Charlie Hamlin

President

With 50 years behind the oar, Charlie’s years of competitive rowing and sculling has included multiple collegiate, national and international championships including the 1968 Olympics, 1969 and ‘70 World Rowing Championship and the 19 World Masters’ Games. Charlie is an experienced and successful rowing and sculling coach. He coached the Groton School boys for three years winning the 2015 New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships in 2015 and placing second overall in 2013 and 2014. Upon arriving in Bellingham, Charlie coached the WWU men’s team for two years.  Charlie is married to Ellen Kennelly, a national rowing champion in her own right.

Bob Diehl

Chairman

Bob started his long rowing career at the University of Washington in 1958. There, he rowed collegiately until 1961. His first coach was Al Ulbrickson who coached “the Boys in the Boat” and defeated the Germans in the 1936 Olympics. Bob was undefeated in his college rowing at UW.

Returning in 1965 after serving in the US Army, Bob had a strong desire to begin a rowing program in Bellingham. he stated Western Washington University rowing in 1969 and remained the head coach for six years.

In the mean time, Bob pursued an active schedule of rowing competition, rowing against people from all over the world. He won gold, silver and bronzed at the 1994 World Master Games in Brisbane Australia and multiple medals and in the 1998 Niki World Master Games in Portland. Winning several Regional Championships, Canadian And American National Championships, he rowed the single, double and quad. he continues to be an active sculler to this day.

 

Dave Baker

Treasurer

Dave has been associated with WRA since shortly after its inception 7 years ago and have been a Board Member for 6 years.

Dave started rowing at Exeter University some 50 years ago and coached there. He also coached boys at The King’s School in Chester and at the Columbus Rowing Club. I rowed for The King’s School OB, first as Bow and then as Stroke, being elected by the other crew members. Dave rowed in several events in Britain including two London ‘Head of the River’ regattas, held the week before the Oxford  / Cambridge boat race on the same course (but in reverse!).

Dave loves being out on Lake Whatcom and enjoy seeing the club grow. The club has introduced a lot of people to the sport and it is nice to see them, and the club, grow in experience and skill.

Lisa Kaufman

Secretary

Bio Coming Soon!

Katy Smith

Fundraising

Katy Smith started rowing in college at Western Washington University.  She rowed 4 years for WWU, competing at the NCAA National Championships her last 2 years, and named a Division II All American Athlete by the National Rowing Coaching Association in 2002. Katy was the assistant coach of WWU women’s crew team in 2003, before moving back to her hometown of Tacoma, WA to pursue graduate school. She returned to Bellingham in 2009 and was thrilled to join WRA when it started in 2011.

Though Katy has taken breaks when she was pregnant, she has been a regular member of the early morning master’s group. She has been involved with the fund raising efforts of WRA and joined the board in the summer of 2017. Though rowing is her passion, she also enjoys swimming, jogging, and occasionally participating in triathlons. When she is not on the water or at the boathouse, Katy can be found working as a physical therapist at Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center of Bellingham and raising her three children.

Drew Rosser

Facility

Drew was born and raised in Bellingham. He began rowing with WRA in the Spring of 2014. He was invited to a National Learn to Row Day by a friend and club member and was hooked the moment he got in the boat. While he has played many team and individual sports in his life, he enjoys the comradery, competitiveness, the challenge and high level of fitness rowing provides. 

Being a third-generation in Whatcom County, he has seen many changes in the county. One thing that remains constant is the beauty and splendor of Lake Whatcom and the surrounding area. Most calm mornings, Drew can be found on the lake enjoying; a wonderful row with fellow members and a beautiful sunrise. 

When not on the water, working out, hiking or spending time with family and friends, Drew is a realtor with Windermere Real Estate.

Dave Nichols

Dave was one of the original founders of WRA with Bob Diehl and has been on the board since its inception.  Dave had no prior rowing experience but had always wanted to try the sport.  These days you can find Dave rowing his single every day the water is smooth. 

