Board of Directors

  • Neil Christiansen

    President
      The founder of Give & Surf moved to Bocas del Toro, Panama in 2011 and quickly set his sights on providing educational support to deserving children in the community of Bahia Honda. Over the last six years Neil, staff, and volunteers have provided educational opportunities to hundreds of students and have complete over thirty five community development projects in the Bocas del Toro area. Learn more about Neil and the Give & Surf story here.
    • Elyse Eng

      Treasurer/Secretary
        Our favorite volunteer first volunteered with Give & Surf in January 2014 and has since returned and continues to support the organization through fundraising and regular guidance. Her incredible support over the years has raised over $10,000.
      • Stuart Grauer

          As a lifelong surfer and educator Stuart and Neil connected on many levels during Stuart's first trip to Panama in 2014. Stuart, Founder of The Grauer School and The Small Schools Coalition, has spent his life in the classroom teaching all grades, elementary through post-graduate. His work has been covered by Discovery Channel and NY Times. His recent book, Fearless Teaching (2016), brings "joy, courage and imagination to the dialog on education.”
        • Margaret Ann

            Hailing from London, Margaret arrived in Bocas del Toro in 2003 With her husband Henry and founded La Loma Jungle Lodge. Henry & Margaret have been vested in the community since they first arrived and provide on-going support in every way possible to the staff, volunteers & programs of Give & Surf.
          • Henry Escudero

              Originally from Peru, Henry moved to Bocas del Toro in 2003 With his wife Margaret and founded La Loma Jungle Lodge. Henry & Margaret have been vested in the community since they first arrived and provide on-going support in every way possible to the staff, volunteers & programs of Give & Surf.

            Board of Ambassadors

            Our Board of Ambassadors have gone above and beyond in their support of Give & Surf. Their continued involvement ensures the future development of the organization and the communities we serve.

            Melissa Grani
            Paki Gale
            Juan David Isaac
            Jenny Farhat
            Dan Ferraro
            Maria Nadel
            Rick Robbins
            Jungeun You

            Wendy Hung
            Alvaro Masegosa
            Jack Pichard
            Mike Waidmann
            Carly Arnwine
            Trond Einemo
            Kristin Panke
            Eric Adams