Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation is comprised individuals with unique and diversified talents, drawing on their experience in multiple careers as well as successful backgrounds. However, the most important attribute each brings to the Foundation is a deep respect and commitment to the passions and ideals that Jimmy Miller held dear. It is the goal of the Board to benefit others by translating his core values, including his belief in the therapeutic benefits of the ocean.

Nancy Miller

Nancy MillerProfessional:
Nancy was the Associate Editor of Well Bella Magazine and writes about the Mind/Body Connection, Bella Bodies and Healthy Travel. Nancy specializes in charity event production and cause-related marketing for several non-profit organizations including the Elton John AIDS Foundation. She co-produced the annual EJAF Oscar Night Viewing Party and coordinated their cause-related charity events.
She was also Special Projects Coordinator for Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Future Society and produced “An Evening with Keiko, Cameron & Cousteau” and created fund-raising opportunities for Ocean Futures Society around the world.

Organization/Service:

  • South Bay Youth Project
  • Women at Risk
  • Richstone Family Center
  • Sandpipers
  • Women in Film Philanthropy Board Member
  • Elton John Aids Foundation
  • Ocean Futures Society

Personal:
Wife, mother, “nanny Nancy” to Riley and Austin, sister, friend, traveler, scuba-diver, surfer, “beach mom and water person. Learned to surf at age 50. Practices yoga and Pilates. Power walks on the strand by the ocean.

Connection to JMMF (sigh)
This is how I honor my son’s life. Jimmy’s pure love of surfing and his ability to teach others is an inspiration. The foundation is a way to keep Jimmy’s spirit alive and help others experience the healing power of the ocean.

Nancy worked with non-profits most of her professional life. With the love and support of family, friends and community, Nancy has facilitated and coordinated volunteers and communications for the JMMF Foundation. “I believe we are healing others and ourselves, “one wave at a time,” through the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation.

Jeff Miller – President

Professional:Jeff Miller
Jeff is Senior Director of Marketing at YogaWorks.  Prior to joining YogaWorks Jeff was the Director of Interactive Marketing at Launch DRTV, a direct response marketing agency in Los Angeles.  Prior to working at Launch DRTV, Jeff was the Director of Interactive Marketing and Ecommerce  at Body Glove Interanational.  Jeff is a part-time Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguard and also worked as a surf guide at an Eco-resort in Samoa and as a middle school teacher in San Francisco, CA and Redondo Beach CA.

Organizations/Service:
Jeff worked 6 years as a LA County Junior Lifeguard Instructor and also worked for the LA County WATER Program teaching Ocean Safety to kids throughout LA County

Personal:

  • Jeff is married to wife Alissa has a daughter Riley and son Austin
  • Interests: Surfing, traveling, volleyball, yoga
  • Jeff graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in History and has earned his Master’s in Educational Technology and California Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco

Connections to JMMF:
Jim’s only brother, Jeff was Jim’s first student and looked up to Jim his entire life. Jeff followed in Jim’s path in so many ways- from Pacific Elementary School, to 4th St, to Mira Costa, to Cal, to San Sebastian, to life guarding, to traveling the globe with a surfboard and back home to Manhattan Beach.

Kevin Barry

Professional:Kevin Barry
Kevin is a partner in several restaurants and Director of Food & Beverage for an exciting new hospitality brand: Highway West Vacations. He has been a Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguard for 35 years and is an Instructor for the Junior Lifeguard Program. Kevin has produced numerouscharitable events at his restaurants, raising over $3 million for local schools, community organizations, and non-profit foundations, including the JMMF!

Organization/Service:

  • Board of Directors (Past President): Downtown Manhattan Beach Business & Professional Association
  • Board of Directors: Dig for Kids Foundation
  • Organizing Committee: International Surf Festival
  • Event Director: Dig 4 Jimmy, Surf n Turf
  • 2011 Honoree: California State Assembly, 53rd District’s Small Businessman of the Year
  • 2009 Honoree: Bank of Manhattan Celebration of Entrepreneurship, Distinguished Philanthropic Event

Personal:
Kevin is the proud father of Brynn & Grace with his wife, Shelby. He loves to surf overseas and to play volleyball with his friends in local tournaments.

Connections to JMMF:
Kevin was a friend, Lifeguard and Junior Lifeguard Instructor with Jimmy and always looks forward to working on the beach and hanging out with his brother, Jeff. He enjoys his role as auctioneer for the annual Jimmy Surf Contest. Just like the Miller family, his love of community service and the gift of helping others is one of the greatest joys in his life!

