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Leadership Team

Bruce Smith
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Bruce H. Smith
bruce@communityrowing.org
617.921.8788

Bruce works on daily management and long-term growth opportunities for CRI. As the link between the CRI Board of Directors, members, and staff, Bruce manages CRI personnel on a daily basis to implement CRI’s positive vision. Bruce is also highly committed to developing long-term resources and growth opportunities for rowing in Boston.

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Kane Larin

Kane Larin
kane@communityrowing.org
617.903.7698

With more than 1,500 registrations each year, CRI is a beehive of activity every day. Kane directs all operations at the rowing facility with a staff of 40 coaches. Kane also coordinates site usage by multiple rowing groups, manages the CRI Safety Program and directs equipment purchases.

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Ellen Minzner
DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH

Ellen Minzner
ellen@communityrowing.org
617.779.8277

As the director of the Row Boston, Adaptive Rowing, and Veterans Rowing programs, Ellen facilitates the daily logistics of each program while providing support for long-term growth and sustainability. Ellen’s goal is to provide the highest-level experience to people without traditional access to the water, one of Boston’s greatest resources.

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DIRECTOR OF COACHING EDUCATION

Matt Lehrer
matt.lehrer@communityrowing.org
617.634.9527

Involved with all internal and external coaching education initiatives, Matt works with the CRI coaching staff to improve their skills through reflective practice and continued learning. He also works intensively with the Institute for Rowing Leadership fellowship program and the annual What Works Summit coaching conference.

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Director of Development
Elizabeth "Lib" Diamond
lib.diamond@communityrowing.org

970.846.1326

Lib Diamond is the Manager of Annual Giving at Community Rowing. Lib began her rowing career as a walk-on at Bates College, where she earned a BA in English. Lib moved to Boston to continue rowing after college, competing with Riverside Boat Club on both the Women's Sweep Team and the High Performance Group. Lib worked as the Director of Operations for the Head Of The Charles Regatta from 2007 - 2012 and coached both rowing and alpine skiing at the Buckingham Browne and Nichols School. Lib completed her MBA at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Prior to joining Community Rowing, Lib worked as the Assistant Director for Development and Communications in the Wellesley College Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletic Department.

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Dave Snowdon
DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES/BOATMAN

Dave Snowdon
dave@communityrowing.org
413.822.2472

As Boatman, you can think of Dave as the owner of all the equipment and buildings at CRI. He supervises the rigging, maintenance, and repair of our shells and the smooth operation of our physical plant. He is the man behind the scenes who keeps all of the CRI programs on the water.

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DIRECTOR OF Systems and growth

Matt Rostron
matt.rostron@communityrowing.org

Matt Rostron comes to Boston after establishing a world-renown program serving young people from some the most disadvantaged areas of the United Kingdom.  Matt was at London Youth Rowing for 10 years and was the CEO for the last four. There, he developed a program that opened up the sports of indoor and on the water rowing for people that wouldn't normally get the opportunity to do so including those with disabilities. Their 10 locations served more than eight thousand young people on an annual basis, London Youth Rowing developed a unique model to scale access to the sport.  In his role at CRI, Matt will use his experience to share CRI’s mission of “Rowing for All” with new communities in the USA, starting with CRI Newton, CRI's second location on the Upper Charles.  

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director of operations

Ted Benford
ted.benford@communityrowing.org

Ted has operational responsibility for all areas of CRI's services and programs, including supporting the strategic advancement of CRI, accountability for organizational improvements and performance, and leveraging cross-program strengths to improve CRI’s overall operations . His position has both internal and external facing responsibilities ranging from project management (e.g., organizing strategic improvements/initiatives) to administration (reporting, safety, information technology) to human capital (Human Resource improvements, recruiting, career progression for CRI’s staff).  Ted has a diverse background with over 30 years of coaching, business and educational experience that includes organizational advancement,  senior leadership in addition to extensive coaching success.  

