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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is elected by the members of Mendota Rowing Club during our annual general meeting. Each member holds the position for three years. The Board upholds the integrity and day-to-day operation of the club. The board consists of nine members with three positions up for election each year. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us in keeping Mendota RC a great place to row.


President - Julie Lanear

When I started rowing in college, I learned a lot about myself and about being part of an effective team.   Many years, moves, and careers later, my family has settled here in Madison.  MRC has given me the opportunity to re-discover how much I enjoy rowing and being on the water.  I have also been able to share the experience with my two children who are now part of the junior’s team.  I would like to have the chance to share this sport with others in the community and help both the junior’s and master’s programs grow and succeed. 

Term expires 2024. Julie can be reached at jlanear@mendotarowingclub.com.


TREASURER - Todd Thompson

Todd is an Independent sculler and rows in a Hudson single. He is retired from work in finance.

Term expires 2023. Todd can be reached at tthompson@mendotarowingclub.com.


Secretary - Andy Kellen

I started rowing my freshman year in college, but life intervened and I didn’t stick with it. Fast forward 40 years or so and when my gym closed at the start of the COVID pandemic, I got a Concept2 and started erging, which really whet my appetite for getting back on the water. I found out Mendota Rowing Club was offering Learn to Row in singles, and signed up for the first class. I was completely hooked, and since then have been rowing every chance I get! I truly appreciate being a member of Mendota Rowing Club, and am eager to help the club continue to serve its existing members and introduce additional members of the community to the sport of rowing.

Term expires 2024. Andy can be reached at akellen@mendotarowingclub.com.


Sara Daum

My daughter, Ivy, has a been a member of MRC, as a Middle School rower, since the end of June 2021. She absolutely loves rowing! Since then, I have helped carry boats out to the water and back up to the boathouse after practices, come to her first scrimmage on Lake Monona, and made snacks for rowers. Ivy encouraged me to try rowing at the MRC Row the Boathouse event in August. The moment I experienced the drive, I thought, WOW, no wonder she loves this! I’m looking forward to continuing to support our young rowers any way I can, and to learning to row in 2022. I’m eager to learn more about the world of rowing, and becoming part of the board is part of that process.

Term expires 2025. Sara can be reached at sdaum@mendotarowingclub.com.


Leila Midelfort

I have been rowing off and on since 1991. I have experience as a coxswain, rower including participating in both sweep and sculling at the junior and collegiate levels. I was also an assistant collegiate coach for a year at the end of my college rowing tenure. Since college I have rowed and coxed at the masters levels. I was also a board member at Mendota Rowing Club for three years from 2006-2009 and can help tie in historical knowledge to our current circumstances at the club. I hope to help support and continue to improve on our masters programs as well as develop and expand the junior's presence at Mendota. I am invested in making rowing more accessible to everyone in our community and expanding our presence in the city.

Term expires 2023. Leila can be reached at lmidelfort@mendotarowingclub.com.


Ryan Myers

I picked up rowing freshman year of college, and the sport easily defined my next four years. After graduation, I moved to Madison, where I promptly joined MRC in the summer of 2021. Since joining, I’ve rowed both sweep and scull, as well as done a fair bit of coxing. I’m grateful to have been welcomed onto such an amazing team filled with so many fantastic people!

Term expires 2023.Ryan can be reached at rmyers@mendotarowingclub.com


Rosa Rhoden

I have been involved with rowing in some manner for 16 years, 5 of those years with association with the Mendota Rowing Club. I started as a member in 2015 to primarily work on my sculling skills and did attend some races. In 2018, I began coaching for Mendota as a Master's Coach for the morning practices. Rowing is my not so secret passion and I look forward to continuing this sport for a long time. I have experience as both a rowing member and as a coach, I have also rowed competitively as a high school and college athlete, and since we have added a juniors program to Mendota, that experience can help me assist the board in navigating this new area. 

As a board member, I hope to be involved in making decisions that encourage rowing, maintain member safety and demonstrate the joy that rowing can bring. I also want to better understand how a rowing club operates and figure out how I can hopefully improve that operation for the future. Rowing is the sport that I have stuck with the longest and the one that I always return back too, no matter how many times I say I am never erging again. I want to help Mendota show that enthusiasm and joy to new and existing members alike.

Term expires 2025. Rosa can be reached at rrhoden@mendotarowingclub.com.


Laura Scandurra

Rowing has been a favorite pastime for more than two decades. I was lucky enough to learn to row at the Mendota Rowing Club. After taking the learn to row class, I rowed with both the novice and masters teams and competed at masters nationals. I was hooked! After moving to Washington DC, the skills gained at MRC provided the foundation to row in the Alexandria Rowing Club's competitive sweep program. Work eventually took me to a few far flung places so I wasn't able to stick with it. After moving back to Madison during the Covid era, sculling presented itself as a fantastic opportunity. Being a member of MRC on and off throughout the years has been a wonderfully supportive and inspiring experience. Now that I have more time available, I'd like to use my non-profit management and fundraising experience to help support and continue to improve our masters, novice, junior and wonderfully innovative stem to stern programs. Together we can make rowing more accessible to everyone in our community and expand the presence of rowing in our city.

Term expires 2025. Laura can be reached at lscandurra@mendotarowingclub.com.

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