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Board Members & Committee Heads

Board Members & Committee Heads

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Oakland Strokes oversees the programs and provides strategic leadership for the staff and coaches. The Board consists of A-level and B-level members. The A-level members are non-parents who bring expertise in rowing and business to our organization. The Strokes currently have two former Olympic rowers, a former collegiate coach, and a USRowing Board member on our board. The B-level members are parents who form the volunteering backbone of our organization.

The Board of Directors includes the Coach’s Liaison Committee. Created in 1995, this committee is tasked to act as a confidential resource for parents to access the coaches and the organization. Covering everything from simple how and why questions to mediating disputes, the liaisons act as an unbiased third party. Contact the liaisons by emailing  or leaving a message at 510.926.4100 ext 5.


Dan Herbert – Chairman

Kay Worthington – Coach’s Liaison’s Committee

Sergei Lilichenko – Coach’s Liaison’s Committee

Adam Thatcher - Fundraising Committee

Peter Brand – Boathouse Committee

Rebecca Demorest – Medical Committee


John Woll – President

Rebecca Purandare – Treasurer

Mollie Ricksen – Fundraising Committee Head

Inga Heuser – Volunteer Coordinator

Dave Covin – At Large

Lynne Hosler – At Large