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2017 Board of Directors


Brian Forehand
Brian Forehand

Brian is honored to serve as President of DC Strokes for the 2017 season! Brian began rowing with DC Strokes in 2003, joining the novice team after completing Learn to Row at Thompson's Boat Center. Since first joining DC Strokes, Brian has served as Programs Director (2004-05), TeamDC Rep (2014), and Development Director (mid-2014 to 2016), as well as ACBA's Renovations Committee Chair (2004-06; 2008) and Relocation Committee Chair (2009–10), where he helped to establish ACBA's current home. Brian is committed to ensuring that DC Strokes is as successful as possible, both on and off the water, and looks forward to fostering our sense of pride and interconnectivity as ‘One Team’ and strengthening our commitment to our rowers, programs, and outreach in the community!

Tini Wirth

Christine (known in some circles as Tini) started rowing with DC Strokes through the Learn to Row program in 2014. The following year, she began rowing with the Competitive program and served as Women's Team Captain in 2015 and Competitive Team Co-Captain in 2016. DC Strokes helped Christine connect with the LGBTQ community in DC and find a competitive and athletic spirit she didn't know she had so she is always excited to welcome new rowers, both experienced and novice, to the Strokes family!


Simon Jerome

Simon joined the Strokes as a coxswain in the summer of 2016 after a years-long hiatus from rowing. He coxed for the Columbia University Lions lightweight team while in college, and is excited to be back in the sport with such a dedicated, inclusive group of women and men. Elected as treasurer for the 2017 season, he brings a background in nonprofit financial management to bear on his board responsibilities.When not on the water, Simon stays active by running long-distance road and trail races, hiking, and generally getting outdoors wherever possible.


Austin Blakeslee

I started rowing in high school, just down the river at TC Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. I took a break from rowing after college, but returned to it when I joined DC Strokes in 2016. In the short time I’ve been with Strokes, I have been overwhelmed by the welcoming and friendly atmosphere and by the dedication of my new teammates. I am excited to serve as Programs Director in 2017 and look forward to helping DC Strokes become better and stronger than ever.


Brian Fisher

I first joined DC Strokes as part of the 2012 Learn-to-Row class, and I’ve found rowing with DC Strokes to be a incredibly rewarding experience, both as an excellent outdoor workout and because of the friendly, welcoming environment that the Strokes has fostered over the past 25 years. As Membership Director, my goal is to work with the club to continue to nurture and improve that environment by both expanding our membership base but also by supporting our current members.


Patrick Ashley

Patrick moved to Washington, D.C. in 2010 and started rowing the following year at the age of 24, at the Sandy Run Boathouse in Lorton, Virginia. Patrick joined DC Strokes Competitive Program in 2014, and has rowed across the mid-Atlantic region in a variety of venues. He started coaching in 2015 with the DC Strokes Novice Program.

The Novice program takes individuals with varied backgrounds and athletic ability, and by the end of the season molds the diverse group of individuals into a cohesive team. It's a beautiful thing. Patrick strongly believes that anyone can learn to row. Having never (successfully) participated in any athletic activity until the age of 24, he believes everyone has a sport they can participate in. Rowing is his 'zen' time – when he gets to disconnect from the world, leave the emails and stress of life on land, and focus on himself and the team.


Andrew Coffey
Social Director



Katie Osweiler

Katie learned how to row in college but it took her another 12 years to live near rowable water again. She joined Strokes in 2011 moved away and joined again in 2015 when upon back in DC. This is her first time serving on the board and she is looking forward to making powerful connections between our fellow rowers with Hill East Crew and Athletes Without Limits.


Ken Kreise
Previous Year President

I first caught the rowing bug in college. However, graduate school and work kept me from participating in rowing for many years. Fortunately, I was able to return to rowing in 2008 when he moved to DC. I was looking for a way to meet people, get involved in the community, and stay active and rowing seemed to be the perfect fit. Since joining DC Strokes, I have served three times as the club’s Programs Director, and coordinated the team’s regatta activities as Regatta Czar since 2009. As a team member, I’ve watched our club grow, in numbers of active rowers, with new, quality, equipment, and in our performance on the water. As President, I look forward to continuing this momentum and growth, while also challenging our club and members to think about and start planning for the future. Eight years and counting and I’m still as excited as ever to hit the water and start racing for DC Strokes.




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