Staff

All Rockland Rowing coaches are experienced rowers with years of coaching experience. Our coaching motto - is “one team” - meaning that all rowers from beginners in our learn-to-row programs to our nationally competitive youth team are coached by the entire staff. Everyone is coached to develop the same stroke mechanics and to excel to the limit of their abilities. We provide our coaches regular training in first aid and general safety and offer continued coaching education opportunities to keep them growing as premier instructors in the sport of rowing. 

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veli etropolski, head coach

Veli Etropolski is Rockland Rowing’s head coach. He has over 50 years of rowing experience, including eight on the Bulgarian national team where he won numerous national championships in both sculling and sweep boats. Over the years Veli has coached at many programs, including Manhattan College, Fordham University, Montclair High School, Blair Academy and the Bulgarian National Team. Veli leads a team of coaches who work with all the programs.

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IvAN Rudolph-Shabinsky, COACH

In addition to being president of the RRA Board, Ivan is a volunteer coach. He was a varsity rower at Cornell University, and is an accomplished masters rower. Ivan has won several national championships with RRA’s Masters team and with the Cornell Alumni team in both sculling and sweep boats. He was one of RRA’s original coaches and, having retired from his career in investment management in 2018, now enjoys being a full-time coach for the youth teams and a player/coach for the masters.

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Leslie Horn, coach

Leslie has been coaching Rockland's recreational masters and both youth and adult learn-to-rows since 2015. She was a collegiate basketball player who took up rowing as an adult. Since beginning to compete, Leslie has won several regional regattas in the double sculls with her racing partner. Leslie attained the level 2 coaching certification from USRowing. 

Kathy Rudolph-Shabinsky, business manager

Kathy volunteers her time to manage the books at RRA. Not a rower herself, she is immersed in the sport through her husband Ivan’s rowing and her youngest daughter Alice who rowed for the RRA before rowing for Cornell University where she captained the varsity squad. One day Kathy might be convinced to row, in the meantime, she crushes the erg every year at our Pull-With-Purpose row-a-thon.

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Charlotte Buck, coach

Charlotte is the newest addition to the coaching staff, having graduated from Columbia University in 2018. She began her rowing career at the RRA, joined the Columbia Women’s Rowing Team and ultimately became captain and stroke of the varsity eight. While at Columbia, Charlotte broke every erg record on their books. She stroked the Lions varsity 8 to a bronze medal at Eastern Sprints. She was twice chosen for All-America second-team honors by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association, and was selected to the Academic All Ivy League team. She has won several gold medals at Club Nationals, rowing for both the RRA’s and Vesper’s U23 teams. She has been invited to USRowing’s U23 National Team selection camp and, after graduating, she represented the US at the National University Games in Shanghai, China in the women’s eight. She continues to train toward making the national team while coaching for the RRA youth teams.

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Greta Nettleton, adaptive rowing Coordinator and coach

Greta joined Rockland in the fall of 2015 and coaches the adaptive team which serves physically and cognitively disabled athletes. She previously coached novice youth rowers at Mountain Lakes Rowing Club and Piermont Rowing Club. 

She learned how to row as an adult and has rowed competitively with Piermont Rowing Club and Rockland Rowing.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky, Director and President
Ivan recently retired as a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at AllianceBenrstein – a global investment management firm. He was a varsity rower at Cornell, where he more recently served as president of the Cornell Rowing Association and was voted a life-member. He is player/coach for the RRA Masters team and has won several national championships in that capacity.

Justin Bohan, Director and Vice President
Justin works for Synchrony Financial heading up digital marketing in retail online financing. Justin rowed for Iona College, where he was inducted into their sporting hall of fame for his success in a pair that won Dad Vails and competed at the Henley Royal Regatta. He is an active competitor on the RRA’s masters team where he has won several national championships.

Peter Klose, Director and Secretary
Peter is an attorney in Nyack, NY, where he is also currently chair of the Planning Board. Peter rowed for Cornell University and for Reading College in the UK. He competes actively for the RRA, where he has won several national championships. Peter’s daughter Celeste is rowing for the RRA currently.

Alec Almond, Director and Treasurer
Alec is Vice President, Global Technical Sales for Silver Spring Networks, a technology company focused on the Internet of Things. Alec’s son Ryan rows for the RRA and Alec competes as a masters rower. He was the president of the University of Buffalo’s rowing team where he competed as a lightweight rower.

Ron Gold, Director
Ron is CEO and Co-Founder of LeanOnWe, the eHarmony of home care. He is an avid and successful adaptive rower for the RRA.

Chris Hely, Director
Chris is a Managing Partner at BKA Financial, an estate planning and insurance consulting firm focused on national brokers and their clients. Chris rowed for the University of Pennsylvania, where he won both Eastern Sprints and the National Championship in Penn’s varsity eight. Chris’ daughter Hannah rows for the RRA.

Sharon Quayle, Director
Sharon is a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist with over 25 years of experience. She recently joined the Hudson Center for Women's Health and is the Assistant Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Montefiore Nyack Hospital. Previously she practiced OB/GYN in private practice, the U.S. Navy, and most recently at Columbia University Medical Center where she was a professor as well. Sharon is an avid masters rower with the RRA and has won the mother/daughter 2x at the Independence Day Regatta with her daughter (and RRA coach) Charlotte Buck.  

Peter Fernberger, Emeritus – co-founder of River Rowing Association (now Rockland Rowing Association). Peter is an independent film-maker, avid rower and sailor.

Bronwyn Woodhead, Emeritus– co-founder of River Rowing Association (now Rockland Rowing Association). Bronwyn is an independent film editor, avid rower and sailor.