Pete Donohue has been an active member of the LHRC since February 2012 and Chairman since April 2013. His passion for the sport of rowing is undeniable as he tends to spend as much time as possible on the lake. He has competed at the Head of the Riverfront, Head of the Housatonic, Head of the Charles, Head of the Fish and Sweeps and Sculls regattas. More recently, he competed at the USRowing Masters Regionals and Nationals Championships. On the indoor circuit, Pete has competed at the CT Indoor Rowing Championships, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints in Boston. He credits his love for rowing to his passion for the outdoors and the LHRC coaching staff. When he's not on the water, Pete works at Yale University but wishes he was back on the water.
Jeff Stone, President
Jeff Stone has been a Board Member for LHRC since 2013, and became President in March of 2015. His interest in rowing began through his son, who rowed for the high school team for four years, and was team captain his senior year. Jeff and his wife, Nicole, were the team parents for the high school teams during the Spring and Fall seasons from 2012 through 2014. At the coaches suggestion, he began rowing himself in July of 2014, and has been hooked ever since. He rowed at several races in the Fall of 2014, including the Head of the Riverfront, Head of the Housatonic, and the Head of the Charles. During the winter he competed at the CT Indoor Rowing Championships and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. This past spring and summer, he participated in several sprint race regattas, most recently including the USRowing Masters Nationals. As someone who has competed in many sports, at many levels, Jeff believes that rowing is the ultimate sport when it comes to individual discipline and team comradery, and will be actively participating for many years to come.
Sue Edelstein, Vice President
Sue's passion for rowing began with a sculling lesson in 2011. Three years later she became a member of the coached program at LHRC, bringing her enthusiasm and competitive spirit to the team. Some of the sprint and head races she's competed in include: USRowing Masters Nationals, USRowing Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Masters Championships, Head of the Charles, Head of the Fish and others in both sculling and sweep events.
She is a testimony to our elite coaching staff and what is possible for new rowers both young and old. Sue continues to row with our highly motivated masters team as well as serving as a consultant to the board contributing her leadership, marketing skills and strong work ethic to help our club achieve the mission and vision we imagine for LHRC.
Anne Kelly, Secretary
Anne has been rowing since 2007, and is happy that the rest of her family has followed suit and learned to row as well. Having had all four of her children participate in LHRC, she is an avid supporter of the LHRC junior program. Participating with her husband, Mike, in both recreation and competitive rowing, both sweeps and sculls, she hopes to lend that broad perspective to the Board as well.
Kelsey A. Kerr, Treasurer
After years of sitting on shorelines cheering for her daughter who rowed at Blair Academy in NJ, Kelsey decided to stop being a bystander and become an active rower herself. She signed up for her first LHRC Learn-to-Row course in 2007. Once she held that oar in her hand and started gliding through the water, she was hooked. Exclusively sweeping until 2014, Kelsey has participated in multiple regattas in both masters' women's and mixed 8+s. She lives in Litchfield and works at the Taft School Development Office in Watertown. For the past five years she has been on the LHRC Board of Directors – three of them as Treasurer. When not working at Taft, Kelsey is working on her goals of improved technique, becoming a stronger competitor, and putting LHRC's vision into action.
Edgar Auchincloss, Member
Edgar started rowing in school when he was fourteen. He rowed throughout high school and was the Captain of his team for two years in a boat that rowed competitively for four years on Lake Waramaug. After graduating high school, Edgar went on to become a founding member of the crew program at the University of Connecticut. At the time, rowing at UConn was a club sport, relying on nominal institutional support, and raising most of it’s operating budget through fundraising efforts. While at UConn, he secured rowing facilities for the club at Coventry Lake and measured a race course in the, middle of winter, on the ice, with a group of engineering students. The club prospered well after his graduation and today has a proper boathouse on Coventry Lake, with D1 status for the Women's team, while it remains a club sport for men.
Edgar became involved with the LHRC when his son joined the crew team at Litchfield High School. He has enjoyed working with his fellow board members to establish a program with deep connections in Northwestern Connecticut. Today, the club provides an excellent competitive outlet for regional school systems with professional, paid, coaching staff serving growing Junior and Masters rowing programs. In this capacity, Edgar operates in the shadows of the club, occasionally offering advice, always with the best interests of the club at heart.
Mary Ewing, Member
Mary became a member of the club in July of 2014, and a Board member since January of 2018. After years of watching and supporting her children row for various teams, and eventually college, she decided it was her turn to get on the water and she immediately became hooked. It's hard to beat an early morning row with bald eagles soaring overhead!
"It has been an amazing experience racing with the masters crew. Our Women's 8+ performed exceptionally well at the Head of the Charles last year. We hope to do even better this coming fall!"
As well as the Head of the Charles, Mary has also competed at Head of the Riverfront, Head of the Housatonic, Head of the Fish, Sweeps and Sculls, USRowing Masters Regionals and Nationals Championships regattas.
When not on the water, or spending time with the LHRC community, Mary works as a nurse at The Gunnery.
Kathy Roy, Member
My rowing journey began several years ago when we moved here to the beautiful northwest hills. My children were grown; they had moved out of the house, we did not know very many people here. My neighbor suggested that I join the rowing club as a means to meet people. I did meet new people after I joined but for me the club became so much more. I met friends, great friends. I met high energy people who love to be outside, who love to be on the water and who are not afraid to get up at 5am to do so. I met people who are kind, welcoming, encouraging and thoughtful. The LHRC is more than a club. It is a family.
Gail Zaharek, Member
Gail learned to row at Ithaca College as a walk on and spent four years on the team, earning a spot in the varsity boat her sophomore - senior years. She capped off her senior year by rowing in the inaugural Women's NCAA championship and is proud to hold a spot on Ithaca's Erg Wall of Fame. Gail continued to row competitively after college when she learned to scull under Guenter Beutter in GMS' competitive sculling program and attended a development rowing camp in Munich, Germany. She stepped away from the sport when she had her two children and in that time ran 8 marathons, qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon twice and has also completed triathlons including a Half Ironman. Gail has rowed with multiple clubs in the area and has experience racing in sweep and sculling events, earning medals at races such as Collegiate National Championships, Head of the Charles Regatta, Club Nationals, Masters Regionals, Masters Nationals and more. Gail currently races with LHRC's masters program as well as the Chinook Performance Racing team.
Joe Scirica, Ex Officio Member
Joe has been on the Board since 2006. He served as Club President from 2013-2015 after being Board Secretary from 2008-2013. In the spring, circa 2003, Joe spent a long weekend with his wife and daughters in Cambridge, MA overlooking the Charles River. They lingered too long overlooking the rowing teams and were hooked. So, when Emily joined LHRC in spring of 2006 and they needed parent participation, Joe found himself on the Board. That summer, he too, began learn-to-row and hasn’t stopped (learning). His first regatta was that same fall despite swearing he never, ever, was going to try that. Joe recently has taken up sculling as well. When he isn’t rowing, Joe’s day job is as a local Gastroenterologist and partner in CTGI.