Virginia  Chapter

About Us

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

Our Mission:

The Surfrider Foundation staff of nearly 50 people help support our chapter network in their campaigns, champion for policy and fight legal battles for our coasts, bring awareness to the issues facing our ocean, provide critical support on stuff like accounting, technology, and HR, and raise money to make all of this happen. We have an appetite for adventure and we all share a common passion – we love and appreciate our ocean, waves and beaches.

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Executive Committee

Meet the people of Surfrider Foundation Virginia Chapter’s Executive Committee, the passion that fuels our ability to protect our surf and sand.

 

Chair, Morgan Wilds

Morgan was born in Coastal North Carolina and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee. While in college, she was introduced to Surfrider Foundation and knew this was something she was meant to be a part of. An avid lover of the coast, Morgan’s goals have been protecting and preserving our world’s largest and greatest life support, our ocean. Morgan currently resides in Richmond, VA, assisting with our growth across the Commonwealth and pushes our grassroots efforts for legislation to protect our coast and waterways in VA. When Morgan isn’t making trips between the coast and the capital, she enjoys being on the water, be it the James River or the beach, trekking through the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah, and raising her two fur-kids, Rudy and Dogfish the Cat.

 
Vice Chair, Brian Gowder

Brian was born and raised in Chesapeake. He has always loved being on and in the water. In high school, Brian rowed for Great Bridge and Grassfield’s crew teams and spent as much of his free time as he could at the beach. He got involved with Surfrider Foundation Virginia because he believes it is important that we as a community make an effort to preserve our waterways and coast so that future generations can grow up enjoying it as we have. Brian is also one of our Blue Water Task Force Leads and looks forward to expanding our sampling areas inland!

 
Treasurer, Lynn Hightower

Lynn was born in Norfolk, VA and is a graduate of Norview High School.  He attended Old Dominion University and graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology.  Lynn later graduated from Troy University with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

Lynn has more than forty-two years of experience in Law Enforcement.  He was a detective with the Virginia Beach Police Department.  A Deputy Sheriff, Supervisor, and Administrator with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office.  He also spent 20 years with Dominion Virginia Power as a corporate investigator.  He has investigated criminal and civil cases of every type. Since retiring he has been employed as a consultant to the United States Department of Homeland Security.  He is also employed as the Director of The Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

Lynn has been married for 40 years, has two daughters, a 9-year-old grandson and a 5-year-old grand daughter.  He resides with his wife in the Hilltop section of Virginia Beach, VA.

Secretary, VACANT
Volunteer Coordinator, VACANT
At-Large, Brian Gowder

Brian was born and raised in Chesapeake. He has always loved being on and in the water. In high school, Brian rowed for Great Bridge and Grassfield’s crew teams and spent as much of his free time as he could at the beach. He got involved with Surfrider Foundation because he believes it is important that we as a community make an effort to preserve our waterways and coast so that future generations can grow up enjoying it as we have. Brian is also one of our Blue Water Task Force Leads and looks forward to expanding our sampling areas inland!

Beach Clean-Ups Coordinator, Victor Enriquez Jr

Victor Enriquez Jr. is a Virginia Beach local and a skim boarder. He enjoys helping Surfrider Foundation’s mission to to keep our oceans and beaches clean. He looks forward to meeting new faces everyday and seeing you all at our monthly beach clean ups.

Favorite Quote, “Everyday is a good day.”