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Leadership Team



Bruce H. Smith

Bruce is a medal-winning US National Team Coach and a social entrepreneur.  Under Bruce’s leadership, Community Rowing in Brighton has become a world leader in the transformative sport of rowing.  CRI continues to pioneer new programs serving people from all walks of life, with an emphasis on communities that need special care.  CRI continues to develop new equipment and methodologies to make rowing broadly accessible.  With an annualized growth rate over 20% and a digital and bricks and mortar strategy to reach millions of people over the next five years, CRI is poised to make rowing “America’s sport” once again, 80 years after Boys in the Boat at the 1936 Olympics.  In 2015, the Lightweight Men’s 8+ that Bruce coached earned the only US Men’s Team medal at the World Championships in Aiguebelette, France.

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Ellen Minzner


Ellen Minzner

In the past five years, Minzner and her team of Outreach coaches have pioneered a model for serving people with disabilities, military veterans, and underserved youth that has become the national standard. She has a master's degree in Urban Planning from Tuft University, studying the role of Sport in Community Development---a course she now teaches at CRI's Institute of Rowing Leadership. A former World Champion (LW2-) and with over 25 years of coaching experience at the high school, college, and national team levels, she has led the US Paralympic LTA 4+ to a silver medal in Rio in 2016, and also serves on the FISA Para Working Group to address the future of para rowing.

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Matt Lehrer

With a background in the sports industry domestically and abroad, Matt Lehrer is the Director of Coaching Education at Community Rowing, Inc. and the Institute for Rowing Leadership. Driven by the belief that sports present a unique arena to positively impact lives, his passion for working intensively with coaches to improve their craft is rooted by the profound influence sport has had on his life. His current role provides a myriad of opportunities to engage with coaches at all stages along the pathway of learning and an opportunity to grow the sport by driving positive athlete experiences through long-term coach development.

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Nonna Gale


Nonna Giunta


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. Prior to working at CRI, Nonna cooked and baked for area cafes, restaurants, caterers and private clients. Nonna is proud mom to Kira, Sia and Barrett.

Nonna is one of CRI's most reliable and experienced employees.  She has touched nearly every level of the CRI administrative evolution. Her areas of focus at CRI include (but are not limited to!) oversight of the front desk, managing and monitoring  registration processes, overseeing records tracking, managing a variety of CRI's communication channels, and supporting our coaches and their schedules. 

Since becoming Director of Programs, she has provided CRI with innovative and responsive leadership that has  enhanced the rowing experience for both our sweep and sculling communities.   



director of operations

Ted Benford

Ted has operational responsibility for all areas of CRI's services and operations, 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 - in first name alphabetical order

Ariel Handler


Ariel Handler

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.


Anna Harris

Sculling Coordinator, CRI Coach

Anna Juraschek

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.



scheduling and equpment manager

Beatrice Sims

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. After graduation she spent five years working as a software developer, building logistics systems for large-scale packaging, sorting and shipping operations. She brought her logistics background to CRI in January of 2017 as the Travel and Equipment Coordinator, where she coordinates equipment for CRI's programs at home and away, and helps to organize travel for the youth competitive teams. She also coaches GS2 and CRRL and helps us fix the printer.

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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.


Brent Bode

Competitive Girls Novice Coach

Brent Bode

Coach Bode, known as “Bode” (pronounced ‘bow – dee’) was a walk-on rower in 1996. His collegiate rowing tour spanned just 3 years as a non-traditional student-athlete for the Dowling College Golden Lion’s. In that short time he won a bronze medal at the ‘97 CRASH-Bs and was voted Most Improved Athlete, 1996. His lightweight 8+ set the course record at the Head of the Ohio that year. His crew was voted Team of the Year 2004. The team’s extraordinary performance became the bedrock of the Golden Lions’ next decade of rowing success in the East Coast Conference. After serving five years as Assistant to Athletic Training at Elite Sports Medicine (NY), he was awarded a Teaching Fellow Scholarship in Smith College’s Exercise and Sports Studies (ESS) Master’s program. After graduation Bode spent one year as Wellesley College’s novice rowing coach, and was the first coach for Newton Country Day School’s inaugural rowing program in 2008-9. In 2009 he became CRI’s Girls Novice head rowing coach. His teams have won the US Rowing Northeast Championships, and in 8 years the team has placed all of its crews (i.e. five novice 8+) in the top 10 for both Head and Sprint racing seasons. The team’s motto: “We leave no athlete behind!”

