Founder & President of the Board:

Erik Zehender

Erik is a USRowing Level III certified coach and founder of the Lake Leelanau Rowing Club. An alumni of Northwestern University, he joined the rowing team and helped negotiate a critical move for the team from the Lincoln Park lagoon to the old coast guard station at the mouth of the Chicago River on Lake Shore Drive. Erik has competed in many national regattas including the Head of the Charles in Boston and the Dad Vail in Philadelphia. He credits the work ethic, team work and life lessons learned from competitive rowing for his early career success.


Club Director:

Megan Kuehm


Assistant Coaches:

Andy Henkins

Kim Kelderhouse

Joe Carter

Mikayla Russel

Jim Gardiner

Mary Hartman

Shelley Yeager

Dorne Yeager

Carol Adler