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PRESIDENT

Lila McCain

Lila McCain brings over 25 years experience in human resources management to the Community Rowing board advising businesses on topics such as organizational and leadership development, diversity,and  compensation and benefits. A Boston College graduate, Lila earned her MBA at PACE University in NYC. She joined the board in December of 2009 and became the president the following year.

Lila was introduced to rowing at B.U.’s summer rowing program in 1983 and joined CRI in 1985. Lila has rowed in the General Sweeps program and has earned medals at the national level with CRI's Competitive Women’s team. Her daughters participated in the junior rowing program and her husband Peter currently rows with the Competitive Men's team. Lila and Peter live in Newton.

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TREASURER 

Denis Holler

Denis has spent his career in finance and accounting and has CPA experience. He is the Chief Financial Officer of The MENTOR Network, an organization that serves people with developmental disabilities, at-risk children, and individuals with traumatic brain injuries.  MENTOR operates in 36 states, serving some 25,000 consumers and employing about 20,000 caregivers. Denis is a graduate of Fordham University and holds an MS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Northeastern University.

His first contact with CRI was through his daughter, Margaret, who participated in the youth program. He took up sculling at CRI in 2012 and has been inspired by the quality of the coaches and their enthusiasm for the sport. CRI has had a positive influence on his life and that of his family.

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BOARD MEMBER

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson is one of the newest board members but is not new to rowing.  He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he rowed Heavyweight Crew for Joe Burk, one of the iconic coaches of his day.  He has rowed for the Vesper Boat Club, the Hereford Rowing Club of the UK, and for the Upper Valley Rowing Club where he has competed in the Master’s Competitive Program.  He is the founder of The Yankee Group and co-founder of Battery Venture Capital and lives in Boston with his wife Carol

 

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Board Member

Christina Wood Baker

Christina discovered rowing as a freshman walk-on to the Brown women’s crew team in 1988. She maintains a close connection to Brown rowing and has been on the board of the Friends of Brown Women’s Crew for almost a decade. After a long hiatus from rowing, she began sculling at CRI 2 years ago and now competes in quads and doubles. She also has a daughter on the competitive youth team and has loved chaperoning and supporting the youth teams.

Professionally, Christina is a clinical health psychologist who specializes in eating and weight disorders and anxiety. She works primarily with adolescents, young adults and parents. Christina is active in outreach work in the Boston community, working closely with multiple local organizations, and she is excited to get more involved in CRI’s outreach programs. She brings to the board the dual perspective of someone involved in both adult and youth programs, and she has experience with team sweep rowing as well as sculling. She also brings a strong foundation in health psychology, values and commitment strategies and, mostly, unbridled enthusiasm for the people and mission of CRI and the sport of rowing. 

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BOARD MEMBER

Marion Dancy

Marion Dancy brings organizational and business skills to the CRI Board primarily from a career in the computer industry with 25 years at Digital Equipment Corporation, then Compaq, including as VP Marketing for a $2B division and VP Corporate Alliances. Currently Marion consults to a company that does professional development for educators and helps her husband Terry run his video systems business. Her background includes marketing, communications, operations, partner relationship management, virtual team management, and business management. She has a degree in Applied Math/Computer Science from Brown University and attended a 3 ½ month executive program at Harvard Business School.

Marion has been a CRI member for 8 years and a Sculling Co-captain for the last year.  She began rowing at CRI when Terry and a friend gave her lessons as a birthday present. She enjoys rowing primarily as recreation, but got the “racing bug” in 2014 when she entered the Head of the Charles. This gave her a real appreciation of the dedication of many at CRI who give the club a great reputation in the racing circuit. On the home front, Marion and Terry split their time between a sailing catamaran “home” in Boston and a condo in Rhode Island.

