Board of Directors
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.
Secretary and Treasurer
Minette lives in Del Mar, CA with her husband Andy and dogs Ellie and Ceviché. Dogs have been part of her family since early childhood. Andy and Minette started fostering dogs in 2015. After the loss of their dog to cancer, they weren’t ready for another full-time dog, but fostering helped fill the void and mend broken hearts. Since then, they have fostered more than 30 dogs. After graduating from UCSD, Minette worked as a research scientist at the Scripps Research Institute of Immunology. 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 traveling to explore new destinations to mountain bike and surf. Surfers for Strays has become the perfect outlet for her energy and interests.
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).