Get to know our STN Staff

Executive Leadership

Tom Bauer

President & Co-Founder
The concept of integrating surfing and humanitarian work began with the vision ...

Cindy Bauer

Co-Founder and Executive Director
Cindy, wife of Tom Bauer and mother of four beautiful girls, is also the ...

Zach Ifland

Director of Operations
Zach Ifland, former Huntington Beach, California local and graduated from Azusa ...

Charis Ifland

Operations Manager
Charis pronounced like "charismatic," is exactly how she feels about Surfing The Nations ...

Operations Staff

Zach Ifland

Director of Operations
Zach Ifland, former Huntington Beach, California local and graduated from Azusa ...

Charis Ifland

Operations Manager
Charis pronounced like "charismatic," is exactly how she feels about Surfing The Nations ...

Daniel Balogh

Operations / Assistant to Executive Leadership
Daniel is from the beautiful Southern city of Raleigh, North Carolina. He ...

Brandon Southwick

Assistant to Executive Leadership
Brandon grew up in Apple Valley, California...

Celina Thornton

Campus Life Division Head
Celina Thornton is from Torrance, California.  She grew up playing softball ...

Frida Oliw

Campus Life
This wild and free Swede grew up exploring the Swedish forest, going on ...

Rafael Liebermann

Campus Life
Rafael was born and raised in Bern, Switzerland. He grew up going to the...

Rachel Bushong

Campus Life / Surfers Coffee Bar
Hailing from the American midwest, Rachel craves deep friendships, whether that...

Josefin Knipstrom

Registrar
From Finland - the land of a thousand lakes  - comes lifelong scout, Josefin ...

Debora Walter

Registrar / International Staff
Debora is from the beautiful Alps of Switzerland. Growing up skiing...

Internship Leaders

Logan Jacobs

Internship Director
Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Logan found his way out to Hawaii ...

Breanna Steward

Internship Staff
Breanna was raised in the city of Portland, Oregon on the West Coast of the ...

Spencer Kaneda

Internship Staff
Spencer Kaneda is from British Columbia, Canada, and he loves it all and...

Samuel Snellman

Internship Staff
Samuel Snellman grew up in a small town in the western part of Finland. Growing ...

Agnes Axelsson

Internship Staff
Spontaneously dancing her way through life, Agnes is a Swedish woman of joy and ...

SLS Leaders

Robert McDaniel

SLS Director
Leaving the Hollywood production industry working on sets like the Hannah ...

Anika Greyling

SLS Staff
Born and raised in the beautiful South Africa, Anika is known to bring her ...

International

Dakotah Gostynski

International Director
Coming in from Southern California, Dakotah is a man of adventure with ...

Anthony Perez

International Staff
Anthony comes to Surfing the Nations from beautiful Southern California. He ...

Debora Walter

Registrar / International Staff
Debora is from the beautiful Alps of Switzerland. Growing up skiing...

STN Sweden

Stefan & Christy Eriksson

STN Sweden Directors
Christy and Stefan are the perfect STN blend - Hawaiian and Swedish! They were ...

Outreach

Teka Gabaldon

Ulu Pono Division Head / Summer Challenge Staff
Teka Gabaldon is a sunny sweetheart from Santa Barbara, California. She has a ...

Matthew Braica

Ulu Pono Kids
Matthew was born in Sacramento, California. He didn't grow up surfing but the ...

Brenna van Cadsand

Ulu Pono Kids
Born and raised in the scenic town of Smithers, Canada...

Lee McElroy

Feeding The Hungry Division Head
This Southwestern Saskatchewan Canadian spent his earlier years exploring the ...

Craig Nunez

Feeding The Hungry
Craig Nunez, is the first generation of his family to be born and raised in the ...

Kevin Scott

Feeding The Hungry / Summer Challenge Staff
Kevin grew up moving all across the mainland of the United States: from Geor...

Ben Dojohn

Feeding The Hungry Staff
Living in the western mountains of British Columbia, Canada, Ben grew up...

Ryley Snyder

Surf Division Head / Surfers Coffee Bar
Ryley Snyder grew up exploring the land and the surfing the sea in Southern ...

Chase Lorenz

Surf Division / Surfers Coffee Bar
Chase was born and raised in the land of SunnyD - Florida. He has a deep ...

Business

Gisele McDaniel

Business Department Director
Gisele hails from sunny South Africa, where she was raised on a small vegetable ...

Adriana Weber

Marketing
Adriana has never stayed in one place for long and has been traveling the world ...

Maria Stillberg

Surfers Coffee Bar Manager
Maria is originally from the small village of Alfta in the middle of Sweden, ...

Elly Wood

Surfers Coffee Bar Assistant Manager
A lover of cities, live music, and art in any form, Elly comes to serve from ...

Alli Mitchel

Surfers Coffee Bar / Summer Challenge Staff
Alli grew up in Florida and moved out to Hawaii over 2 years ago. She loves the ...

Roger Von Niederhäusern

Surfers Coffee Bar
Roger grow up in a small little town up in the swiss alps called Frutigen..

Ryley Snyder

Surf Division Head / Surfers Coffee Bar
Ryley Snyder grew up exploring the land and the surfing the sea in Southern ...

Chase Lorenz

Surf Division / Surfers Coffee Bar
Chase was born and raised in the land of SunnyD - Florida. He has a deep ...

Rachel Bushong

Campus Life / Surfers Coffee Bar
Hailing from the American midwest, Rachel craves deep friendships, whether that...

Shelly Modica

The Vintage Hawaii Manager
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Shelly has had an eye for style from...

Summer Challenge Leaders

Teka Gabaldon

Ulu Pono Division Head / Summer Challenge Staff
Teka Gabaldon is a sunny sweetheart from Santa Barbara, California. She has a ...

Kevin Scott

Feeding The Hungry / Summer Challenge Staff
Kevin grew up moving all across the mainland of the United States: from Geor...

Alli Mitchel

Surfers Coffee Bar / Summer Challenge Staff
Alli grew up in Florida and moved out to Hawaii over 2 years ago. She loves the ...

Families

The Bauers

STN Family

The Iflands

STN Family

Stefan & Christy Eriksson

STN Sweden Directors
Christy and Stefan are the perfect STN blend - Hawaiian and Swedish! They were ...