Chris Brown

Professional:Chris Brown
Chris is the Executive Director of Campsurf/Pure Surfing Experience, a full service surf school and volleyball school, located in Manhattan Beach, California.

Previous professional experience includes:

  • Owner/General Manager of Peninsula Surf, a retail surf shop located in Rolling Hills Estates.
  • Marketing Specialist for Anheuser Busch.
  • Tournament Director, U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball. 2007-Present.

Organizations/Service:

  • Current President of the California Beach Volleyball Association.
  • Member, Heal the Bay – a Santa Monica Bay based environmental organization.
  • Usher, Manhattan Beach Community Church.
  • Member, United States Volleyball Association Nominating and Governance Committee.
  • President of California Beach Volleyball Association

Personal:
Interests: Surfing, Beach Volleyball, Golf, Travel, Music, Coaching

Connections to JMMF:

  • Grew up with Jimmy playing soccer and surfing.
  • Traveled the world together.
  • Jim, Nancy, Jeff and Alissa are considered part of my family.
  • It is my sincere hope that the Foundation’s work will help to keep Jimmy’s spirit alive and acquaint many more to the ocean’s healing powers.

Brent Broza

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Self taught photographer, Brent Broza, grew up in Manhattan Beach surrounded by the Southern California beach community and culture. Surfing and skateboarding all over the famous South Bay with like-minded friends, Brent became very interested in art, sports and music at an early age.  His passions, surfing and traveling, took him all over the world.

Always a fan of photography and with parents that documented so much of his childhood through this medium, Brent was drawn to the art early in his life.
He started exploring film photography in 2004, but his passion deeply unfolded a few years down the road. In 2008, Brent returned home to the South Bay from his then home in Maui to care for his father who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

While caring for his father, he came upon a camera of his that hadn’t been used much and started shooting photos to create artistic balance at a time of darkness.
What started as a creative emotional release grew into a passion that still has Broza constantly curious, always on an adventure and never without a camera.

In 2016, Brent won the World Surf League’s “Biggest Paddle Award” by capturing the photo of Aaron Gold’s Guinness World Record wave of 63 feet at Jaws on Maui. The wave was documented as being the largest wave ever to be paddled into by a surfer.

His work has been featured by Surfer Magazine, Surfline, The Inertia, Jose Cuervo, Birdwell, Matix, Jack Johnson, Descendents (Back Cover), Pennywise, Blink 182, Shepard Fairey (Obey), Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, The Seventh Letter, Known Gallery and many more. Broza was also the featured artist at LA’s Fox Studios with a 6 month lobby installation in 2012 & will return again in 2017.

Organizations/Service: Organizer-Winter Bocce Ball Tournament. Proceeds to JMMF

Personal/Interests:
Surfing, volleyball, reading, visiting with family and friends around the world.

Connection to JMMF:

Brent and Jimmy became friends in elementary school and shared life together growing up in Manhattan Beach. Through surfing, volleyball, travel and modeling, they became best of friends. Brent traveled to Hawaii with the Miller’s in the 80’s and vowed to return. He lived in Maui for years and returned to the South Bay in 2008 to concentrate on photography. Some of his first expressions of art through painting and photography were a way of dealing with Jimmy’s death in 2004.

Andy Dellenbach

Professional:Andy Dellenbach
Andy is the VP of Sales for MindOverEye, a division of TEN – The Enthusiast Network. Andy was a co-founder of Mind Over Eye Inc., sold his business to Source Interlink Media and now represents the full-service creative studio located in El Segundo. MindOverEye develops creative and content for marketing/advertising through production, postproduction, interactive, web/app development and emerging media.

Prior to forming Mind Over Eye, Andy managed advertising sales for various magazines and brands for Petersen Publishing including the Latin America territory for Skin Diver (scuba diving), the Action Sports Group (Surfer, Snowboarder, Skateboarder, Powder and Bike) and the NBC-televised action sports festival, the Gravity Games

Organizations/Service:

  • Past Chairman of the South Bay Chapter, Surfrider Foundation
  • Founder & Past Chair of CREW, Young Adults Group at Manhattan Beach Community Church
  • Finance Board Chair, Social Action Board, Manhattan Beach Community Church
  • Mission Leader, Casa de Paz & Door of Faith Orphanages, Baja
  • Home Team Leader, Missions, Kings Harbor Church
  • Teacher, Children’s Ministry, Kings Harbor Church

Personal:

