Board of Directors
Here are the board members for 2016-2017. The MRA Board of Directors can be contacted as a group at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a specific question or concern you want to address with the board, start with the Board President. Postal mail to the board can be mailed to the boathouse:
President, MRA Board
50 Drakes Landing Road
Greenbrae, CA 94904
Kate Boyd got hooked on rowing at McGill University (BSc. ’83) and joined Marin after moving here in 1988. She is an active and dedicated member of the Masters Women’s team and has competed internationally, proudly wearing Marin colors. She is a theater educator and has taught in Marin and throughout the Bay Area. She is a free-lance scenic and lighting designer and is currently chair of the Performing Arts Department at Lick-Wilmerding High School.
Alex was introduced to rowing by Robert Cumming, the club’s founder, in 1983 and rowed as a junior at the Marin Rowing Association in the 1980s while attending Redwood. He went on to row at University of California, Berkeley. He rejoined the MRA in 2004 and rowed with the Masters Men team until 2014.
During the 1980s, a close cycling and running friend of Geoff’s resumed rowing. His friend had rowed competitively in high school and college. The next thing he knew, Geoff was following him, slowly, in a single. This led to an introduction to a group of masters men rowing out of an old shipping container on the Corte Madera Creek, which was also the home of group of high school rowers and the Marin Rowing Association. It was at this facility that Geoff was introduced to Roger Barbey and Sandy Armstrong. Their passionate belief in the benefits of rowing for juniors was contagious. By the early 1990s, Geoff was sweep rowing, often with fellow MRA directors Steve Johnson and Bill Hudson, and competing in fours and eights. Geoff joined the Board of Directors in 2004 and has focused as Treasurer on the financial affairs of the Club. In retirement he is looking forward to again rowing and competing with the masters men.
Steve began his life long passion for rowing at UC Berkeley where he was moved into the stroke seat of the Varsity 8 as a sophomore and remained there through his senior year. The year was 1964 (just a while ago) and Steve and his Cal varsity 8 went undefeated, winning the IRA Championships by over two lengths. Only one race was lost that year when his team was finally beaten by Vesper in the finals of the Olympic Trials which then went on to win the Gold in Tokyo. Steve returned to rowing in 1988 on a challenge by the then Cal Crew coach to join him in a four for the Head of the Charles. He then found MRA and has been delightedly rowing with the Marin Masters Men ever since. But the most wonderful gift of this sport came when Steve and Paula’s two sons chose to take up rowing themselves with the MRA Junior program. They too fell in love with the sport with Zach going on to row for Yale and Jake for Dartmouth. Steve was a partner with the Nixon Peabody law firm where he headed its Aviation Team serving as National Defense Counsel for several international aircraft manufacturers and airlines, defending their interests throughout the US and Canada. After 45 years as an attorney, Steve retired in January 2014, happy to spend even more time with rowing and the MRA.
Rick has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley where he rowed on the crew team, and a MBA from Stanford University. He spent 30 years on and around Wall Street, as a pioneer in the mortgage and junk bond markets and a co-founder of Redwood Trust, a Mill Valley-based REIT. In 2007, he started On Keel Capital to provide personalized financial guidance to busy families in Marin County and San Francisco. After a 30 year absence from the water, in 1999 Rick was granted permission by his son Ross (who had just wrapped up his own career with the Junior Men’s Program) to resume his rowing career by joining the Master Men’s Program. He was co-chair of the Capital Campaign to rebuild the boathouse and joined the MRA Board at the end of 2010. Rick has four children and lives in Mill Valley, California. He enjoys rowing his single, golf, skiing, and the myriad of other activities and requirements associated with being a hands-on dad.
Erin was recruited off the Marin Catholic Varsity Soccer team to row in 1985 by MRA Coach and Executive Director, Sandy Armstrong. Erin came back to MRA in 1994 after getting her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. She took another break but returned to row with the Master Women in 2007. She served as Team Captain in 2014. Erin worked for Child Protective Services from 2001-2008 and has worked for Adult Protective Services from 2008 to present. with the City and County of San Francisco. Erin is dedicated to facilitating GOOD rowing for all ages and is a loyal member of the MRA community.
Bio to come.
Tom Woolley, a Director since 2012, is the proud parent of a MRA Junior who rowed from 2009 – 2013. Tom is a registered investment advisor specializing in serving endowed nonprofits and charitable organizations. He advises trustees and senior staff on investment objectives, managing risk, implementing sound governance policies that enable them to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities and their institutions to achieve their missions. In his 30-year career in financial services, Tom has represented leading investment management firms including Fidelity Investments, T. Rowe Price, Bank of America and most recently, Commonfund. Tom is active in the nonprofit community and was a Director for the Marin County Bicycle Coalition for eight years where he served on the finance, board development and fund raising committees.
John joined the Marin Rowing Association Board of Directors in 2016. His passion for rowing was ignited while in college at the University of Notre Dame. While it was a club sport there, he challenged the status quo and showed up, uninvited, to the U.S. National Team selection camp in Princeton between his junior and senior years. This opened the door to his being on three U.S. National Teams, including earning a silver medal at the World Rowing Championships in Hazewinkel, Belgium. To further the rowing program at Notre Dame few years later, he initiated a fundraiser for the program by breaking the world record for greatest distance recorded on a Concept II Rowing Machine in a 24 Hour period (287,854 meters). Since joining the Marin Rowing Association over 16 years ago, he has been active in advancing the program and facilities by leading projects like effort to make MRA the first 100% solar powered rowing facility in the United States. Professionally, John realized while working at Bank of America where he led technical recruitment for an organization of 16,000 people that he makes a pretty lousy employee. He has founded 5 companies thus far in his career and prioritizes his time with family above all else.