Board of Directors
Rob Machado, Founder
Rob Machado is not just one of the world’s greatest surfers; he’s one of the sport’s most recognizable characters, a living icon who continues to expand the definition of what professional surfing is all about. Known for his Zen-like flow both on land and in the water, Machado was consistently seeded at the top of the rankings as a competitor on the ASP World Tour. With 12 career WCT victories, Machado was ranked among the top ten surfers for eleven straight years and was inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame in 2000 and re-inducted in 2006.
His contribution to the sport doesn’t end with his accolades in a colored jersey. Since his departure from the ASP tour in 2001, Machado has been one of surfing’s most committed ambassadors, roaming the globe, surfing the world’s best waves and deepening his commitment to environmental awareness.
Justine Chiara, Founder and executive director
Over the last two decades, Justine Chiara has demonstrated a singular ability to identify talent and help her clients develop multi-faceted careers that span industries and projects. This talent has led to her own unusual path: Chiara’s professional experience includes managing high-profile figures in both the action sports and music industries, including champion surfer Rob Machado and Coco Ho. Music industry experience includes overseeing tour marketing and promotions for multi-platinum British band Depeche Mode as well working as part of the management team at The New York End and Gold Mountain Entertainment, whose clients include Beastie Boys and Foo Fighters.
In addition to her work in sports and entertainment, Chiara has led not-for-profit and philanthropic initiatives, including serving as the executive director of the youth-focused educational outreach organization, Boarding for Breast Cancer Foundation and creating the Rob Machado Foundation.
Pat Magnarella, Business Partnerships
Pat Magnarella joined the Rob Machado Foundation in 2012. Pat has distinguished himself as a visionary manager with a solid track record for spotting talent and nurturing successful long-term careers. As head of Pat Magnarella Management, Inc. (PMM) — a full-service agency that provides a broad range of management, branding, and marketing services — Magnarella guides the careers of some the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including multi-platinum rock bands Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls, and The All-American Rejects.
In September 2009, Magnarella shepherded the launch of the stage version of American Idiot. The show opened on Broadway in April 2010. It was nominated for three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” and took home honors for “Best Scenic Design” and “Best Lighting Design.” Magnarella was also an associate producer on the American Idiot: Original Broadway Cast album, which won a 2011 Grammy Award for “Best Musical Show Album.”
Carolyn Whitehouse, Board Secretary
Carolyn Whitehouse is a consultant in the software industry and formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Blue Sky Software/eHelp Corporation. During her 20+ years experience in high-tech, she has worked to build systems, processes, and effective communications to help teams reach their highest goals.
From 2008-2011, Carolyn served as Cardiff School District’s Environmental Liaison to the Rob Machado Foundation. She helped the District implement ocean environmental programs as well as three successful initiatives that continue to have an impact on students and the environment: Organic Gardening, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Healthy School Lunch.
Carolyn is passionate about nature and loves to spend her spare time participating in water sports, as well as snowboarding, hiking, camping, and spending time with her husband and two boys.
GABRIELA AOUN, PROGRAMS MANAGER
Gabriela is an editor and writer by trade with a love for the ocean and a commitment to the environment. She joined RMF in January 2013 after working as an associate editor at the Huffington Post's Hawaii bureau and as a researcher in international security at Stanford University. Gabriela is the first point of contact at RMF and oversees programs and communications. Gabi spends as much of her spare time as possible in the water.