Jenn rowed at Michigan State University and began coaching in 2005 as the Men’s Novice Coach for Ignatius Chicago Crew (ICC). After coaching for ICC for five years, Jenn has also taught private sculling lessons at LPBC and coached for the Chicago Rowing Union. In recognition of her achievements as the Founder and Coach of ROW, Jenn was honored in November of 2009 as the Athena Foundation Chicago Young Professional Award recipient, and in 2010 she received Today’s Chicago Woman’s INSPIRED Award. Most recently Jenn was honored by US Rowing as the 2011 Masters Coach of the Year. Jenn and ROW have been featured in Fitness Magazine, Make It Better Newsletter, Gapers Block, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, CNN, WGN, Chicago Public Radio, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times and covered in media outlets across the country via the Associated Press.
In the summer of 2012, Jenn rowed the 1,500 mile perimeter of Lake Michigan raising over $150,000 for Recovery on Water. Jenn was hired as the Executive Director of ROW in 2012. In her role, Jenn brings her nonprofit background and coaching experience to manage the coaches, budget, assess programs and run the organization with the guidance of the Board Chair and Board of Directors.
Jenn likes starboard side, handstands, running marathons, eating hot wings (not at the same time) and kicking cancer’s butt–one rower at a time.
Sheena learned to row as a freshman at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2001, and has rowed at Green Lake Crew. She moved to Chicago and began coaching ROW in June 2009. Sheena strives to expose the athlete in each of her rowers, and especially loves getting novices out on the water for the first time. She recently graduated with a MA in English Literature from DePaul University and currently works as an editor and marketing strategist. In her free time she misses skiing on the west coast, collects soul 45s from the 60’s, and travels as much as possible.
Erin began rowing as a novice at the University of Michigan Women’s in 2003 and never looked back. She was a member of the varsity squad from 2004-2007 and during her time there she became a varsity letter winner and won a Big Ten Team Conference Championship in 2004. Since 2007 she has coached for various teams in the Chicago area, including learn-to-row at LPBC, the novice men at Northwestern University from 2007-2008, Chicago Rowing Union, and Chicago Training Center. She recently completed her MA in Public Policy and Administration at Northwestern University. Erin is looking forward to working with ROW and credits the sport of rowing with helping maintain her very strong addiction to coffee.
Ashley is a Business Management major in her second year at North Park University. She is the varsity coxswain on North Park’s Women’s Rowing Team and joined the rowing team simply because her mother told her to. Since September of 2011 she’s had the opportunity to travel with North Park and Chicago Rowing Union to bring home medals at various races. After meeting Jenn through a Chicago Rowing Union practice and hearing about her adventure and the cause that drove it, Ashley is enthusiastic about helping ROW grow and thrive.