Founder & President of the Board
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.
Director of Rowing
I’m Tom Weber. I coached the LLRC Master’s Program in the Fall of 2017. I had such a great experience that I am returning as the Head Coach of the Master’s Program for the entire 2018 season.
I began my rowing career in 1986 at the University of Michigan. Since then, I have gone on to coach High School, Collegiate and Masters level programs. I have successfully sent rowers to the Junior National Team and I have been a member of the U.S. National Team. I have been the Head Coach for the University Of Michigan Novice Women’s program and founded the Huron High School rowing program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I hold a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan.
Caroline Schaefer-Hills – Middle School Program, Masters Practices, Sculling
Caroline has been the Visual Communications Program Coordinator at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City Michigan for the last twelve years and is the lead Faculty. Her background is in Graphic Design and Art Direction, with a BFA from The College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit and an MA in Graphic Design from the Savanna College of Art and Design (SCAD) graduate program. She was accepted into the MFA program at Royal College of Art in London for Graphic Design, and also explored film and new media with graduate work at the Maine International Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine. Caroline is currently completing her MFA from SCAD in Visual Experience Design.
Joe Carter – Juniors Program and Coverage for Masters Practices or Learn-2-Row
U.S. Rowing Level 2 certified coach. My profession – video/film introduced me to both the sport of rowing and Fountain Point. Currently coaching Learn to Row events, one-on-one sculling lessons, middle school and Juniors sessions, Masters and adaptive- with emphasis on the visually impaired. A day I am not learning is a day I am not living. I row and cox when I am not coaching a session. See you on the water!
Gerald Ssemambo – Masters Sculling Boats & Middle School
Gerald Ssemambo from Kampala, Uganda is entering his second year as being an Assistant Coach at our club. While when thinking of rowing, Uganda does not typically come to mind, but it is a sport that Ssemambo’s home country is looking to expand upon as they look to compete at an international level. After being spotted swimming in Lake Victoria with crocodiles and Hippos near his home by a rowing coach in 2011, he hasn’t looked back. Gerald has trained and raced from his native Uganda to the Netherlands, South Korea, Tunis, Austria, Italy, USA and Canada to name a few.
Some of the regattas Gerald has raced in include the World Rowing Under 23 World Rowing Championships 2013 (Austria) and 2014 (Italy) in the single. Medalist from the 2014 African Rowing Championships. Competitor at 2015 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in the single.
Gerald also took part in collegiate regattas including: Dad Vail regatta 2017(Bronze), 2018(Gold) and Finished 7th at the 2018 Nationals(IRA)
Gerald goes to Mercyhurst University in Erie PA where his pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance.
Andy Hankins – Learn-2-Row and Coverage for Masters Practices