Michael TortiExecutive Committee Chair
Mikaela BollingExecutive Committee Member
Abby CaschetaExecutive Committee Member
Bobbi-Jo DubushExecutive Committee Member
Maria McGregorExecutive Committee Member
Ryan EspinozaExecutive Committee Vice Chair
Dr. Udo WahnExecutive Committee Member
Roderick MichenerExecutive Committee Member
Sunshine JohnsonExecutive Committee Member
Roger KubeExecutive Committee Member
Laura WalshExecutive Committee Member
Michael was born and raised in San Diego where he developed an interest and compassion for the environment living along the Cleveland National Forest. After studying Political Science at SDSU he discovered Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics Committee and was immediately drawn to the mission. In two years Michael has had the support of Surfrider volunteers to work on and succeed in passing local plastic bag and Polystyrene ordinances in San Diego County cities, as well as worked with the RAP committee to develop the Ocean Friendly Restaurants program.
Maria is a San Diego native, growing up in Leucadia and learning to surf at age 13. She has a passion for surfing, clean water and beaches, which aligns perfectly with Surfrider’ mission. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Hawaii Pacific University and has been working in the profession for 12 years. She has volunteered to help clean beaches through Surfrider Foundation for many years, and more recently she found a deeper passion to get involved with raising awareness of and advocating against local pollution issues. Maria supports the Rise Above Plastics program.
Ryan is a designer, marketer, and aspiring Labrador retriever. By day he turns clicks into dollars creating marketing campaigns, consulting startups, and designing memorable experiences through art & pixels. As an avid surfer and music junkie he spends weekends chasing waves and DJ’ing parties in remote parts of Mexico. Ryan believes no amount of tacos are too many, curiosity is the spirit of youth, and as a society we are only as strong as our weakest link.
“Vaya con dios…”
Dr. Udo Wahn
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.
Roger Kube has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado – Boulder. A longtime Surfrider Foundation volunteer, he served on the Executive Committee from 2012-2014, acting as Chair in 2013-2014. He has been actively involved in the fight against plastic pollution for nearly ten years, helping to raise awareness and drive policy through advocacy efforts. He helped create Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants Program, which is now a national program. He was part of policy teams to help pass polystyrene bans in San Diego, Solana Beach, and Encinitas, and plastic bag bans in the City of San Diego, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Del Mar, and Oceanside. Roger was also instrumental in helping to pass the California state bag ban through his outreach and advocacy efforts in San Diego. He is a former member of the 5 Gyres Institute’s Board of Directors and a current Policy Advisor for the organization. In 2016, Roger was awarded a San Diego Earthworks E.A.R.T.H. Award, recognizing him as one of San Diego County’s environmental leaders and in 2017, he was awarded a Wavemaker Award by the Surfrider Foundation Board of Directors.