MEET THE STAFF

Our leadership and their contact information.

Junior Team Head Coach

Before joining the team at Pocock, Alex was an assistant coach for the University of Washington Heavyweight Men. ​ Alex earned his Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership at the Institute of Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing in Boston. His coaching career has led him to positions at Boston University, Princeton University and an assistant position in the U.S. Junior Men's Sculling selection camp in 2014. ​ Coach Alex is a native of Bend, Oregon. He rowed for four years at the University of Puget Sound, graduating with a degree in International Political Economy.

ALEX MANN

Regatta Coordinator

Ben is the Regatta Coordinator for Masters and Junior Teams. He also coaches with the Junior team at PRC. Before joining the Pocock Rowing Center, Ben coached at Commencement Bay Rowing Club and the University of Puget Sound. Ben is from Torrance, California; he attended the University of Puget Sound, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, rowing for four years. Outside rowing, Ben has a passion for all things music. He is a Co-Founder of an independent music program and is responsible for their operations and stability.

BEN HAGEN

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

Adult Program Coordinator & Head Coach

Coree's coaching background includes NCAA DI and DIII women’s rowing, as well as competitive youth and masters. In 2017, Coree attended the World Rowing Championship, coaching the Austrian Para Rowing 3 Mixed 2x. She co-chairs the Para Advisory Committee for the Head of the Charles and coached the High Performance Para Rowing Team at Community Rowing, Inc. Prior to living in Boston, she completed her M.S. in Exercise and Sport Studies at Smith College. Originally from University Place, Coree started her rowing career at Commencement Bay Rowing Club, continuing to cox at WWU, winning the the NCAA Championships in 2006. Coree is excited to be back in the PNW and looks forward to getting out doors to explore and play with her dog, Millie. She also loves to cook and is looking forward to all the good eats and drinks around Seattle.

COREE NASLUND

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

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

The goal of the Management Committee at the Pocock Rowing Center is to be a liaison between membership and the Operations Director and Foundation. The MC meets monthly to discuss boathouse goals, identify issues, and come up with solutions. We are a group of 10 elected members who each serve for a 2-year cycle. We love hearing from you and supporting your interests, so please reach out to one of us in person with questions, or email the MC at maskthemc@pocockrowingcenter.org.

Athlete, Youth Parent, GPRF Board member

Andrea is a CPA with a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from La Salle University. She has been a member of the Pocock Foundation Board of Directors since 2004 where she serves as Treasurer of the organization. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. Andrea represented the U.S. on the 1995 Pan American rowing team and now enjoys spending time with her family, rowing, and running marathons.

ANDREA BONACCORSI

Athlete

Ara learned to row as a master, but has enjoyed competitive sports throughout her life.

Ara’s professional background includes 17 years in communications and public engagement. She is currently a senior associate at a local communications and public involvement firm, EnviroIssues.



Ara fell in love with the competitive and team-oriented nature of the sport. When she’s not rowing with the PRC Women's Sweep team, she can be found cross-country skiing throughout the winter, hiking in summer and spending time with her two daughters Anja and Elsa and husband Todd (a member of the PRC men’s sweep team). Ara is actively involved in PTA.

ARA MERKENS

Athlete

Professional: President, Distinguished Specialty (an insurance program management firm) Bellevue WA
Personal: Live in Madrona, married to Nancy Chase, two grown daughters
BA Economics, University of Connecticut (the other Huskies)
Other interests include skiing, cycling, hiking.
In 2014, having just moved to Seattle, Brooks' daughter introduced him to Seattle by bringing him to Opening Day. Watching the races and striking up a conversation with an Ancient Mariner (Lenny) renewed a past passion for rowing that he had in high school and college. He subsequently enrolled in a Pocock Learn to Row class which led to joining the Mixed Masters Team. The MMT gang exhibited no evidence of the “Seattle Freeze”, in fact, quite the opposite, they have become not just teammates, but dear friends to Brooks. For the last five years, PRC has been a perfect source of socialization and exercise.
Brooks has always been involved in the communities where his family has lived and he is excited for the opportunity to give back to an organization that has been such an important part of his life in Seattle.

