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2009 Annual Meeting

Wednesday February 11, 2009
Richard W. Black Recreation Center
Hanover, NH

Nominating Committee:

  • Peter Davenport
  • Elizabeth Glenshaw
  • Brenda Sirovich

Nominees for the UVRF Board of Directors:


Peter Davenport

davenport photoI rowed in college from 1959 to 1963. Rowed at Henley in 1963. When I moved to Vermont in 1963 I purchased Roy Oil, a small fuel oil distributor with 1000 accounts and continued in the petroleum marketing field until 2002. In the early 1970’s I started sculling with many trips to Craftsbury Sculling Center, then coached by Jim Joy. I was fortunate to have the experience building boats with Graham H. King and John Higginson in the late 70’s and early 80’s I am currently Director of the Woodstock Inn & Resort Nordic Center and an active member of the Woodstock Trails Partnership. I continue to scull out of Fuller Boat House and enjoy my association with UVRF.


Paul Gross

gross photoI started sculling in 1977 with the Dartmouth community summer program, learning from Chuck Nagle who was running the program as a student. I’ve sculled ever since, and started Masters head racing in 1998 when I began training seriously, trying to keep up with T. Swayze and Kris Karlson. In the late 90’s and early 00’s, I rowed in the FLIP tank sessions, as well as a couple of summers rowing in the recreational sweep program that was the precursor to UVRF rec rowing. I row about 100 days a year in my single. I've been a member of UVRF since it's inception, and served briefly on the board once before. My involvement with non-profit organizations has been primarily as treasurer or finance chair for WISE, Vermont Public Radio, Northern Stage and Our Savior Lutheran Church. My wife, Peggy Sadler and I own Designer Gold in Hanover, and we live in Thetford with our two wild Brittany spaniels.


Bob Haynes

haynes photoMy exposure to rowing came in the fall of 1969 as a Dartmouth freshman; it left an indelible impression. Rowing a pair for several years led to sculling in the early 90's to keep me on the river. Last summer the circle was completed when I got to row in a men's eight- hurray! A little organization called Dresden evolved into UVRF after numerous fits and starts. I enjoyed contributing as a board member for over a decade, and as president. We assisted with the introduction of HHS boys' rowing, expanded FLIP, added learn-to- row, racing, and sculling opportunities. Our destiny as a viable rowing organization was never doubtful, although some days the course seemed to be getting longer and longer. Proof of our status as a sustainable and credible entity is now very evident. It's also the product of participation, support, and good will from our membership and board members. Hopefully, we can continue to build upon our success. I have a local commercial real estate business (RE Haynes Co., Inc), four grown kids, a wonderful wife who's completing her RN training and I love to recruit people to the Upper Valley and rowing.


Kristen Laine

laine photoI began rowing with Dresden Rowing Club in 2003, after I saw an article about the club in the Valley News, and nearly 25 years after I'd rowed in college. I've participated in the competitive masters' group over four seasons since then. On the board since spring 2007, I've handled fundraising efforts for the club generally and for special projects such as the Resolute purchase. Given the honor to continue serving community rowing in the Upper Valley, I would work to help the club continue the transition to an all-volunteer organization and continue the drive for increased transparency and membership involvement.


Heidi Lange

sirovich photoI have been rowing with UVRF since 2006 and was one of the women’s competitive team captains in 2008. I rowed competitively in college at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and re-discovered my passion for rowing through UVRF. I live in Lyme with my husband and our two children, Kennedy, 7, and Jack, 4. After receiving my master's degree in Physiology, I worked in research briefly before taking a position with Merck, Inc in their Health Science division. Since relocating to New Hampshire in 2002, I have focused my efforts on raising our children. I was on the parent advisory committee at Kearsarge Regional Elementary School in New London and I currently serve as a member of the board of the Lyme Nursery School and as a math volunteer at the Lyme School. I am excited about the possibility of serving on the UVRF board and supporting the rowing community from which I have derived much camaraderie and gratification.


Brenda Sirovich

sirovich photoI learned to row my senior year in college on our intramural house crew team, and I was hooked. I found my next chance to row sweep when I made my way down to Fuller boathouse during my first week in the Upper Valley in the summer of 1998. Peter Kermond was coaching the then Dresden Rowing Club’s recreational program and invited me to hop in a boat, and I’ve been rowing with UVRF ever since. In the fall of 2002, I was lucky enough to be part of the group that took the UVRF sweep program to the competitive level, when we rowed a women’s eight in the Masters division at the Head of the Charles, under the coaching of Chuck Nagle. I joined the UVRF Board in early 2008 and I am pleased and proud to serve the club that has been such an important part of my recreational life. I live in Thetford, VT, and when I’m not recreating, I am a general internist and health services researcher at the White River Junction VA Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School.


Karen Sluzenski

sirovich photoI learned to row in the summer of 1992 with the Dartmouth community summer program and have been obsessed ever since. I didn't discover the benefits of participating in an athletic team sport until I was an adult and rowing has had an enormous and positive impact on my life. The ability to continue my involvement and encourage others, of all ages, to try the sport is a gift. I was fortunate to be part of the first women's competitive boat that Chuck Nagle coached to the Head of the Charles in 2002 and I continue to participate in the women's competitive program. I served on the UVRF Board, as Secretary, from 2004 to March 2007 and am looking forward to the opportunity to serve our newly reorganized all-volunteer club. I live in Etna, NH with my partner, Michael O'Connor (a supporter and fan of the women's program) and work as a librarian at Dartmouth College supporting the Tuck School of Business and Thayer School of Engineering.