Coaches & Staff
Latonya Salley-Sharif, Board President.
As Career Coach and Assistant Athletic Director at Holy Family Academy, Latonya is committed to creating avenues for athletes to compete in college, and to the diversity and inclusion of athletes in sports where they are underrepresented. Her vast coaching and athletic experience gives her a unique perspective and appreciation for what athletic participation does for the confidence of an athlete, and for the avenues that are created by working with a team. Previously, she served as the Upper School Grade Dean, a coach of several sports, and Athletic Director for ten years at the Ellis School. While at Ellis she learned the basics of rowing and gained an appreciation for the social dynamic of crew as a sport that allows a diverse group of athletes to compete on a team and an as an individual. She worked closely with Steel City Rowing Club to develop a strong foundation for Ellis rowing and to recruit new members. Ellis Crew membership has increased greatly as a result of that commitment and effort. For more than fifteen years, she has also served as Co-Head Coach of the NĀDĪA Track Club. Latonya serves as Executive Board Secretary for United States of America Track and Field (USATF) Three Rivers Association, and also as USATF Three Rivers Association – Youth Board Third Chair, and was recently appointed to the USATF National Level Para-Athlete Committee. She is a USATF National Level Official and Masters Athlete, and understands what it takes to compete and work through what are often times self-imposed barriers.
Dori Tompa, Vice President.
Co-founder of Steel City Rowing Club, Dori served as Executive Director for 20 years focusing on the development of the new programs and construction of the new boathouse. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1990 in the Department of Architecture with a minor in music and still holds her architecture license and currently is an architect with Pfaffmann + Associates. In addition to eight national titles, Dori is an indoor rowing world champion and five-time US National Champion. She is certified as a level III coach (highest level attainable) and has coached many athletes along-side Laci to the national championships. Although Dori’s primary focuses are development and rowing programming, her soft spot is impressionable youth who can benefit from quality programming, especially at-risk youth.
Dean Hornsby, Treasurer.
Jessica Defelice, Secretary.
Jess started her rowing career at Fox Chapel as a freshman in 1999, and transferred to Steel City Rowing Club in 2001. Rowing for Steel City took her to many competitions for which she would not have otherwise had the opportunity to attend, including the Independence Day Regatta, Lottie McAlice Regatta, Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, Head of the Ohio, Head of the Charles, Head of the Speakmon Regatta, Head of the Occoquan, CRASH B Sprints, Midwest Junior Rowing Championships, Youth Invitational Championships. Jess credits Steel City for giving her the training that she needed in order to be a winner! Jessica was recruited to row for and attend Villanova University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Business minor. After college, she worked for AIG Private Client Group as an Underwriter for more than eight years, prior to joining Simpson & McCrady in 2014 as Director for Private Client Services. She is delighted to give back to a rowing club that means so much to her. Her goal is to reconnect with the alumni of Steel City to nurture new volunteers and new, exciting fundraising opportunities. She also hopes to promote the adult program for those that have moved back to Pittsburgh after college and are looking to row again.
A member of Steel City Rowing from 1999 through 2004, Brian's rowing career began back in 1992 as one of Mt. Lebanon Senior High School’s first rowers. Brian attended the University of Vermont and rowed all 4 years, while graduating cum laude with Honors in Political Science. He then attended University of Pittsburgh School of Law, during which he served as the men's varsity and junior varsity coach for the Mt. Lebanon rowing team. Brian works with the law firm of Morella and Associates with a practice focused on securities litigation, Marcellus shale environmental impact litigation, intellectual property litigation, and shareholder/closely held business entity disputes. A member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh, he was named 2015, 2014, and 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers™ Rising Star in business litigation and securities litigation, respectively. A 2005 nominee for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Rising Star Leadership Award, Brian is also a past volunteer at the St. Bede Parish school, and served on the Peduto transition team, Law and Ethics committee. Additionally, he has volunteered with Renew Pittsburgh which focused on clean-up projects and community restoration effort
Laci is co-founder and head coach at SCRC and rowed on the Romanian National Team from 1982 – 1986. He has more than 37 years of rowing and coaching experience. His experience in rowing technique and training methods has guided numerous SCRC juniors to the USRowing Youth Nationals earning seven sculling championships from 1999 until 2009. Ladislau has also served 10 times as a US Junior National Team sculling coach earning a 4th place finish in the 2009 Men’s Junior 1x