Charlie Hamlin


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


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Dave Baker


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


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Katy Smith


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


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


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Paulette Bergh


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


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Robin Mills

Junior Parent

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

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