READY SET ROW GUEST SPEAKERS

Ready Set Row programs invite Guest Speakers to share personal experiences and best practices with our athletes. RSR Guest Speakers have competed at the collegiate level (or beyond) and contribute to the education, exposure and training of our athletes. We do our best to bring at least one RSR Guest Speaker to each RSR program. 

CRISTA SAMARAS - Entrepreneur: co-founder of build your badass and CEO of Bounce Entertainment 

Princeton '99

Entrepreneurial Expeditions: XTeam, The ATL, New Lax and Team OC

Coaching Experience: Yale University Women's Lacrosse 2000 and 2001. 

International: 2001 IFWLA World Cup Champions (lacrosse); 2005 IFWLA World Cup 2nd place. 

Princeton: BA in Politics.

Four-year Varsity Lacrosse: Three-time All American; two-time Ivy League Player of the Year. Current Princeton record holder. 

1995 Rookie of the Year.

NCAA All-Tournament Team.

1999 received Emily Goodfellow Award rewarded to a senior who "contributes to team unity, morale, spirit and has demonstrated love of lacrosse and Princeton."

Crista's motto: "every person- girl, boy, man or woman- is something. Identify what you are and be it to the max. You are who you are, so be it!"

 

NATALIE REESE - FOUNDer NADUPOR

St. Andrew's Varsity 8+ - Women's Henley Regatta Champions 1997. Coach Holly 7, Meg Ashooh 5, Natalie Bow

St. Andrew's Varsity 8+ - Women's Henley Regatta Champions 1997. Coach Holly 7, Meg Ashooh 5, Natalie Bow

MBa Emory university '10, BA Dartmouth College '01 & St. Andrew's School '97

Dartmouth: Varsity Heavyweight 8+ 1999; First Freshman 8+ 1998. 

St. Andrew's School: Varsity 8+ 1995-1997. Royal Henley Regatta Champions 1997;  Stotesbury 1996 & 1997 Silver.

Natalie has a background in psychology, executive education, corporate coaching, leadership development and strategic planning and devotes her time to supporting those who refuse to settle for conventional notions of success. 

Natalie is a Martha Beck Certified Life Coach, a Certified Crystalline Consciousness Technique Practitioner (Level 3), a Certified Soul Journeys® Akashic Records Teacher and Consultant and a facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie. More about Natalie. 

 

MEG ALEXANDER ASHOOH 

BA UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA '01 & ST. ANDREW'S SCHOOL '97

Coaching Experience: Bryanston School, Blandford, Dorset, England, 2001-2002

Rowing Experience: 

UVA: 1997/1998 1st Freshman 8+

St. Andrew's School: Varsity 8+ 1995, 1996, 1997; Royal Henley Regatta Champions 1997; Stotesbury 1996 & 1997 Silver; US Junior National Team Selection Camp: CanAmMex Regatta 1997 US 4+ Champion, US Pair Champion

Meg is a Private Wealth Relationship Manager and Head of Business Development for the Westmoreland Group at Merrill Lynch Private Bank in Atlanta. Rod Westmoreland has been ranked by Barron's as the #1 Financial Advisor in Georgia for each of the past seven years. Prior to her work in private wealth management, Meg worked on Wall Street as an executive recruiter in Heidrick & Struggles' financial services practice. Before that she served as Director of Communications for the Houston Zoo. Meg holds a degree in English from the University of Virginia and was selected for the University of Virginia's United Kingdom Teaching Fellowship; following which, she assisted chef Jamie Oliver's Coordinator and Branding Specialist in London. Meg has volunteered with the Junior League for over ten years and has held a variety of leadership roles.  She is an Accredited Wealth Management Advisor and is Series 7, 66, and 31 certified. Meg lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters.

 

Allison MacKinnon - Business, Finance and Technology

Allison has over 15 years experience in the financial markets. She was a Managing Director for C2FO- The World's Market for Working Capital. The C2FO Market is an exchange platform where buyers and suppliers accelerate cash flow between themselves, optimizing returns on cash and improving working capital. Clients include Costco, ToysRUs and Walgreens. Prior to joining C2FO she worked for over a decade in the bond markets, with UBS Investment Bank in London. At UBS, she ran a Treasury and Capital Markets team where she advised corporate clients on debt issuance, hedging strategies and cash management. She has executed billions of dollars in public and private placement debt issuance and hedging transactions. Allison believes in efficient markets and the evolution of technology as part of this to drive better pricing, more transparency and improved results. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband Cy, and her son Benjamin, who just turned 1!

