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Our Board


President, Community Outreach

Jamye Jamison

Jamye Jamison is the owner of Jamison Art Conservation, a paper conservation studio in Cleveland, OH. She received an MLIS with a concentration in book and paper conservation from the University of Texas at Austin and an AB in Art History from Princeton University. She has worked at ICA Art Conservation in Cleveland, Zukor Art Conservation in Oakland, CA, the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Jamye is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and served as the Book and Paper Group Program Chair in 2012, as a member of the AIC Membership Designation Working Group Rubric Section, and as a member of the AIC Annual Meeting Program Committee in 2016. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Ohio Preservation Council since 2019 and as a member of the Program Committee for the Morgan Papermaking Conservatory since 2010.


Now a member of the Western Reserve Masters team since 2013, Jamye began rowing in SRL in 2011. She served on the WRRA board of directors from 2016-18 as Director of Coaching and Coxing and as a member of the Sweeps Committee for three years prior. Other volunteer activities include helping to run a fresh stop for her CSA City Fresh and serving as a community representative on the Engineering and Design Committee for the City of Cleveland’s Vision Zero Initiative. She also engages with neighborhood schools as a member of the Detroit Shoreway Schools committee, as a long-time applicant interviewer for her alma mater, and most recently by joining the selection committee for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations to recognize high school students who are forwarding racial equity and social justice causes.


Vice President, Development Chair

Sue Tyler

Sue Tyler is an adult rower, parent of former student athletes and has extensive corporate and nonprofit board experience.


Sue has served in leadership roles for companies ranging in size from startup through Fortune 500.  Her functional expertise is broadly based across strategy, finance, operations, marketing and P&L roles. For 15 years, she served as CFO and EVP, Operations of Medical Mutual. Earlier in her career she held a variety of leadership positions in finance and product management at Progressive Corporation after starting her professional career at PwC.


Sue is dedicated to value added board governance. She currently serves on the boards of four corporations and is a founding member of the Cleveland chapter of Private Directors Association. Sue also supports two venture capital funds investing in early stage digital health and software as a service companies. 


Sue is an active civic leader, currently serving on the board of College Now Greater Cleveland. Previously she served on the boards of the Great Lakes Science Center, The City Club, In Counsel With Women and the Medical Mutual of Ohio Charitable Foundation. 


Sue earned her BS and MBA from Case Western Reserve University and currently supports her alma mater as an advisor to the Alumni Venture Fund and as a Venture Mentor for the Medical School.


Leslie Thomas 

Leslie Thomas is a demonstrated leader and strategic partner with extensive executive level management accounting/finance expertise primarily in manufacturing within the business-to-business industrial market segment.  She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Cleveland State University as well as Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant & Certified Financial Planner designations. 


Leslie began rowing with Western Reserve Rowing Association in the Summer Rowing League program in 2011 and has been rowing ever since.  She has rowed in league, recreational, independent, and most recently, sculling programs.  Leslie is pleased to serve on the Cleveland Rowing Foundation board and to support Western Reserve Rowing Association in its effort to provide and promote adult rowing in the Northeast Ohio community.  


Leslie is also an active volunteer working with children to strengthen their reading skills and providing homework help through the Cuyahoga County Public Library.  She also serves as Treasurer for the Reed Memorial Library political action committee in Ravenna, Ohio.  Leslie is a native and life long resident of northeast Ohio, and currently resides in Portage County.          

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Secretary, Employment Chair

Michelle Lundon Fox

Michelle Lundon Fox has been a Sales Representative with Abbott Laboratories
for 35+ years. Michelle graduated from Mankato State University with a Bachelor
of Science in Nutrition, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Dietetic Internship,
and Vanderbilt University with a Master of Education. She served as adjunct
faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine for 17 years.


Michelle has also served on St. Angela Merici Parish Council, St. Angela Merici
Wellness Committee, Cleveland Dietetic Association, WRRA Board, and WRRA
Sculling Committee.


Michelle began rowing in 2005 as a member of SRL & FRL and is currently a
private sculler.

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Legal and Governance Chair

Doug Carlson

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.


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Member Relations

Jim Kozak

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.

