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 email@example.com.
Vice President - Andrew Keller
Andrew has been rowing for over 15 years, having started while at university. He has since rowed with several clubs across the US and Europe, joining Mendota Rowing Club upon relocating to the area. The rowing community has always grounded Andrew and provided a supportive community no matter where he has lived. It is these positive experiences that drives him to make the sport more accessible to all.
Term expires 2026. Andrew can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.