About the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Maine Surfrider Chapter is made up of people from all walks of life with a common thread: we all want Maine’s ocean, waves and beaches to be healthy and accessible to all people.

Here is where you’ll find their stories: get to know them and ask questions (they love that)!

Interim Chair — John Manly

Bio coming soon!

Vice Chair — Yona Belfort
Yona Belfort is a product designer and Principal of Portland based Vital Innovation. He loves designing and building things and has a passion for the ocean. He enjoys surfing, photography, hiking, snowshoeing and is learning to mountain bike. Yona lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife, 13 month old son, and boxer pup.

Volunteer Coordinator — Ines Rogachevsky

Bio coming soon!

Secretary — Melinda Irving
Melinda lives in Portland and works at the USM Sullivan Gym as a Student Supervisor. She attends USM and is studying to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. When not in school or at work she enjoys surfing, biking, hiking, running and anything active in the outdoors.

Treasurer — Ian Johnson
Ian lives in Portland and works as a Sustainability Consultant on architectural, engineering and construction projects. He stays active surfing, snowboarding, running, camping and sailing. He enjoys live music, the outdoors, and travel.

Rise Above Plastics (RAP) Coordinator — Matthew Faulkner

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