Coaches & Staff

Mike Baker

Michael Baker
rowingmike@gmail.com

Mike started to row in 1992 as a freshman at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. While earning his degree in Sports Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mike was a member of the Men’s crew team that won the Collegiate Regional Championship. Mike went on to train with the Ottawa Rowing Club in Ontario and Riverside Boat Club, winning the lightweight 2– and 4+ two years in a row and the lightweight 8+ at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. He had two consecutive victories in the Ottawa Rowing Club lightweight 4+ at the Head of the Charles Regatta. Mike has coached all ages and abilities: from middle school students to 85-year-old first-timers and from elite athletes to troubled inner city kids in Ottawa. Mike was a founding member and trustee of the Honolulu Rowing Club and a founding member, Program Director, and Head Coach of Cape Cod Rowing Inc.

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Wayne Berger

Wayne Berger
wayne@communityrowing.org

Wayne has a strong background in educational leadership and extensive coaching experience at the junior, collegiate, and international levels. With three IRA National Championships, five Eastern Sprints Championships, and two Ladies Plate titles from the Henley Royal Regatta during his time at Harvard University and a 2012 Youth National Championship with Deerfield Academy, Berger's crews have regularly had their seasons culminate on the podium. Under his leadership for five summers, the Boston Rowing Club program he established won seven championships at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and four titles at the US Club National Championships. As a Head Coach at the Sydney Rowing Club in Australia, Wayne coached seven crews to national titles and led the club to a fourth-place finish overall. Wayne has been a teacher, admissions counselor, and college advisor at the Hotchkiss School, Loomis-Chaffee School, Groton School, and Deerfield Academy. In addition to coaching the competitive men, Wayne works with the Institute for Rowing Leadership and outreach.

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Brent Bode

Brent Bode
coachbbode@gmail.com

Bode has been coaching and teaching at Community Rowing, Inc. since 2010. He is Head Coach for the Competitive Youth Novice Girls program and assistant director of CRI’s Coaching Education programming. Bode also coaches novice and intermediate adult rowers year-round and teaches fitness, strength, and conditioning to athletes of all ages. He holds a Master’s degree in Exercise & Sports Studies from Smith College and is a long-time member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Under Bode’s direction, the Competitive Novice Girls team grew from 27 to more than 50 athletes in just three years. Additionally, and most important, the team continually meets its mission: “to grow each student-athlete’s character respectfully, to inspire extraordinary performances, and to improve their well-being through the pursuit of honorable victory in athletic competition.”

Bode was an assistant auto racing instructor from 1993 to 1995 at the Bridgestone Racing Academy in Bowmanville, Ontario. After several years in pursuit of a career in auto racing, he returned to complete his undergraduate education at Dowling College. His need for speed and fascination with human performance combined fortuitously to land him a seat in Dowling’s lightweight 8+, and his crew set the course record at the Head of the Ohio in 1996. A bronze medal at the CRASH-B Indoor World Rowing Championships in 1997 closely followed Bode’s success on the water. His “hobbies” include the search for life’s meaning, self-understanding, and the love of sharing the trials and tribulations of the human experience with others.

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Jean Bowen
FRONT DESK STAFF

Jean Bowen
friendlyperson@communityrowing.org
617.779.8267

As the morning CRI “Friendlyperson,” Jean Bowen is the smiling face members see each day when they arrive. She signs equipment in and out, sells front desk items, greets visitors, and makes pots of hot coffee for members to enjoy when they start their day. Jean also is part of the private events staff, and makes sure that the many different events held at the boathouse run smoothly.

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Sandra Cardillo

Sandra Cardillo

To immerse herself in US culture, Sandra started rowing in the Girls Row Boston program three months after moving to Boston from Guatemala during her sophomore year of high school, little knowing that the sport would become a huge part of her life. Sandra didn’t just learn how to row; she learned the language as well. Her first words in English were “Power Ten,” and for her first four months in the United States, she got by with five English words: “Power Ten,” “Row,” and “Weigh Enough.” Sandra started coaching in the spring of 2008 with the Greater Lawrence Rowing Middle School Program. She also coached a family program in the summer for all ages. Returning to Row Boston is a dream come true for Sandra: “I am living proof of what Row Boston is all about.”

