Meet the staff and interns who have helped contribute to the Valpo Surf Project’s success and growth!
VSP Global Staff
Wiley Todd has spent his entire life around the water. He spent over ten years teaching sailing on the coast of Maine, and launched a high school sailing team and after school sailing program for local children. A graduate of Bates College, Todd spent his junior year studying in Valparaiso and surfing the Chilean coast. He and his family split their time between Chile and the United States.
Jon Steuber is a founder and co-CEO of the Valpo Surf Project. He grew up skateboarding and surfing in New Jersey, but established a strong connection to the ocean while attending Bates College in Maine. Steuber was given the 2014 Acción Joven award for his social entrepreneurship work with VSP. He divides his time between the United States and Chile.
VSP Chile Staff
Claudio Vilches was born in Sweden. At age 11 years he moved with his family to Valparaiso, Chile where he has been living since.
After graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Claudio has been a volunteer with the VSP since 2012 and is now the Chilean Country Director. He has served on the Chilean board of directors since 2013.
Claudio was the first student to join the VSP in 2009. He spent 5 years in the VSP before graduating in 2013. Claudio is currently studying engineering at the Universidad Valparaíso. He lives in Valparaiso, Chile with his son Tommy.
VSP Intern from January to December 2014 – Current Fellow
Martha grew up in Etna, NH and in college found a new home in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. She graduated in 2013 from Macalester College with a degree in anthropology, which she believes should be required subject matter for all children. She loves trying new things and is excited to tap into the pulse of Valpo. She has studied abroad in Spain and Russia and has also lived briefly in England and Switzerland. This is her first time in the southern hemisphere, and she is beyond thrilled to have escaped from the siberian tundra of Minnesota to warmer climes. She feels the stoke of the surf and can’t wait to get barreled.
Martha is an explorer and language lover who asks lots of questions. She believes that the world is her oyster.
Chelsea attended the University of Oregon where she studied Psychology and International Studies. She also spent six months studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, learning about the vibrant culture of Latin America. Because of her love of traveling, passion for youth empowerment, and enthusiasm for the outdoors, VSP perfectly blends all of Chelsea’s personal and professional interests. Chelsea brings a unique set of experiences to VSP as she has worked with various group homes, residential mental health facilities, and an after-school program for youth and young adults in Oregon, California, and Argentina.
An adventurer by nature, Kelly has spent much of her life traveling, from living on the coast of New Jersey and attending university in Boston to studying with kangaroos in Australia and experiencing la pura vida working with a non-profit in Costa Rica. Kelly brings a unique set of skills to the VSP table, as she studied both math and environmental studies during her time in college. Kelly appreciates this opportunity to be a part of VSP and to do some her favorite things: work with kids, expand her Spanish skills, share her love for the ocean and learn about the local music culture.
Andres Ponce was born and raised in Valparaíso and is a founding partner of the Valpo Surf Project. He graduated from the Universidad de Valparaíso with a degree in Public Administration in 2009. Ponce currently works in Santiago, Chile at the Contraloría General del Estado and dedicates his free time to surfing the Chilean coast.
Meet the Interns
Meet intern alumni who have contributed to the Valpo Surf Project’s success and growth by clicking here.