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VSP Global Board of Directors

The VSP Global Board of Directors governs the US based 501 c 3 and international programming. It is composed of leaders and professionals from education, business, finance, and non-profit sectors.

Wiley Todd – Founder & Co-CEO

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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 – Founder & Co-CEO

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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.

Henry Myer – Founder

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Henry is a founder of the Valpo Surf Project and served as the Director of Operations from 2009 to 2014. He graduated from Bates College in 2008. A native of Cambridge, MA, Henry now lives in Portland, ME.

Ken French – Chairman

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Kenneth R. French is the Roth Family Distinguished Professor of Finance at the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.  He is also Head of Investment Policy and a member of the Board of Directors of Dimensional Fund Advisors, a money management firm headquartered in Austin, Texas.

French is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; an Advisory Editor of the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Banking and Finance, and the Financial Review; a member of the Advisory Council of the Financial Analyst Journal; a past President of the American Finance Association; and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He received a BS from Lehigh University (1975) and an MBA (1978), MS (1981) and PhD (1983) from the University of Rochester.

In addition to serving on the Valpo Surf Project’s Board of Directors, French is a director of the International Rescue Committee and a former member of the Smile Train’s Board of Governors.

Ken and his wife Vickie have three children and two charming grandchildren.

Ryan Holbrook

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Ryan Holbrook has been with the VSP since it’s beginnings in 2009. A life long friend of Wiley Todd’s, Holbrook helped launch the VSP by building the website and has been helping manage the VSP’s online presence since. Holbrook began his online marketing and website development career at Babson College where he received his B.A. in Business Management. Since then he has honed his expertise in online business development through work on various start- ups, freelance projects and corporate positions. Holbrook enjoys frequent visits to his home on the coast of Maine where he spends his time surfing and fishing.

Wes Todd

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Wes joined the VSP Board of Directors in April of 2013. He has worked in non-profit management, development and marketing since 1999. Prior to his work with non-profits he enjoyed a successful career in commercial and recreational marine publishing. Wes lives in Thomaston, Maine, with his wife, Jana Goddard, where they raised their two children; daughter, Chris and son, Wiley.

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Chilean Board of Directors

The VSP Chilean Board of Directors governs the Chilean based Corporación Organización No Gubernamental (ONG). It is composed of leaders and professionals from education, business, finance, and non-profit sectors.

Rodrigo Alamos – President

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Rodrigo joined the Chilean board of directors in 2013. He is a partner at Capital Advisors and Cumplo. Rodrigo is a Navy Reserve officer and holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Católica. He and his wife Alejandra have four daughters who are skilled surfers, unlike their father.

Nelson Carroza – Secretary

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Nelson graduated from Universidad de Valparaiso in 2008 with a major in sociology and received a Masters in Urban Development from the Universidad Católica in 2011. He is a professor of sociology at the Universidad de Playa Ancha and the Universidad Católica. Nelson was recognized for his work in collaborative processes in neighborhood development as an Emerging Leader in the Americas (ELAP) by the Canadian government in 2010. Nelson has been involved with the VSP since it’s inception in 2009.

Claudio Vilches – Country Director

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Claudio Vilches was born in Sweden. At age 11 he moved with his family to Valparaiso, Chile where he has been living since.
He graduated 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.

Juan Pablo Barrientos

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Originally from Arica, Chile, Juan Pablo “Mono” Barrientos has more than 30 years of surfing experience and has been pivotal in the sport’s development in Chile. After graduating with a history degree from the Universidad Andrés Bello, he’s spent his life in the surf industry as a surf contest commentator and judge, course presenter for the International Surfing Association (ISA), and owner of surf shops and surf schools. He lives in Reñaca, Chile with his wife, Valeria, and two children, Raimundo and Candelaria

Wiley Todd – Founder & Co-CEO

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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 – Founder & Co-CEO

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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.

Henry Myer – Founder

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Henry is a founder of the Valpo Surf Project and served as the Director of Operations from 2009 to 2014. He graduated from Bates College in 2008. A native of Cambridge, MA, Henry now lives in Portland, ME.