BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jonathan Moss

Vice President and Founder

Jonathan began rowing in 1987 when competing at Wesleyan University. He represented the United States by competing for the national team from 1993 through 1996. Winning international gold medals at the 1993 World Championships in the Czech Republic and 1995 Pan-American Games in Argentina, he's had the opportunity to compete with those at the pinnacle of the sport. He's also completed two Boston Marathons and one half ironman triathlon. Relocating to the Pioneer Valley in 2001, he began volunteering with the YMCA rowing program. When they discontinued operations, he worked with a core group of rowers to preserve river activities in the region by forming the PVRC in 2007 and establishing it's 501(c)3 non-profit status in 2009.  Appreciating the beauty, tranquility and value that the river and bike path bring to the residents of the Greater Springfield area. Jonathan has worked at Baystate Health in Finance and Project Management since 2001.

Jim Broderick

President

Jim Broderick rowed varsity crew in the late 1960's in Springfield, MA for Tech High School, a 3-year (10-12) public school with an enrollment of 2,200 students. At the time, Tech Crew boasted 3 freshman 8's, 2 JV 8's, and a varsity crew. Rowing on the Connecticut River out of the boathouse located by the North End Bridge, Tech scrimmaged with Classical High School, another Springfield public high school with crew, as well as with American International College, both of which also rowed out of the same north end location. Although he did not row in college, in the late 1980's after a hiatus of over 20 years, Broderick signed up for the YMCA's sculling program at Springfield's Riverfront Park (spearheaded by Laurie Campbell, another PVRC board member), and has been sculling recreationally ever since.

Roger Jarosz

Treasurer

I started rowing in the Springfield YMCA rowing program in 1998 with no previous rowing experience. Having played various competitive sports including hockey at the collegiate level, I found rowing provided me with a competitive outlet, without the weight bearing grind of other sports. After a few years I acquired my own racing single and have competed in various fall head races. I liken rowing to snow skiing in that every day on the water or snow is texturally different. You may cover the same ski mountain or river but the sun, the clouds, the current, the wind, the temperature always makes it a one of kind experience, never to have been done before.

Charlie Hines

Secretary

I began rowing in 1999, when I was 48 years old. I just fell in love with it and have rowed every season since then. My first race was in 2003 at the Green Mountain Head in Putney, VT and, again just loved it. I've been in at least one race each season since and hope to have many more. While rowing a single is a solitary pursuit, the camaraderie that surrounds the rowing is fantastic.

Laurie Campbell

I have always loved the water; growing up with small boats on the CT river and Cape Cod waters. I paddled canoes, boards, and kayaks; rowed dingys and learned to scull in 1986. My husband, Jeff, and I started the Springfield Y'MCA Community Rowing Program in 1987 with local funding and the Y's support. It's exhilarting now to see the expansion into North Riverfront Park; local youth rowing and adults enjoying the river once again!

Louisa Davis-Freeman

Louisa was born and raised on the shores of Eastern Long Island, NY where she
developed a love for boating and the outdoors at an early age. She started competitively
rowing while at Springfield College during the early 1980s and has rowed ever since. As
a competitive rower she has raced throughout much of the northeast and in Great
Britain. In addition to competing, she served on the board of Yankee Rowing Club in
Amherst, MA for 25 years in various capacities and closely collaborated with others on
the many responsibilities that come with running a community based rowing club.
Professionally, Louisa is the Dean of Admissions at Springfield Technical Community
College where she works extensively with many of the Springfield area schools,
community based agencies, regional colleges and local employers. In addition, she also
serves on the faculty at Springfield College teaching in their graduate school.

Michael Paulson

I started rowing in 1991 for Lehigh University. I rowed for all 4 years until graduating in 1995, learning to scull during the summers. I then didn't row from 1996 until meeting up with Jonathan at Long Meddowe Days in 2007. I now try to row as often as my schedule and the weather allow. I also do most of the maintenance on club equipment.

Ruth Griffiths

I have been involved with rowing since I joined Crew (Sweep Rowing) my freshman year in college at the University of Texas in Austin in 1989.   The intensity (and even insanity) of the workouts really appealed to me, as did the teamwork, camaraderie, and fun.   Since I met Jonathan Moss in 2007 I have been dabbling back into rowing mostly though the adult sweep program. Also, my 15 year old son is part of the youth program. As part of the PVRC Board, I love the idea of sharing rowing - and activity - with as many people as possible. I also am inspired to be able to draw attention to the wonderful resource we have in the Connecticut River.  Everyone should get a chance to see those Bald Eagles! 

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