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Will Congram
HEAD COACH VARSITY BOYS

Will Congram
congram.w@gmail.com

Will has been involved in rowing for most of his life, riding in the launch from an early age with his father, Buzz, who coached the Northeastern Varsity Men’s crew. Will started sculling when he was five years old and rowed competitively in high school and college, rowing three years at Northeastern, the third in the highly competitive varsity boat for the fall head and spring sprint race seasons. Will began coaching as a postgraduate at his high school in 2004. He joined the coaching staff at CRI in the summer of 2006, coaching sculling 1-4, the competitive masters’ men and women, and general sweeps. Will was the Novice Boys Head Coach from 2009 through spring 2013, during which they maintained an undefeated record at the Northeast Regional Championships. In Will’s first year as Boys Varsity Head Coach, the CRI boys won the Mens’ Youth 8+ and 4+ and finished 2nd and 3rd in the Mens’ 2–, qualifying a record number of crews to compete at the USRowing Youth National Championships, where CRI saw its first Mens Varsity 8+ compete in the grand final. Using principles of mindfulness, Pilates, and rowing as a medium, Will's ultimate aim is to work with rowers to become more fully present in body and mind, on and off the water.

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CONTROLLER

Tara C.
'books@communityrowing.org

Tara oversees all of the financial aspects of CRI, which includes accounts payable, accounts receivable, program registration changes, human resources (payroll & benefits administration), and monthly and quarterly financial reporting.

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Brian DiDominici

Brian DiDominici

Brian joined CRI in spring 2010 and coaches sculling I, II, and III. He is also the Head Boy’s Varsity Coach for Bromfield-Acton-Boxborough Crew in Harvard, MA. Brian has a BA in Sequential Art from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and a MEd from Framingham State University. He rowed and coxed for four years in college, taking third in the Dad Vail Regatta in the open novice 8+ (rower), first in the John Hunter Regatta in the open men’s 8+ (rower), and first in the John Hunter Regatta in the open men’s 4+ (cox). After graduation, Brian served as Assistant Novice Coach at SCAD from 2002 to 2007. Since then, he has coached at Clark University as Women’s Assistant Coach, Hobart College as Men’s Assistant Coach, Wayland-Weston Crew as Boy’s Head Coach, and Temple University as Women’s Assistant Coach.

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HEAD COACH - VARSITY GIRLS

Skye Elliot
skye@communityrowing.org

Skye began his coaching career at age 19 as the Novice coach at Georgetown Visitation in Washington, DC. After six years of helping to build programs in Northern Virginia, he settled in Tampa, Florida as a coach for Plant High School.  During Skye’s first year with the Novice women, Plant saw its first ever State and Regional titles in any women’s eight. As the Varsity women’s coach over the following four years, his crews won several Head of the Hooch, Florida Sprint League, Florida State, and Regional titles. In 2009, his team won its first Florida Scholastic State Championship by winning the V, 2V, and 3V events. Most recently, Skye served as the Head Coach as well as the Varsity Women’s Coach at Atlanta Junior Rowing Association. In the spring of 2013, the team saw its first Southeast Regional Women’s points trophy with titles in the V4+, Lt4+, V2-, 2V8+, and 2V4+. The women went on to place 8th in the V4+ and 4th in the Lt4+, also both firsts in the team’s 25-year history. Since 2007, Skye has coached several rowers and coxswains who have been invited to the US Junior National Team selection and development system. In 2009, two of his rowers were members of the US Junior National Team eight that won a gold medal at Junior Worlds. During this time, Skye also had the opportunity to serve as a US JNT Development coach. Skye rowed and coxed for Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC where he received the novice MVP award as well as the Coaches Award his senior year. 

 

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JOE GARTLAND

joe.gartland@communityrowing.org

A native of Harvard, Massachusetts, Joe Gartland joins the CRI coaching staff after graduating from our IRL program. After completing the IRL, Joe took over as the head coach of the West Side Rowing Club junior men's squad, leading them to their best summer in almost a decade. Prior to arriving at the Harry Parker Boathouse, Joe was a two-year assistant head coach at Williams College for the men's team. In his first year at Williams, he guided the Men's Frosh 8+ to their first ever ECAC Championship, with a repeat of the feat in the following spring of 2015. While primarily directing the freshman crews, he also was in charge of recruiting, as well as assisting in training and coaching on all levels of the program.

