Board of Directors

Essex Rowing Association is led by a board of directors, elected by members annually.

Stacie Hill


Anastasia “Stacie” Hill joined Essex Rowing Association as President in 2019. Her experience coaching includes five years spent with Essex Rowing Club where she coached middle school, high school, and adult programs. Stacie brings extensive experience to the program from her own athletic career, having competed for four years as a member of Northeastern University’s varsity team and serving as the Huskies team captain for three of those years. In 1999 and 2000, she competed with the Varsity 8+ at the NCAA Division 1 Championships, where the NU Varsity 8+ finished 7th and 10th respectively. During her senior year, Stacie earned MVP honors and was named to the Second Team All America. Stacie began rowing at Grimsby Secondary School in Ontario, Canada where she earned medals at Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association, US Scholastic Rowing Association, and Stotesbury Cup Regattas. As a Junior, she was selected to the CanAmMex Regatta held in Mexico City. During the summers and falls, Stacie rowed for St. Catharines Rowing Club where she earned medals at the US Rowing Club National Championships and Head of the Charles Regattas. Stacie earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geology from Northeastern University in 2003, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Nonprofit Management.

Missy Giovenelli


Michele is an experienced, operationally oriented finance executive with over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance in the biotechnology industry. Michele currently is serving as volunteer Treasurer on a non-profit organization, as well as Essex Rowing Association. Currently serving as SVP of Finance and Operations at Ultivue. Prior to joining Ultivue, Michele served as the Senior Director of Finance at Kala Pharmaceuticals, prior to that was an independent financial consultant and prior to that held senior finance positions at SynapDx, and BG Medicine. Earlier in her career, Michele held a variety of finance and accounting positions at Charles River Laboratories.

Alison Bentley


Alison discovered her love of rowing in high school, at Phillips Andover, at a time when Crew was not as popular as today. Physical education was a required subject in each semester. One spring she was not sure what to sign up for, and she chose Crew. She was hooked. She went on to Smith College and rowed competitively there as well, on the lightweight team, under 1984 Olympic gold medalist, Kathy Keeler. Alison has gold, silver, and bronze medals from the EAWRC Sprints.  When her adviser asked her what she wanted to major in, her answer was Swimming and Crew. While that selection was not really an option, she did major in Economics. Since college she has worked in various jobs in the financial services industry, teacher aide, parent, and massage therapist. She has also served on the Parent Teacher Organization at her children’s schools and the board at her church for three years and as a co-chair for one year.  She has rowed with Essex Rowing Club and Essex Rowing Association for roughly 10 years. Alison‘s vision is to bring the club back to a robust program that makes rowing available to all.

Stephanie Giovenelli


Uli Kapp


Uli got involved with rowing at age 46 and was instantly hooked. She loves everything about rowing, the fun, the exercise, the camaraderie, and being part of a phenomenal team.  Uli’s passion for rowing has brought her from Rowing Mom to masters athlete and coxswain, a US Rowing level 2 certified coach and a licensed assistant rowing referee.  She has competed several times as a coxswain in the San Diego Crew Classic and the Head of the Charles and as a rower in many regional races.
Uli is not the only athlete in her family.  Her three sons, Christoph , Michael, and Thomas, are also accomplished rowers.
When Uli’s not rowing she is a Nationally Board Certified Reflexologist Associate Polarity Practitioner.  Overall health and wellness is a priority for Uli, her loved ones, her clients, and her fellow rowers.

Steve Anthony


Steve Anthony joined ERA in 2019 and was elected to the Board as Director later that year. He has rowed since college, where he competed for Syracuse University and Syracuse Chargers. He was a member of crews that won 4 national championships during his tenure. He has continued to row since those days, and has also competed in bicycle racing, rugby and soccer. He finally got the ‘sculling bug’ in 2012 and is out on the water most mornings during the season. Steve has extensive experience in organizing athletic clubs and events, having been on numerous volunteer Boards in the past. He is a professional software engineer and helps in local community STEM activities as well. He is looking to help make Essex Rowing Association a long term viable presence on the Merrimack River.

Beth Brownholtz