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Monterey Chapter Leadership

Meet out Executive Committee and Leadership Team

Chair, Peter Adame

Peter's been volunteering with the Monterey Chapter since June 2021 where he's supported by coordinating monthly Blue Beers Mixers, managing digital communications, and relaunching our Ocean Friendly Restaurant program. He also represents the chapter on the Monterey County Plastic Pollution Coalition and the Planning Committee for Monterey Whalefest. Peter became the Chapter Chair for Monterey County at the start of 2024 and was highlighted as a Surfrider Foundation Featured Activist.

Outside of volunteering with Surfrider, Peter is the former outreach manager of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program and is now the Director of Sustainability at Lusamerica Foods and Monterey Bay Seafood. Pete's free time is filled with beach volleyball, surfing, tennis, co-ed softball, traveling, and volunteering with Shoreline Community Church.

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Public Outreach and Relations Coordinator, Jeff White

Jeff White is the former chair of the Surfrider Monterey Chapter and currently on the board as the public outreach and relations coordinator. He’s the General Manager and Program Director of KRML, a locally owned and operated radio station serving the Monterey Bay. 

Plastics Lead, Gen Millington

Gen has been on the Surfrider board a few years now. Starting out with Special Events, she is now the Plastics Lead and having fun finding ways to encourage environmental stewardship. Growing up on the Monterey Peninsula, the beaches and ocean have been a staple in her life. She has always been passionate about the environment, loves the outdoors, and is addicted to plants. She is a fitness instructor, and also runs a sustainable succulent business. When she is not teaching, working on her business, or volunteering, she is usually outside hiking, in her garden, or entertaining her 2 Australian Cattle dogs.

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Beach Cleanup Captain, David M. Olsen

David M. Olsen (Nik Xandir Wolf) is an award-winning writer and editor. He is currently Editor-In-Chief of Kelp Journal. He is a graduate of Stanford’s OWC program in novel writing and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert. He has published books of poetry, a best-selling novel, multiple anthologies, and various work in literary journals and magazines including Carmel MagazineThe Rumpus and Catamaran Literary Reader. He is at work on a Crime Thriller Series starring Moon DeMarco—a crime-fighting big wave surfer—a linked collection of short stories, and his next book of poetry. He resides on California's central coast where he surfs regularly. He also owns an insurance agency. 

Treasure, Michelle Menczkowski

Michelle Menczkowski, known as Meeshy by her close friends, grew up in Carmel and Pacific Grove. She loves to spend time at the beach reading, having picnics, jumping off the pier, and swimming laps in the ocean sans wetsuit. She is currently this chapter's treasurer but has also worked as our event coordinator and secretary, marking this her 8th year with us. A longtime resident of the area, she teaches kindergarten in Pacific Grove at the elementary school that she and her mother both attended when they were little. Her grandparents and great grandparents also resided here. Thus, she has a long standing, deeply rooted love for this gorgeous coastal town. She recently had a full circle moment while volunteering for the SORAC team at the Monterey Bay Aquarium when a sea otter pup she helped rescue off the shore near Asilomar was finally released back into the wild after a year of rehabilitation. Her love for the ocean runs deep as does her desire to reduce her environmental impact. 

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Volunteer Coordinator, Erika Delemarre

An avid scuba diver and kayaker, Erika has worked on marine conservation and environmental education initiatives in countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Palau, and Iceland. While working both on and under the ocean, Erika has helped people of all ages discover and explore their unique connection with the ocean. Building stewardship through education, Erika believes together we can work to empower individuals and communities to change their practices to reduce and reverse the damage that has been done to our global ocean. Erika holds a Master's in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego and Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Northern Arizona University. She currently works as the Climate Resiliency Program Manager and the lead underwater interpretive diver for California State Parks.

Event Cordinator, Christen Jones

Christen was born and raised in rural North Monterey County and brings more than 25 years of hospitality, restaurant, and event coordinating experience to our team. She serves as our chapter's Event Coordinator. Now volunteering as an Event Coordinator on the board for the Monterey Chapter of Surfrider Foundation Christen is also the Decor Manager for the Big Sur Fashion Show. When she is not volunteering in her free time Christen creates artwork and home decor made primarily of recycled and repurposed materials.


Blue Water Task Force Lead, Alexis Morris

Hello! My name is Lexi. I am the Blue Water Task Force Lead and on the Board of Directors for the Monterey Bay Chapter of Surfrider! I love everything outdoors and have a special place in my heart for the ocean. My favorite animal is the dolphin. I feel so blessed to live in a place where I get to see dolphins pretty frequently. Every time I see them playing in the wake of a clean beach, it solidifies why I do what I do. 


When I am not volunteering with Surfrider, I am gardening, reading, playing softball, or managing an ABA office in Santa Cruz. If you see me at any of the events, please, say hello!