Cleveland
Rowing
Foundation

216-308-4183

ClevelandRowing@gmail.com

1003 British Street

Cleveland, OH    44113

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@2019 Cleveland Rowing Foundation. 

Our Board

Cathy has a BA from Malone University and a Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional (CWCP) designation from Michigan State University. She managed BP America’s and Eaton’s national workers’ compensation programs, retiring in 2018 as Senior Workers’ Compensation Manager for Eaton’s U.S. and Canadian insured and self-insured workers’ compensation programs, covering 37,000 employees working in over 200 manufacturing facilities. Cathy co-chaired the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (OBWC) and Ohio Industrial Commission Agency Reviews at the request of then Governor-elect Ted Strickland, and has served as President of the Self-Insurers’ Group of Ohio, and Treasurer and Vice President of the Ohio Self-Insurers’ Association.  She served on the Industrial Commission Nominating Council, having been appointed by Governor Taft and reappointed by Governors Strickland and Kasich, worked with the Ohio BWC to restructure the securitization of the Self-Insured Employers’ Guarantee Fund at the request of the Ohio Manufacturers Association, and has provided testimony to the State of Ohio Legislature on matters pertaining to workers’ compensation, as well as on pending legislation.  She is a nationally recognized workers’ compensation subject matter expert, and has been an invited speaker at state and national conferences.

 

Cathy has been a member of CRF since 2005, having rowed in WRRA’s SRL, FRL, Sweeps, and Masters programs, and currently rows as an independent sculler.

President & Governance Chair

Cathy Duhigg Gannon

Gary received his BS degree from Penn State University, Medical Degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and Masters in Medical Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.  A Certified Physician Executive, he has significant experience in committee and leadership roles in multiple professional medical organizations at a local, regional and national level.  For the past 18 years, Gary has been a Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Case Western Reserve University and the MetroHealth Medical Center.  He was the Founding Chair of the Department of PM&R at CWRU, Residency Training Program Director, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Education for the MetroHealth System, and Assistant Dean for Student Activities for CWRU.  Gary served as President of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (the PM&R academic organization), and is completing a 12-year tenure as a Director on the American Board of PM&R.  He directs the Amputee Rehabilitation Program at MetroHealth, is a Consulting Medical Director for Paradigm Outcomes, a national organization focused on achieving optimal functional outcomes for individuals suffering catastrophic work injuries.

 

Gary has been a member of WRRA since 2002 (SRL, FRL, Rec, Sculling and Masters programs), and served as Vice President on the WRRA Board of Directors (2010-11).  He has been a Director on the CRF Board from 2011 to 2013 and 2016 to present, serving as Board Chair for 2012-13 and 2016.  He is currently Vice Chair of the CRF Board.

Vice Chair & Employment Chair

Dr. Gary Clark

Adrian Nino de Rivera Frost, PE holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Virginia, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer registered in Texas. He is the personal automobile insurance product manager for Alaska and Oklahoma for Progressive Insurance, with profit and loss responsibility for over $360M in premium. Prior to that, Adrian was a Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions Associate with Cargill, conducting divestitures and turn-around projects in Argentina, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Before that, he was a Process Engineer with Chicago, Bridge & Iron (now MacDermott Engineering), leading Technology Transfer Projects for Hydrocrackers, and Olefin Conversion Technology complexes in Hungary, Russia, Brazil, and the Indian Subcontinent.

Adrian rowed for Cornell University, various Masters level clubs around the United States and Mexico, rows for the Instituto Politecnico Nacional, and is a current WRRA member rowing with the Masters’ Program.

Treasurer

Adrian Nino de Rivera Frost

Rebecca Luken is the Manager of Competitive and Market Intelligence at BakerHostetler LLP, an AmLaw 100-ranked law firm. She began her career as a law librarian and, over the past 20 years, has worked as a researcher and business development analyst for a variety of professional services firms, including a Big Four accounting firm and a superregional bank. A Cincinnati native, Rebecca rowed in high school and college on the Ohio River, and has been a member of the Western Reserve Rowing Association masters team since 2010. Rebecca is proud to serve on the CRF board and support its member organizations in their efforts to foster and enable rowing in Cleveland. 

Coaching Chair

Rebecca Luken

Elizabeth Batts has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law for her Doctor of Law.  She is an associate attorney at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP, where she practices in all aspects of intellectual property, specializing in patent litigation.

 

Betsy joined Western Reserve Rowing Association for the 2011 and 2012 summer and fall rowing leagues.  She joined the Master’s team in 2013 and rows with them today.  In 2015, Betsy was elected as a Director on the Cleveland Rowing Foundation board.  She chairs the Safety Committee. 

Safety Chair

Betsy Batts

Douglas Carlson has extensive experience in corporate, partnership, individual and estate tax matters.  The primary emphasis of his practice is on transactional planning, including acquisitions and dispositions, reorganizations and limited partnership syndications, liquidations and executive compensations, including stock options and deferred compensation.  He has substantial experience in compliance activities, controversy matters, and state and local tax matters.

As a business law attorney, Doug focuses his general corporate practice on privately help corporations, including incorporations, acquisitions, dispositions, reorganizations and liquidations.

Doug has a wide breadth of experience in estate planning and probate.  His work in the planning and administration of estates has a particular emphasis on family business planning in connection with control of privately help corporate businesses and charitable gift planning.  In addition, he is experienced in the formation, organization, and operation of public charities and private family foundations.  He is involved with planning and compliance for a wide range of tax matters affecting nonprofits.

