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.
Curtis Bezault – Treasurer & Membership Chair
Curtis rowed with Nereid’s Collegiate Program for the past two summers. Curtis graduated from University of Illinois where he rowed and served as their club president for a couple of years. He has experience managing his team, drawing in new members, and raising funds from various sources including his school and town.
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.
Kat Francis – Club Captain
Kat has been in and out of the Club for the last 10 year, starting her rowing career at Ridgewood High School. She was already involved in cross country during the fall and swimming in the winter. She picked up rowing in the spring at Ridgewood Crew because she wanted to spend more time around the water. (Fun fact. Julian Canha initially taught her to row.) She found a true love in rowing, and rowed during the summers at Nereid. In high school Kat came in first at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in the Varsity Double. She then attended the University of Delaware, and rowed in the first Varsity eight. Kat has also been coaching at Nereid for over three years now while also attending Ramapo College.
Kat professes the importance of being a well-rounded person and athlete. She thinks that rowing teaches responsibility and independence. Kat’s favorite part of rowing is the feeling of flying that comes when a boat drives and glides in sync.
Sarah Kornblum – Programs Director
Sarah believes that rowing teaches fitness, discipline and a competitive drive. From her own experience, she knows that while people take up rowing for different reasons, most all end up with a common affliction: the “rowing bug.” This means that you don’t mind waking up early or working harder than you ever have before in order to succeed.
Sarah went to Rutgers University to study teaching and walked on to school’s crew team. She knew that she liked the water and wanted to do something to meet people, but otherwise had no idea what she was getting involved in. Four years later, she became the team captain. Since then, Sarah has coached for Ridgewood Crew and Nereid Boat Club. She also teaches in the Montclair school system.
Madison Townley – Board Member at Large
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.