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Board of Directors

Jude Starrett, President

Jude was introduced to rowing in a Learn to Row class on Lake Norman in June 2011 through North Carolina Community of Sailing and Rowing and has been hooked ever since. Jude served as a board member of NCCSR and transitioned to the BRC board when the rowing organization moved to Belmont. Jude competes in regattas as a masters rower and appreciates the ability to train on the long, calm stretch of the Catawba River that is home to BRC. Jude is married and has two daughters, one of whom she persuaded to try rowing and is now a coach for BRC after being a varsity rower for UNC-Chapel Hill. Jude obtained her JD from Emory Law School and is a Senior Assistant City Attorney for Charlotte.

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Cindy White, Vice President

Cindy fell in love with the sport of rowing in 2011 after taking a learn to row class through North Carolina Community of Sailing and Rowing. She liked it so much she moved to Lake Norman and joined the Board of NCCSR. Cindy transitioned to the BRC board when the rowing organization moved to Belmont, and enjoys competing in regattas as well as recreational rowing. Cindy is married and works as a Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Charlotte. She has a JD from the University of Virginia.

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Stacey Bhalla, Secretary

Stacey is a Belmont resident who learned to row in 2014 when BRC relocated to Belmont. Stacey has had a lifelong love of sports, as a former collegiate swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, then masters competitive runner and triathlete. She enjoys competing in Regattas, as well as long lazy rows down the beautiful Catawba River. Stacey is married and has two daughters who are both varsity collegiate rowers. Her older daughter is currently attending Princeton University and her younger daughter is at the University of Notre Dame. Stacey is a Certified Nurse Midwife for the Gaston County Health Department.

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Peter Nixon, Treasurer

Peter is a Masters rower and has raced in various sprint and head races in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee. He is a former prep school oarsman at Kent School in Kent, CT where he rowed for 5 years. In 1971, his senior year, Peter rowed on the varsity boat and traveled to England where he rowed in three regattas, including the Royal Henley Regatta. Peter is a Class of 1975 graduate of Cornell University where he rowed on the freshmen heavyweight crew and two years on the varsity lightweight crew. In 2014 Peter rowed in the 5 seat of the Cornell Alumni boat in the college alumni race held at the IRA in Princeton, New Jersey. He is employed by FairPoint Communications, Inc in Charlotte where he is the Executive Vice President of Revenue and External Relations.

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Kathy Roush, Co-Fundraising Coordinator

Kathy started rowing approximately four years ago when she joined a Corporate Cup class at BRC after some coaxing by a coworker. She has rowed sweep for several years and last season she started learning how to scull. She just recently joined the Board in January. Kathy has a Master’s degree in Geology and manages an Environmental Consulting office in Charlotte. She is married with two grown daughters.

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Julie Bingol, Co-Fundraising Coordinator

Julie learned to row in 2014 after enduring some harsh Detroit winters and discovered that rowing was a great way to enjoy the short but beautiful Michigan summers. After moving to Charlotte in 2016, she was delighted to find more rowing enthusiasts at the Belmont Rowing Center where she could continue her newfound passion and started competing in the masters program. Julie graduated from the University of Virginia and in her previous professional career was involved with political media production.

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Juanita D. Brown, Youth Parent Representative

Juanita visited BRC with the intent of learning to scull. She was invited to come check out the site and get a feel for the sport. After Juanita’s son, Hunter, completed a Learn to Row class, he took an interest in rowing and now participates in the Varsity Youth Program. Juanita hopes to bring awareness and inspire interest in the sport of rowing to other minorities. She feels rowing teaches life skills unlike any other sport and admires the strength and teamwork that it takes to be a rower. Someday, she hopes to get around to taking that sculling class. In the meantime, she whitewater kayaks, enjoys hiking with her dogs, and being with her family. She is a community health nurse employed by Mecklenburg County. Juanita also has a loving husband of 20+ years and a daughter attending North Carolina A&T University.

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Robert Kleiderlein, Independent Rower Representative

Rob is a new BRC board member but has been involved as a masters rower and independent sculler for several years. Rob started rowing and sculling in high school in Philadelphia for The Shipley School. He was a varsity rower and competitive swimmer in college at Syracuse University and Skidmore College, before learning to row a single as a masters rower. Rob is also an avid skier and enjoys kayaking and stand up paddleboard. Rob is a Certified Financial Planner and Vice President at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America. He is married with three children.

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