Legal Chair

Doug Carlson

Julie Criscione is a registered architect and skilled owner’s representative with experience in all aspects of architectural planning and management. Her firm, JMC Owner’s Rep Service, LLC, was launched in 2016 with a commitment to assist non-profit organizations and institutions with building projects that provide the best outcome and value. Some of her current nonprofit clients are the Cleveland Animal Protective League, the Intermuseum Conservation Association and the Musical Arts Association. Julie previously worked as an Owner’s Representative for 16 years with Project Management Consultants, LLC, (PMC) a wholly owned subsidiary of Thompson Hine. While with PMC Julie managed new facility projects for The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, Case Western Reserve’s Tinkham Veale University Center, and MOCA Cleveland. She retains a broad breadth of knowledge and experience as an advocate for clients building new facilities ranging in budget size from $500K to $150M.  A resident of East Cleveland in the Historic Forest Hill neighborhood, Julie is committed to her community and serves as the Architectural Review Board Chair for the City of East Cleveland. She previously served as President and Treasurer on the East Cleveland Parks Association board for 8 years. Julie is also currently a Trustee and Building Committee Chair for the A M McGregor Home in East Cleveland.

Julie’s daughter is a high school student at Beaumont High School and coxswain for the first all-girls high school to join CRF.

Development Co-Chair

Julie Criscione

Jim Kozak graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Economics and minor in Business Administration.  He is the president of Scratch Off Works, LLC, a company specialized in designing and producing scratch off contests and promotions.  Helping his clients nationally leverage their existing assets, Jim counts Goodwill, MillerCoors, and FedEx as customers.  Jim has core competencies in supply and personnel management.

Jim rowed for St. Ignatius High School, Vanderbilt University, and is a current member of the WRRA Masters' Program.  Additionally, he has helped coach St. Ignatius and the WRRA Summer Rowing League.

Finance Chair

Jim Kozak

Patricia Leebove holds an MBA in Supply Chain and Operations Management and an MA in English.  She serves on the Visiting Committee for College of Liberal Arts and the College of Business at Cleveland State University. She is on the Board of Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is the Director of IT Enterprise Business Systems at MTD Products, Inc. As a strategic business leader, she has led business process reengineering and organizational change having planned and delivered complex, large-scale process and systems initiatives while leading high-performing teams in APAC, SA/LA, EMEA, and North America. Patricia has previously worked at Eaton Corporation as a Corporate Business Relationship Manager, as well as at Invacare, American Greetings, and Penton Publishing. With experience in Marketing, Ecommerce, and IT she's provided leadership in areas such as Human Resources, Supply Chain Management, Finance, ERP, and Operations Management.

 

Patricia serves as the Director of the Outreach Committee for the Western Reserve Rowing Association (WRRA), a member organization at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, and currently rows in its SRL program.

Communications & Marketing Chair

Patricia Leebove

Robert J. Leusch graduated from St. Ignatius High School, and attended Bowling Green State University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Insurance. He has been a licensed insurance agent since 1981, and earned the Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 1983 placing him in the top 1% of educated insurance professionals.  A lifelong resident of Cleveland, Bob is proud to be a member in the following community and professional organizations:  The Fairview - West Park Rotary (Past President, Trustee), Professional Insurance Agents Association (PIA), Gamma Iota Sigma Insurance Fraternity (Past President), Insurance Board of Northern Ohio (Past President), Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honorary, and The Society of C.I.C. (Certified Insurance Counselors).

Bob currently rows with WRRA’s SRL program.

Insurance & Risk Management Chair

Robert Leusch

Lauren has a BA in Sociology and an MA in Nonprofit Administration from John Carroll University.  She

is the Executive Director of HandsOn Northeast Ohio, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making it easy for people of all ages to volunteer in their local community. Lauren’s passion for volunteerism and social justice began at a young age while growing up in Detroit, Michigan. She spent her summer breaks in college working on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations and traveled to New Orleans and Guatemala to serve individuals in need. Lauren began her career as a nonprofit professional with Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services.

 

Lauren rowed for JCU all 4 years (8 seasons) while in college and then went on to coach Cleveland Youth Rowing Association (CYRA), and WRRA (Summer Rowing League and Rec).   She is the former head coach of John Carroll University’s Club Rowing team.

Development Co-Chair

Lauren Penkala

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Kirk Lang graduated from Duquesne University and received his Bachelors in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, and his Masters of Science in Biotechnology.  He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, where he is responsible for all boathouse operations, intra-program relations, public relations, coordination of special events, and fundraising.  Before joining the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, Kirk was a Program Coordinator and Research Assistant at Case Western Reserve University, where he focused on oral health disparities and oversaw the DMD-Masters in Clinical Research T32 Training Grant program.  Prior to that, he worked at UPMC Mercy Hospital as a Laboratory Assistant.  Kirk has a track record of success in relationship management, operations, program management, communications, and fundraising.
 
Kirk has been involved in rowing for over 20 years, beginning his rowing career in high school and continuing as a heavy-weight rower at Duquesne University, where he later became the Head Coach of the Men’s Rowing program.  Kirk serves on the Cleveland Rowing Foundation Board and is currently entering his 9th year as the Masters Head Coach for the Western Reserve Rowing Association.  Kirk also serves on the CMSD-Rows Board as the Program and Operations Chair.

Executive Director

Kirk Lang