  • Married to wife Jena for 13 years, daughter Amanda Joy (2008) and two labs Maya & Tibu living in Redondo Beach
  • Surfing, Snowboarding, Volleyball, Friends, Family, God

Connection to JMMF:

  • Grew up with Jimmy at 4th St in Manhattan Beach surfing, volleyball, friends
  • Attended UC Berkeley with Jimmy, Roommates in college
  • Family friends with Jim, Nancy, Jeff & Alissa
  • Desire to share my and Jimmy’s love of surfing and therapeutic nature of the ocean with those less privileged and those that have sacrificed for our country

David Peters

Davidapeters@earthlink.net

David-Peters

Professional:

David Peters is co-founder of Regency Affiliates, a diversified group of real estate companies which acquire, market, develop and manage residential, industrial and retail properties in the western United States. He is a graduate of Pomona College and of the Coro Foundation Internship in Public Affairs. He holds a master’s degree in urban studies from Occidental College.

Organizations/Service:

In the community, David has served as a mediator with the Centinella Valley Juvenile Diversion Project and in business as a mediator and arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. He is presently Vice Chairman of the Richstone Family Center. He is former chairman of The California Community Foundation, Coro Southern California, and Liaison Citizens. He was a founder and board member of Leadership Southern California and has also served on the board of governors of Genesis LA, the Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation, the Beverly Hills Land Company and the Warren Christopher Scholarship Fund.

Personal/Interests:

Nancy Miller introduced David and his wife, RL, to each other in 1986. David and RL live in Manhattan Beach and have three adult children, two granddaughters and two grandsons.  David’s personal interests include traveling, painting, grandchildren, golf, skiing, fly fishing, stand-up paddle boarding and volunteering with non-profits. Through the sale of his paintings David provides a vehicle for buyers to contribute directly to JMMF and the Richstone Family Center.

Connections to JMMF:
“I met Jimmy when he and my son David played AYSO Soccer. Jim and I coached the boys together and our families have been friends for over 35 years. I have always admired Jimmy’s waterman’s passion, his sense of adventure and his spirituality. Having tremendous respect and love for Nancy and Jim it is an honor to be a board member and participate in the wonderful work of JMMF.”

Carly Rogers

carly@jimmymillerfoundation.org

Professional:Carly Rogers
Carly Rogers, OTD, OTR/L is the Director of Programs for the JMMF and is the creator of the Ocean Therapy program used by JMMF, which facilitates improved self-esteem and self-efficacy in individuals with disabilities through the adapted sport of surfing. Carly created the Ocean Therapy program while earning her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from USC in 2004. She recently returned to USC to complete her clinical doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy (Class of 2011), where she received a scholarship to study the effects of Ocean Therapy with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans suffering from PTSD. Carly also has a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Psychology. Carly continues to be an honorary speaker at USC, inspiring therapists in creating community-based programs that facilitate healing through occupation, such as the Ocean Therapy program. She has worked for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District and at Pediatric Therapy Network of Torrance as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist.

Organizations/Service:
Carly has been a Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguard since 1994, working as an Ocean Lifeguard, Public Educator and as a Youth Program’s Instructor with the Junior Lifeguard Program and the W.A.T.E.R Program. She has been a Certified Emergency Medical Technician since 1999 and has been teaching surfing and other ocean related activities since 1996. She is a member of the Surfrider Foundation, California State Parks, Heal the Bay and the Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguard Association. She is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the California Occupational Therapy Association and the USC Occupational Therapy Alumni Board. She was a Distinguished Service Award Recipient by the Los Angeles County Fire Department: Lifeguard division in 2009, for assisting in successfully resuscitating a man while off duty.

Personal:
Carly continues to live and travel in close proximity to the ocean. She enjoys any activity related to the ocean including surfing, paddling, bodysurfing, spear fishing, scuba diving, and surf skiing. She also enjoys hiking, yoga, running, rock climbing, and snowboarding.

Connections to JMMF:
Carly’s connection to JMMF began when she was in her Rookie year with the LA County Lifeguards. Jimmy Miller was one of the first lifeguards she worked with who went on to mentor her as a surfer, lifeguard, teacher and friend…truly, every important aspect of her life. Her role in the JMMF is an honor and a tribute to Carly’s mother and Jimmy.

