Karla Landis, Director of Outreach
Karla leads Row to the Future as the Director of Outreach of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation. She has ten years of coaching and program management experience and an aptitude for community development. Most recently reflected through her work with USRowing, Seattle Public Schools, and Seattle Parks & Recreation, Karla understands the power of rowing to serve as a means for young people to develop lifelong skills for healthy living, embrace teamwork, build new friendships and expand academic and professional horizons. Karla holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Western Washington University, where she was a rower (1998-2002) and coach (2003-2009).
Heather Mandoli Alschuler, Erg Ed Coordinator
Heather brings a rich background in rowing, coaching and teaching to her role as Erg Ed Coordinator. She was an All-American rower at the University of Michigan and rowed for Team Canada for five years at various World Cup and World Championship regattas. She raced primarily in the women’s pair and eight events, placing sixth or higher in every international race and capped off her career in the women’s 8+ on the 2008 Olympic team. She is passionate about Erg Ed because she was first introduced to the sport when an erg visited her high school P.E. class. Her hope is to give students the same beginnings to the sport that created amazing opportunities, friendships and experiences within her life.
Kelsey Baker, Erg Ed Instructor
Kelsey will serve as our Erg Ed Instructor, working closely with PE teachers directly in the classroom. Kelsey plays an integral in helping all teachers learn how to teach the Erg Ed curriculum. Beginning in January, Kelsey will continue to work as our Erg Ed Instructor but will do so through Coach Across America as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Kelsey is from Gig Harbor and recently graduated from Western Washington University where she rowed with the varsity squad.