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Communications Chair

Bridget Mahoney

Bridget Mahoney is a dynamic leader recognized for transformative initiatives. Her success spans operational and tech transformations, including CRM migration, process streamlining, and implementing robust voice-of-customer feedback loops. Bridget's strategic vision, operational acumen, and community engagement make her a valuable asset to any team.


Holding an MPOD from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Cleveland State University, Bridget is certified in Lean Six Sigma and Emotional Intelligence Leadership. Actively involved in community service, she serves on the Cleveland Rowing Foundation board and has a history of serving with the United Way of Portage County and Greater Cleveland Volunteers boards, showcasing her commitment to social impact.


An avid member of WRRA for six years, Bridget competes with the WRRA women’s masters team. Beyond her professional and rowing endeavors, she enjoys tending to her farm in Peninsula alongside her many dogs.

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Katie Tolles

Katie Tolles is an avid team-player, creative, and passionate UX Designer and technologist in the Cleveland community. She holds degrees in Graphic and Digital Design as well as User Experience. She values these skills as they enable her to better the lives of others through software every day. Katie's skills in digital, website, and application design have allowed for her to collaborate across a wide variety of industries in the Cleveland community - ultimately allowing for her to be a connector in greater Cleveland.


Katie's rowing career began as a freshman walk-on at Marietta College - knowing absolutely nothing about the sport. She quickly rose through the team, becoming a leader early on in the Women's 1V8+ & 1V4+ for her four years of undergrad. Some of her favorite racing memories during collegiate rowing include: Dad Vail Gold in the women's V8+ (twice), racing at Head of the Charles three times, and the Marietta/Purdue duel, to name a few. Upon graduation, Katie pursued elite rowing at Vesper Boat Club on Boathouse row in Philadelphia in 2016. She and her teammates went on to win Club Nationals and Canadian Henley that summer.


Eventually, rowing brought her to Cleveland - serving as an integral part of the rowing community as a founding coach for Magnificat High School, and designer responsible for the branding of Magnificat and Cleveland Foundry Juniors' rowing programs. Today, Katie is a coach for Case Western Reserve University's rowing team. She is eager to bring her teamwork, mentorship, technology, and design assets to the Cleveland Rowing Foundation's Board of Directors.

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Property Development Chair

Julie Trott-Heisey

Julie Trott-Heisey is a registered architect with over 30 years of experience in the architectural profession, with extensive experience in all aspects of architectural planning and management. As a Senior Associate / Project Director at Vocon, Julie has the responsibility of leading and managing large-scale projects, ensuring that they are completed successfully while providing guidance and education to clients who may be new to the process.


In addition to her day job, Julie is also the Chair of the City of Cleveland Landmarks

Commission. As the chair of the Cleveland Landmarks Commission, Julie has the unique position to help shape the city's development in a way that respects its past while also embracing its future. Julie recognizes the impact that community involvement and public-private partnerships can have on the growth of the city. By working collaboratively with the public, council members, and community development corporations, Julie strives to ensure that development projects are sustainable, equitable, and beneficial for all stakeholders.


Julie is a mother of two with a son at the University of Dayton and a daughter who is currently attending Saint Joseph Academy High School. Her daughter has rowed at SJA over the last 4 years and has competed at the SRAA national championships twice.


Jenifer Forbes

Jen grew up in Baltimore City and began rowing in 2005 as a high school sophomore with the St. Paul’s School for Girls, where she earned 3 varsity letters in basketball, volleyball, and crew, and was recently added to the SPSG Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2022. As captain, athletic scholarship recipient, and Hall of Fame Inductee for the Northeastern Women's Rowing Team, Jen and her team won three CAA titles. She went on to earn a bronze medal and her first National Team unisuit at the 2011 U23 World Championships with her teammates in the Women’s 8+.

Prior to her return to elite sport in the summer of 2017, Jen spent 4 years recovering from a career-halting back injury she sustained while training for National Team aspirations at the Oklahoma City High Performance Center. Between 2013-2017 while rehabbing her back, developing her photography business, and teaching yoga, she coached Georgetown Women’s Rowing Team; Potomac Boat Club Masters and U-23 athletes; Baltimore Reach High Program Juniors; Craftsbury Outdoor Center Sculling Campers; and provided private coaching and collegiate counseling services for junior athletes.

