Chair, Nick Gallegos
Nick Gallegos grew up in Southern California, literally Straight Outta Compton, taking the bus to SoCal’s best surf spots before and after school. In 1979, he landed his first sponsorship with YooHoo and skated professionally until the mid-80’s. He’s also been an environmental artist since then, using scraps and trash and turning them into pieces of art. He ended up in Virginia Beach in 1999 and after working with a government contracting company for 12 years, he landed a job with the Cousteau Society in 2013. Nick continues to enjoy the water and create recycled art and even occasionally skate with his trusty 4-legged companion, Tater. Nick has two daughters, 23 and 25, and all currently reside in Virginia Beach. He is looking forward to keeping our oceans, waves and beaches clean and accessible for all to enjoy!
Vice Chair, James Ellis
James was raised in Virginia beach and fell in love with the ocean at a young age. He earned a B.A. from Bridgewater College in 2011, and joined the local chapter soon after. Since then, he has served on the Executive Committee as an at large member, beach cleanup coordinator, and is now the Membership Coordinator. He loves the ocean, friends, environmental justice, good times, and good brew.
Photo and bio coming soon!
Event Coordinator, At Large, Recep Ugraskan
Recep Ugraskan recently moved to Virginia Beach from Beaumont, TX. He is from Laredo and grew up in the Corpus Christi area. He went to school at Texas A&M University at Galveston, where he attended the Texas Maritime Academy. Currently, he works for the U.S. Navy performing logistics management of long-term and short-term vessel charters. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, practicing yoga, traveling on surfaris, and cleaning up our beaches.
Treasurer, Jess Weiss
Jess was a re-founding member of the Virginia Beach chapter in 2012 and has been the Treasurer and social media guru since. She recently relocated to Richmond after accepting the position of head field hockey coach at Randolph-Macon College. She has been coaching college athletics since 2008 and enjoys reading, running half marathons and Philadelphia sports teams. Although she is still working on learning to surf, Jess has an extreme passion for the Rise Above Plastics campaign and keeping our beaches clean.
bio coming soon!
bio coming soon!