Luke has been in the ocean since he was a grommet either surfing, downwind paddling on the famous Freo Doctor seabreeze or competing in long distance paddleboard events.
Luke ran a successful personal training business for 12 years which specialised in training people with disabilities and he developed a program specific to working with people on the Autism Spectrum. Luke's biggest passion is working with people with ASD and their families to access activities they never thought were possible.
There is only one thing Luke loves more than the ocean and this is his dog Hurley the Groodle.
Sam spends more time in the ocean than land. Some say he’s even developed a sneaky set of gills behind the ears, complementing his passions for surfing, freediving and all things marine. He’s been involved in many not-for-profits over the years, and has found his passion in sharing the surf stoke with kids on the spectrum.
Sam has worked as a marine biologist for over seven years, but more recently juggled both Ocean Heroes and research in an ocean-oriented lifestyle. If he's not surfing, you'll find him at the local patisserie!
Tom Johnston is the owner/operator of Go Surf Perth, a locally run surf school based in Scarborough.
In his previous life he could be found wandering St. Georges Terrace in a suit and tie however decided to swap his suit for a wet one. Tom holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Certificate in Project Management as well as all relevant first aid and coaching accreditations for the sport of surfing.
He enjoys the challenge of running his small business and in his down time loves to head to Rottnest for surfing and fishing.
Andrew Whitehouse is the Angela Wright Bennett Professor of Autism Research at the Telethon Kids Institute and Professor of Autism Research, at The University of Western Australia. He is also Chief Research Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) and Adjunct Professor at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University.
At the Telethon Kids Institute he leads a large team that use a wide range of methodologies to investigate the early identification and intervention of children with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Andrew has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and attracted over $35 million in competitive research grants.
He is an advisor to State and Commonwealth Governments on policies relating to children with Autism Spectrum Conditions, and he is currently the Chair of the committee that is generating Australia’s first national guideline for autism diagnosis.
He has also been awarded Australia’s most prestigious scientific award, the Eureka Prize.
Nando Zappavigna C.A. is an advisor and auditor for the charity with over 20 years’ experience on not-for-profit organisations. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant Tax Institute of Australia.
We've tried asking him whether we can cash in all those sand dollars the kids find on the beach, but Nando has yet to find a bank that will accept them.
Dr Haak works at Glengarry Private Hospital , Joondalup Health Campus and consults out of his rooms in Warwick.
Andrew completed his medical training (MBBS) at UWA 2006 and was admitted as a Fellow of Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 2013. He has been involved with WA Child & Adolescent Community Health since 2015.
Andrew loves the ocean, and you'll ofter finding him trading a surfboard for a pair of budgies on a hot summers day!
Michaela started volunteering with Ocean Heroes in 2017. An avid yogi she is an accredited yoga teacher. who loves all things sun and sea. Fun Fact: originally from the North West of WA her first ever trip to Rotto was when she swam there. Renowned for her lemon slice you'll always find a batch for our volunteers at our events.
A bio for Patrick is on the way!
Steph has volunteered with Ocean Heroes since 2016, as the beach coordinator at our local events, managing beach crew and time management. She works as a physiotherapist Monday - Friday, and is passionate about helping people.
When she's not at work or the beach you'll find her at the dog park with Hurley the Groodle!