Ted Benford

Executive Director
ted@communityrowing.org

Ted started his relationship with CRI over 25 years ago as a volunteer and coach and then went on to serve as president of the board and as a trustee. In May of 2016, Ted was hired as Director of Operations and served as Interim Executive Director until his selection as Executive Director in August of 2018.  Outside of CRI, Ted has worked extensively in higher education, started his own company and worked in consulting and special project partnerships with senior level leadership of Fortune 1000 companies. He has an extensive coaching resume spanning club rowing, corporate rowing, adaptive coaching as well as coaching and leading Division III and Division I Lightweight and Division I Heavyweight men's rowing programs.

Kane Larin

Director of Operations
kane@communityrowing.org

With more than 2,500 registrations each year, 110 rowing shells, 28 coaching launches and smooth running of our award winning facility and grounds, CRI is a beehive of activity every day. Kane has extensive experience in the sport as a leader, athlete, coach, and administrator, which he brings to a broad array of CRI's operations and strategy. 

When CRI needs a deft hand at solving everything from the simplest improvement to our services to representation to local government or state agencies to unique organizational challenges, Kane brings CRI an experienced voice and steady guidance.  

Megan McLean

Director of Youth Development
megan@communityrowing.org

After getting her first taste of rowing in a fat single on the Charles River more than thirty years ago, Megan raced for two years for the University of Virginia women’s team. She was lured back to the sport by her son, who rows for CRI, and is thrilled to find herself in a boathouse again, overseeing CRI’s Youth competitive and RowBoston teams.

Megan’s career has spanned the public and private sectors, with an emphasis on helping innovative organizations align their processes and systems in support of their mission and strategy. As Chief of Staff at Ariadne Labs, a center for health systems innovation, Megan developed the organization’s strategic plan, designed and implemented an annual goals-based planning process, and directed a number of culture and capacity-building initiatives. Prior to that, Megan was a consultant at Monitor Group, a global strategy consulting firm, where she worked with a wide range of private sector and nonprofit clients while also serving as head of the firm’s US recruiting operations. Megan got her start at the National Democratic Institute, a democratic development nonprofit, managing voter education, election monitoring, and civic education projects in the Baltics, Caucasia, and eastern and southern Africa. She has a BA, a JD, and an MBA from Harvard University.

Megan lives in Newton with her husband, two dogs, and three kids. She is an avid hiker, loves being in nature, and looks forward to a steady diet of adrenaline hits she still gets when she overhears a passing coxswain.

Nonna Giunta

Director of Programs
nonna@communityrowing.org
(617) 504-0207

Nonna grew up in Cambridge, just a block from the Charles, and is a graduate of Tufts University. Arriving at CRI as an adult looking to learn rowing, when a chance to work at CRI presented itself she jumped on it. Nonna is proud mom to Kira, Sia and Barrett.

Nonna is one of CRI's most essential, reliable and experienced members of our staff. She has touched nearly every level of the CRI administrative evolution. Her areas of focus at CRI include (but are not limited to!) oversight and management of the CRI registration processes, managing the array of CRI's communication channels, supporting our incredible coaches and their schedules as well as overseeing records tracking, front desk operations, and our ever improving customer service efforts. 

Since becoming Director of Programs, she has made profound improvements at CRI through her innovative and responsive leadership - it has enhanced the rowing experience for nearly every person who rows at CRI.

Shawn Cote

Director of Development
shawn.cote@communityrowing.org

Shawn's background includes a wide range of fundraising, corporate partnership, and marketing experiences. He holds a bachelors in Sports management marketing from Thomas College in Waterville, ME and a masters in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University. Shawn is also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving overseas from February 2004 to March 2005.

Shawn began his career in minor league hockey with the Lowell Devils, as the manager of corporate partnerships, successfully establishing marketing and community partnerships with local, regional and national companies. In a similar role, Shawn continued his career with at Lowell General Hospital, where he worked to grow individual and corporate philanthropy for the hospital, while establishing the hospital’s first corporate wellness program, and managing a variety of large scale marketing partnerships. Returning to the world of sport, Shawn began working at Northeastern University, as the lead fundraiser for NU athletics. It’s there that Shawn first got involved with the sport of rowing and came to understand the passion and comradery that exists within the rowing community. While at NU he managed a record setting, million dollar fundraising effort for the men’s program, in honor of their 50th anniversary.  

Shawn also worked at Bentley University, supporting fundraising efforts for university priorities. He also worked at Community Funded, a leading digital fundraising platform, where he managed sales for the east coast.

Shawn lives in Burlington, MA with his wife Tiffany, daughter Mia, and dog Lexi.

Tara Coleran

Controller
books@communityrowing.org

Tara is a finance professional, and as Controller, she ensures the completion of CRI's complete financials, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, bi-weekly payroll, and the administration of employee benefits.

She works closely with external auditors providing the pertinent information required to conduct the annual audit. Tara also partners with the development team in assembling the data required for grant submissions and also assists on the appropriation of grant funds received.