Board of Directors

Lois Fournier, President

Lois has a degree in Nursing from Boston University and enjoys a lifelong interest in health and well being. She became involved in rowing on the Cape in 1988, first as a parent, then as a novice with Barnstable Rowing Club. In 1990 she co-founded Cotuit Rowing Club. In 2000 she joined Cape Cod Rowing where she served on the board and competed in regional races including Head of the Charles, and at FISA Masters in New Jersey and Canada. It has been her goal for many years to have the rowing clubs on the Cape collaborate to enhance the sport for all.

Barbara Howard, Clerk

Coach Howard's rowing career began at the start of the second year of Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) in 1986. Her involvement with CRI included serving on the board of Directors, volunteer coaching, helping to implement rowing for disabled children and, most fun of all, competing with the competitive women's program. As a member of both CRI and Cambridge Boat Club she has won an array of medals in Masters races on the national and international stage. Coach Howard is a certified indoor rowing instructor and has taught indoor classes at several Cape locations.

John Messenger, Treasurer

John rowed in high school and college many, many years ago.  He served as a volunteer coach for Nauset Tech Crew.  He is married with one (non-rower) daughter, a rower son-in-law, and three future rower grandsons. He shares his gifts in service to a vision of a very robust rowing community on the Cape.

Carol Lyall

Carol has been a rower for 26 years. She is a founding member of the Cotuit Rowing Club (est. 1990). She raced competitively in the 90's in New England and the HOCR. More recently, she has raced her 1x in New England and three times in the HOCR. She has rowed on open water rowing tours in fifteen countries all over the world and has taken her Alden 1x down the Connecticut River and up the coast of Maine.

Sharlene Sones

From her family's home on Harwich's Long Pond, Sharlene has been right in on the action with master’s rowing since its inception. A recovering tennis player, she's an enthusiastic rower and advocate for CIRA.  A brand strategist and veteran of the sports industry (LPGA, Spalding Sports, Benetton Sportsystem), Sharlene is a branding author and entrepreneur who brings to Cape & Islands Rowing a keen desire to support outreach, fundraising and our communications. Sharlene is the Founder/Principal Brand Strategist of Brandstoria and Director of U.S. Strategy for teamup, helping build high performance sports brands. She is also the Co-Founder of The Next Play, igniting a new generation of confident, bold women leaders. Sharlene earned her M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and B.S. from Babson College, where she's served as elected Vice President of the Alumni Association Board for multiple terms.

Marc Launoy

Marc began with CIRA as a rowing parent and stayed on to help after his son graduated.  A force for good, Marc helps with all sorts of building and restoration of equipment,  building much-needed oar racks in the trailer; wooden storage box reinforcement; providing extraordinary bakery treats when needed; acting a liaison for rowing parents; building and maintaining the CCYR website, etc., etc., etc. Marc plans to join the men's rowing class this summer.  He has helped us EVERYWHERE!!!

Lisa Allen

Lisa Allen fell in love with rowing on Lake Waban as a student at Wellesley College. She then moved to California and away from crew until her two children became rowers on the West Coast. Having retired from business and teaching, Lisa found CCMR and a new passion for sculling. She resides in Orleans with her husband and goldendoodle in Orleans and wants to get more rowers to join her on the water.


Brett Fournier

Andrea Yelle