Each of our dedicated board members is convinced that rowing is an asset to individuals, to groups, and to communities. We love being on the water; we find it beautiful and invigorating. We love the Berkshires, and we’re energized by the prospect that we could be a boon to our home city of Pittsfield and the wider region. We’re equal parts of all three: Berkshires, Community, and Rowing.
Don Roche, President, Marketing & Outreach
Don began rowing in 2006 when he joined Berkshire Rowing. He was instructed and coached by then head coach Mike Dostal, former British National Team member. Since then he has enjoyed rowing here in Pittsfield as well as competing in regattas in the Northeast. Don was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2007 and has served as its president since 2009. He is also an assistant coach for the juniors.
Tom Curran, Equipment
Tom has always loved boats, canoes, kayaks, sailing boats. He had a lifetime dream of rowing the elegant racing shells come true at BCR, starting in 2016. He owns an operates a machine shop with his daughter, Lydia. As part of the Equipment Committee, Tom works on the BRC fleet, maintaining and repairing boats.
John Dahrouge, Staffing
John is a lifelong resident of Berkshire county but prior to last year the “boathouse” was to him the lifeguards’ station for the public swimming at Onota Lake of long ago. All that changed, though, when his son Jac took to rowing last year. He’s grown to love the sport, the camaraderie, the workout that comes from being part of a crew–and John is the kind of guy who’s always willing to jump in and help wherever needed. One of these days he hopes himself to learn to row. Until then, it’s golf and fishing for him.
Karl Gabosh, Equipment
Karl started rowing in school in 1966, competing primarily in singles and doubles up and down the eastern seaboard. He took a short hiatus (of 45 years!) when the sirens of sculling pulled him back to the shores of Lake Onota in 2014. His last competitive race was in a double at the Head of the Charles in 1968. Now he’s happy to make it around the lake in his single (which he stores at the club), and to help the club accomplish its goal of making rowing a fun sport for everyone.
Chris King, Equipment
Chris helped translate his love of rowing into his efforts as one of the founding members of Berkshire Rowing in 1999, and served as its original Chairman. Previously, Chris rowed with the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association in Princeton, NJ that he joined in 1987.
Randy Oberle, Staffing, and Juniors
Randy learned to row at the University of Michigan, and began again as a master rower in 2008. His work is in sales and marketing at Crescent Creamery, but his love is in getting people to row, especially our juniors, which wouldn’t be what it is without his indefatigable efforts.