the earth. With a background in biochemistry, she has utilized this knowledge as a volunteer with Blue Water Task Force to help improve and maintain water quality in her backyard/favorite place, the beach! After finding joy in the work and the people she worked with on BWTF, she realized she could do more and joined the Executive Committee. Alexis’ passion for the ocean has translated into advocacy for preserving our coastlines and aquatic ecosystems so we can all continue to enjoy the waves and beaches.

Jeanna Vazquez

Jeanna Vazquez

Executive Committee Member
Jeanna was born and raised in San Diego with an inherent love for our ocean and beaches. As a public relations professional, her goal is to help educate our community on the importance of protecting our environment through strategic communication efforts that encourage behavior change. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Media Studies with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in rhetoric from San Diego State University, where she graduated cum laude. Her experience includes a demonstrated history of working in nonprofit, consumer and health care industries. Before joining the Executive Committee, Jeanna acted as media relations volunteer for Surfrider Foundation San Diego since 2018.
Lark Starkey

Lark Starkey

Executive Committee Member
Lark’s first name is Linnea & she knows a lot about water quality!
Aaron Taylor

Aaron Taylor

Executive Committee Member
Aaron is stoked on sustainability, shreds like a 15 yr old who just slammed two Red Bulls,  and always looks cozy in his poncho!