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MEET THE TEAM

OUR STAFF

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Executive Director

MATTHEW LACEY

Matthew Lacey began serving as the Executive Director of the Pocock Foundation in 2012. In that role, he sets vision for all the staff, manages the broad scope of resources held by the Pocock Foundation, and serves as a voice for the sport of rowing in the Pacific Northwest. Matt received his Master’s in Public Administration from Seattle University in 2007 and began his work as the director of the Pocock Rowing Center in 2008. His coaching experience comes from several area programs, including the Lakeside School, Green Lake Crew, and the Everett Rowing Association. His 27 years of rowing and coaching in the Pacific Northwest have given him a passion for the life-changing power of the sport. Outside the office, you can find Matt at the stove with a dish towel over his shoulder preparing fabulous cuisine for his wife and two boys or a whole host of their family and friends. You might also see him traipsing through the woods amidst a camping trip. Or, you’ll spot him trying to run on the treadmill at the Pocock Rowing Center. It’s less a run, more a speedy shuffle.

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Business Administrator

PATTY FINNEY

Patty is the Office Manager for the Pocock Foundation which includes supporting all segments of the Foundation including Row to the Future and Row for the Cure.  She fields membership questions and handles processing of membership for both Pocock Rowing Center and Renton Rowing Center. 

Patty started rowing at LaSalle University in Philadelphia and continued her rowing career training at Vesper Boat Club before she decided to move to Montana and, ultimately, Seattle. Before coming to work at the Pocock Foundation, she was an executive administrative assistant, a human resources generalist, and a bookkeeper. Her wealth of skills in almost every arena of administration keeps the boathouses of the Pocock Foundation in ship-shape. 

When not at work, Patty enjoys spending time with her husband, two wonderful children, and friends.

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National ERG ED Program director

HEATHER ALSCHULER

Heather is the National Program Director for Erg Ed, responsible for overseeing the program and its growth nationwide. This is Heather's second stint with the Pocock Foundation, after previously helping with the creation of the content for Erg Ed and implementing the program in the Seattle Public Schools. She took a four year hiatus to focus on her growing family and, eventually, owned the Edmonds, Shoreline & Lake Forest Park franchise of FIT4MOM, a pre- and postnatal fitness business.

 

Heather is an experienced educator, rowing coach and Olympic athlete who knows how impactful the erg can be. She was introduced to rowing when a local rowing club visited her school PE class with an erg. This quickly sparked a rowing career that included college scholarships, international competitions and a lifetime of amazing experiences and friends. After a successful career at the University of Michigan, where she earned All-American honors and the Big Ten Rower of the Year, she went on to row for the Canadian National Team from 2004-2008. She retired competitively from the sport after the 2008 Olympics, where she competed in the women’s eight, and has focused her professional career on promoting wellness through involvement in sport and exercise. Erg Ed, in particular, has provided a unique opportunity to mirror her own experience, inspiring students to try this sport that creates so many wonderful opportunities.

 

Outside of the Pocock Foundation you can find Heather chasing her three young daughters around, taxiing them to one of their activities, or helping at their schools. She also gets out and rows on the water as much as possible, or otherwise fills her time with helping within the community and participating in fun active activities such as running, hiking, or working out with friends or her husband.

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Director of Rowing Operations

PADRAIC MCGOVERN 

In his role of Director of Rowing Operations, Padraic is responsible for the safe, sustainable and successful operation of the Pocock Rowing Center and Renton Rowing Center. Padraic has been a respected member of the Seattle rowing community since 1996 when he joined the Lake Washington Rowing Club (serving 2 years on their board). His coaching career began with Learn to Row and Recreational adults at LWRC in 2000.  In 2002, Padraic transitioned to coaching youth athletes at the Everett Rowing Association.  Under his leadership, the Everett Varsity girls earned 3 medals at the USRowing Youth National Championships, and represented the NW on that stage 8 times.  Significant accomplishments at ERA included the 2005 Northwest Crew and Coach of the year. In 2013 he took the role of Executive Director at the Everett Rowing Association.  His focus on culture and communication led significant growth in membership, youth programming and fundraising results. Padraic's 12 years of experience in the construction industry, along with 3 years of working at Pocock Racing Shells, brings a strategic background to our infrastructure management as well as strong project management skills.  Padraic is a terrific ambassador for the sport, a collaborative problem solver and has a demonstrated work ethic. Outside of the boathouse, Padraic enjoys hiking, biking, woodworking and cooking.

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Development director

KIMBERLY CUEVAS 

Kim is a fundraising professional with over 8 years of experience in both the University setting and non-profits. She has experience working to build philanthropic support at all levels including scholarship endowments, innovative scientific discovery, capital projects and community program support. Prior to working in fundraising her career began in commercial real estate development, and she graduated from Seattle University with a B.A. in English Literature.

