Monterey County Chapter

Who we are

Meet your 2019 Executive Committee!
         We are excited to start off the new year with a great group and warmly welcome new Chair John Pressley to take the helm of former Chair Kevin Miller, who is moving to Argentina to frolic in the pampas for awhile. Chau y suerte!  John is an avid surfer and renewable energy enthusiast who’s decided to jump head first and join our exuberant crew as we work to protect out precious stretch of coastline.

We’re also very stoked to be joined by husband and wife team Dionne and Dave of the Wahine Project and Explore Corps, who will add great ocean vibes to our programming and campaigns.   And, we’re eager to get our hands dirty, rebooting our Ocean Friendly Gardens program with Master Gardener Ramie Allard of Blue Door Garden Design.

At our Chapter, we’re always doing something to protect our beaches and the ocean we surf in, swim in, love, and enjoy.

Want to join a beach cleanup or help preserve the Southern Monterey Bay coastline? Learn how to Rise Above Plastics and reduce the plastic soup in the ocean? Become a Surfrider member?

Explore our site to learn about all the programs we have to offer, and how you can get involved. And come out to our bi-monthly chapter meeting to meet and greet with other ocean activists and discuss the latest and greatest Monterey Surfrider happenings.

 

Leadership

 

Chair – John Pressley

John is an avid surfer and renewable energy enthusiast who’s decided to jump head first and join our exuberant crew as we work to protect out precious stretch of coastline.

Secretary – Dionne Ybarra

 

Chapter Coordinator – Ximena Waissbluth

Born in Chile, raised in Ohio, rooted in California. X got involved with Surfrider Monterey in 2005 when somoene tapped her in the waves at South Moss and said “You want to get involved?”  And she said “Sure!”  She found environmental activism was in her blood, and has been active in the Chapter ever since.  As Chapter Coordinator she helps guide our various programs, campaigns, events and volunteers.

Vice Chair – Antony Tersol

Born in Carmel, grew up in Carmel, so ocean became a part of my life. Went away: to UCSC where I studied physics and biology. Came back: worked briefly at an abalone farm, as a seasonal research aide for Calif. Fish and Game, and as a lab tech for MPC physics department. Went away: to UCSD for graduate school in Applied Physics, then Scripps Institute of Oceanography in Physical Oceanography. Went further away: to Bali where friends and I started a manufacturing and import company (Little Dogs of Bali). Came back to Monterey Peninsula, worked as a consultant in physics education. Since 2001 have designed and engineered solar energy systems, and am creating a solar energy training program for Rancho Cielo, Salinas.

Beach Clean Up Coordinator — Susan Singer

Susan was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Puerto Rico and Massachusetts and has moved 28 times (nationally and internationally) as an adult, about a dozen of those moves here in the Peninsula.  She moved here for the first time in 1994, has moved back and forth three times and has lived here on and off for 15 years.

Susan is a public high school teacher, a baker of custom cakes and desserts, a traveler, a racquetball player, and a bicycle rider.  She started volunteering at Beach Clean Ups in 2012 and took over the BCUs in November of 2016.  While she is not a surfer of anything but the couch, she loves the ocean and the beach and keeping it clean and accessible for all who visit it.

Communications Coordinator — Katarina Wildermuth

Kat Wildermuth’s love for the ocean is rooted in her hometown of Encinitas, an environmentally-minded coastal community just north of San Diego, CA. Her curiosity and love for biology brought her north to Monterey to study molecular biology and statistics at CSU Monterey Bay. As she finishes her undergraduate coursework, Kat tutors genetics and works as a bioinformatics and evolutionary biology researcher. In her off time, she is a self-proclaimed “bird nerd” who spends most of the time outdoors looking for local and migrant species, alternating between her binocular and camera lens.

Kat first became involved in the Monterey Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation in January 2018 for a service learning project. She continued to volunteer after the project finished because she strongly believes there is an urgent need to demand environmental policy change and promote action within her community. Kat’s dream is to have every single community member contribute to a cleaner and plastic-free future. She believes Monterey can become a pioneer of modern environmental living and conscientious consumerism as it continues to take a progressive stand against single-use plastics.

 

Blue Water Task Force Coordinator – Dave Eckstaedt

 

Ocean Friendly Gardens Coordinator – Ramie Allard

 

Events Coordinator – Michelle Menczkowski

 

Website Coordinator – Megan Barker

 

Treasurer – Chris Locke

 

Adopt-A-Highway Captain – Alison Goss

 

Local partnerships and affiliations

The Monterey Chapter of Surfrider has the advantage and privilege of being located in one of the most environmentally conscious and active areas in the country. This results in the ability to combine forces with other local, state, and even nation-wide organizations to achieve our goals. These local businesses and agencies support us.

Wahine Project
On the beach surf shop
Sudz Cyber Laundry