CPRA Board of Directors

CPRA is a non-profit governed by a board of directors


Amber Lind - President

Amber took Learn-to-Row with CPRA in 2012 and never left. She joined the board as treasurer in 2013. 

Amber participated in the Cardboard Boat Regatta, and after 4 strokes decided to take a dip in the river!

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Rich Orwig - Treasurer

Susan Lyons - VP

Susan recently joined the board and became VP in 2016. She's doing great work coming up with fundraising ideas for CPRA.

Congrat's Sally (R) and Anne (L) on your win!

Congrat's Sally (R) and Anne (L) on your win!

Sally Thomas - Secretary


Kelly Finley - Secretary

Kelly has been rowing with CPRA since 2011. After a hiatus, she rejoined the board in 2016 and now organizes the Moonlight Row and Crying Towel Regatta.

Beth Belotti

Beth has been rowing with CPRA for several years and runs the concession stand at our Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta! Beth joined the board in 2018.

Dagny Leininger

Dagny organizes the Adult Learn-to-Row program and also keeps track of membership. 

She is also know for her love of our training single, the "Fatty Bacon".

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Quica Ostrander

CPRA Coaches

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Derek Updegraff - Head Coach

Derek began rowing in 1990 at Bucknell University. After rowing for Bucknell and the Bachelor’s Barge Club Lightweight Development Club, he began assisting at Bucknell, eventually becoming the head men’s coach. He then went on to coach the varsity men at UC Santa Barbara to two Dad Vail medals. Upon his return to Bucknell, Derek assisted with the women’s team. 

Derek was also very instrumental in the formation of the Central Pennsylvania Rowing Association, serving as its first head coach. 

Derek particularly enjoys introducing newcomers to the sport of rowing and making it accessible and fun for everyone.

Jim Grose - Learn-to-Row Coach

Jim is a Land Surveyor, a Rower, a Coach, a Hunter, Fisherman, Camper, Boater, and general Outdoorsman. 

At the turn of the century, Jim was introduced to the wonderful sport of rowing. Soon he became involved with the Central Pennsylvania Rowing Association and is now in his tenth year as coach of the Susquehanna University Rowing Team. He has rowed and/or coached in many of the Eastern states from Massachusetts to Florida. 

Rowing is a total body workout: burning calories, creating core strength, and expanding flexibility all while having fun at the same time. The elite athlete, the recreational rower, the youth and the retiree all benefit from this team-oriented sport. When you become a rower, you join a group of people who understand work ethic and show you respect, no other qualification required. 

Rowing is for Life! 

Board of Directors Meeting Summaries