Spencer Nilson


Spencer Photo

After growing up on the beaches of Southern California, Spencer moved to Sonoma County to attend college. While exploring the local surfing opportunities he was awestruck by the raw power of Sonoma’s coastline and knew that its unique beauty should be preserved and protected. 40 years later Spencer has focused his support for this rugged stretch into environmental activism as Chairperson of Sonoma Coast Surfrider Foundation.

Cea Higgins

Volunteer and Policy Coordinator


Cea is the Volunteer and Policy Coordinator for the chapter and helps  to organize chapter events and local outreach. As the Policy Coordinator for Surfrider Sonoma Coast, Cea has fostered relationships with local communities, NGO’s and NPO’s on both the state and national level in order to educate and influence policy change and encourage stewardship to protect the health of our ocean and coastline. Cea has spent the majority of her life working with youth in education and is a recent law school graduate. Surfrider is her opportunity to give back to the Ocean for all the joy it brings to her life. She is  a member of the Sonoma Coast Rescue Crew that rescues marine mammals and wild-birds on our coast. Cea also serves as the  Sonoma-Mendocino Primary representative for the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.


Mike Frey

Chapter Co-Chair


Mike has been surfing the Sonoma Coast for 45 years, and got involved with Surfrider Foundation about 20 years ago. He helped get the chapter going and has been on the board for the past 10 years straight.

Mike is now the co-chair and is happy to see such wisdom, strength, and gung-ho enthusiasm in the current active members of the Sonoma Coast chapter. He feels like he can now let others run things and just give his input when asked (which we still ask him all the time-sorry Mike for not letting you retire!). Mike has been and continues to be an invaluable resource for the Sonoma Coast Chapter.

Gregory Fearon

Chapter Treasurer


Born in La Jolla, California in the late 1940’s, was wading into the shore break at the age of four, participating in surfing contests in junior high, and started the first state-sanctioned High School Surf Team in 1964.  Unfortunately, those surfing memories are long ago, and his water sports now are confined to swimming and sailing. Greg assists the Chapter in all fund-raising efforts and has been especially helpful in making our annual Blue Water Paddle Race a success.

Sarah Heyne

Chapter Secretary &  RAP Coordinator


Sarah is the Secretary for the Sonoma Coast Chapter and she developed a passion for the ocean while exploring the Santa Cruz area as a child. She first became involved with Surfrider after participating in the Marine Debris Community Outreach Program with the Monterey chapter. This sparked her interest in the issues surrounding plastic pollution and she continues to work with Sonoma Coast Surfrider to advocate for responsible solutions to environmental issues along our coast.


Connie White

Communications Officer

Connie is the Communications Officer for the Sonoma Coast Chapter. Originally from Imperial Beach, California Connie spent most of her life on the East Coast in New York enjoying the beauty of nature and the beaches at Fire Island National Seashore. She moved to Sonoma County in 2014 and became involved with Surfrider after hearing about the proposed parking fees at Goat Rock and other nearby beaches. Connie’s forte is Creating Order Out Of Chaos. Connie manages the Chapter’s mailing list and website as well as providing administrative support as needed. Also a strong believer in Marine Debris Education Connie supports Cea Higgins, the Chapter’s Volunteer Coordinator and Marine Debris Outreach Educator during youth trainings and community outreach opportunities.