Ted Benford

Executive Director

Ted started his relationship with CRI over 25 years ago as a volunteer and coach and then went on to serve as president of the board and as a trustee. In May of 2016, Ted was hired as Director of Operations and served as Interim Executive Director until his selection as Executive Director in August of 2018.  Outside of CRI, Ted has worked extensively in higher education, started his own company and worked in consulting and special project partnerships with senior level leadership of Fortune 1000 companies. He has an extensive coaching resume spanning club rowing, corporate rowing, adaptive coaching as well as coaching and leading Division III and Division I Lightweight and Division I Heavyweight men's rowing programs.

Nonna Giunta

Director of Programs
(617) 504-0207

Nonna grew up in Cambridge, just a block from the Charles, and is a graduate of Tufts University. Arriving at CRI as an adult looking to learn rowing, when a chance to work at CRI presented itself she jumped on it. Nonna is proud mom to Kira, Sia and Barrett.

Nonna is one of CRI's most essential, reliable and experienced members of our staff. She has touched nearly every level of the CRI administrative evolution. Her areas of focus at CRI include (but are not limited to!) oversight and management of the CRI registration processes, managing the array of CRI's communication channels, supporting our incredible coaches and their schedules as well as overseeing records tracking, front desk operations, and our ever improving customer service efforts. 

Since becoming Director of Programs, she has made profound improvements at CRI through her innovative and responsive leadership - it has enhanced the rowing experience for nearly every person who rows at CRI.

Shawn Cote

Director of Development

Shawn joins the CRI team with a wide range of fundraising, corporate partnership and marketing experiences. Shawn holds a bachelors in Sports management marketing from Thomas College in Waterville, ME and a masters in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University. Shawn is also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving overseas from February 2004 to March 2005.

Shawn began his career in minor league hockey with the Lowell Devils, as the manager of corporate partnerships, successfully establishing marketing and community partnerships with local, regional and national companies. In a similar role, Shawn continued his career with at Lowell General Hospital, where he worked to grow individual and corporate philanthropy for the hospital, while establishing the hospital’s first corporate wellness program, and managing a variety of large scale marketing partnerships. Returning to the world of sport, Shawn began working at Northeastern University, as the lead fundraiser for NU athletics. It’s there that Shawn first got involved with the sport of rowing and came to understand the passion and comradery that exists within the rowing community. While at NU he managed a record setting, million dollar fundraising effort for the men’s program, in honor of their 50th anniversary.  

Shawn also worked at Bentley University, supporting fundraising efforts for university priorities. He also worked at Community Funded, a leading digital fundraising platform, where he managed sales for the east coast.

Shawn lives in Burlington, MA with his wife Tiffany, daughter Mia, and dog Lexi.

Beatrice Sims

Director of Operations, CRI Coach

Beatrice found rowing as a walk-on freshman at Brown University, where she rowed for four years before graduating in 2012 with a degree in math and computer science and a 2011 NCAA championship ring.

She spent five years working as a developer of logistics software before joining CRI in January of 2017 as the Travel and Equipment Coordinator. As Manager of Operations, she works to improve many of CRI's processes, and to help the organization develop the tools to provide the best experience possible for rowers and coaches alike. She also coaches the U17/Novice Boys and adult rec, and helps us fix the printer.

Kane Larin

Director of Special Projects & Relationships

With more than 1,500 registrations each year, CRI is a beehive of activity every day. Given his experience in the sport as a leader, athlete, coach, and administrator, Kane is uniquely positioned to provide guidance and vision in a broad array of special projects at CRI. 

When CRI needs a deft hand at solving unique organizational challenges, whether with our facility, programmatic challenges, or to provide representation for CRI to a local constituency, Kane provides CRI an experienced voice and steady guidance.  

Tara Coleran


Tara is a finance professional, and as Controller, she ensures the completion of CRI's complete financials, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, bi-weekly payroll, and the administration of employee benefits.

She works closely with external auditors providing the pertinent information required to conduct the annual audit. Tara also partners with the development team in assembling the data required for grant submissions and also assists on the appropriation of grant funds received.