Kim's primary role is to support the institutional advancement of the Foundation through fundraising, strategic partnerships and awareness building. Kim says, "My goal is always to connect our supporters with their passions and turn ideas into impact. What excites me about the Pocock Foundation is the dedication the staff and board have for rowing and sharing that experience with others. I am excited to support getting more kids on the water to experience first hand the life-changing impact of rowing."

When Kim is not in the office you will find her cooking, exploring the parks of Seattle with her dog Bubbles, or riding a bike. Kim loves the Pacific Northwest, and grew up on a cherry farm in Lake Chelan.

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Program manager and youth head coach, Renton rowing center

SARAH CATTO

Sarah moved to Washington from Greensboro, NC. She started rowing in high school for High Point Rowing Club then rowed for Liberty University for four years. Sarah earned a bachelor's degree in Sport Management and coached at High Point Rowing and Greensboro Rowing Club in the summers. Sarah completed the Coach Across America Program, and has coached every group at Renton Rowing. In her free time, Sarah's favorite things to do are being outdoors, hiking and rock climbing. When the weather is bad, she likes to explore local coffee shops and bookstores.

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Communications Specialist

ZOE VAIS

Zoe began working with the Pocock Foundation and Pocock Rowing Center in September 2015. She develops communication strategies, manages social media communication, produces video, and provides support for events and development. 

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Zoe came to Seattle in 2010 to attend the University of Washington. She walked on to the UW Rowing team with no prior knowledge of the sport. After rowing at UW for four years, Zoe became the UW Women's Intern Novice Coach and Social Media Coordinator. She studied psychology and art, graduating with a B.A. in Psychology, a B.F.A. in Photomedia, and a minor in Art History.

Zoe coaches the Novice Girls Team at Pocock Rowing Center. She spent two years as an AmeriCorps Coach with Up2Us Sports, developing her love for positive coaching methods and the power of sport to change lives. Zoe's favorite things include being on the water with the team, pastries, tending to her indoor garden, visiting art museums, and exploring new places. 

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Community Partnerships and Scholarships Manager

DELANY PELZ

Delany began working with the Pocock Foundation in September 2017. She manages our Community Partner Network, working with boathouses and local community groups focused on youth. This includes planning outreach events, boathouse field trips, and running the Renton High School Indoor Rowing Club. 

 

Delany originally came to WA for university from Davis, CA and now refuses to leave the PNW and the rain. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in Spanish she coached for Commencement Bay Rowing Club and UPS before moving to Seattle to complete her MA at the University of Washington. 

 

When not at a partner boathouse, the office, or RHS Delany enjoys baking, reading about cephalopods, and living on an island in the Puget Sound.

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DEVELOPMENT EVENTS COORDINATOR

KSENIA POPOVA

Ksenia is the Events and Development Coordinator for the George Pocock Foundation. She comes from a performing arts and nonprofit background, with 8 years of event experience. Ksenia is responsible for the Foundation’s fundraising and community-building events, as well as development support.

Originally from Moscow, Russia, she has called the PNW home since the age of 2. Outside of her work with the Foundation, Ksenia is a local professional opera singer and arts administrator.

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Erg Ed Program COORDINATOR

MADELINE GOSS

Madeline started working for the George Pocock Rowing Foundation in September 2019 as the Erg Ed Program Coordinator. She manages the local Pacific Northwest Erg Ed Program and helps introduce students to the sport of rowing through the classroom.

Madeline grew up in Dallas, Texas and learned to row at the University of Texas at Austin as a walk-on under Dave O’Neill where was part of the program transformation from a non-ranked team to 3rd in the nation in two years. In her summers between school years she rowed as an elite lightweight at both California Rowing Club and Vesper Boat Club. After graduating from UT she then took her rowing career abroad as a member of the Oxford University Women’s Boat Club during her time as a Master’s student studying Nature, Society and Environmental Governance. She represented Oxford as a part of the Osiris crew in the Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race in 2018. After moving back to Dallas Madeline spent some time coaching at Dallas United Crew. Realizing that the mountains and the Pacific Northwest was calling her name, she moved to Seattle with her dog, Honey, in June, 2019.

When not in the office Madeline is often found training for her next marathon, hiking, bouldering or sitting with her dog somewhere reading a good book.

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COACH ACROSS AMERICA ERg Ed Instructor 

SIENNA MATHES

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Erg ED Transportation and Community Liaison Lead

ALEX SILVA

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OUR BOARD

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With a background in restaurant management and human resources leadership, John brings a lot to the board room table. His gregarious heart and passion for rowing helps John lead the board of the Pocock Foundation to have bigger vision for and impact on the region. Rowing has played a pivotal role in the growth of two of his family members, a niece who rows at University of California Berkeley and cousin who captains the women’s Varsity 8 at Wesleyan University. He speaks passionately about these intelligent, unselfish, accomplished and confident young women and they motivate him to serve on the Pocock Foundation Board today.