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BOARD MEMBER

Jim Coyne

Jim has been an active member of the CRI community for the past decade. He was initially drawn to CRI as a parent of two high school rowers, Ben and Parker, who both graduated from the CRI program and went on to row collegiately. Following a thirty-year hiatus from collegiate rowing, he found himself on the CRI docks in June of 2008 with the ambition of joining the Men’s Comp team. Since that time, with the help of coaches and teammates, he has enjoyed the training, competition, friendship, and work of our blossoming CRI community. From the days in the hockey rink next door, he has assisted as a parent in the youth program, captained our Comp Men’s team, supported the new boathouse capital campaign and annual fund drives, and currently serves on our Equipment Committee.

Professionally, Jim is a managing partner for Concentric Energy Advisors, a consulting firm that provides management, regulatory and financial advisory services to companies in the energy industry. In addition to client engagements, he has responsibility for financial administration of his firm, business development, hiring and mentoring staff, and compensation. Jim also serves in a leadership role for his church, including outreach through volunteer projects serving inner-city residents in Boston.

He earned a B.S. in Economics and Business from Georgetown, and an M.S. in Natural Resource Economics from UNH (where he met his wife Karen.) In addition to rowing, he is an avid sailor and amateur chef!

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Laura Davis
Laura came to CRI about four years ago on a whim, and was hooked the moment she put her oar in the water.  An avid masters swimmer for many years, she has not seen the bottom of a pool since!  She enjoys both sculling and sweeps with increasing intensity, and now competes in the quad with three wonderful teammates. She is also active in the adaptive rowing program, and had the pleasure of rowing in the first ECAC inclusion race last year.

Laura’s background is in the life sciences - she did her graduate training at Rockefeller University, and her postdoctoral work at the Whitehead Institute, where she was a Helen Hay Whitney Fellow and a Lucille P Markey Scholar. As a faculty member at Duke Medical School and later Brandeis University, she was active in research and teaching, and has also served on several national committees. Laura is currently a managing director of Golden Seeds, an angel investor group that provides early stage and growth capital across all sectors to women entrepreneurs.

Laura lives in Newton with her husband and two daughters. She has been active in the Newton public schools for many years, serving on several city-wide committees, and as PTO president.

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Tamsin Kaplan

Tamsin Kaplan brings to the CRI Board her expertise as an employment lawyer and business litigator. She is a shareholder at the Boston law firm of Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C., practicing in the Business Law, Employment, and Litigation areas. Tamsin has extensive experience advising and representing businesses and high-level professionals on a full range of employment-related issues. Tamsin frequently conducts workplace investigations, and she writes and lectures on the complex field of employment law.

Tamsin is a former Board Member of the Women’s Bar Association. She serves on the Expedited Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association and on the Labor and Employment Curriculum Advisory Committee for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. Tamsin is a member of The Boston Club and Womenade Boston. She is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, by Chambers USA as a Recognized Practitioner, and by Massachusetts Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Massachusetts. Tamsin also earned the title “Funniest Lawyer in Massachusetts 2014” for her stand-up comedy at the annual Women’s Bar Foundation Comedy Night fundraiser. Before law school, Tamsin worked as an administrator and organizational development consultant for non-profit cultural organizations in the Boston area. She has enjoyed recreational sculling at CRI since 2015.

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BOARD MEMBER

Priscilla Lowell

Priscilla Lowell brings to the Board at CRI her enthusiasm and perspective on adaptive pararowing. Living with multiple sclerosis, a chronic degenerative disease of the nervous system, she was introduced to pararowing at CRI by her daughter. Believing in the transformative power of rowing for all, Priscilla is committed to advancing CRI’s leadership role in the pararowing movement.

Before she became a rower, Priscilla served on the Board of United South End Settlements for 15 years. Determined to find ways for individuals to have a pivotal experience that awakens a belief in themselves, she helped with the initiative to rebuild and rebrand the Children’s Art Centre.