Bode lives in Watertown, MA, enjoys cycling, self-exploration, and is forever curious. Above all he is passionate about life-long learning.




Brian DeDominici

Brian began at CRI in 2010 and has been coaching at the collegiate and high school levels since 2001, including The Savannah College of Art and Design, Hobart College, Wayland-Weston Crew, Temple University and Penn AC.  He is currently the Jr. Mens' Head Coach and Boatman at Bromfield-Acton-Boxborough Crew in Harvard, MA.  Brian has a B.F.A in Sequential Art from SCAD and a Masters of Education from Framingham State University.  Brian coaches sculling classes and GS2 at CRI.

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 program feedback systems, training all coaches at CRI through CRI Coach Certification, and her work with the IRL in multiple capacities, 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.



Development assistant

Carolyn Casey

Carolyn graduated from Bentley University in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Information Design and Corporate Communication. Carolyn works closely with both our Associate Director of Annual Giving and the Executive Director to ensure the many moving parts of the CRI office remain on track. She contributes in the development of our fundraising campaigns and events. Carolyn helps to connect the community with our "Rowing For All" mission. When not at CRI, Carolyn can be found working for her families catering company or enjoying time in Ireland with her family. 




Row Boston Coach, cri coach

Catherine Davie

Davie was a four year student-athlete Smith College, where she was elected team captain and competed at the NCAA national championships in 2009.  She also has rowed at clubs in Arkansas, Texas, and Israel. In Israel, Davie worked as a maritime archaeologist, so has a lingering tendancy to collect flotsam in the launch.  She coached for 4 years at Brandeis university. At CRI Davie coaches a range of programs including the Row Boston Novice Girls, Adult General Sweeps, Open Para, and Military classes.  Davie uses the captive audience of her rowing classes to try out jokes for her standup comedy routine, with varying levels of success.  

Coree Naslund


Coree Naslund
Originally from Washington state, Coree moved to the Boston area in 2011 and coaches the High Performance Group for CRI's competitive para-rowers, as well as enjoying coaching special events such as Corporate Programs and the Charles River Rowing League. She also coaches varsity boys for the Wayland-Weston Rowing Association on Lake Cochituate and provides administration assistance to the not-for-profit organization. Coree holda M.S. in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College, and B.A. in Journalism from Western Washington University. As an undergraduate varsity athlete, Coree coxed WWU's Varsity 4 in the 2006 NCAA Women's Rowing National Championships to gold, and helped secure the teams DII team victory. Coree's trusted side kick Millie can often be spotted at CRI in her yellow life jacket.




David DeIullis
Dave has been coaching since 1991. He has coached juniors through masters. In addition to CRI, he is the head coach and girls varsity coach at Arlington Belmont Crew Club. 


Manager of Middle School Rowing - Outreach

Eddy Mog

Eddy began his rowing career at UMass Amherst in 2010 as a walk-on rower. He competed annually at the Head of the Charles Regatta, NERCs, ECACs, and ACRAs. He graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in History and was awarded Most Valuable Oarsmen by his teammates. After his first season of coaching in Bryn Mawr, PA, he came to Boston in 2015 to coach Brookline High School, Riverside Juniors, and CRI's Let's Row Boston's Program. As Head Coach for the Middle School Indoor Rowing Program, Eddy has instructed indoor rowing in more than 30 Boston Public middle schools. His students have learned erg technique, competed in the YETI Championship, and have learned to row on the water at the Harry Parker Boathouse in barges. He also teaches adult sculling at Harry Parker Boathouse and CRI Stoller Boathouse.



Evan Healey

Evan graduated from Lasell College in 2016 with a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management. After joining CRI part-time in the Spring of 2017, Evan became a part of the full-time staff that Fall. His job as Social Media Coordinator is to increase CRI's social media presence, create original content, and implement social media marketing campaigns to drive registration for our programs. In addition to handling all of CRI's social media platforms, Evan films our Drive Rowing Studio workout videos.


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Jamie Ames

After a stellar non-rowing college athletic career, Jamie got married, moved to Boston, and became an active member of Riverside Boat Club for more than the lifetimes of most people reading this note. He sculls and cycles before dawn and has  competed in both disciplines. Jamie is an  educator who resides in Watertown with his wife, two remarkable daughters, and the best dog in the world.