Joe rowed collegiately for Boston University under Head Coach Tom Bohrer, before graduating in the spring of 2013. Prior to BU, he found rowing at St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, MA, where he rowed for his final three years, and competed in the summer with the Boston Rowing Club. In 2008, Joe's crew won the Junior Men's 8+ at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. In 2009-2010, Joe rowed competitively in Australia in sculling and sweep for Corio Bay Rowing Club.

Joe began coaching in 2010 during an academic year off, working with the Groton School boys JV team. He would later coach at BB&N, Northeast Rowing Center and as the junior boys summer head coach at Bare Hill Rowing Club.  We are excited for the coming season and to welcome him to our community.

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Nigel Gallagher

Nigel Gallaher

Nigel began his coaching career at CRI with the Novice Girls program in the spring of 2011 and was one of the coaches for the Learn-To-Row Program during the summer of 2011. Nigel’s college rowing career began at Rhodes University in South Africa, continued at Harvard, and ended at Cambridge University, where he won his trial cap (Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race) and was elected to the Leander Club. He is a competitive Masters rower at Cambridge Boat Club, where he is past President, and is a member of the Head of the Charles Race Committee. Like John Sisk, Nigel thinks the best boat on the river is the pair! Nigel is an architect by training and, having worked for Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbot for 25 years designing and managing large hospital projects, is delighted to be coaching out of the CRI boathouse, which was awarded the Harleston Parker Medal in 2010 for being the most beautiful building in Boston.

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Nonna Gale
Program and Office manager

Nonna Giunta
nonna@communityrowing.org

Nonna spends most of her time in the administrative offices, in addition to working as a ‘friendlyperson’ at the front desk. She sends out the weekly E-News blasts each Tuesday, manages registration, keeps track of records such as swim and captain’s tests, helps to process paperwork, and sends communications to coaches and members. She spends time each day answering the many inquiries CRI receives daily by phone and e-mail and assists the program director with all manner of other fun stuff.

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Ariel Handler
HEAD COACH GIRLS ROW BOSTON

Ariel Handler
ahandlercri@gmail.com
617.779.8277

Ariel coxed at CRI from 2004 to 2006 and then at Newport Aquatic Center, where she was a senior captain, finishing her high school career with a bronze medal at Youth Nationals in the Junior Women’s 4+. In 2008, she attended Junior National Team ID and selection camp.  Ariel coxed for UCLA and as a senior was a varsity captain, leading the team to an overall seventh place at the NCAA championships. In 2012, she won the JV8+ at San Diego crew classic and was in the first UCLA boat to make a grand final at the NCAA championships. After college, she was a volunteer assistant coach at UCLA and a novice assistant coach for Marina Aquatic Center, and has been a resident adviser and coach for the Women’s Junior National Team.

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Anna Harris

Anna Harris

Anna started to row as a freshman walk-on at Duke University and rowed as part of the inaugural women’s varsity rowing team. She came to CRI to train the following the summer and soon entered the world of coaching. Since then, whenever she has lived in Boston, Anna has coached various groups of rowers at CRI. She coaches adult sweeps and sculling, assists with Row Boston, and works with adaptive rowers. Anna holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.

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 Karl Harshe

Karl Harshe

harsheka@communityrowing.org

 

Karl began his rowing career in the fall of 2005 at Michigan State University, where he walked on. After making the top freshman boat in the spring and the top varsity boat the following fall, he became an assistant to the Novice Head Coach and coxed the 2nd Novice 8+ in the spring of 2007. He began his competitive career as a lightweight the following fall and continued through graduation and on to the Riverside Boat Club, where he joined the High Performance Group with national team aspirations. An injury in the spring of 2011 caused Karl to return to coaching and led him to CRI, where he enrolled in the Institute for Rowing Leadership and began assistant coaching for the Novice Boys program. Karl then spent his summer as the assistant to the US Men’s Lightweight 8+, which took bronze at the world championships. From his degrees in physics and statistics, to management of his collegiate club, Karl brings a diverse background to CRI, where he is now head coach for the Novice Boys.

 

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Outreach and Military Intake Assessment

Marilyn Koblan

marilyn@communityrowing.org

Marilyn is a registered nurse with a BSN in Nursing. She came to CRI as a beginning rower and a volunteer for the military and adaptive programs. Her background in critical care and clinical trials aligns with the management of athletes with complex needs. She also coordinates CPR/AED and First Aid training at CRI.

