BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Andrew J Manzi
President and Executive Director
Andrew was born and raised in Southeastern Connecticut. As a result of the events of 9/11, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps Infantry in 2003. Andrew deployed multiple times to Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was honorably discharged in 2007 as a Sergeant. Turbulent years followed discharge, but the pivotal moment came with his introduction to surfing on the Rhode Island coast. This new form of therapy has changed his life forever, and it is the mission of the Warrior Surf Foundation to bring this change to other veterans and their families.
Lennrd grew up surfing in Hilton Head Island and Charleston. A US Army Veteran, he served in Bosnia and Herzegovinia as a part of SFOR and Kosovoa as a part of KFOR. He was released from active duty due to service connected disabilities in 1999. Lennrd became a Financial Advisor with Principal Financial Group and is the Managing Director of Principal Financial Group for the state of South Carolina. Lennrd found healing and camaraderie in the Warrior Surf Foundation. He thrives with the ability to serve his fellow veterans and their families, as well as give his kids an outlet to serve the community.
Vice Chairman and Co-Founder
Tyler grew up surfing in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. A US Army Veteran, he worked as a medic for over 10 years and completed multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Tyler became a Diplomatic Security medic in Iraq, and is currently pursuing his love of medicine as an instructor. Whether working on or off the battlefield, he remains on the frontline of helping those in need. Struggling with post-war injuries, Tyler has utilized surfing as a tool for personal solace between deployments. Once Tyler and Andrew joined ideas, talents, and experiences, the Warrior Surf Foundation was born.
Director of Wellness
Erin Mckittrick Jones is a psychotherapist, a Licensed Independent Social Worker, with an emphasis in treating anxiety and mood disorders. She received her Bachelors of Social Work degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. In 2003, she obtained her masters of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in Individuals and Families. She has extensive experience providing individual and group therapy services to adults with anxiety and mood disorders, with an emphasis on trauma-based therapies. In her previous position as a clinical social worker and therapist at the Charleston VA Medical center, Erin worked and obtained clinical training through the Post-traumatic Stress Disorders clinic, the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clinic, and the Primary Care-Mental Health Integration Clinic. Prior to this, worked in psychiatric research at the Medical University of South Carolina with the Anxiety Disorders Program where she received extensive training in the assessment of anxiety and mood disorders.
Through her work with the Warrior Surf Foundation, she has had the opportunity to work with veterans (their families) combining both counseling and physical exercise with the natural environment of the ocean.
Director of Development and Secretary
Chris Dixon is an author and journalist based in Charleston, SC. A native of the area, he is the founding online editor of Surfer magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Garden & Gun, Outside, Men's Journal, Surfer, and Surfer's Journal. His most recent works include Ghost Wave, a book that chronicles the history and lore of a dangerous deep-water wave off the coast of California known as Cortes Bank, and Surfing 1778-Today, from Taschen Books. His upcoming project is “The Ocean Handbook,” due in 2018 from Chronicle Books. An avid surfer himself, Chris has spent the better part of his career documenting surfing and surf culture.