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Kurt Somerville, Trustee
Kurt Somerville is a Managing Partner at Hemenway & Barnes, where he specializes in probate, trust, and estate planning law. A former Olympic oarsman, Kurt is a founder and trustee of Community Rowing, Inc. In 2004 he came on board as Chair of CRI’s Campaign Steering Committee. He also is a trustee of Noble & Greenough School, from which he graduated in 1975, and an overseer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1979 (cum laude) and from Boston College Law School in 1983 (cum laude), where he was Executive Editor of the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review.

Jane Morse, Trustee
Jane Morse is a retired senior executive of the former BayBank and BankBoston, where she headed the technology planning department. Upon retiring, Jane began rowing and since that time has become a gold medalist at Masters National and International Competitions. As President of CRI’s Board for seven years from 2003 through the end of 2009, Jane led CRI’s $15 million capital campaign to build a new boathouse. For many years, she has been an active volunteer for the G-Row Program, assisting with on-the-water training and in the classroom providing homework help.

Dick Cashin, Trustee
Dick Cashin, Managing Partner, One Equity Partners, is a long-time supporter of Community Rowing, Inc. and was part of the 1973 USA National Team that was instrumental in the completion funding for the Harry Parker Boathouse. Before founding One Equity Partners in 2001, Dick was President of Citigroup Venture Capital, Ltd. He is a member of the JPMorgan Chase Executive Committee and sits on the Board of Titan International Inc. In addition to CRI, Dick is a Trustee for the American University in Cairo, Boys’ Club of New York, Brooklyn Museum, Central Park Conservancy, Jazz at Lincoln Center, National Rowing Foundation (Chairman), and TOUCH Foundation. He is Co-Chairman of the New York City Investment Fund and is active in several inner-city educational initiatives as well as Harvard fundraising and has served as Co-Chairman of his Harvard class for longer than 35 years. He received his MBA from Harvard University and his AB in East Asian Studies from Harvard College and attended a one-year fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge.  Dick is a world champion rower, winning Gold in 1974.  He was on the 1976 and 1980 US Olympic teams.

Beth Mooney, Trustee
Beth Mooney, is a human resources professional and is US Head of Compensation for the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. She has supported and served Community Rowing, Inc. since 1985, including a term as president of the Board of Directors, and was one of the organization’s first members. She is a founding member of the NIBR Cambridge Women’s Resources Group, co-chairing the Community Alliances committee, and volunteers as a Big Sister with the Big Sister Association of Boston. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and earned a Masters from Lesley University. A rower since 1977, she continues to race competitively.

Ann Robbart, Trustee
Ann Robbart, a founder of Community Rowing, Inc., is a scholar in public policy. She has taught college courses, consulted, researched, and written professionally on current US domestic policy and its historical development. Previously, as a partner in a consulting firm she co-founded, she worked with nonprofit social change groups (state-wide to regional) and political candidates (local to US Senate, around the country) to plan and execute their fundraising and public relations strategies. The firm’s work with groups focused on developing a funding base of individual donors and reducing reliance upon foundation and government grants. Earlier, she had worked as the Development Director for two regional groups. She has also served as a volunteer director on several local, state, and one national organization.

She helped to found the former US National Team Training Center in Boston, BRC, formerly known as EDC, in 1978, and was a founder of Community Rowing in 1984-5. She is a founder and partner of the Little Sculling Boat Co., LLC, which makes boats and sculls small enough for children as young as 5 to use. She is a graduate of Smith College and has a MSc from the University of Massachusetts.

Kathryn Elliott (Kathy) KeelerTrustee
Kathy Keeler is a former competitive rower and Olympic gold medalist. She was a member of the American women's eights team that won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, "the only women's crew in U.S. history to win an Olympic gold medal" until 2008.  Keeler was a member of the U.S. national rowing team in 1982 and the women's four that won a silver medal at the World Rowing Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland that year. She qualified for the U.S. Olympic rowing squad in 1980 and, overall, was a member of four U.S. national rowing teams.  Subsequent to her competitive rowing career, Keeler was a member of the U.S. national rowing team as a coach on six occasions (in 1987, 89, 91, 93, 94, 95). As U.S. Olympic Team coach in 1996, she directed the U.S. women's lightweight double to a silver medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Kathy coached the CRI Comp Girls and then the Comp Boys in the early 1990s and was a college coach at Smith College, among other institutions.

She was married to the late Harry Parker. They have a daughter, Abigail Parker, who rows at Harvard University.  Keeler is a 1978 graduate of Wesleyan University.

Alyson Magian, Trustee
Alyson Magian is the past Executive Director of Community Rowing (1997 – 2008). During her tenure, the Trustees, Board of Director and Staff mounted a successful Boathouse campaign, resulting in the building/s that today house Community Rowing.

Alyson began rowing after college, competing for the Winnipeg Rowing Club and Manitoba Provincial Team. Taking her love of rowing to the promotional side of the sport, Alyson became the Executive Director of the Manitoba Rowing Association prior coming to Boston to lead Community Rowing.

Alyson remains active in rowing as the treasurer of the Merrymeeting Community Rowing Association (MCRA) in Maine and rows daily on the Androscoggin River and Merrymeeting Bay.

Howard Schmunck, Trustee
(Bio coming soon)