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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 - Melissa Austin

I joined MRC in May 2018 as a brand new Learn To Row participant. I chose MRC because it had adult programming and to see what all the rowing hubbub was about. My son is a Junior Rower and my husband rowed in college so it was a constant topic of conversation at my house. It didn’t take long for me to understand the draw. It’s the most difficult, and painful sport I’ve ever participated in. It is also the most rewarding. I never imagined being on a team again. What a treat to get my first team tank top. You’d be surprised how much that means to someone who hasn’t donned a team uniform since the 90’s.

I really love being part of such a supportive and inspiring group of Masters and Junior rowers. I look forward to sharing the support I've received at MRC with new adult and junior rowers as the club continues to grow.

Term expires 2022. Melissa can be reached at maustin@mendotarowingclub.com.


Vice President - Jackie Rand

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 2022. Jackie can be reached at jrand@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 2020. Todd can be reached at tthompson@mendotarowingclub.com.