Board of Directors
Pacific Beach Coalition (PBC) is led by a volunteer President and a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of corporate and community leaders who donate their time and talent to running PBC’s current education and field programs in the most impactful and rewarding way.
Board of Directors
Lynn Adams (President) has led our growing team of Earth Heroes since assuming her role in 2005, fulfilling multiple volunteer capacities that have engaged a diverse community of coastal stewards in learning and taking action through our field and education programs. From coordinating our Adopt a Beach Program, expanding Earth Day & EcoFest‘s presence and impact in the Bay Area, establishing our School Assembly, Give Back and Local Business Programs, to her hands-on involvement in restoring native habitat, guiding beach and community cleanups, and fostering media relations, Lynn has championed our mission of protecting the ocean, coastal habitat and wildlife.
Jim Fithian (Chair) has been an active volunteer member since 1997. He established our first beach cleanup and has led monthly cleanups since September 1998 for our first Adopt-A-Beach site at Linda Mar as its site co-captain along with wife Ana. His focus on direct ‘eco-action’ began while dogwalking (and picking up litter) along Pacifica’s shoreline which evolved into leading by example to inspire Pacifica to be an environmentally responsible city. He participates in education, advocacy and other hands-on activities to guide current and future generations, including school and civic groups, to be engaged as lifelong stewards.
Ana Garcia (Vice Chair & Secretary) has been an active volunteer member of our Earth Hero team since 1997. She established our first beach cleanup and has led monthly cleanups since September 1998 for our first Adopt-A-Beach site at Linda Mar as site co-captain alongside husband Jim. Dedicated to being part of the solution, she has been a vital part of setting the foundation for the coalition since her involvement began while dogwalking (and picking up litter) along Pacifica’s shoreline, and has evolved into a wide variety of important roles steadily guiding our team and volunteers.
Amanda Hall has worked in tourism and hospitality for over 30 years around the world, including San Francisco. After moving to Pacifica in 2006 she became involved with PBC after attending a Surf Movie night. She helps arrange special events such as the EcoFest and Surf Movie, procures raffle prizes and schedules volunteers. She volunteered as the Director of Partnerships for the first 3 years of the Half Moon Bay International Marathon and is a member of Pacifica Runners and Coastside Running Club.
Celine Gerakin joined volunteer cleanups in Pacifica and Daly City then signed on to become our site captain leading cleanups at our newest Adopt-A-Beach site at Pillar Point Harbor in 2014. In addition to beach cleanups, Celine is involved in fishing line recycling and water quality programs. She was recognized by the San Mateo County Harbor Commission as recipient of their 2014 Environmental Leader Award in Half Moon Bay. By profession, Celine is an online marketing director, she earned a masters in business and marketing in her hometown of Paris and she lives on a sail boat at Pillar Point.
Mark Hubbell spent thirty-five years of his career in the Tech industry in the corporate communications and experiential marketing department. There, he managed teams and was responsible for developing and producing many large scale, award winning projects world-wide. Mark is an outdoor enthusiast and has been an environmental activist since 1972.
Kathie Muhler (Treasurer) Kathie has been helping bay area families and small businesses for three decades reduce their income taxes and invest wisely toward their future goals. In addition to an accounting degree and MBA in finance, she held a FINRA Registered Broker and Investment Advisor designation for over 24 years. After selling her tax and investment entities, she began retirement in 2020. Her involvement with PBC began with the 2020 beach movie at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall. After that wonderful event, Kathie became a volunteer beach cleaner at LindaMar beach. Kathie became the Treasurer in 2021. As a resident of Pacifica for almost 20 years, she loves the people, the small-town friendly atmosphere, and especially the beach.
Other Amazing Team Members
Business Director: Shivani Ganguly
Shivani has led finance, operations, and strategy for non-profits and mission driven businesses for over twenty years. A Bay Area resident for twenty-five years, she resides in Pacifica with her son and their pets. She loves gardening, cooking, yoga, and exploring the beaches and forests of the San Mateo County coast.
Cigarette Filter Pollution Project Coordinator: Meredith Hagedorn
Meredith was the founder and artist director of the Dragon Productions Theatre Company in Redwood City. But after she moved to the coast she decided to get involved with PBC to help us end cigarette filters litter.
Julie Walters. Since 2007 Julie has been a Naturalist at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in San Mateo County. There, she conducts tours with organized school groups and visitors. She also rove along the reef and engage with visitors answering questions, identifying animals and making sure that visitors follow proper tidepool etiquette.
Marie Kazan-Komarek has been volunteering with harbor seals for 30 years and has been a part of the Beach Watch program for 23 years. Her love of the ocean has led to a lifetime of helping the animals that live within it’s depths and striving to help others understand why it’s important to protect the unique environment that is a integral part of the Bay Area. When her oldest daughter was 2, she began volunteering at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. Today, 30 years later, she is still part of the Tuesday night crew taking care of harbor seals.
More Amazing Team Members:
Kimmy Tran: Graphic Designer
Amaelia Bringas: Social Media Coordinator
Chloe Reid: Social Media Coordinator