"My role at CRI is to impart my love of rowing to those not yet enamored. I feel it is essential to give back to a sport that has given me so much for so long. After sitting in the boat for ages it’s time to teach others what I’ve learned as I view the river moving forward." 


CRI Coach

Jasper Barbash-Taylor

Jasper found rowing CRI in the spring of 2016 while on leave from college and has been hooked ever since. He works primarily with the youth recreational programs (learn-to-row and crew league) and the adult sculling classes at CRI and enjoys connecting people of all ages to each other, their bodies, and the non-human world through rowing and mindfulness. Jasper is passionate about increasing awareness of and improving the experiences of LGBTQIA athletes in the rowing world. He is currently working on a rower profile page for the CRI weekly newsletter and is designing a website to connect rowers to each other and coaches for group sessions. 

Jeannie Watson

Adaptive Coach

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.


Jenny Sichel

Adaptive rowing coordinator, Coach

Jenny Sichel

Jenny began her rowing career at Bryn Mawr College 11 years ago. She earned her bachelor's degree in Mathematics and continued on to pursue her passion of rowing after graduation in 2010. Jenny has represented the US Para Rowing National Team at World Championships in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015 as the coxswain for the Legs, Trunk, and Arms 4+. In 2016 she went to the Rio Paralympics with Team USA and earned a silver medal. At Community Rowing, Inc. Jenny oversees the Para Rowing Department as the Para Coordinator. In this role she works with both ongoing CRI programs and organizes the Boston adaptive community in tailored group programming.


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.




Jon Smith

Jon began rowing in 1977 and rows to this day.  He is a three time Olympian, World Champion, IRA Champion and NEIRA Champion.  When rowing now, he likes to look for his friends the Herons and Turtles. John coaches all levels of sculling and is highly interested and personally motivated to build solid citizens with whom to share the river.



Jovia Manzie

As the current Program Coordinator and Varsity Girls Coach for CRI's Row Boston program, Jovia is responsible for leading Row Boston, our competitive racing and academic enrichment program for Boston Public School youth. Origninally from Fairbanks Alaska, Jovia began rowing at the University of Puget Sound where she attended and raced at the NCAA Championships twice. After college, Jovia worked as a youth counselor in a Residential Behavioral Therapy Unit and quickly realized she wanted to combine her love of rowing with a desire to develop youth of all ages. She graduated from CRI's Institute for Rowing Leaderships in 2016 and worked as an assistant coach for Row Boston. In the summer immediately after graduation, she coached for Team in Training in Seattle, working with athletes who were learning a new sport while simultaneously fundraising for blood cancer research through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, but returned back to CRI to continue her work with Row Boston.



Senior manager of corporate & foundation relations

Julie Totten


Julie has a strong background in development and nonprofit management. From 2001 to 2014, she founded and led Families for Depression Awareness, a national nonprofit organization that reaches millions of families across the country. Julie holds a MBA from Babson College and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.



Karl Harshe

Special Projects, Facilities, CRI Coach

Karl Harshe


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.



Kane Larin

Special Projects, Major Gifts

Kane Larin

With more than 1,500 registrations each year, CRI is a beehive of activity every day.  Given his experience in the sport as an athlete, coach, and administrator, Kane is uniquely experienced to provide guidance and leadership in a broad array of special projects at CRI.  When CRI needs a deft hand at solving a unique challenge, whether it's a facility issue, a challenge with team travel, or to provide representation for CRI to a  local group or constituency, Kane provides CRI an experienced voice and steady guidance.  In addition to his special projects role, Kane oversees operations and programming at the Stoller Boathouse, CRI's location in Newton.



Manger of Middle School Indoor Rowing

Kara White

Kara became involved at CRI while working at Boston Children’s Hospital through the OWL on the Water program. After volunteering for a year, she was hired as a part-time coach. About six months later, Kara came on full-time at CRI as the Manager of Middle School Rowing. In her current role, Kara works to expand our Middle School Indoor Rowing Program throughout Massachusetts and beyond to provide “Rowing for All”.


para and Military Intake Coordinator

Marilyn Koblan

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.




