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09.10.2015 /// by Haley Sive /// All

This fall, the Pocock Foundation welcomes three new staff members to its team. All three of the women, who joined us at the end of August, will be working both behind the scenes in the office and on the front lines of the Foundation as coaches. They also share the common bond of the Pacific Northwest; all three of them spent their four years of study as undergraduates at nearby universities.

Jessica Asbridge takes on the role of Events and Corporate Rowing Coordinator and is pursuing her first major project, the 2015 1PRC Annual Auction, with full steam ahead. Jessica grew up in Snohomish and rowed at Everett Rowing Association as a junior athlete. She received her undergraduate degree from Lewis and Clark in 2010 and this spring graduated from the University of Washington with a Masters of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership. Along with her role in the office, Jessica will be joining the staff of the Middle School Rowing and Fitness Program at the Pocock Rowing Center.

Zoe Vais steps into the office as a Development and Communications Coordinator and will also be working as the Novice Girls Coach at the Pocock Rowing Center through the Coach-Across-America program. This past spring, she finished up a year of coaching for the University of Washington Husky Women as a Novice Assistant Coach and Social Media Coordinator. Originally hailing from the Bay Area of San Francisco, Zoe is looking forward to another year with a new perspective on the rowing world of the Pacific Northwest.

Kate Berni joins the team at the Renton Rowing Center as both Head Coach and Operations Manager. Kate was born and raised on the Kitsap Peninsula and began her rowing career at Western Washington University. After graduating from the NCAA Div II National Championship team at WWU, Kate became an advocate for the sport as a coach at the Bainbridge Island Rowing Club and as one of the leaders behind the Clam Island Rowing Club in Silverdale, WA. At Renton Rowing Center, Kate will be coaching the high school team as well as some advanced classes for members.

The hiring of these three young professionals brings the total number of staff, coaches, and interns of the Pocock Foundation (for the year 2015) to 31 people. In the office, we are super excited about this growth not just because it means we have more hands and support as an internal team, but because it ultimately means thousands of more youth are going to get on the water in the coming years. Stay tuned in the next two months as we release the 5-Year Strategic Plan and reports of our work in Erg Ed™ schools.

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USRowing Northwest Junior Championships
Vancouver, WA
Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21

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Seattle, WA
Saturday, July 15

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Renton, WA
Saturday, July 29

Corporate Cup Regatta
Green Lake in Seattle, WA
Saturday, August 19

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