John Callahan is a licensed funeral director and embalmer who lives and works in Terre Haute with his wife and children. John raced competitively across the Midwest in various cycling disciplines during and after college. He is a 20+ year student of martial arts, holding a black belt in Karate. He has taken up indoor rowing in recent years for its beautiful blend of physical effort and mental focus which can be appreciated at any age or level of performance.
Keith Carter grew up in the Wabash Valley being a 1990 graduate of Robinson High School and a 1994 graduate from Indiana State University. Keith began his career outside of the Wabash Valley but he, his wife Kirtina, and 4 sons, Tyler, Trevor, Toby, and Trey, returned to Terre Haute in 2010. Since returning, Keith has been active within the community, being a community advocate by serving on various boards including the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, Chances and Services for Youth, Friends of Griffin Bike Parks, and the Wabash Valley Crew.
Marla Flowers, prior to joining CH Garmong as a Project Engineer in May 2019, spent 37 years at Hulman & Company where she developed a business acumen and cultivated relationships through decades of active community engagement. In March 2020, Flowers also joined the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce in a part time status as the Director of Community Engagement. Managing two positions has it’s challenges, but both are very rewarding. In addition to joining the Board of Directors of Wabash Valley Crew, Flowers currently serves on the Vigo County Historical Society Board, the Union Hospital Finance Committee, and Miracle on 7th Street Board of Directors. Previous Board engagements include a volunteer leadership role at the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, past Vice-Chair on the Indiana United Way Board, United Way Wabash Valley, and Junior Achievement. She is a past recipient of the Athena Award, the United Way of the Wabash Valley Richard Newport Award, the Junior Achievement Business Person of the Year Award, a Wabash Valley Women of Influence recipient as well as the 2014 Terre Haute Dancing With the Stars champion.
Jack Hill, originally from Worthington, Ohio, has called Terre Haute home since 2014. Jack was reintroduced to the sport of rowing when his son Cannon Hill started rowing in 9th grade for the Dayton Boat Club, in Dayton, Ohio. Jack had first been introduced to the sport by his academic advisor and mentor, Dr. Fredrick “Fritz” Hagerman, PhD, at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Dr. Hagerman, was a mainstay of the US Rowing Program for nearly 50 years, and helped select and train every US Olympic and US World Championship Rowing Team from 1972 through 2012. Jack credits both Dr. Hagerman and his son Cannon for igniting what has been a lifelong interest in the sport. Jack has attended US Rowing Coach’s Training and training sessions at the Florida Rowing Center in Wellington, Florida. He has been serving as our coach since co-founding the club. Jack is the Chief Operating Officer with Union Health System in Terre Haute. Prior to this, Jack served in multiple capacities in healthcare, including nearly 10-years on active duty in the US Army, and 15-years in the US Army Reserves. Jack earned masters degrees in exercise physiology, from Ohio University, physical therapy, from Baylor University, and healthcare administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in science in healthcare administration. Jack, his wife, Peg, and their children are proud to be a part of their community and this growing club.
Jamey Kirsch and his son, Ethan, were part of the inaugural group that started with Wabash Valley Crew. Jamey continues to assist the club with anything that is needed including boat logistics and ensuring practices run as scheduled. Ethan is now rowing at Notre Dame. Jamey is a graduate of Purdue University and is currently the Sales Manager for Vicinity Software. He and his wife Jennifer reside in Terre Haute and also have an adult daughter Abigail.
Terre Haute, Indiana native and retired business owner. He has long community ties and a commitment to improving the Quality of Life in the Wabash Valley. After nearly 30 years active in the daily operations of Spence/Banks, Inc., Jim has turned his focus to the Wabash Valley Community. His Community involvement began in 1997 with the Clara Fairbanks Foundation, Inc. which is dedicated to improving the quality of life and helping those in need. Currently, he’s the co-founder of the Wabash Valley Crew, created in 2016. Wabash Valley Crew (W.V.C.) consists of middle school, high school, and college students working and learning as a team. The W.V.C. is the first of its kind on the Wabash River in Terre Haute and is driven to include and support any student interested in building Character, Rowing, Education, and Working together (C.R.E.W.). In just four short years, Wabash Valley Crew has managed to compete in many regattas throughout Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana.
Tom Redd, of Seattle Washington, has been an avid rower since 2013. He first started rowing when his son joined the 8th-grade novice team at the Pocock Rowing Center in Seattle. Tom's son ended up rowing all through high-school and College. Rowing was an extremely important part of his son's development as a student and as a person. Tom now rows for an adult competitive team and participates in local and regional regattas several times a year, and is serving on the board of Wabash Valley Crew as a way to help develop opportunities for students and adults to experience the personal and community growth that rowing enables. Tom is a licensed, Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Washington, holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Utah State University, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Michael J. Sacopulos is a partner with Sacopulos, Johnson & Sacopulos in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is General Counsel for Medical Justice Services, a 4,000 member group with physicians in all 50 states. Sacopulos also serves as President of Corvee, Inc., an Indiana licensed collection agency with more than one hundred clients. His practice focuses on business and compliance issues. He has been a guest commentator on Fox Business News and been published by many national organizations including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Forbes.com. He is a frequent national speaker on healthcare liability issues. He enjoys an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell. This is the highest possible rating and is awarded to less than 5% of practicing attorneys. Mr. Sacopulos returned to Indiana to practice law after attending Harvard College and the London School of Economics. He may be reached at Mike_Sacopulos@Sacopulos.com.
Meg Steward is a native to Marshall, IL and recently joined her family’s business, Larry Yargus Enterprises, making up Hannig Construction, Central States Construction, B&S Heating & Cooling and Crown Electric. She worked in the fertilizer industry for over a decade selling material handling equipment to key accounts. Meg got involved with rowing while attending Butler University and joined the crew team in 2003. She rowed at many regattas including Dad Vail and not only rowed but also was the coxswain while recovering from an injury. In addition to joining the Board of Directors of Wabash Valley Crew, Meg currently serves on the Lake Land College Foundation Board, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association Board and the PAC Board for Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association.