Nick Jordan

Nick learned to row across the pond at Eton College high school.  He rowed at Harvard under Harry Parker and is currently a high school biology and chemistry teacher at the local Rivers School. Currently Nick is working with the Competitive Boys coaching staff. 


Manager of Corporate Programs

Patrick Larcom

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 enjoys helping coach 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.  Patrick graduated from CRI's Institute for Rowing Leadership in 2012 and has been an instructor for the IRL Strength and Conditioning Course since 2014.


Tristan McKee

Manager of FAcilities

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. Tristan now manages the shop and facility as CRI's first Manager of Facilities with his pup Floyd.  Together, they are overseeing an array of improvements and updates to CRI's repair process, the Launch Project, Inclusion Rowing materials and many other aspects of running the fast paced and diverse needs of our organization.



Front desk manager

Rachel Purington

Rachel began her rowing career in New Hampshire as a Sophomore in high school, fell in love with the sport and has never looked back. A 2017 graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Political Science, Rachel was a four year varsity coxswain on the URI Men's Rowing team.In her URI coxing career, highlights have included earning silver and bronze medals at the New England Rowing Championships, placing 4th in the Men’s Varsity 4+ in 2016 at the American Collegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta and coxing in the Head of the Charles Regatta each of her four years in college.

Rachel is currently an Institute for Rowing Leadership Fellow, Volunteer Assistant for the MIT Women's Open Weight team, CRI Varsity Girl's Assistant and most recently received the position as CRI Front Desk Coordinator. Rachel is excited to join the CRI Staff and help contribute to the "Rowing for All" mission. When not at CRI, Rachel can be found napping, participating in outdoor adventures and visiting her Standard Poodle, Bode in New Hampshire. 




Sam Ames

Sam Ames learned to row in high school where he rowed for seven seasons in the fall and spring. He also rowed during the summers at Riverside Boat Club in Boston and attended classes at the Florida Rowing Center, where he learned how to scull. After being away from the sport for many years, he coached three seasons at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, mostly focusing on the high school JV/novice program. He has also coached middle school rowers at BB&N for one season. At CRI, Sam has coached learn to scull and learn to row classes for youth and adults, and novice sweep adult classes. He is assistant coaching the girls competitive sweeps program this summer. He rows and sculls out of CRI as well, and has participated in the General Sweeps 2 and Competitive Men programs.


CRI Coach

Sam Clifford

Sam began rowing in the fall of her freshman year at Fairfield University. Following Sam’s novice year, she spent the summer rowing at USRowing’s Pre-Elite camp and decided to transfer to Indiana University to pursue her rowing career. At Indiana, Sam was able to row on the varsity team as well as – during her last year of school – volunteer coach with the novice team. She graduated in May 2017 with a B.A. in United States History and joined CRI’s staff this September. Sam is a Let’s Row Boston middle school coach and the Novice Girls coach for Row Boston.


Sam Wang

Sam discovered her love of rowing during undergrad where she rowed for the Georgetown University women's crew team for four years. Go Hoyas! She has coached at CRI for 10 years, with experience in both youth and adult recreational programming. During the day, she works at Athenahealth, Inc., a healthcare IT company based in Watertown, MA, just across the river.  Sam is currently a coach for the Charles River Rowing League program. 

Outreach Rowing Coach and Boys Row Boston Novice Coach

Sandra Cardillo

To immerse herself in US culture, Sandra started rowing in the Girls Row Boston program during her sophomore year of high school, three months after moving from Guatemala the US. 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 US, 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 and the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center.  Sandra has since returned to Row Boston as the Boys Novice coach, a dream come true for Sandra: “I am living proof of what Row Boston is all about.” Sandra also works closely with many of CRI's other outreach programs, including OWL on the Water, Para Rowing, and Military Veterans Rowing, and served as a Mentor Coach at the Agitos International Para Rowing Camp in Sarasota, Florida in 2017.



competitive Boys novice coach

Sean Crowley

Sean started rowing in 2007 at St. Andrew's School, where he helped lead his team to Stotesbury Medals and Henley Royal Regatta Finals.  He was part of fastest boat in St. Andrews program history. Sean went on to row at Northeastern University, studied psychology and business and graduated in 2016. There, he earned Eastern Sprints and IRA medals, stroked Freshmen and Varsity 8. He was a member of the NU Varsity 8 that made the Henley Royal Regatta  finals in the Ladies Challenge Plate where his crew set course record and was the first collegiate crew to race under  6 minutes on the Thames in that event.  At CRI, Sean shares his passion for coaching and youth development/mentoring.  His personal interests include snow skiing, automotive mechanics and racing, personal fitness and training, and being an avid fan of sports and competition.



