Board/Ambassadors 2017-11-01T15:42:12+00:00

Board of Directors

  • Neil Christiansen

      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

        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.

            Juan David Isaac
            Jenny Farhat
            Eric Adams
            Angie Whittemore Brutto
            Maria Nadel
            Jungeun You
            Kristin Panke

            Wendy Hung
            Alvaro Masegosa
            Jack Pichard
            Trond Einemo
            Robert Christiansen
            Melissa Grani
            Paki Gale


            3 pointer for the WIN! Complimentary hoop by @anniieflanigan #giveandsurfShaka 🤙 Love ❤️ with Volunteer @motaymiller! #shakaforlife #giveandsurfShow and tell with Henri in Bahia Roja! He chose a Panama pride song to celebrate today being Bocas Day! #felizdiadebocas #giveandsurfPlease take a literal 5 seconds to help us win up to $10,000 by voting for Emilie Street's, @emjstreet, #MyGivingStory entitled Gap Year volunteer Shane @shane.br0wn showing the kids from Bahia Roja how it’s done! Shane spent his first month getting his TEFL certificate and then led our ESL programs in Bahia Roja and Bahia Honda for the rest of his stay! Thanks for everything Shane we hope to see you back in Panama some day! 
#panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #explore #surf #surfing #travel #grateful #givethanksEducation with Give & Surf also includes introducing our students to healthy foods and table manners as our little ones develop their fine motor skills! 🍴#giveandsurf 🍴Adalberto landing the big 🐟 with the Flanigan Family yesterday! 
On behalf of the whole Give & Surf team we wish you, @anniieflanigan, the most amazing start to this next chapter of your life. Thank you for the laughs, good times, and support of education for all those you met in 🇵🇦! #giveandsurf✈️ high thanks to recent gap year volunteer Shane aka @shane.br0wn! Two 👍🏼's up for this awesome edit showing the beauty of Panama and our programs! #giveandsurfDeveloping fine motor skills, such as handling small objects, is a way for children to practice using their hands and fingers, which in turn builds the strength and coordination critical for writing skills. “When you're a preschooler or toddler, your attention comes out in a different way,” Pizzolongo. 
Ian, making the most of this motor skills activity! #giveandsurfPlaygrounding around in Bahia Honda on a Wednesday! #giveandsurf #panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #explore #surf #surfing #travel #grateful #givethanks #gratitudeCurrent Volunteer Annie aka @anniieflanigan brought her spearing skills to Bocas and is showing the boys, Eddie Jones, @party_over_here7, and Tom Pelgrum, @bastimentosalive. how to get it done Stuart, Florida style! 🐟🐟 #giveandsurf #panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #explore #surf #surfing #travel #grateful #givethanks #gratitudeMileidi aka the classroom DIVA! 
She love her dolls, laughing, and snacks! #giveandsurf

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