Meet the people and faces of the Virginia Beach Surfrider Foundation Executive Committee, the passion that fuels our ability to protect our surf and sand.
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 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. 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.
Volunteer Coordinator, Jimmy Gallagher – Bio coming soon
Volunteer Coordinator / Beach Clean-Ups, Victor Enriquez Jr. – Bio coming soon
Secretary, Aimee Rhodes
Bio coming soon
Treasurer, Morgan Wilds
“As long as she can remember, Morgan Wilds has loved being outdoors and by any body of water. Born in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and raised in the Mountains of East Tennessee, she has always had a passion for keeping her backyards beautiful. She recently moved to Richmond, Virginia to finish pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies which she hopes to continue furthering her education. Her first year of college was spent at the University of Hawaii where she studied more waves than textbooks, but left with a much greater appreciation of the ocean and the determination to do all she can to protect them. She’s stoked to be a part of the Richmond Committee for Surfrider Foundation VB. In her free time you can catch her making day trips to VA Beach, the James River or hanging out with her pup, Rudy.”
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.
At-Large, Ainslee Wallace
Bio coming soon