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Manager of Corporate Programs

Patrick Larcom

patrick.larcom@communityrowing.org

Patrick is the Manager of Corporate Programs at CRI with a focus on sharing his passion for rowing with the business community of Boston and beyond. By early morning, he programs strength and conditioning workouts and coaches the CRI Military Rowing Program. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and is a US Rowing Level III Certified Coach.

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David Levy

David Levy

David began rowing in earnest while in graduate school at the Kennedy School of Government and has been coaching intramural and graduate crews at Harvard since 2000. David was an active member of Riverside for many years, competing with the men’s masters until a back injury forced him to scale back his rowing. He currently sculls (cautiously) out of Weld.

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Tiffany Macon
Manager Of middle school rowing

Tiffany Macon
tiffany@communityrowing.org
617.779.8277

Tiffany started rowing as a junior in high school with Delta Blades rowing club in Stockton, (northern) Ca. In the fall of 2008, she started her collegiate rowing career with the Orange and she became the team captain during the 2011-2012 season.  While at Syracuse she received a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science and worked with youth in the Syracuse City School District. Upon graduating, she started her post-collegiate career at Riverside Boat Club (RBC) in the High Performance Group (HPG) under Thomas Keister. In conjunction to rowing with the RBC HPG, she oversees and implements the Let’s Row Boston Middle School program at Community Rowing, Inc. By fostering relationships in the Boston Public Schools and local community centers, she promotes the sport of indoor rowing to increase physical activity and health among local youth.

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Caitlin Mance
assistant director of outreach and Manager of Foundation and corporate grants

Caitlin Mance

Caitlin received her BS in Biology in 2008 from Cornell University, where she rowed for four years and was captain as a senior. She started her coaching career at Cornell upon graduating in 2008. In 2009, Caitlin moved to Boston to complete her master's degree in Energy and Environmental Analysis at Boston University and rowed at the Riverside Boat Club. She spent two years as the Development Coordinator for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, helping implement a fundraising program. Caitlin came to CRI in 2012 to attend the Institute for Rowing Leadership, after which she became coach of the Women’s Rowing Team at Boston College. She has coached sweep and sculling classes at CRI.

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Tristan McKee
Assistant Boatman

Tristan McKee

Tristan grew up in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he developed a love for the ocean and boating. He attended UMASS Amherst and The Landing School in Arundel, Maine, where he studied traditional boat building and design. Tristan's professional experience includes five years working in composites manufacturing for Parlee Cycles, two seasons of fine home building in Nantucket, and building of yacht interiors at Boston Boat Works. Now he assists in building upkeep and maintains CRI’s more than 20 power boats.

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Yael Mito
assistant director of development

Yael Mito

Yael coordinates practice schedules and equipment usage for all of the CRI programs and works with the competitive team coaches on all aspects of travel planning and logistics. Yael is very familiar with the world of rowing, having started her coxing career in Seattle at the scholastic level. Yael went on to cox at Boston University and has continued competing with masters teams since.

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Coree Naslund
para (adaptive) coach

Coree Naslund

Coree Naslund coaches sweep and sculling programs at CRI, including adult learn to row, para rowing and veterans’ programs, and youth recreational rowing. She brings seven years of collegiate and club coaching to CRI. Coree is also Head Coach of BU’s master’s rowing program at DeWolfe Boathouse. She holds a MS in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College.

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Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson

Jeff works with the greater Boston business community to promote the CRI corporate rowing programs. Jeff comes to CRI with 20 years of high-tech sales and partnering experience. Jeff rowed at Marietta College, where he received a BA in Marketing and Management and competed with their Varsity Lightweight crews. Jeff later rowed for Riverside Boat Club in the Lightweight Development camp. Jeff is a competitive sculler and open water racer.

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Beth Noll

Beth learned to row at CRI, began volunteering with the ParaRowing Program in 2011, and came on as a coach starting in 2012. She competes herself and continues to learn from the coaches at CRI, translating that ongoing learning to her work with CRI paraathletes. She brings her background in neuroscience, neurodegeneration and regeneration, and neurosurgical research to coaching, trying to understand how to circumvent the effect of neurological injury and maximize performance in individual rowers facing different challenges.

