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San Diego County Chapter

Executive Committee

Michael Torti

Michael Torti

Executive Committee Chair

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.

Abby Cascheta

Abby Cascheta

Executive Committee Member
Growing up on the East coast, Abby spent most of her days outdoors exploring the forests, mountains, estuaries and beaches of Maryland. She obtained a B.S. in Biology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an M.S. in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology from Frostburg State University. Since then, Abby has worked in the nonprofit space for more than 15 years, which includes working with Surfrider for the past two years as well as volunteering at the Annual Art Gala. Abby is excited to expand her role and connect her passion for fundraising with her love of the environment.
Bobbi-Jo Dubush

Bobbi-Jo Dubush

Executive Committee Member
Bobbi-Jo is ocean-obsessed, curious, strategic, Canadian, and a career nomad who has found a home by the sea in San Diego. She’s a lawyer, diver, and writer-painter-maker as well as a budding surfer and passionate marine conservationist. The world’s wild places bring her joy and she hopes to inspire ways for herself and others to share and protect what they love. She’s honored to help Surfrider share how healthy oceans matter to each of us and loves her work with the South Bay Clean Water/No Border Sewage team who dare to imagine and support a solution for a clean Tijuana River Valley.
Ryan Espinoza

Ryan Espinoza

Executive Committee Vice Chair

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

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.

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 heads our Events & Fundraising Committee and coordinates art and silent auction donations for our Art Gala.
Roger Kube

Roger Kube

Executive Committee Member

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.

 
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.