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.
Nereid is a member of the United States Rowing Association and the Passaic River Coalition. Nereid proudly co-hosts the annual Head of the Passaic Regatta each fall.
Board of Directors
Bob Farkas, president, was appointed to the board in January 2015 to complete former Board member Liza Gross’ term. He is also the new Editor of the Nereid News newsletter. Bob is from Morristown and has been a member of Nereid since 2000. After 14 years being a member, he decided he “owed’ the Club more than his yearly membership. He looks forward to helping Nereid continue its fine tradition of being a premier rowing club.
Bob was a late comer to rowing, taking it up in 1998 at the ripe of old of 44 while on a consulting assignment in Portland, Oregon. While not a competitive rower, he does have a passion for rowing and considers himself more of a ‘fitness’ rower than mere recreational rower and as such enjoys long rows, typically of 10-13 miles. One of his rowing hobbies is to row wherever he travels. He has rowed in Seattle, California (Marina Del Rey, Petaluma) Wilmington (DE), New York (Ithaca, Owego, Whitney Point), St. Catharines and London Ontario, Boston, Miami, Conshohocken (PA), Cleveland and Chicago. While on a 2 year consulting assignment in Washington state, he was a member of the Lake Washington Rowing Club in Seattle, arguably one of the best and most picturesque rowing venues in the US.
Professionally, Bob is a consultant and Project Manager at Virtual Corporation, a consultancy advising clients in business resiliency and disaster recovery. Personal hobbies include photography, fitness, listening to audiobooks (history, politics), collecting dessert wines and cooking.
Peter Brina, vice president, 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.
Lindsay Huisman, membership chair, was introduced to rowing by some friends in her undergraduate at SUNY Stony Brook. She ended up rowing in a women’s 4+. After graduating in 2000, she left the sport but was called back when she moved close to Neried and learned to scull in 2011. Thinking sweep days were in the past, she ended up joining some Neried women in an 8 for a few races that first year. She has since rowed with some other clubs while traveling, and enjoys the peace of simply being on the water and making new friends who share a love of rowing.
Ian Hawkins, treasurer, 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.
Julian Canha, programs director, got his first taste of rowing on an early morning in 2000 on the Seekonk River when his dad's four was short a coxswain. Having rowed competitively for Nereid, Montclair High School, and the University of Michigan; Julian has given up his personal competitive ambitions (for now) and channels them instead into the athletes he coaches.
Julian Fernandez, club captain, began rowing in 2006 for Don Bosco Prep out of 550, and has rowed for Nereid since his high school days. He rowed at Williams College while earning his degree in Political Economy, and in 2014 finished his college career with 3 New England titles and was named all- conference in his final two years. During this time he also raced to top finishes as Club Nationals and Canadian Henley for both Nereid and Vesper Boat Clubs. As Captain he looks forward to maintaining and improving the Nereid fleet to meet the needs of our programs and building club unity through training and racing together. When not at Nereid or out cycling with Cyclesport of Park Ridge, Julian works as marketing manager for a promotional products company in Maywood.
Josie DiLena, secretary. Driving in the early morning hours to her internship, Josie admired the crewers rowing on the East River. That was the best part of her commute. A few years later, when a fellow colleague announced she was signing up to take rowing lessons at Nereid, Josie decided to join her. Upon completing the adult learn-to-row classes, Josie joined Nereid in 2005. She has been rowing for fun and competitively since then. As a Registered Dietitian, Josie promotes healthy eating to her patients. As a rower, she promotes crewing for fun, exercise and food for the soul. Josie loves being on the river!
Robert Bischoff, lieutenant, has been a member of Nereid since 2013, learned to row in 1987 in a wooden shell he built. He rowed for a year or so but not all that frequently. He had a friend in Mountain Lakes and rowed there. Once he started working in Wood-Ridge, in 2012, he would see the boats on the Passaic as he drove to work. He looked on Google maps to see where the boat ramp was and found Nereid. He never expected there to be a club. He has lived in Boonton, a mechanical engineer by education and worked as an engineer, mostly at UPS, until 2009. Since then he’s worked in construction, but is now presently now a CNC Programmer for a small lighting company in Wood-Ridge.
Brian DiSalle, member of Nereid since 2014, but has a long history of rowing behind him. Since taking up the sport at Upper St. Clair High School in 1999, he has rowed with a number of teams including the Duquesne University Mens team, the Regensburger Ruder-Klub, the Mercer Masters in Princeton, and the Three Rivers Rowing Association Masters in Pittsburgh. He a worked briefly as a coach for Mt Lebanon High School and Duquesne University.
Brian came to New Jersey for his current job as a scientist at Picatinny Arsenal, and he was relieved to find an excellent place to row at his new location. He hopes that his experience with a variety rowing teams will be helpful as a member of Nereid's Board.