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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.

Mikaela Bolling

Mikaela Bolling

Executive Committee Member
Mikaela was born in Alaska where she grew up loving the outdoors. However, it wasn’t until she moved to Hawaii that she truly fell in love with the ocean. Mikaela has a communications background in clean energy and environmental conservation and works for an environmental nonprofit, Center for Sustainable Energy, where she manages their local policy and research initiative, the Equinox Project. Mikaela’s excited to be on the Executive Committee and to be working with an influential organization that has a direct impact on the health of our oceans and the sustainability of our region.
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.
Maria McGregor

Maria McGregor

Executive Committee Member

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 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.

Roderick Michener

Roderick Michener

Executive Committee Member
Roderick has been a volunteer with Surfrider San Diego since 2001. For several years he worked on border sewage issues with the No B.S. program and later served as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee. As a lecturer of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at SDSU he focuses on the rhetoric of popular responses to the hegemony of transnational capital.
Sunshine Johnson

Sunshine Johnson

Executive Committee Member
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.

 
Laura Walsh

Laura Walsh

Executive Committee Member
Laura grew up in the Mojave Desert, but her first science project was inspired by a visit to the tidepools near Scripps pier. After studying political science and working in public relations in Los Angeles, she returned full circle to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to study how pollution affects coastal water quality. She now works for the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, where she helps public agencies advance climate-smart stormwater management strategies. Laura is stoked to be collecting data on ocean health by riding a Smartfin, and to be supporting the Blue Water Task Force in monitoring water quality and raising public awareness about coastal water pollution.