Jen spent the last 5 years of her career training in rural Vermont as a professional athlete with the Craftsbury Green Racing Project (GRP) where she traded her skills, community service, and environmental stewardship hours for access to all her training and racing needs. During her time with the GRP, she had the opportunity to row and race in four continents, during which time she was a twice-named National Team Member and two-time National Championship winner in the women's single and double sculls; competed in the 2021 Olympic trials in the single, double, quadruple sculls, and coxless pair; represented Team USA at the 2019 PanAmerican Games in the single; competed in three cross country ski marathons; expanded her love for endurance athletics by venturing into road and gravel cycling; and hiked all of Vermont’s 4,000 footers.

She has served as a cross country ski guide for VI athletes, fitness instructor and skills coach for athletes of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels; a volunteer SCUBA Diver to remove and manage invasive aquatic plants from Great Hosmer Pond; a digital and physical media content creator for the Craftsbury Outdoor Center and its supporting entities; a Select Board Member for the Town of Craftsbury Energy Committee; and as theUS Rowing Junior High Performance Female Athlete Representative.

Jen is a graduate of Northeastern University’s School of Environmental and Marine Science, holds certificates in Executive Business Education and Mycology plus Fermentation from the Tuck school of Business at Dartmouth and Sterling Colleges, respectively. Jen believes strongly in the power of competitive collaboration, lifelong sport, investing in people and the environment. Her personal and professional mantra is "leave it better than you found it". She will begin her role as Executive Director of the Cleveland Rowing Foundation on October 15, 2022.


Maintenance Director

Florin Filipescu 

Florin Filipescu is responsible for keeping boathouse equipment and facilities in good
working order, including maintenance and minor repair of launches, outboard
engines, and ergometers, as well as minor repair to building facilities. He is responsible for coordination and pick-up/delivery of fuel and equipment requiring major repair with outside vendors. Florin is also responsible for overseeing all major building capital projects related to facility enhancements and renovation projects. He is instrumental in assisting with the day-to-day operations of the boathouse.  


Florin handles all security related matter and holds a Certificate of Completion IACSSP Change 5 through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is a graduate of East Technical High School ROTC program. 

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Emeritus Director

Gary Clark

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.

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Emeritus Director

Cathy Duhigg Gannon

Cathy has a BA from Malone College 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 programs, covering 37,000 employees working in over 200 manufacturing facilities, along with distribution centers and sales offices.


Cathy co-chaired the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and Ohio Industrial Commission Agency Review at the request of then Governor-elect Ted Strickland in 2006. She is a past president of the Self-Insurers’ Group of Ohio, and a past 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, was appointed by the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association to work with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to restructure the securitization of the Self-Insured Employers’ Guarantee Fund, and provided testimony to the State of Ohio Legislature on behalf of the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association on matters pertaining to workers’ compensation as well as pending legislation. Cathy is a nationally recognized workers’ compensation subject matter expert, and has been an invited speaker at state and national conferences.


Cathy served on the CRF Board of Directors from 2018 through the beginning of 2023 and was Board President for the last four of those years.


Emeritus Director

Robert Valerian

Robert J. Valerian retired from the Taft Law Firm after 34 years as a trial attorney. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. 

Bob’s legal practice  specialized in construction law and labor and employment law.  He conducted jury trials and argued appellate cases before all Ohio and Federal Courts including the U.S. Court of Claims and the Supreme Court of the United States. Bob has been selected for Who’s Who in American Law, Best Lawyers in America, Ohio Super Lawyers and Cleveland’s 25 Best Lawyers. Bob continues in private practice as an arbitrator and mediator and is an adjunct professor at CWRU Law School.

Prior to his legal career, Bob was a pilot and instructor pilot in the United States Air force. He is a retired Major in the Air Force Reserve. During the Vietnam War, Bob flew 109 combat missions in the RF-4-C Phantom jet. His military awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. He is a licensed commercial pilot with multi-engine and jet ratings. 

As a member of the Georgetown University crew, Bob rowed in two Dad Vail Championship Georgetown eights. He was head coach of the St. Ignatius High School Crew from 1990 to 2003, and of the Shaker Heights High School Varsity Crew from 2010 to 2019. 

Bob served as a CRF Board Member for nine years, and was  Board Chair for six years. Bob was part of the leadership team that concluded the purchase of the Rivergate Park Boathouse property in 2010.  He is married to Dorothy Janusko Valerian. Bob and Dorothy have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

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