White Rock Rowing White Rock Rowing

Board of Directors

Sue Ellen Chambers President and Director

Sue Ellen is a former professional dancer and co-owner of an industrial supply business until its sale in 2011. A White Rock area resident for many years, she began rowing in 2011, fell in love with the sport and has not stopped since. An active member of the competitive masters program and an assistant coach with the adaptive/veterans program, she is delighted to see how this sport has changed the lives of so many youth and adult rowers at White Rock. When the weather cooperates, you can almost always find her rowing at the lake.

Nan Miller Vice-President, and Secretary

In addition to coaching the Middle School crew, Nan is an independent businesswoman and longtime East Dallas resident.  Nan started rowing at White Rock in 2004 and has a seat on the Women's Competitive Race Team.  Happiest rowing moments are sharing the sunrise with 8 of her closest rowing buddies and getting the middle schoolers rowing together in a 4-person boat.

Sam Leake Treasurer, and Director

Sam became interested in rowing in 1996. Having bought a couple of Maas Aeros, he started car topping to White Rock. While coordinating and coaching cycling and triathlons at the Baylor/Tom Landry Center Sam tried to interest that organization in crew. In 2002 John Mullen suggested they start a rowing club and community outreach at White Rock Lake. John had started Dallas Rowing Club at Bachman. Together they made a deal with the Dallas Park Department for a long term lease on what we now call the Boomerang Boathouse, then in 2007-8 the Filter Building, and what I am most honored to have named for me, the Sam Leake Boathouse. Sam has served as President, Chairman of the Board, and now treasurer.

Tom Ellis Director, and Boomerang Manager

Tom owns a Dallas-based healthcare consulting firm.  A competitive prone paddle boarder, he trains year round at White Rock Lake. A former president of White Rock-based Mirage Cycling Team, Tom has been an avid "lake-goer" since moving to Dallas, in 1983. 

Alice Russell, Director, Membership, and Masters Programing

Alice Russell Director, Membership, and Masters Programing

Ms. Russell has served on our Board since November 2016. Her primary responsibility is to work with the Masters Head Coach on strategic planning and implementation of the masters program. She learned to scull at White Rock Rowing and has been actively involved in various projects at the boathouse. Ms. Russell is a Financial Services Manager at Regency Centers. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers. Prior to working with Regency, Ms. Russell handled project management at Ridgemont Commercial Construction. She is a graduate of Bucknell University.

Lisa Henry, Director, Boathouse Safety, and Adaptive Program

Lisa Henry Director, Boathouse Safety, and Adaptive Program

Lisa works as a Research Technician for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center and has lived in in the White Rock area most of her life. She began rowing in 2012 after taking a beginner’s rowing course and was soon competing at regattas. She takes her single out on the lake as much as possible to enjoy the wildlife and meditative atmosphere the outdoors brings.  Lisa is also an assistant coach for the adaptive rowing program.

George Bramblett Director, and Boathouse Maintenance Coordinator

President and owner of Webster Street Inc. a residential and commercial contracting company, George joined the Board in 2008. Taught to row by Sam Leake and Ginger Twitchell, after an injury from an unrelated sport, George has enjoyed many hours on White Rock Lake in a single. As a general contractor, he facilitates the maintenance of the Filter Building and SLB Boathouse. His greatest joy is knowing the impact that our youth programs brings to the community.

Mike Wilson Director, and Maintenance Coordinator

Married, father of two, and licensed professional engineer.  Began rowing with the club in 2004 to get a full body workout and escape the pounding of triathlon/marathon training. Assisted with the interior build out, and construction/clean up efforts in both boathouses since joining the club in 2004.