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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Lisa first heard about the boat club in 2017 after moving to Lincoln Park from Logan Square. She signed up for Learn to Row with hopes of finding a low-impact activity to replace long-distance runs. Next, she joined the Novice team and competed in Head of the Rock later that year. What began as exercise has become so much more – new friendships and a fresh experience of Chicago’s unique parks and waterways. Lisa owns an independent wealth advisory firm, providing investment advice and financial planning to individuals and families.
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.
When Michelle moved to Chicago in 2015, it was while running through the park she discovered LPBC. After watching the Chicago Sprints Regatta she decided to sign up for the Learn to Row classes and then moved into paddling. Already spending time running and walking through the city, she loved the opportunity to get on the water and enjoy Chicago from another perspective. In her professional career, Michelle works in cancer research.