competitive girls head coach

Skye Eliott

From the Nation’s Capital, Skye began rowing in his youth at Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. In his second full campaign as the CRI Varsity Girl’s Head Coach, Skye has brought a wealth of experience and success coaching crews in the summer season. During the summer of ‘08 and ‘09, Skye was a coach for the U.S. Junior National Team Women’s Development Camp. Before arriving at CRI, Skye coached winning U17 crews at the U.S. Club Nationals on both the boys and girls sides. During his first summer with the Red, White and Black, the girls medaled in two of the five events they made the finals in at the 2016 U.S. Club National Championships. The summer culminated with multiple entries making the U19’s Women’s 8+ final field at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Skye’s favorite drill is the “ALF” drill - you’ll have to ask him about it to find out more! When he’s not coaching, you can find him on the open roads of New England as he loves to take long weekend drives!


Manager of Drive Rowing Studio

Stephanie Weiner

 An IRL fellow from the class of 2017, Steph has taken her coaching from on the water inside as the Manager of Drive Rowing Studio. She works with clients and staff in the studio to create a rowing related experience inside, building fitness and body movements for athletes of all levels. Steph is also one of the assistant coaches for the competitive Masters Men. In the past she's worked with Arizona State University and Boston University Rowing programs.  




Tara Coleran

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


Manager of private events

Theresa Fitzpatrick

Promoting and managing outside events at CRI is a novel way to show off the boathouse and share CRI’s mission with an audience which largely has no connection to rowing. Theresa takes pride in transforming the boathouse from a hub of athletic endeavor into a province of sophistication and celebration, leveraging all elements that make the boathouse distinctive. In fact, the phrase “you clean up nice,” is an apt analogy. Theresa brings her background as a Senior Financial Analyst for IBM to bear as she assists CRI’s private event clients realize their vision in a financially optimal way. Theresa also is involved with marshaling the resources of CRI’s membership in volunteer opportunities. Introduced to the sport as an adult and rowing at CRI since 2009, Theresa can be found putting an oar in the water with her CRI peeps before the sun rises three times a week. 


Row Boston Coach

Tom Demers

Tom started rowing in 2005 on the Charles River, during a summer camp at Union Boat Club in Boston. Soon after he took it up as a full-time sport. He helped to start and grow a local rowing club, in Lawrence, MA, that he captained for two seasons. Tom went on to row at Northeastern University in Boston in the 1st freshman 8+.  After injuries caused him to have to stop rowing before his sophomore season at Northeastern, he started coaching at CRI with the adaptive outreach programs. From there his duties at the boathouse grew. He has worked with many programs at CRI from learn to row to sweeps II programs. Tom is also a vital portion of CRI's outreach staff, working closely with our para programs, OWL on the water (optimal weight for life), and Row Boston. Tom graduated from the Institute for Rowing Leadership in 2015, doing his practicum with Row Boston. Tom is now Row Boston’s assistant coach for the Varsity teams and helps with all aspects of Row Boston operations. 

Wayne Berger


Wayne Berger

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 directly with the Institute for Rowing Leadership coaching fellows in improving their coaching and teaches two courses in the program.



Head coach, Competitive boys

Will Congram

Growing up in Concord, MA, Will learned to row watching his dad coach crews from the launch at Northeastern University throughout his youth. Graduating from NU in ‘09 himself, Will is in his fourth full year as head coach of the Competitive Boy’s Varsity squad. The Boys’ Summer Competitive crews have had unprecedented success at CRI under Will’s direction, winning the u19 4+ at Canadian Henley for three straight years, including a title at Club Nationals and a title in the u19 8+ at Canadian Henley this past summer. His favorite drill is pausing at bodies over. When he’s not coaching, Will can be found playing the guitar, Walking War Robots or taking a martial arts class.

Yael Mito


Yael Mito

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.  In her new role, Yael oversees CRI's Annual Fund and works closely with Bruce Smith as well as CRI staff to ensure our programming and staff are connected meaningfully to our community.