Current RFTC Board Members

The Row for the Cure® board is made up of volunteer representatives from Row for the Cure® events around the country. The RFTC board makes legal and financial decisions which further the work of Row for the Cure® at a national level. This includes participation in short monthly conference calls, appearances at local and national events, and lending support to established and aspiring Row for the Cure® events.

Kathy Frederick: President and Founder of Row for the Cure®

As a sales and customer service representative for Packaging Specialties in Portland, Oregon, Kathy worked for the company for thirty seven years and calls it her second family. Her fifteen-year background as a political activist in the 70’s and 80’s honed her organizing and leadership skills. At the age of 42 she took up rowing and says it is like dancing on water. In 1993, she organized the first Row for the Cure® and still rows regularly with her third family at Station L Rowing Club.

Eliza Sydney – Vice President

Barbara Sanchez-Salazar – Secretary

Barbara Sanchez-Salazar is a senior attorney with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C. and practices in the firm’s employee benefits/deferred compensation sections. Barbara’s sports community involvement includes co-chairing the first Jacksonville Row for the Cure® in 2004, continuing to help organize the event from 2005 to 2011, volunteering for the Mayor’s Council for Fitness and Well-Being from 1999 to 2013, co-founding Bike Jacksonville, serving on the Board of Jacksonville Rowing Club from 1997 to 2014, and directing/coaching the Club’s youth rowing program from its inception in 2002 till 2015.

Barbara is honored to have been a member of the 1978 Junior National Team but currently takes great pride in being a masters athlete enjoying thoughts of training with her 86 year-old father for the 2018 World Rowing Masters event in Sarasota, Florida and working with her twin daughters as they achieve their own rowing accomplishments.

Laura Johnson – Treasurer

Laura holds a tax license in the State of Oregon and has been working in the accounting field with her own business for over 21 years.  She also volunteers with Wheat Marketing Center, Inc. and Gabriel Park Pre-School.  She has been a RFTC board member for Row for the Cure® since 2011 and is an 8-year breast cancer survivor!

Margot Shumway – Communication Director

Katie Rodgers – Event Retention Director

Katie is a recent graduate of Wake Forest University, where she was a varsity rower on the Wake Forest Rowing Club. She knew absolutely nothing about rowing until she joined the team, but quickly developed a love for the sport and its traditions.

She has had a passion for supporting breast cancer research since losing her mother to breast and bone cancers when she was fourteen. Katie currently serves as the New Events Director for Row for the Cure®. When she isn’t daydreaming about being on the water, she works as an executive recruiter in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Bill Rooney – Volunteer Director

Bill Rooney is a Senior Technical Staff Member in IBM’s z Systems group, where he a software architect for the z/OS operating system.

Although not a rower, Bill became involved with Row for the Cure back in 2008 when his daughter Nicole and her friend, then both high school rowers, organized the first Row for the Cure event in Poughkeepsie.  Bill has been the regatta director for the Row for the Cure event in Poughkeepsie since its inception in 2008.  The regatta is organized by the student athletes and parents of Wappingers Crew Club (WCC), the crew club of Wappingers School District.

Lindsey Brown – Sponsorship Director

Ryan Monaghan – Row for the Cure Ambassador and National Team Candidate

Ryan has rowed and trained with the national team since 2009, competing internationally in the pair, the four, the double and the quad.  When not rowing, Ryan works for a solar company in corporate finance.

Sara Rogers – Website Director

Stacey Legler – Merchandising Director

Stacey began rowing at Edgewater High School in Orlando, FL and is now a member of the Jacksonville Rowing Club.  She was first introduced to Row for the Cure® in 2011 at the Head of the Hooch regatta and has had small roles with local Row for the Cure® events such as the First Coast Head Race.  To support her rowing habit, she works in the HR department at Florida State College at Jacksonville and is also a full-time doctoral student at Wilmington University.


Taylor Ritzel

Grace Luczak

Past Board and Volunteer Members

Rob Reali

Rob is a member of Hampton Roads Rowing Club in Norfolk Virginia, where he has spent over 10 years running the Head of the Lafayette, and the Hampton Roads Erg Pull. He has also run numerous Jr Camps and the club scholarship program. While trying to find time to row, Rob is also an Environmental Engineer for the US Army. Rob’s first Row for the Cure® was in 2008.

Mike McQuaid

Mike McQuaid is president of McQuaid & Co. Strategic Communication in Seattle. The firm’s practice areas include public affairs, corporate communications, non-profit community relations, cause marketing, athletics communications and marketing, and media relations. Mike has a rowing background and a long history of support for the growth of Row for the Cure®.

Pattie Pinkerton

As Head Coach of the UCSD Crew for over 12 years, Pattie was instrumental in working with the University and the local Komen affiliate to establish the San Diego Row for the Cure®. Pattie Pinkerton is an internationally recognized rowing coach and accredited reporter for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. As head coach for UCSD from 1998-2012, Pattie’s teams have consistently won medals at highly competitive national regattas including several NCAA national championships. As a master’s competitor herself, Pattie has won 28 international and over 30 national titles. Over the year’s she has accumulated Coach of the Year Awards in Australia, (West Australia) and the West Coast Conference (USA).

She is currently the Masters Rowing Coach for San Diego Rowing Club, establishing a club wide program that includes men and women from the ages of 23-82, and led them to the Club Championship at the USRA 2015 Masters Championships, finishing 1st overall out of 149 teams. The success of her program led to her nomination for USRA’s Fan’s Choice Masters Coach of the Year.

Isabelle McCullough – Development Director

Isabelle rowed for the University of Florida for four years. In her time at UF, she served on the crew team board as Fundraising Chair and Vice President. She currently lives in Atlanta, GA and works in education management while working towards a career as an actuary.

Lenny O’Donnell – Marketing Advisor

Lenny O’Donnell is an award-winning film and TV producer, a writer, and a nationally recognized communications, media and marketing consultant, working with corporations and nonprofits in research, higher education, tech, biotech, medicine and sports.

Lenny graduated from Queen Anne High School and the University of Washington in Seattle, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He rowed at the UW and still competes with the Ancient Mariners Rowing Club, where he serves as Commodore. In addition to his consulting, he is writing a historical nonfiction book on rowing that is scheduled to be published in 2016.

Laura Schwanger – Para-Olympic Ambassador

Meredith Cairo – Merchandising

Meredith Cairo is a junior at Wake Forest University, where she rows on the women’s varsity squad for the Wake Forest Rowing Club. Meredith serves as the intern to the Merchandising Director for Rowing Cares, and works on maintaining the Team Store.

Her passion for contributing to breast cancer research is driven by her knowledge that because of the donations and involvement of individuals around the world to breast cancer research, there has been about a 20 percent drop in cancer death rates since the early 1990s. She knows that her involvement in Rowing Cares contributes to increasing this drop. In her spare time, Meredith enjoys relaxing with her teammates and exploring the Wake Forest campus. You can reach Meredith by email at

Cristina Patrick – Social Media

Cristina Oliva Patrick was born in Rome, Italy, and has grown up with Hollywood movies, dreaming and falling in love with actors on the big screen. Cristina would move on to study cinema at the University of Rome La Sapienza. Her interests in independent film led her to start a talk show about films as a young critic while involving herself in the festival scene. Now in Oregon, she continues to pursue these goals.

Last summer she started volunteering for Row for the Cure® to help raise awareness about breast cancer, spreading the word throughout social media.