In her professional life she shares an Architectural Practice with her husband. R&P Lowell Architects is based in Sherborn and Edgartown. The firm specializes in residential design throughout New England. Priscilla holds a bachelor of Architecture Degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science. While at Cooper Union she studied at the American Academy in Rome.

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Stephen Maire
Stephen Maire began rowing on the upper Charles in high school, did not row in university then took rowing again with a club in Singapore. Since then he has rowed on an off while living overseas coming to the Head of the Charles in a double and then rowing a in a quad with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club at Henley. Since returning to the US in 2008 he has rowed with logbook sculling in singles, doubles and the occasional quad.

Stephen spent most of his working life in Asia working in the garment business and sourcing. He now works in investment immigration traveling frequently to China.

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Board Member

Cameran Mason
I have been involved with CRI since the Fall of  2014 when my daughter started rowing as a novice on the girls competitive team.  She is now a member of the girls varsity competitive team. I have been so very impressed with CRI and with the impact that rowing has on those who have the good fortune to become part of the CRI community. The coaches model important core values of hard work and teamwork and the physical and mental discipline rowing requires is transformative.  The mission of CRI resonates with me -- it is a powerful engine for good for so many in our community. 

 My professional background and expertise is in fundraising and communications. I have been working as Vice President for Resources and Public Affairs at Wellesley College, my alma mater, since May 2008. Prior to working at Wellesley, I held a similar position at Barnard College for eight years. I also bring experience as a trustee in the nonprofit world, having served as a trustee of the Dana Hall School for six years. 

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Erin McKenna
Erin McKenna is Deputy Director for the Boston Biomedical Innovation Center, a life sciences accelerator funded by the National Institutes of Health and its academic member institutions to speed the translation of promising research into medical products.  Previously she worked at Boston Scientific in Research and Development, where she launched several medical device products before shifting her focus to identifying and implementing company-wide product development lifecycle process improvements. She earned MBA and MS degrees in Global Management from Babson College, a BE in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and holds 9 issued patents.

Erin learned to row at CRI in 2009 after a foot injury sidelined her from other physical activities, and quickly became obsessed.  She’s been rowing on CRI’s Competitive Women’s Team since 2011, serving as team co-captain from 2013-2015, and enjoys traveling to compete with other clubs around the country.  Erin lives in Boston, and when she’s not on the water she loves to cook, craft, read, and play with her two cats.

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Board Member

Mark Proctor

Mark Proctor has a long history of involvement in rowing, as well as involvement with CRI.  He was a college rower at Dartmouth in the 1980s, and remains actively engaged with Friends of Dartmouth Rowing.  His son, Kenny, was a competitive youth rower at CRI, and continues to row at Wesleyan University.  Kenny also serves as a coach at CRI over the summers.

Mark is a pediatric neurosurgeon who specializes in congenital abnormalities of the skull and spine, as well as brain and spinal cord injury.  He is the Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at Boston Children's Hospital, and Executive Director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Brain Injury Center.  He is the also the Chairman of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the national organization that governs pediatric neurosurgery.  He has served on multiple non-profit boards and is a current member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors, and past Chair of the board of the Thinkfirst National Injury Prevention Foundation. He has also served on the Board of Trustees and as President of the Physicians’ Organization at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Mark brings passion to the sport of rowing and all it is brought to his life, and understands what the sport brings to the community.  He continues to get together annually with the members of his freshman boat, and a book, Working in Sync, was written about their uniquely successful freshman year experience, and how youth and college rowing can influence your career. He looks forward to bringing this passion to CRI.

 
Board Member

Olivia Tapia
Olivia Tapia is a life long resident from Boston who has been a part of the CRI community since the rink days when she was an original member of G-ROW Boston. After college she worked as the program coordinator for G-ROW, while also coaching learn to row and competed on the Comp Women's Team. For the past six years she has been teaching in the Boston Public Schools as a sixth grade history teacher. Rowing and public education continue to be two of her passions that she advocates to give access to all.

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