Board of Directors

Diana Vance


Diana has been rescuing dogs since she was in high school and has been doing volunteer work to save lives ever since. She is the hub of Surfers for Strays in Southern California, managing airport pick-ups, fostering dogs, taking care of their medical needs, making sure donated supplies get to the Rescue Center in Mexico, and so much more. She's also a Middle School PE teacher. Diana loves spending time with her family of three dogs, three adult children with growing families of their own, including two grand babies and six grand dogs.

Minette Ozaki


Minette lives in Del Mar, CA with her husband Andy, dog Ellie, plus a foster dog. Dogs have always been a part of her family since early childhood. After graduating from UCSD, Minette worked as a research scientist at the Scripps Research Institute of Immunology. After losing their dog to cancer in 2015, Andy and Minette decided to start fostering dogs. Since then they have fostered more than 30 dogs. Minette gained her non-profit experience serving on the Board of the San Diego Mountain Biking Association. She currently works as the office manager in a chiropractic office. Her background in biology, massage therapy and holistic health care helps her manage the medical care for all the rescue dogs she works with. Minette also oversees and manages Surfers for Strays' remote volunteers, programs and many of the day-to-day decisions required for a small all-volunteer nonprofit to function. She loves surfing and traveling to explore new destinations to mountain bike and surf. Surfers for Strays has become the perfect outlet for her energy and interests.

Dawn Watson


Bio Coming Soon!

Executive Director

Natalie Ritenour

Executive Director, Founder

Natalie is a surfing yogini that moved to Troncones in 2007 to teach yoga. She started surfing in 2009 and adopted her first cat Coco the same year. Those events radically changed the course of her life. After living in a kitty rescue center for four years she developed a network of people to help local street animals. In 2017, Surfers for Strays was formed. Natalie feels that improving the lives of suffering stray animals can help keep a symbiotic relationship with the beautiful nature of this region. It is something she can do to give back for all the waves that she has been blessed with. She teaches yoga at Yoga Del Pacifico (@YogaDelPacifico) in Manzanillo Bay and leads a yearly yoga and massage tour to Chiang Mai in Thailand (@ThailandWellnessAdventures).

Pack Leaders

Jenny Reyes

Zihuatanejo Rescue Center Manager

Jenny gained her vet tech experience through apprenticeships with our main veterinarians in Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa, and Troncones. She has worked tirelessly to save the lives of callajeros (strays) on the streets of Mexico for many years and has been working with Surfers for Strays since 2018. As the manager of the Surfers for Strays Zihuatanejo Rescue Center located in Barrio Limon, she provides a safe place to live, medical care, and food for 15-20 animals at a time. With her help, animals like Amarillo (in the photo) are now living their best lives!

Sandrine Provensal

Troncones Rescue Center Manager

Sandrine is our dog whisperer from southern France. She has been the Troncones Rescue Center Manager since 2019. Her passion is working with local communities that don’t have enough resources. She helps provide services and education about the importance and benefits of spaying and neutering and proper health maintenance. She is completely dedicated to making a difference for the strays in and around Troncones.

Remote Volunteer Leadership

Else Macilroy

Communications Coordinator, Google Workspace Administrator

Else first became involved with Surfers for Strays as the first Remote Summer Intern in 2020 when she was 15 years old. She quickly became immersed in several teams in the organization. Else led the 2021 website redesign and spearheaded an initiative to unify multiple data and communication systems. She loves having the opportunity to support the vision of a powerful group of women and meet, collaborate, and learn from people all over North America that are also passionate about helping animals. She first traveled to Troncones, Mexico when she was 7 and while she has never been surfing (yet!) she has always had a deep connection to the ocean. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her adorable dog, Paco, a Surfers for Strays alum, and Rose, a sweet calico cat from Seattle Humane who sparked her initial interest in animal shelters and adoption programs.