BROOKS W. CHASE

Athlete

George started sculling a neighbor's Pocock Wherry the Summer of 1969. He then turned out for the University of Washington crew in the fall of 1970, part of the class of 1974. He was a slow learner and coach Dick Erickson also allowed him to row in 1975. He was small for a rower so after the spring season of 1975 I lost 20 pounds and turned out for the US Lightweight Team and went as the lightweight spare to the World Championships in Nottingham, England.

He worked for 39 years as a general dentist retiring at the end of 2018. He started rowing again in 2004, beginning with sculling at Green Lake, then sweep and scull with the Pocock men's team and then graduating to the Ancient Mariners Rowing Club.

GEORGE NADEN

Athlete , GPRF Board member

At the advice of her parents, Meg began rowing at Buckingham Browne & Nichols in Cambridge, MA. She went on to row at Connecticut College, where she was a recipient of the Anita DeFrantz Award for excellence in athletics. Although her favorite medal is from the Head of the Charles, Meg has competed (and coached) nationally and internationally for many years and has had some of the best experiences of her life due to rowing and the people she has met through the sport (Meg met her husband Peter next to an erg at the Pocock Rowing Center).



She rows with the PRC Competitive Women's Team and is the President of LuxuryRealEstate.com, the #1 website dedicated to high-end residential property.

MEGHAN BARRY

Athlete

On the water: Stephanie walked on to her college rowing team at Union College in upstate NY and fell in love with the sport of rowing. After graduation, Steph then took a detour south to Austin, TX where she rowed with the Austin Rowing Club and ate a lot of tacos. Upon landing in Seattle, Steph joined the Women's team at Pocock. She enjoys that she can always find a group of competitive-minded people no matter what boathouse she walks into around the country.

Off the water: Steph came to Seattle in 2010 to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Washington, and since 2016 has been at the Allen Institute for Brain Science doing various "brain stuff." Steph brings her nerdiness to most everything, especially organizational spreadsheets. In her free time, Steph enjoys cycling, hiking, and generally taking in the beauty of the PNW.

STEPHANIE SEEMAN

Athlete

A Seattle native, T took up rowing as an adult after moving back to Seattle permanently following graduate school in 2011. Rowing's combination of focused teamwork, physical rigor, and intense competition provided the former college football player the competitive outlet he was looking for and he has been competing at regattas ever since. After serving as the captain of the Men's Nationally Competitive Team at Lake Union Crew from 2015-2016, T joined PRC in 2016 and has served as a captain for the PRC Men since joining the boathouse.

Professionally, T serves as a Principal on the Corporate Business Development team at Amazon, negotiating and structuring complex transactions for the company such as acquisitions, licenses, and product partnerships. Prior to Amazon, T served as a Director at Paul Allen's holding company, Vulcan, running strategy for the Innovation Lab and managing sports technology for Vulcan's sports holdings.

T earned a BA in Economics and Government from Claremont McKenna College, and an MBA from Duke University. T's wife Beth is also a member of PRC and enjoys sculling and joining the PRC Men in their weekly erg sessions.

TARIQ "T" OMAR

Athlete

Ted started rowing as a junior for Green Lake Crew. After a hiatus, he hasn’t missed a racing season for the last ten years. At Capitol Rowing Club in DC Ted coordinated the adult novice program and coached. At Lake Union Crew Ted was the captain of the nationally competitive men’s team.

Ted races for the PRC Masters Sculling Team and for the PRC Men. Mixed doubles and quads are his preference and he’s been in the winning mixed A-B quad at regionals for the last three years. He loves going to summer rowing camp at Craftsbury Sculling Center with friends from the boathouse, is happy at PRC, and happy to serve it.



A graduate of Whittier College, a veteran of the Peace Corps, Ted attended the public policy graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University. Professionally he evaluates and writes about federal efforts to achieve policy goals for the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

TED LESLIE

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