 

Bailey stroking the 2004 Florida Scholastic National Championship V8+ from Pine Crest. Coach Holly and Coach Josh were the coaches at Pine Crest back then!

Bailey stroking the 2004 Florida Scholastic National Championship V8+ from Pine Crest. Coach Holly and Coach Josh were the coaches at Pine Crest back then!

 

Bailey Blosser - Environmental Consultant w/The Chappell Group, ERm, Apple Inc. 

UCLA '08 & Pine Crest School '04

UCLA: 2006 2V8+ Stroke; 2005 V4+ Stroke, 4th at Pac 10's & N8+ Stroke

Pine Crest: 2004 V8+ Florida State Champion; C.R.A.S.H. B Sprints Women's Lightweight 5th place; Captain. 2003 1X Scholastic National Champion; V8+; Captain. 

US Junior National Team Selection Camp: 2004

Life motto: Where you invest your love, you invest your life.   Some words from Bailey Blosser

READY SET ROW GUEST COACHES

COACH G-RETTE - TWO-TIME U.S. OLYMPIAN; 2008 OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST

COACHING HISTORY

High School: Head Coach and Program Director, The Union Boat Club, Boston, MA 2008-2010

Athlete Service Fellowship with Right to Play International: US-Jordan Coaching Exchange 2009

UBC Junior Sculling Camp, The Union Boat Club, Boston, MA 2010

ROWING HISTORY 

International: 

2008: USNT W1X, 2008 Beijing Olympics, Silver Medalist; USNT W1X 2008 World Rowing Cup 7th 

2007: USNT W1X 2007 World Rowing Cup 3rd; USNT W1X 2007 FISA World Rowing Championships 3rd

2006: USNT W1X 2006 World Rowing Cup 5th; USNT W1X 2006 FISA World Rowing Championships 5th 

2005: USNT W1X 2005 FISA World Rowing Championships 3rd

2004: USNT W4X 2004 Athens Olympics 5th; USNT W4X 2004 World Rowing Cup III 3rd; USNT W4X 2004 World Rowing Cup II 5th; USNT W2X 2004 World Rowing Cup II 7th

2003: USNT W8+ 2003 FISA World Rowing Championships 5th; USNT W2- 2003 World Rowing Cup II 8th; USNT W8+ 2003 World Rowing Cup I Champions

2002: GRADUATED HARVARD! and received Radcliffe Association Award as Harvard's top Female Athlete

2001: USNT W4- 2001 FISA World Rowing Championships 4th

2000: USNT U23 W4- Nations Cup Champions

College: Harvard/Radcliffe Heavyweight Varsity

Four-year Varsity Heavyweight 8;

Four-year NCAA competitor;

1999 NCAA Varsity 8+ 6th place;

Varsity Heavyweight 8+, 2000 Eastern Sprints Runnerup

Elected Team Captain 2002.

Selected 2nd Team All-Ivy 2000

High School: College Walk-on! Bristol Central High School, Bristol CT (Tennis player)

 

COACH STOVER - MAJOR, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE

Whether  coaching athletes or leading Marines, Coach Stover knows it's all about hard work and the power of the team. Truly great teams are not built on individual achievement or single victories, but exist as an enduring culture of excellence. By setting high standards and holding each other accountable, these teams push each member to be better every day, which in turn makes the team stronger and so on in a virtuous circle. With this long-term view, there can be no shortcuts to success. The only way to build and sustain excellence is to put in the work. 

Coach Stover is excited to be part of the Ready Set Row Team, working with you to make excellence a habit in rowing and in life. Whether your big picture team is your crew, your family, your school, or any community you're part of, your performance today will honor its history and inspire its future!

COACHING HISTORY

College: U.S. Naval Academy Women's Rowing, Volunteer Assistant Coach 2006-2009.

Novice and Freshman Coach 2008-2009

Patriot League Award of Good Sporting Conduct 2008

ROWING HISTORY 

College: Harvard/Radcliffe Heavyweight Varsity

Three-year Varsity Heavyweight 8 (5 & 3 seat);

Varsity Heavyweight 8+, 2000 Eastern Sprints Runnerup

First Freshman 8+, Undefeated; Eastern Sprints 1997 Champions; IRA Champions 1997

Selected 2nd Team All-Ivy 2000

Competed at 2001 National Team ID Camp at Princeton Training Center. 

Other Athletics: USA Triathlon competitor, Age Group Nationals and All-American 2012, 2013.

High School: State competitor in varsity cross-country, downhill skiing, and track; 1996 State Track Champion 4x400.