After law school at UW Dave’s family moved to Bellingham in 1971 where he practiced law for 13 years before assuming the Whatcom County Superior Court bench where he served for 20 years.  Dave was also a Peace Health St. Joseph Hospital board member for some 30 years, and is a past president of the Bellingham Rotary Club.

Sue Rogers

Safety

Sue learned most of the finer points of rowing while pulling for a the scrappy crew team at Georgetown University in the early 1980’s. Much of the Potomac River was a Superfund site at the time, so one of the more incentivizing finer points was learning to stay in one’s seat. in 1982 and 1983 the GU Women’s crew advanced to the Collegiate Nationals. the team was blown away by the competition, but by then the motley crew, was hooked on the sport for life; the GU Rowing program has since grown with solid success.

With gratitude for the work of the organizers and rowers who came before, Sue joined WRA in 2015; she continues an ongoing effort to relearn the finer points (and to remain in her seat) Sue joined the WRA Board in 2016 to support he program, to help ensure the future of WRA and and all that it offers to those of us fortunate enough to row on beautiful Lake Whatcom.

When not rowing and/or spending time with family and friends, sue works as a Nurse Practitioner in the Student Health Center at WWU and is an occasional volunteer at DVSAS.

Sue is the Chair of the WRA Safety Committee. She invites WRA members not already serving on a committee to further support WRA by joining the Safety Committee. Foal is to have fun while taking this responsibility seriously.

Paulette Bergh

Safety

Paulette started rowing in college at PLU and then continued rowing competitively for another 7 years at the Minneapolis Rowing Club. She later moved to Bellingham and coached WWU Women’s Varsity Crew from 1988-1993. She was elected and served on the board of directors of the United States Rowing Association from 1994 – 1998. She has won multiple National Championships and is in the PLU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Paulette loves all types of boating and makes her living on the water as a Licensed Coast Guard Captain. In addition to teaching sailing and yachting, she has been facilitating team building on sailboats for over 10 years. Paulette is especially passionate about rowing and has witnessed the positive influence sport has on so many lives. She both rows and coaches at WRA.

Tom Weatherby

Equipment

Tom began rowing in 2000 at the Sammamish Rowing Association in Redmond, WA. Tom spent nearly 11 years rowing with the “early morning group” and also served on the SRA Board before moving to Lummi Island full time.

Tom and Bob Diehl started having conversations about starting a rowing club in 2008 and has been serving on the board since shortly after the first brainstorming meeting.

Now Tom serves as the Equipment Chair for WRA and rows both with the mid-morning group and in his beautiful single!

Robin Mills

Junior Parent
Co-Chair

Robin is one of two Junior Parent Chairs serving on the board.   She has no personal rowing experience, but has had been a rowing parent for more than four years now.  While she still can’t remember whether her kids row starboard or port, she has picked up enough rowing terminology to be able to decipher line-ups, pronounce the word “coxswain,” know the difference between sculling and sweeping and not be alarmed when she hears someone has caught crabs.  Her oldest son rowed for three years and she now has a son and a daughter in the program.  Her kids have never had more fun working so hard or made such strong friendships as they have in this program. 

Robin has served in a variety of roles on PTA boards over the past nine years and can put together a signup genius or a t-shirt order in no time flat.  If you have any questions about being a parent of a rower, how regattas work and what “going to regionals” entails, feel free to contact her anytime.

John Perry

Junior Parent
Co-Chair

Robin John became enamored by the mountains and waters of the NW while riding his bicycle cross-country, and quickly transplanted himself from Baltimore to Bellingham in 1989. Now his family life thoroughly intertwined with many water sports, most recently crew, thanks to his daughters and WRA.

Professionally, John brings to the board many years of business management, most recently as a contractor and designer of custom homes and formerly, in retain business. His goal as a board member sis to help facilitate growth for the junior program and WRA as a whole and is humbled to be a part of this group of exceptional people.