Ted Benford

Executive Director

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 leading Division III and Division I Lightweight collegiate rowing teams and assisting a Division I heavyweight men's rowing program.

Nonna Giunta

Director of Programs
(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.

Ellen Minzner

Director of Inclusion & Advocacy
(978) 869-3208

In the past five years, Minzner and her team of Outreach coaches have pioneered a model for serving people with disabilities, military veterans, and underserved youth that has become the national standard. She has a master's degree in Urban Planning from Tufts University, studying the role of Sport in Community Development---a course she now teaches at CRI's Institute of Rowing Leadership. A former World Champion (LW2-) and with over 25 years of coaching experience at the high school, college, and national team levels, she has led the US Paralympic LTA 4+ to a silver medal in Rio in 2016, and also serves on the FISA Para Working Group to address the future of para rowing.

Patrick Larcom

Director of Coaching Education

Patrick is responsible for the Institute for Rowing Leadership and CRI's coaching education programs. He first started his career at CRI in 2011 as a fellow in the IRL.

After graduation, Patrick obtained his CSCS and started teaching the strength and conditioning course for the IRL fellowship program. Additionally, Patrick has lead the Corporate Rowing programs here at CRI where we share our mission of "Rowing For All" with business people from around the world through team building events and the Charles River Rowing league. His passion is to deliver world class experiences through rowing via the development of coaching education both here at CRI and throughout the sport of rowing.