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Standing Committees

Governance Committee

The governance committee is primarily concerned with monitoring the activities of the board of directors, rather than those of the nonprofit as a whole. It helps the board carry out its due-diligence function related to the healthy development and operation of the board, including its committees and task forces, and the performance of each individual board member. The governance committee educates, monitors, and makes recommendations to the board to ensure that the board fulfills its legal and moral obligations, and implements and monitors standards in that regard.

Chairperson – Patti Paniccia

A competitive surfer during the 70s and early 80s, Patti traveled on the first women’s world pro tour. In the early 70s, she co-founded the Hawaii Women’s Surfing Hui and as competition director, establishing a qualifying contest system for invitations to Hawaii’s pro contest events. She worked with Fred Hemmings and Randy Rarick to launch the women’s and men’s pro tour for International Professional Surfing (IPS), precursor to today’s World Surf League (WSL) tour. Patti is an attorney in California and Hawaii, and an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School. She is also a former CNN correspondent and author of WorkSmarts for Women (Ballantine, 2000).

Board Development Committee

Manages the effectiveness of the Board through research, nomination and evaluation of Board members and continual evaluation/appraisal of Board organization and participation. Reviews and revises the Board Member guidelines as outlined below in ‘Specific Tasks’ to ensure its consistent with the Board’s needs. Recruits new Board members based on opportunity and needs. Plan for and conduct Board leadership development and utilize an Executive Committee succession plan. Assigns Board Mentors to new Board members to help them complete their Board member orientation checklist within six months of election.


Chairman – Randy Taylor

Is Native Californian moved to Dana Point in 1961 and began surfing Doheny and Poche at age 10. Moved to Northern Calif. near Santa Cruz for 9 years, but returned to Southern Cal in 1970 for warmer water and hotter chicks! Mr. Taylor holds a B1 General Contractor’s license and built homes to sell in the late 70’s, changed career paths and went into Health Care Administration for 11 yrs. In 1998. Mr. Taylor decided to dedicate more time to serving others and began a 19 yr. journey with OC Goodwill of Orange County. RT’s current position is VP of Facilities and Operations. Mr. Taylor holds a BA and Master’s Degree from Columbia Pacific University and currently serves on 3 Boards. He has contributed his time, support and expertise to fundraising events for over 30 years. Mr. Taylor loves the ocean above and below the water, surfing, scuba, fishing, all tropical beaches, golfing and world travel.


Content Committee

The mission of SHACC’s Content Committee is to effectively develop, produce, acquire, manage and present all of the organization’s content to tell the stories of SURFING to the world.

Chairman – Don Meek

From creating the U.S. Open of Surfing to launching television channels around the world, pioneering some of the earliest on-line video advertising products to working with some of the most advanced technology companies in the market, Don Meek is at the forefront of modern media.

He has worked in broadcast television (CBS, The Walt Disney Company), cable sports (Prime Ticket Network, Fox Sports Net), global events (The U.S. Open of Surfing, The Gravity Games), traditional print (Primedia’s Action Sports Group, Tribune Company), international network development (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and digital media (U.S. Interactive, iFilm, WaveWatch, Talenthouse).

With his unique experience across revenue, media and technology, he brings the valuable ability to quickly assess complex and dynamic situations and develop strategic solutions that deliver real impact.

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