Board of Directors


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.

Vice President

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.


Position Open

Communications Director

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.

Association Director

Lydia Hawthorne

Lydia has been a member of Lincoln Park since 2015 and has served as a Captain for the competitive team for the last three years. Lydia comes to LP with experience at five other teams and clubs over the last 15 years, rowing in Minnesota, Michigan, Ireland, and finally Chicago, making many friends through rowing along the way. Her professional background is as a Membership Manager of Nonprofit organizations.

Facilities Director

Lisa Dieter

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.

Rowing Director

Sarah Cornish

Sarah has been a member of LPBC since 2015 and rows for the competitive team. Before Lincoln Park, Sarah rowed for the Ohio State University and was on the 2011 Big Ten Championship team. Professionally, Sarah works in business development and partnerships for a consultancy.

Paddling Director


Director at Large

Tom Stubna