Each of our dedicated board members is convinced that rowing is an asset to individuals, to groups, and to communities. We love being on the water; we find it beautiful and invigorating. We love the Berkshires, and we’re energized by the prospect that we could be a boon to our home city of Pittsfield and the wider region. We’re equal parts of all three: Berkshires, Community, and Rowing.
Daniel Brooks, Vice President
John Dahrouge, Staffing
John is a lifelong resident of Berkshire county but prior to last year the “boathouse” was to him the lifeguards’ station for the public swimming at Onota Lake of long ago. All that changed, though, when his son Jac took to rowing last year. He’s grown to love the sport, the camaraderie, the workout that comes from being part of a crew–and John is the kind of guy who’s always willing to jump in and help wherever needed. One of these days he hopes himself to learn to row. Until then, it’s golf and fishing for him.
Chris King, Equipment
Chris helped translate his love of rowing into his efforts as one of the founding members of Berkshire Rowing in 1999, and served as its original Chairman. Previously, Chris rowed with the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association in Princeton, NJ that he joined in 1987.
Randy Oberle, Staffing, and Juniors
Randy learned to row at the University of Michigan, and began again as a master rower in 2008. His work is in sales and marketing at Crescent Creamery, but his love is in getting people to row, especially our juniors, which wouldn’t be what it is without his indefatigable efforts.
Elayne Murphy, Publicity
Elayne works with ideas big and small. Brought in by Williamstown families who have juniors that
participate in the program. A Concept 2 owner but taking small steps to being the Onota water.
Connell McGrath, Secretary