The foundation of the club, the Board of Directors meets regularly to address club business. The Board is nominated by the membership to facilitate club planning, development, and rowing education.
Members are encouraged to participate in the Board meetings typically held the 3rd Sunday of each month at 5:30 pm. Actual date and location announced on the website calendar. If you have a subject or wish to speak with the board, please use the form at the bottom of this page to notify us of your request.
Chairperson, Bert Pineda has a BS degree in Engineering from the University of Arkansas and has over 35 years’ experience working in the Oil and Gas Industry in Illinois and Texas. He is the proud father of three, two boys and a girl. His daughter began rowing with RCTW in 2014 and was also a collegiate rower. His youngest son is now a member of RCTW’s competitive team. While in Chicago he served two terms on the Board of Director’s for the Girl Scout Council of Western Chicago. He enjoyed sailing on Lake Michigan and participated in several Tour de Farms, MS 150 bike rides. He enjoys woodworking, cooking, skiing, travel and spending time with his family.
Vice-Chair, Jim Hotop is a Level II US Rowing coach. He has served the rowing community as a US Rowing Referee for over 27 years. He has spent his life on the water and advocates safe boat handling of all watercraft through his various volunteer activities. Jim became involved with rowing when his daughter started rowing in High School in Northern Virginia. He brings a rowing perspective from the east coast, which has a rich rowing culture. He works as a Senior Project Manager and was transferred to Texas in 1998. Jim’s travels as a referee allow him to share with RCTW a broader knowledge of our sport and what is working well for other organizations throughout the US.
Treasurer, Pamela Sanders joined the club in May 2008 as part of her cross-training efforts for a Komen 3-day 60-mile walk; the walking didn’t stick, but the rowing did. Pamela has lived in The Woodlands for nearly 40 years, raised three children and now works at Hewlett Packard as a Financial Analyst. Thanks to Pamela’s efforts in many forms over her involvement, RCTW continues to evolve into a great organization to be a part of.
Secretary, Aimee Raggio is a retired children’s minister and stay at home mom of two daughters, a son, and a miniature dachshund. Originally from Birmingham, she discovered rowing shortly after moving to Texas a few years ago. Her daughter began rowing in 2014 and her love and excitement for the sport quickly spread to her family. She enjoys cooking for a crowd, entertaining, and volunteering with various organizations, and is excited about being a part of the rowing community at RCTW.
Member at Large, Gabriel Grimes is a Corporate Security Professional with over 20 years of national and international experience specializing in crisis management and Personal Security. His daughter began her love of rowing during a summer program at RCTW and hasn’t considered anything else. He is dedicated to the sport and the development of the Club’s members to reach their goals and build to promote the sport of rowing in The Woodlands.
Member at Large, Carl Wainwright has a BS degree in Pharmacy from Rutgers University and has over 28 years’ experience working as a Product Steward in the Oil Industry. He is the proud father of three; two boys and a girl. His youngest son, who has wanted to row ever since seeing it in the summer Olympics, has been a member of RCTW’s competitive team since 2017. He enjoys vacationing with his family and appreciates the teamwork and sportsmanship RCTW builds in our members.
Member at Large, Alex Lunde began rowing at age 13 with the Blood Street Sculls rowing club in Old Lyme, CT. Since then, he has rowed competitively for Blood Street Sculls, Lyme-Old Lyme High School, and Bucknell University. He looks forward to bringing east coast rowing perspective to RCTW, fostering the love of rowing here in The Woodlands, and continuing the growth of the rowing community in Texas. Alex holds a BS degree in Geology from Bucknell University and a MS degree in Geophysics from the University of Houston. He has worked as a petroleum geophysicist in Texas since 2014.