Danielle Katz, Co-founder and Board Member: At  four months of age, Danielle took one of the last runs down the Stanislaus River before it was dammed. At 14 she became a river guide, regularly working trips on the Klamath, Rogue, and Tatshenshini-Alsek in Alaska for James Henry River Journeys. In 2009 she paddled 2,271 miles down the length of the Mississippi for the non-profit What About Blue, raising funds to build wells and sanitation projects in Rwanda. She has completed several StS journeys since and is excited about sharing her passion for rivers and Source to Sea literacy.

John Dye, Co-founder and President: John brings 40 years of on-water experience to the campaign.  His background in project management includes co-founding a youth aquatic fitness non-profit.  John has run fundraising events for the Sonoma Land Trust, the Tuolumne River Trust, and currently acts as the Tuolumne River Trust’s principle guide and instructor. He teaches kayaking at California Canoe and Kayak and has had paddling articles appear in Surfski and Waterdog Ezines.


Janet Whittick, Treasurer:  Janet fell head-over- heels for a paddleboard in 2012, and never looked back. Racing the Cal100 as part of a relay was a turning point, and now Janet races with O’Kalani Outrigger and volunteers as a SUP instructor to help get others on the water. Janet works as an environmental policy analyst, but her favorite days are spent downwinding or surfing with friends. She’s excited to tackle her own StS one day soon.


Kelsey Jessup, Secretary: Kelsey Jessup may live in the concrete jungle that is Los Angeles, but she spends weekends escaping the city and visiting Malibu Creek and San Gabriel River. Kelsey is a project manager at the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation where she leads the Urban Greening Initiative. Kelsey co-authored a report, titled “Creating a Complete Los Angeles River for All: Stories and Guidance,” and continues to support efforts to revitalize the LA River. Prior to joining the Luskin Center, Kelsey earned her Master’s in Public Policy from UCLA.

Emily Matthews, Board Member:  Emily always loved paddling, but mostly did it at camps growing up then vacation rentals. When she got on a standup paddle board in 2012, she was hooked. Less than six months after first getting on a paddle board, she completed a 13-mile race from Ft Baker to San Rafael and has since completed the race across Lake Tahoe, the Cal 100 and the Yukon River Quest. Emily’s love for paddling has led her to her work as a volunteer for environmental nonprofits as well as a SUP instructor to help others get on water.