Mark Geroldfullsizerender

Professional:

  • Vice President, Marsh & McLennan Companies
  • Director of Operations, Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation
  • Partner, Campsurf

Personal:

Mark lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife Malia and their son, Kai. Mark enjoys spending his free time with: family, surfing, traveling, friends, camping, boating, fishing, anything outdoors

Connections to JMMF:
Mark has been with PSE, Campsurf, and the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation since the beginning. You can still find Mark at Ocean Therapy sessions throughout the year and he loves to share his love and stoke of surfing and the ocean with everyone!

Mark was a Junior Lifeguard of Jimmy’s and started working for him in 1997 when Jimmy started his surf school, surf camps and (first of its kind) contest series, Pure Surfing Experience. Mark continued to work with Jimmy and built a strong friendship that was built over hours and years of being together in the water and on land. Mark started with PSE/Campsurf as a Junior Instructor, Head Instructor and eventual partner in Campsurf.

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John Kim

John grew up in Manhattan Beach with Jimmy and Jeff. He went to Cal with them, worked as a Los Angeles County Lifeguard and Jr. Lifeguard instructor with them, and surfed around the world together with the Miller boys.

John has been a teacher and dean at Harvard Westlake school since 1999, where he also coached water polo.

Jimmy and John created the first summer partnership between Harvard Westlake students and Camp Surf in 2000, which continues to this day. Since 2005, John has introduced hundreds of Harvard Westlake students to the joys of volunteering and reaching out to others through the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation Ocean Therapy Program in Manhattan Beach. Some of his students have been inspired to become surf instructors, while they pursued college education and beyond.

John lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife Casey and sons Parker and Jake.

Jodi Flicker

Professional

Jodi is the Vice President, Marketing at New Form, overseeing Consumer and Sales Marketing, Corporate Communications and Talent Relations.  New Form is Entertainment Studio, based in Santa Monica that redefining how stories are told. With a network of high-profile talent and partners New Form empowers creators and audiences to produce original narrative series that transcend traditional categories to be produced, packaged and distributed across all video platforms.

Previous professional experience includes:

  • VP, Audience Development Marketing for Warner Bros. Entertainment
  • VP, Audience Development, CBS Interactive
  • Sr. Director Marketing, NBC Network

Organizations/Service:

  • Former Board Member, WOMMA (Word of Mouth Marketing Association)
  • Volunteer, Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation

Personal:

Interests: Surfing, Pilates, Spin Class, Live Music Festival Junkie, Travel and Mentoring

Connections to JMMF:

Brought into the JMMF Family by Board Member Andy Dellenbach and have passionately supported the organization for over 5 years.

Have become extremely close to Nancy Miller over the years, our meeting was kismet.

I am a huge believer in Ocean Therapy as I have seen first hand how it has so strongly contributed to the well being of others. For myself surfing and the ocean as a place of solace and therapy has been life changing through difficult times of transition and most recently after going through a physically challenging round of spinal reconstructive surgeries.

Rocky

Roger “Rocky” Laverty

 

Professional:

Rocky is a retired business executive with over 40 years’ experience in publicly traded food retailing and distribution businesses.

Rocky worked for Smart & Final, Inc. from 1979 until 1998 retiring as CEO.  At Smart & Final he developed and implemented strategies that grew the company from 60 stores and $200 million in revenue to 250 stores and over $1.5 billion in revenue.

He came out of retirement in 2003 to serve as President and CEO of Diedrich Coffee, Inc., a diversified operator of coffee houses and franchises that was known for its expertise and traditions in specialty coffee. Then in 2005 he became the President and CEO of Farmer Bros. Co. a national roaster/distributor of coffee and related products to the foodservice and institutional markets, where he grew the company from $200 million in revenue to over $400 million in five years.

Rocky is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Grandpoint Bank, and Unified Grocers, Inc.

Organizations/Service:

Trustee of The Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles since 1996.

Director of Perkins Scholarship Foundation awarding merit scholarships to sons and daughters of L.A. County sheriffs since 2008.

Personal/Interests:

Rocky grew up in Santa Monica, CA and learned to surf in 1958.  He still loves to surf, though with a SUP these days, and enjoys golf, fly-fishing, kids and grandkids.

He has lived in Manhattan Beach since 1976 and is married to Corinne.  Together they share four children and a grandchild.

Connection to JMMF:

Rocky has known the Miller family since his son Rory and Jeff Miller played Little League together.  The entire Miller family was a great source of strength and comfort to the Laverty’s when they first lost their son Geoff to a car accident and then Rocky’s wife, Jill, to ALS.  Preserving memories and legacy in the face of tragedy has been an important bond between our families.