Tony Schneider, Chair & Treasurer
Milton S. Schneider (“Tony”) co-founded PCR in 2009 and is the current Chair of the board. He has seen firsthand how the sport of rowing can change lives and believes that participation in PCR's high dosage and highly supportive rowing programs will help students in all aspects of their lives, including achieving academic success and pursuing post-secondary education or professional training. Tony maintains that all Philadelphia public school children should have the same opportunity to benefit from the sport of rowing as their peers from local private schools and suburban districts.
In addition to serving as the Chair of the Board for Philadelphia City Rowing, Tony holds numerous other leadership positions. He is currently on the board of the directors of the Anti-Defamation League and serves as Chair of Mural Arts Philadelphia. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadephia.
Tony is an avid rower out of Vesper Boat Club where he also serves as a member of its Board of Directors. Tony has competed in local, national, and international competitions.
Catherine Reddick, Secretary
Catherine is a Principal at Mercator Advisors, LLC, based in Philadelphia. She has been on Boathouse Row since she began rowing as a college freshman for the University of Pennsylvania. She volunteered in local public schools while pursuing her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Penn. She has a personal and professional interest in public policy and development in Philadelphia. Catherine is grateful to the rowing community for the many lessons she’s learned through pursuing excellence on the water, and hopes to open the doors to the sport to other minority athletes.
Robert is Assistant Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for Genpact Pharmalink, a global consultancy on regulatory process and technology projects for biopharmaceutical organizations. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom), as well as a BA in Business Administration and Management from Hogeschool INHOLLAND (Amsterdam, Netherlands). Robert is not only an active rower and distance runner and committee member at Undine Barge Club. Having grown up, lived in and rowed in many cities around the world, Robert recognizes the unique gifts and challenges Philadelphia offers. He is inspired to further the mission of Philadelphia City Rowing to make rowing more accessible to Philadelphia's high school children.
Stephanie participated in the first PCR class while attending Masterman High School. She found PCR fun and exciting but definitely uncharted territory. After PCR she attended the University of Pennsylvania where she studied Sociology. In 2017, Stephanie moved to Brooklyn and started working at Peloton where she’s been for over 3 years. Stephanie is passionate about improving access to fitness, particularly in Black and Brown communities. Outside of work you can find her creating playlists, learning a new recipe, or trying to figure out what to wear.
John P. Hogan, Sr.
John is the retired President of The Mariner Insurance Group, Inc., located in Philadelphia. He served as Secretary of the Schuylkill Navy from 2002 until he was elected Commodore in January 2010. He is a member of Bachelors Barge Club from where he rows almost daily. He competes regularly in Masters regattas. As a lifetime resident of Philadelphia, John is keenly aware of the lack of accessibility for Philadelphia Public High School students to row on their river. He considers the success of Philadelphia City Rowing as a lasting legacy of his term as Commodore of the Schuylkill Navy.
Jimmy is the Philadelphia School District's Executive Director of Athletics. He previously served as the Athletic Director at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia.
Chris is Vice President, Strategy and Global Chief of Staff at Ashfield Engage. He is a life-long Philadelphia area resident having gained experience rowing for the University of Delaware Men’s Crew Team during the late 1990s. Over the past 10 years, Chris has worked for Vynamic, a Philadelphia-based Healthcare Management Consultancy, where he has led the Strategic Brand Launch practice and coordinated pharmaceutical launches across a number of therapeutic areas.
Chris has been engaged with PCR since 2016 and has led many strategic projects for the organization including reframing the Vision and Mission for PCR, identifying leadership needs for the organization, and driving the development of PCR’s strategic plan for the 2019/2020 school year.
In 2019, Chris was named the John and Toby Hogan PCR Champion Award winner.
Theresa Spencer is a Communications Director for the American Heart Association. She has over 15 years of experience in marketing and public relations and is an award-winning writer and communications strategist. She is responsible for building communities through partnerships with media outlets, foundations, and community-based organizations, where she plays a critical role in optimizing community engagement and achieving fundraising goals.
Ms. Spencer has an award-winning track record of offering innovative solutions to maximize brand identity, engagement, and social impact through strategic planning. She is also the President of Vintage Green Communications, a private consulting firm specializing in developing straightforward digital content and helping organizations to reach their full potential.
Ms. Spencer serves on the board of directors of Philadelphia City Rowing and the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. She is the recipient of the President's award for increased membership engagement. Ms. Spencer graduated with her master's in Strategic and Global Communications from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Leona is a longtime resident and active member of the Philadelphia Community with a strong history of community building and activism. Prior to joining Philadelphia City Rowing, Leona served for ~8 years on the board of William Way, Philadelphia’s LGBTQ Community Center, as well as over 10 years as the Chair/Co-Chair of their Strategic Planning Committee. Leona has been actively involved in non-profits and volunteer organizations for many years including building WITI (Women In Technology International), Portland’s Professional Development Program, and is one of the founding members of SIM Women’s Executive Leadership Council.
Leona is also bringing over 20 years in business transformation and executive leadership to Philadelphia City Rowing. She is the founder of Enabling Investments, LLC, providing strategic management consulting and executive coaching, as well as the co-founder of CDL Depot, Inc., an online community serving the trucking and transportation industries. Previously she has worked as the CTO for Benefits Data Trust, COO for Wylie, Inc, provided strategic planning and advisory services for multiple non-profits, and spent over 10 years with CSC Consulting.
Leona is an avid athlete who benefited from being involved in community and organized sports her entire life. She is looking forward to supporting Philadelphia City Rowing’s efforts in creating these same types of opportunities for today’s students of the Philadelphia Public School system.