Board President

JOHN BOTTUM

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Kirkland discovered rowing while in high school in Portland, Oregon. The sport made a big impact on his personal development. Looking to give back to something he is forever grateful for, he joined the Pocock Foundation Board in 2016.  In his years in the rowing world, he has spent time as a rower and a coach. He helped build Sammamish Rowing Association's junior women's team into one of the strongest in the region in the early 2000's. Most recently, he spent time coaching masters, collegiate, and elite rowers at Pocock. As a Principal Solution Manager at Microsoft, Kirkland is in charge of driving large scale awareness, understanding, enablement and ultimately adoption of technology within the company. He is excited to apply this thinking to the mission of the Pocock Foundation to further scale out its impact in innovative ways.

Board Vice President

KIRKLAND BARRETT

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Dr. Sara Lopez serves as a Co-Director for the Center for Leadership in Athletics and Program Director for the Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership (IAL) M.Ed. at the University of Washington. Sara previously worked for USRowing as a Regional Coordinator and then as Director of Rowing Services. Following two years in Atlanta as the Assistant Competition Manager for rowing at the 1996 Olympic Games, Sara returned to Seattle and worked to expand teams and competition events as a Region Director with Washington Special Olympics. Sara has been a rowing coach for over 30 years with various junior, collegiate and masters programs. Currently, she coaches Conibear Rowing Club, a competitive masters women’s team in Seattle out of the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center.

Board SECRETARY

DR. SARA LOPEZ

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Andrea is a CPA with a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from La Salle University. She has been a member of the Pocock Foundation Board of Directors since 2004 where she serves as Treasurer of the organization. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. Andrea represented the U.S. on the 1995 Pan American rowing team and now enjoys spending time with her family, rowing, and running marathons.

Board Treasurer

ANDREA BONACCORSI

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At the advice of her parents, Meg started rowing at Buckingham Browne & Nichols in Cambridge, MA. She went on to row at Connecticut College, where she was a recipient of the Anita DeFrantz Award for excellence in athletics. Although her favorite medal is from the Head of the Charles, Meg has competed (and coached) nationally and internationally for many years and has had some of the best experiences of her life due to rowing and the people she has met through the sport (Meg met her husband Peter next to an erg at the Pocock Rowing Center). She currently resides and rows in Seattle, WA and is the President of LuxuryRealEstate.com, the #1 website dedicated to high-end residential property.

Board MEMBER

MEGHAN BARRY

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Cheryl began recreational rowing at Rowing Northwest and is thrilled to contribute her enthusiasm for the sport to the Renton Rowing Center as well as the Foundation. Growing up in Anchorage Alaska, Cheryl developed a passion for the great outdoors. She moved to Seattle after obtaining a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and has worked as a Senior Planner for Seattle Parks and Recreation for 17 years, focused on storm water management and creek restoration- in short, keeping Seattle water bodies clean and beautiful.

Board Member

CHERYL EASTBERG

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Shirley joined the board in 2016. Her previous board expereince includes Seattle non-profits Pratt Fine Arts Center and YouthCare. She serves on the Pocock Foundation board now because she has a particular interest in sharing the benefits of rowing with youth. Her long term commitment to disadvantaged youth and many years of civic involvement both in Seattle and in her prior home in in Palo Alto, California make her an asset to the Board.

Board Member

SHIRLEY WILSON

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Scott has coached and competed in both rowing & sailing worlds for a long time. He has also held senior leadership positions and technical official roles at multiple Olympic & Paralympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games and Rowing World Cup. Currently, he is a USRowing Referee and FISA International Umpire. You can see him at many of the races in the Pacific Northwest and at national team trials, national championships, and international regattas. Additionally, he is a USRowing Adaptive Rowing Technical Classifier. He is excited to lend a broad and deep rowing experience as well as a strategic mindset to the Pocock Foundation Board.

Board Member

SCOTT WOODWORTH

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Eric started rowing in high school at Culver Military Academy.  In addition to learning how to love the erg when there were whitecaps on Lake Maxincukee, Eric also learned how rowing can change lives and provide a foundation for success in life.  After Culver, Eric attended Indiana University, passed the CPA exam, and worked for six years in New York City assisting clients with mergers and acquisitions.  He rediscovered his love for rowing after moving to Seattle in 2014 and joining the competitive Mixed and Men's sweep teams at the Pocock Rowing Center. Over the next four years, Eric competed in local and national regattas with PRC, but also learned about and helped the GPRF bring rowing to local students regardless of means.  He currently works at Microsoft Corporation and focuses on International Tax Planning.

Board Member

ERIC PHOUN

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Jill is responsible for the development, operations and service activities of independently-owned Windermere Real Estate offices throughout Western Washington. In addition, she assists over 110 local owners in financial and business planning services and is responsible for new Windermere affiliate acquisitions in the Western Washington region. Jacobi Wood has been with Windermere Real Estate for over 25 years and has participated in all aspects of the real estate business. She graduated from Seattle University with a bachelor's degree in humanities.

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JILL WOOD

 

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