Nereid is a not-for-profit organization with 501c3 status. The club is a volunteer-based organization that is governed with by-laws and managed by a Board of Directors and a Captain. Members of the board are elected for three-year terms. The Board of Directors meets monthly. Club members come together in March each year for an annual general meeting. You can read about each member of the board below:
Peter Brina – President
Peter was inspired to join Fordham Crew by his brother who was 2 years ahead of him and who joined crew in his freshman year. At Fordham Paul rowed for 4 years with two summers rowing for NYAC. In his Senior year at Fordham, he was in the varsity lightweight eight and they placed 3rd at the Dad Vails. During his college rowing years he did sweeps and a very little bit of sculling at the NYAC. Peter then took 39 years off, other than an occasional Fordham Alumni Row. In 2010 he took up the sport again, this time sculls instead of sweeps. He joined Nereid in the fall of 2012. He wanted to join the Board because he felt It was time to give back to his club and his sport, and this opportunity presented itself at the right time.
Ben Storch- Treasurer
Ben learned to row as an adult after observing the Columbia and Fordham crews practice on the Harlem River while commuting to work. He joined Nereid Boat Club in 2019 and enjoys rowing for recreation, fitness, and camaraderie. Ben has not yet raced, but might give it a try in the future. He also rows on the Hudson River with Piermont Rowing Club since 2015.
Ian Hawkins – Assistant Treasurer
Ian learned to row at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University a long time ago. He’s rowed at City of Cambridge Rowing Club and Clyde Rowing Club in Glasgow. Ian has been a member of Nereid for over ten years. He’s also a member of the Leander Club in the UK. Ian occasionally races a single, but mostly trains on the Passaic and helps out coaching the Nereid youth program when he can.
Martin Bogue – Secretary
Martin learned to row at Fordham quite a while ago, and rowed for the NY Athletic Club for two years after college. Martin has been a member of Nereid for 4 years where he rows a single and occasionally jumps into the bigger boats when he finds Nereid friends with a high tolerance for boat-stopping crabs. He joined the board in order to devote a bit more time to helping the club thrive and grow. Martin resides in Chatham, NJ with his wife Eileen (also a member) and their 3 girls.
Jeff Arnott – Programs Director
Jeff Learned to row at Binghamton University and quickly fell in love with the sport. Through an intense regiment of rowing and cycling, Jeff lost over 100lbs. Jeff went on to row for several notable racing teams including PennAC. Jeff joined Nereid BC in 2017, and moved to Lyndhurst with his fiancé Tess. Jeff now works as an insurance adjuster and trains with Nereid‘s competitive team recently achieving some of his fastest times.
Madison Townley- Membership
I was very privileged to start my rowing career in 7th grade for Saratoga Rowing Association and rowed competitively with them until I graduated high school in 2010. I went on to row at George Washington University where I graduated in 2014. I took a 3 year break in from rowing, received my master’s in athletic administration from Springfield College and moved back to DC. I moved to New Jersey in August of 2017 where I am the Assistant Director for Student-Athlete Support Services at Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan campus. Rowing has been a huge part of my life and shaped who I am as a person. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a board member to give back and be a part of that experience for others.
Frank Schaefer -Member at Large
Frank has been a member of Nereid since 1997, and has been involved in the rowing community for over 45 years. He grew up and learned to row in Germany where he was part of various National Teams.