Board of Directors

The Lincoln Park Boat Club functions on a completely volunteer basis, including our Board of Directors. Each officer’s term is for two years.

The Board meets monthly, and invites all associates to attend the quarterly club meetings.

Irene Hayes

Irene clearly remembers her first Learn to Row lesson in 2007 when the class paused during one of the drills. It was a beautiful night and they were facing the Chicago skyline. “I thought, ‘It doesn’t get better than this.’ And she’s been in love with the sport ever since. Since that time, she has volunteered for a variety events and projects, such as Sprints, cleaning days at the Boathouse, Learn to Row, Learn to Paddle, River Marathon, and Outreach. Irene works as an independent change management consultant.


Linda Hall

Linda had never set foot in a boat before signing up for a Learn to Scull class in 2009. The bug bit hard and Linda has been an enthusiastic sculler and LPBC member ever since.


Mary Wessel

Mary took Learn to Row lessons 11 years ago and never looked back. Since then, she has continued to row around injuries and volunteer for the club. Her volunteer effort runs the gamut, including Sprints, Learn to Row and Learn to Paddle days, boathouse clean-up, Chicago River Marathon, and Outreach. Mary especially loves the hands-on experience of seeing the club’s mission of making boating accessible, affordable, safe and fun come to life with our Camp Sign program with the Park District. For Mary, it is utter joy to see camp participants who are Deaf of Hard-of-Hearing have fun and gain confidence on the water.


Will Randall

Will rows for LPBC’s competitive teams in sweep and sculling boats, and has also occasionally been seen out on a SUP on the lagoon. Will began rowing at Oxford University, where he was a Captain of Trinity College Boat Club. Will spent several years rowing with Auriol Kensington RC in London, before moving to Chicago in 2014. Will is a Manager at ZS Associates, a global management consulting firm headquartered in Evanston, IL.


Meagan Meldrim

Meagan is a coxswain for the competitive team and LP member since 2015. Meagan began coxing in high school and went on to cox Michigan State’s Men’s team for four years where she was named a Third-Team ACRA All-American. Since then, she has coached high schoolers at Ann Arbor Pioneer, coxed the men’s sweep team at Riverside Boat Club, and assisted with learn to row events at Community Rowing, Inc. Meagan’s professional background is in public relations with a focus on media relations.


Zachary Hebert

Zach rows with LPBC’s competitive team. He joined LPBC fall of 2013, shortly after moving to Chicago for graduate school. Zach began rowing at Tulane University, in 2007, where he served as Treasurer and Commodore. His professional background is non-profit administration and social science research and education.


Tom Shumaker

Tom has been an LPBC member since 2015. He began rowing at Georgetown University in the late 1990s and also spent time racing for Kings College London, the Union Boat Club (Boston) and the New York Athletic Club. Tom is the co-founder and President of GS Fitness Holdings, the exclusive midwestern franchisee of Blink Fitness, a business he started with NBA player Draymond Green. Prior to this venture, Tom was an investment banker at BMO Capital Markets, Credit Suisse and Citigroup. He lives in Evanston with his wife (a 1999 Dad Vail Champion) and daughter.


Rick Klein

Rick Klein has been a member since 2009 and trains with the competitive team. He sweeps and sculls, and has medals from Head of the Charles, Head of the Hooch, and Masters Nationals in addition to the local regattas. When not rowing, Rick is a school psychologist in Evanston.


Richard Bograd

As a long time member of Lincoln Park Boat Club, Richard has tried just about every type of boat in the club: Olympic kayaking, sea kayaking, sculling… But he has found a home with SUP and outrigger canoeing. He competed in his first paddle marathon in spring 2017, but Richard prefers the Zen nature of sunrise paddles off the shores of Lake Michigan.