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Nereid is a not-for-profit organization with 501c3 status. The club is a volunteer-based organization that is governed with by-laws and managed by a Board of Directors and a Captain. Members of the board are elected for three-year terms. The Board of Directors meets monthly. Club members come together in March each year for an annual general meeting.

Nereid is a member of the United States Rowing Association and the Passaic River Coalition. Nereid proudly co-hosts the annual Head of the Passaic Regatta each fall.

Board of Directors

Bob Farkas, president, was appointed to the board in January 2015 to complete former Board member Liza Gross’ term. He is also the new Editor of the Nereid News newsletter. Bob is from Morristown and has been a member of Nereid since 2000. After 14 years being a member, he decided he “owed’ the Club more than his yearly membership. He looks forward to helping Nereid continue its fine tradition of being a premier rowing club.

Bob was a late comer to rowing, taking it up in 1998 at the ripe of old of 44 while on a consulting assignment in Portland, Oregon. While not a competitive rower, he does have a passion for rowing and considers himself more of a ‘fitness’ rower than mere recreational rower and as such enjoys long rows, typically of 10-13 miles. One of his rowing hobbies is to row wherever he travels. He has rowed in Seattle, California (Marina Del Rey, Petaluma) Wilmington (DE), New York (Ithaca, Owego, Whitney Point), St. Catharines and London Ontario, Boston, Miami, Conshohocken (PA), Cleveland and Chicago. While on a 2 year consulting assignment in Washington state, he was a member of the Lake Washington Rowing Club in Seattle, arguably one of the best and most picturesque rowing venues in the US.

Professionally, Bob is a consultant and Project Manager at Virtual Corporation, a consultancy advising clients in business resiliency and disaster recovery. Personal hobbies include photography, fitness, listening to audiobooks (history, politics), collecting dessert wines and cooking.  

Peter Brina, vice president, was inspired to join Fordham Crew by his brother who was 2 years ahead of him and who joined crew in his freshman year. At Fordham Paul rowed for 4 years with two summers rowing for NYAC. In his Senior year at Fordham, he was in the varsity lightweight eight and they placed 3rd at the Dad Vails. During his college rowing years he did sweeps and a very little bit of sculling at the NYAC.

Peter then took 39 years off, other than an occasional Fordham Alumni Row. In 2010 he took up the sport again, this time sculls instead of sweeps. He joined Nereid in the fall of 2012.

He wanted to join the Board because he felt It was time to give back to his club and his sport, and this opportunity presented itself at the right time. 

Ian Hawkins, treasurer, learned to row at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University a long time ago. He's rowed at City of Cambridge Rowing Club and Clyde Rowing Club in Glasgow. Ian has been a member of Nereid for over ten years. He's also a member of the Leander Club in the UK. Ian occasionally races a single, but mostly trains on the Passaic and helps out coaching the Nereid youth program when he can.   

Julian Canha, programs director, got his first taste of rowing on an early morning in 2000 on the Seekonk River when his dad's four was short a coxswain. Having rowed competitively for Nereid, Montclair High School, and the University of Michigan; Julian has given up his personal competitive ambitions (for now) and channels them instead into the athletes he coaches.

Julian Fernandez, club captain, began rowing in 2006 for Don Bosco Prep out of 550, and has rowed for Nereid since his high school days. He rowed at Williams College while earning his degree in Political Economy, and in 2014 finished his college career with 3 New England titles and was named all- conference in his final two years. During this time he also raced to top finishes as Club Nationals and Canadian Henley for both Nereid and Vesper Boat Clubs. As Captain he looks forward to maintaining and improving the Nereid fleet to meet the needs of our programs and building club unity through training and racing together. When not at Nereid or out cycling with Cyclesport of Park Ridge, Julian works as marketing manager for a promotional products company in Maywood.

Gerri Zhang, secretary, rowed sweep on the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan during high school. She took a break from rowing from college through early career until she moved to New Jersey in 2015. Nereid welcomed her with open arms and taught her how to scull. She is inspired and humbled by the diversity, caliber, humility, and kindness of the individuals at Nereid. She is excited to give back and looks forward to continued learning from the club.