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San Diego County Chapter

Executive Committee

  • Alex Ferron
    Executive Committee Chair
    Alex Ferron
  • Scott Ridout
    Executive Committee Vice Chair
    Scott Ridout
  • Risa Bell
    Executive Committee Member
    Risa Bell
  • Jim Royer
    Executive Committee Member
    Jim Royer
  • Ryan Vaughn
    Executive Committee Member
    Ryan Vaughn
  • Stephanie Lee
    Executive Committee Member
    Stephanie Lee
  • Kelsey Pickert
    Executive Committee Member
    Kelsey Pickert
  • Alexis Vasquez
    Executive Committee Member
    Alexis Vasquez
  • Jeanna Vazquez
    Executive Committee Member
    Jeanna Vazquez
  • Lark Starkey
    Executive Committee Member
    Lark Starkey
  • 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.

    Risa Bell

    Risa Bell

    Executive Committee Member
    Risa grew up on the island of Guam so her love for the ocean goes beyond measures. She spends most of her time in and around the ocean. She first joined Surfrider by donating, attending beach cleanups, meetings and other Surfrider events. When she isn’t adventuring around the world, she uses a lot of her spare time doing beach cleanups and advocating for the environment and her community. Risa is a rebel with a cause hoping to make the world a better place.
    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.
    Stephanie Lee

    Stephanie Lee

    Executive Committee Member
    Stephanie is a Southern California native. Her love for the ocean started with sunset beach runs and evolved into a passion for coastal conservation and policy. She volunteers with the Beach Preservation Committee and enjoys working on issues related to land use, resource management, and environmental law.
    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!