Northern Ohio

Executive Committee

Surfrider Foundation Northern Ohio is seeking new Executive Committee team members for the upcoming two-year term, with election for these positions slated for December 8, 2022. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer chapter leader, please fill out the form below and indicate which position you are interested in.

Chairperson – Responsible for leading the team, facilitating meetings, serving as local figure-head and primary point of contact with Surfrider Foundation HQ. Keeps chapter organized and moving forward.
Vice Chair
– Supports the Chair and acts as Chair in the absence of the Chair. Leads 1-2 chapter priority areas (admin or mission-based)
– Responsible for keeping meeting minutes and transmitting those to Executive Committee members, chapter members, and Surfrider Foundation HQ
Marketing Coordinator
– Leads chapter marketing efforts via email newsletters (Hubspot), social media accounts, chapter website (Hubspot) and elsewhere if/as needed. Creates or curates written copy and marketing graphics. Maintains marketing calendar.
Events Coordinator
– Lead organizer for chapter meetings and special events (approximately 1 event per month)

Please fill out this form to let us know you’re interested in serving. Thanks!

Meet the Candidates!

Here are the current candidates for the above-mentioned Executive Committee positions. Learn more about our future leaders!

Valerie Flors – Chair

Valerie Flors is pursuing a role on the Surfrider board as the Chair. As an avid animal and bird lover, she’s passionate about preserving their natural habitat for generations to come. Valerie brings over 25 years of professional experience leading strategic initiatives and coordinating large teams to deliver technology and marketing solutions. She lives in Bay village with her husband, Jim. In her free time you can find her paddleboarding, biking, hiking, downhill skiing or searching for the best chicken-and-waffles in Cleveland.

Matt Park – Secretary

My name is Matthew Park and I live and surf in Northeastern Ohio. Surfing in the Great Lakes has been a passion of mine for over two decades. I became involved with Surfrider in May 2021 as part of a successful campaign to save a regionally significant surf spot in Lorain, OH from destruction. My focus within the chapter will continue to be on the protection of our coastline, and beach access for all.

Dave Kaminski – Marketing Coordinator

Dave Kaminski is an award-winning, brand-building B2B marketer. Kaminski (also known as DK) is known for his team-centric and collaborative style to marketing. His campaigns focus on value-driven communication and clear “calls to action.” DK is a kayaker and rides a single-fin 9’6″ longboard. He recently moved back to CLE from Escondido, CA and now lives in Broadview Heights with his wife Trista and his dog Tobin.

Alison Taylor – Treasurer

Alison is a CPA and business manager based in Cleveland, coming back for a return tour as Treasurer. Alison is a surfer, paddler, and adventurer.