MEET THE STAFF

Boatman

Chuck is our boatman extraordinaire. His experience in the marine and rowing environments make him ideally suited to take care of our equipment. A true professional, Chuck is an asset to our boathouse on many levels.

CHUCK DESIDERIO

Youth Program Coordinator & Head Coach

Helen entered the rowing world in 2003 at Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center where she competed as a junior athlete for five years. Her time on Lake Washington continued when she attended the University of Washington, competing for the Huskies from 2008 until 2012. After completing her Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, Helen continued with UW to earn her Masters in Education in the Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership Program. Helen spent that year as an assistant coach with Seattle University's inaugural varsity women's rowing team.

Helen left Seattle to continue serving in the collegiate coaching ranks at the University of Dayton and Michigan State University. In 2016, she decided to return to Seattle and began as the head coach of the Mt. Baker varsity women. In 2017 Helen added the position of Director of Rowing at Mt. Baker, serving as the first in that position.

When she is not at the boathouse, Helen enjoys spending time with friends in the great PNW outdoors, experimenting in the kitchen, and playing with her dog Finn.

HELEN TILGHMAN

Director of Rowing

As the Director of Rowing Operations, Padraic is responsible for the safe, sustainable and successful operation of the Pocock Rowing Center and Renton Rowing Center. Padraic began rowing as a youth in Point Pleasant, NJ. After rowing at Saint Mary's College of California, he joined the Seattle rowing community as a sculler. Padraic has competed and coached in youth, collegiate, elite and masters programs. As the Executive Director of the Everett Rowing Association, his focus on culture and communication led significant growth in membership, youth programming and fundraising results. Padraic's experience in the construction industry and at Pocock Racing Shells brings a strategic background to our infrastructure and project management needs. Outside of the boathouse, Padraic enjoys hiking, biking, woodworking and cooking.

PADRAIC MCGOVERN

Administrative Director

Patty is the Administrative Director for the Pocock Foundation which includes supporting all segments of the Foundation including Row to the Future, Row for the Cure in addition to the Pocock Rowing Center and Renton Rowing Center. ​ Patty began rowing at LaSalle University in Philadelphia and continued her rowing career training at Vesper Boat Club before she decided to move to Montana and, ultimately, Seattle. Before coming to work at the Pocock Foundation, she was an executive administrative assistant, a human resources generalist, and a bookkeeper. Her wealth of skills in almost every arena of administration keeps the boathouses of the Pocock Foundation in ship-shape. When not at work, Patty enjoys spending time with her husband, two wonderful children, and friends.

PATTY FINNEY

Member Services Representative

Originally from Whidbey Island, WA, Rachael graduated from Gonzaga University in 2019 where she earned her degree in Sport Management with minors in Marketing and Public Relations. She was a walk-on rower, raced at NCAA's and spent her senior year working to develop the novice athletes. This is her second year coaching at PRC and she is very excited to help athletes better themselves and improve their rowing skills. When not at work, Rachael can be found baking, biking and watching clips of her favorite movies over and over again.

RACHAEL ARAND

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