DANA CUMMINGS (FOUNDER/PRESIDENT)
Dana grew up on a farm in rural Maine, He served 6 years in the Marines including service in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In late 2002 Dana lost his lower left leg in a car wreck. Four months after his accident Dana learned to surf. He then founded The AmpSurf, Learn to Surf program in early 2003, to help rehabilitate disabled veterans and local disabled through the power of the ocean. Dana made the U.S. Surf team in 2019 and has been representing the USA around the world in competitions. Dana will compete at the 2020 AmpSurf ISA World ParaSurfing Championships in March 2020 as a member of Team USA.
Dana has been recognized for his work with the disabled and with veterans several times; He has been named a CCN Hero for his work, a California Veteran of the year, and a Patriot of the year. In the past Dana has served as the San Luis Obispo County Veterans Services Officer, the Vice President of the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers (CACVSO), and as the Judge Advocate for the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (NACVSO). Dana also coaches youth sports and has 5 children. Two currently serve in the Military, one is serving in the U.S. Army as a Combat Photographer/videographer and the other is a Marine.
JUSTIN SPEEGLE, (VICE PRESIDENT)
Justin is a veteran of Afghanistan and a life-long surfer. He grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California, in Long Beach. In 1988, Justin was commissioned as a lieutenant in Marine Corps and became a UH-1 Huey helicopter pilot based out of Camp Pendleton, California. He transitioned into the Air Force in 1996 and had assignments in Washington DC, Mississippi, North Dakota, Alabama, Rhode Island and Virginia before retiring as a colonel in 2014. Over the years, Justin volunteered with several adaptive surfing organizations where he got to experience the healing power of surfing and the ocean. After retiring in Rhode Island, he became an active volunteer with AmpSurf New England along with his wife Julie and daughter Emma. He was elected to the AmpSurf Board of Directors in 2017.
GREG JOHNSON (TREASURER)
Greg has been volunteering with AmpSurf for 10 years and has been certified as an Adaptive Surfing Instructor. Greg grew up in the water and was a certified Red Cross Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor along with being an Advanced Scuba Diver. Professionally, he was a Financial Analyst at Raytheon Company, Director level Business Development and Sales along with pursuing several entrepreneurial endeavors with start-up companies. Greg is responsible for the financial health and wellbeing of AmpSurf along with partner development.
STEVE CARBONIER (SECRETARY)
Steve works as a Data Center Professional providing energy savings and efficiency improvements to data center facilities. Steve joined AmpSurf in 2011 after both his daughters started volunteering the year prior. He started as a volunteer water helper and quickly became the unofficial director of east coast operations. He got certified as an adaptive surf instructor in 2014 and was officially brought on to the Board of Directors in 2015. Under his leadership, AmpSurf New England grew from a handful of events each summer to nine events in four states at seven different beaches. Steve is passionate about helping participants reach their goals on the surfboard, and experiencing the physical, mental, and spiritual power of the ocean through surfing. Steve’s wife Sara volunteers as a beach helper, and his daughters Kate and Annie are both Certified AmpSurf Instructors.
Randi is a Physical Therapist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Boston MA where she runs the Amputation Rehabilitation Program for the VA New England Health Care System. In 2007, while working at the Los Angeles VA, Randi developed the first VA sponsored adaptive surf clinic for disabled Veterans. Along with AmpSurf founder, Dana Cummings, she developed AmpSurf’s adaptive surfing instructor certification program. She also spearheaded the adaptive surfing program in the National Disabled Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. In 2010, she co-founded Waves for the Brave, a VA Boston adaptive surf program for disabled Veterans in New England. Randi also serves as an adaptive ski instructor. She has volunteered with AmpSurf for over 10 years and an AmpSurf Board of Directors member since 2015.
Jim is a veteran of Iraq. He grew up in Southern California and enlisted in the Army right out of high school in 1974. As a tanker, he served in Texas, West Germany, California, Washington, Colorado, Kentucky, Georgia, Kansas, Japan, and Iraq. Jim was commissioned 1984 and retired in 2012 at the grade of Lt. Col in charge of Iraqi Army modernization.
Jim retired in Morro Bay CA with his wife Karin and began volunteering with AmpSurf. Jim also serves on the San Luis Obispo Veterans Collaborative and is on the committee for the Veterans Memorial Day Jam in Avila Beach Ca. He joined the AmpSurf Board of Directors in 2013 and served as its president from 2016-2018.
JOHN W. ROBERTS
John retired after 40 years of teaching in New York City Public Schools as an AP Health & Physical Education teacher. He also taught college and graduate level classes at Long Island University and Brooklyn College. John grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York steps away from the ocean. He began surfing in 1964 and has over 55 years of surfing experience both locally and abroad. John is an American Red Cross Instructor of First Aid/CPR/AED, is a certified adaptive surfing instructor and has been volunteering with AmpSurf over the past 10 years. He joined the AmpSurf Board of Directors in February of 2019. His wife, Lynn, daughters Genna and Jaclyn, grandsons, Johnny and A.J. all volunteer as AmpSurf helpers in various capacities.