Abigail McCarthy - Chairwoman of the Board / Program Director
Abigail is a native Oregonian who loves the ocean. She studied biology as an undergrad at Wellesley College, spent five years as an itinerant field biologist in Hawaii, Central America, the Caribbean, and California before returning to the Oregon Coast to get a Master's degree in fisheries science at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center. During these travels she became addicted to surfing and she continues to be a dedicated surfer and scientist while working for NOAA fisheries in Seattle. She brings enthusiasm for both marine science and surfing to Warm Current's camps, and she's been on board with the Warm Current mission since the early days.
Tony DeBari - Board Member
Tony grew up on the sandy shores of Neah Bay, Washington. Growing up surfing the local breaks in Neah Bay, he quickly became involved with Warm Current as a surf instructor. Following his passion for working with youth and providing new opportunities for his community he became more involved with with Warm Current over the years. Tony studied Behavioral Neuroscience and Communications at Western Washington University. In his free time you'll find him chasing waves, climbing rocks, playing music and working on his van.
Ryan Cruse - Founding Board Member
Ryan hails from the landlocked state of NM but has been living happily in the PNW for over 15 years now. He is one of the Co-founders of Warm Current and is passionate about getting kids active and outside, with the hope that they will find as much peace, happiness and health in nature as he has. Ryan studied Environmental Policy and Sustainable Transportation at Western Washington University, but could have majored in teaching sailing, surfing and windsurfing. He has been working in the nonprofit sector since 2008 with a focus on program development and community engagement. In 2013, Ryan was named one of the “25 Portlanders Changing the World” by Portland Monthly magazine. In his spare time, you'll find Ryan out in the ocean chasing waves, on a river chasing trout (usually without success), or looking for his next derelict vehicle project.
John Koenig - Founding Board Member
John has a passion for building things. His passion has led him down some interesting paths in his 35 years, including surfboard shaping, marketing agency owner, a wedding DJ, grease monkey and currently globetrotting tech exec . He studied Business at the University of Oregon, where he grew to love the outdoors and an active NW lifestyle. This love of the outdoors and helping others inspired him to volunteer his time with Warm Current and eventually help grow the organization to where it is today. He enjoys hunting waves, road trips, blues music and working on his van.
Quinn Rotchford - Founding Board Member
Quinn is a native of the Pacific Northwest and now an attorney in San Francisco. He spent years living abroad in Latin America where he helped develop local youth surfing programs and it was there that he came up with the idea for Warm Current: transporting used gear from the states to help provide opportunities and access for youth abroad. His focus with Warm Current is working on all legal and compliance requirements. When he is not in the office, you'll often find Quinn paddling out at a beach in the Bay Area.
Charlie Plybon - Founding Board Member
Charlie hails from North Carolina but has called the Oregon coast home from the past 15 years. A life-long ocean lover, he dedicated his academic career to Marine Biology where he's worked in areas ranging from scientific research to management, education and conservation advocacy. Charlie currently works as the Oregon Policy Manager for Surfrider Foundation supporting statewide policy for ocean and beach conservation, but admits his heart for the ocean lies within connecting youth through meaningful ocean experiences. Located on the central coast in South Beach, Oregon, Charlies focuses his Warm Current efforts on our Depoe Bay, Oregon Surf Outpost with Neighbors for Kids.