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Theo

Theo Pritz
tpp28@cornell.edu

Theo grew up in Ithaca, New York, where he learned to row at Cascadilla Boat Club. He then rowed for the varsity heavyweight team at Cornell University, and upon graduating in 2015 he moved to Cambridge to begin training at CRI in small boats as a national team hopeful. It wasn't long before Theo became interested in coaching, and nowadays he can be found working with high school students, adults, ergers, and other rowing enthusiasts in addition to his own training.

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CB Sands Bohrer

CB Sands-Bohrer

CB's focus is on the coach development process as she works with the entire CRI coaching staff, the IRL fellows, and the larger coaching community to provide educational opportunities. Through coach onboarding, program feedback systems, and her work with the IRL and the annual 'What Works' Summit coaching conference, she provides opportunities for coaches to improve and grow.

CB has 30+ years of rowing and coaching experience and is an eight-time National Team member, winning gold at the World Championships in the lightweight double sculls in 1986 and 1989 and bronze in 1984 and 1987. CB was inducted into the National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame in 1997 and recognized again by the NRF in 2000. In addition to her work at CRI, CB coaches the Junior Boys and Girls at Cambridge Boat Club and has previously been a guest coach at Northeast Rowing and the Craftsbury Rowing Center.

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Jenny Sichel

Jenny Sichel

Jenny is the ParaRowing Coordinator at Community Rowing, Inc., coaching and organizing adaptive rowing development. Her coxing, rowing, and coaching experiences encompass more than eight years, eight states, and five countries. She has been to the World Championships twice, in 2010 and 2013, as a coxswain for the US Para Rowing LTA 4+ and is planning on continuing her training for the 2016 Paralympics. Jenny has a BS in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College and is looking to pursue a PhD to further her understanding of rowing mechanics and physiology.

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John Sisk

John Sisk

John started his rowing career on the Hudson River with F.D. Roosevelt HS and rowed sporadically with the Marist College team. After a lengthy absence—during which he flew helicopters for the U.S. Navy and was an investment advisor for Morgan Stanley—he returned to rowing in 2004 at CRI. In 2005, John moved to Princeton, New Jersey, and joined Carnegie Lake Rowing Association, where he was elected to the Board of Trustees and chaired the Competition and Safety committees. He moved back to Boston in 2006 and joined Riverside Boat Club—where he rows competitively, mostly in the pair— and started coaching, serving as the Girls 3V coach for Boston Latin School. John has coached many programs at CRI, most recently as Girls Varsity Assistant Coach. He has been Head Coach of the Novice Boys and has coached Summer Youth Skills Camp, Adult Learn to Row, Competitive Women, and various outreach programs. He was previously the head coach at Brookline High School, Brandeis University, and Mystic Valley Regional Charter School. John is a USRowing Level II certified coach, is CPR and first aid certified, and has completed USRowing’s Safe Trailer Driving course.

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Drew Tennant

Drew Tennant
boysrowboston@communityrowing.org

Drew is the Boys Coach and Program Coordinator for Row Boston. He has worked with Row Boston since August 2012 and before that was Head Coach and Boathouse Manager at the Cascadilla Boat Club in Ithaca, New York. Drew began rowing as a walk-on for the Cornell University Lightweight team in the fall of 2000, where he rowed in the 1st Varsity 8+ for three years and received Academic All-Ivy honors in his senior year. He is still competing and can be found most mornings training with CRI’s Elite Development Sculling group. Drew is excited to work at Row Boston because it allows him to use his passion for rowing as a medium for addressing social inequality.

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Jeannie Watson

Jeannie Watson

Jeannie taught junior high science and math in Lincoln for 30 years. She was the founder and president of Kartwheels in Motion, a physical activity program for individuals with physical, social, and emotional challenges, aged 5 to 22.  Jeannie learned to row at CRI in 1989 and helped to build the original Proctor Boathouse. Since 1989, she has competed at the masters national and world level for Cambridge Boat Club and Masters Coaching, a virtual rowing team coached by Mayrene Earle from Brewster, Massachusetts.

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