Row4ROW Crew

While Row4ROW is one boat, one lake, and one awesome cause, the efforts of Row4ROW are led by more than just one woman. Jenn has a team of hard-working volunteers that will make this trip as safe and successful as possible.

Brenda Janish, Trip Manager

A ROW member, Brenda will be managing all aspects of the trip. From running the website to organizing volunteers and being Jenn’s right-hand woman, Brenda is the CEO of this rowing adventure. Brenda will be Jenn’s daily contact as the trip takes place and manages all content on the site.  Contact Brenda at:





Mark Carroll, Boat & Logistics Captain

Mark brings over 18 years of experience as a competitive rower and coach to the Row4ROW Crew. Over the years, he has been a coach, a competitor, a director, a volunteer, and a strong advocate for rowing. Mark has worked in rowing shell repair with Klinger Engineering, and knows everything there is to know about rowing boats and boat construction.  With the help of Crowley Yacht Yards and team electrician Eric Krueger, Mark will be preparing Liv for the big row. Want to help with logistics or have a suggestion for the boat? Contact Mark at:





Rebecca Nilson, Port Master

Rebecca will manage all of the stops along Jenn’s 70+ day adventure. From fundraising to coast guard contacts, Rebecca is managing all of the Port Captains that will ensure Jenn’s safety and the trip’s success as an awareness and fundraising effort. As a three-time marathoner and avid athlete herself, Rebecca brings a passion for exercise and fitness to the Row4ROW Crew. Want to lead a stop or help out along the coast? Contact Rebecca at:





Bill Luksha, Weather Advisor

Bill started started sailing in 1980. He has participated in Mackinac Races, and is currently working as a Boat Captain for Chicago Park District- Westrec 23 passager tender boats. He has taught sailing to youth and adults at Wilmette, Montrose and other harbors the past 6 years. Bill led as Captain for a 38’ chartered boat tour around the BVIs for 8 days. Bill has spent years delivering boats, instructing sailing through the Sea Scouts and various organizations. He, Brenda and Jenn communicate daily about weather conditions and her route.


Bob Kunath, Route Advisor

Bob is a cancer survivor (bladder and skin), whose brother and sister both lost to cancer at ages 51 and 59.  His research and advice assures Jenn daily to find an efficient, safe passage around the Lake. Bob’s boating background:  USCG Masters License, US Power Squadron Navigator grade (pending), Lake Michigan Cruising Editor, Waterway Guide, speaker and lecturer for Americas Great Loop cruising Assn.  He has 50 years of boating experience, 20 of which has been on Lake Michigan.


Mary Ann Cronin, Chicago Fundraising Director

Fearlessly spearheading our fundraising department, Mary Ann Cronin leads the way to raise $150,000 for Recovery on Water.  MAC (for short) is passionate about building a diverse funding effort to allow Recovery on Water to expands its programs with funding raised via Row4ROW. Having family members that have been touched by breast cancer and have been active in the sport of rowing, MAC keeps Row4ROW running on a budget and a set timeline for ultimate success. Want to plan a fundraiser or help out with our Chicago events? Contact Mary Ann at:





Peggy Delaplane, Media Coordinator

As a novice ROW member joining in 2011 and recent cancer survivor, Peggy leads the Row4ROW press communications.  Along with two other team mates, she is collecting, distributing, and sharing the Row4ROW story to port towns around the Lake. If you’d like Jenn to chat with you on a local radio show, do an interview, write a story about the adventure, or need a press release, Peggy is your contact.  You can reach her at:

Do you want to help make Row4ROW a success?  Tell us how you can help!