Andrew started rowing for Fox Chapel High School, and came to Steel City Rowing Club in his senior year. He went on to be on Yale Universty`s Lightweight men`s crew team. While at Yale, Andrew acquired a bachelors in economics. He has been coaching at Steel City since June 2015, and is a USRowing Certified Level 2 Coach.
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.
Sarah started rowing as a freshman at Winchester Thurston and continued through her first year at Syracuse University. She holds a Master's Degree in Art History from New York University, and is a certified Level II rowing coach. Her interests include writing, running, audio equipment, and snacks.
Laci is the Boatman at SCRC and rowed on the Romanian National Team from 1982 – 1986. He has more than 33 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.
Lucy graduated with a degree in Design from Carnegie Mellon. During her collegiate years she frequently kayaked the white waters of Western PA and Canada. Upon graduating she worked for McCann Erickson in New York City before going out on her own as a consultant designer for non-profits. She eventually ended up back in Pittsburgh with her husband where she continued her consulting work. With her history of kayaking, it was of little surprise when Lucy jumped on the opportunity for her and her two children to row. When the need arose for more hands on the water she took up coaching and went on to receive her Level III USRowing Certification. When she isn't coaching, she works in the office creating publication graphics for the many programs and camps offered and fundraising projects. She also helps with maintenance of the grounds of the club, utilizing native plants in keeping with our green facility.
Patty works with 2 & 3 year olds at the Riverview Children's Center in Verona. She came to Steel City in 1997 and then worked with the youth camps and rows with the adult rowers. Patty is a certified Level III Coach and also holds certifications in CPR and First Aid. She enjoys reading and container gardening on her deck.
Latonya Salley-Sharif, Board President.
Latonya serves as the Director of Athletics and a Career Coach at Holy Family Academy, she is committed to helping students and athletes achieve their goals beyond their secondary education. As a former Division I athlete and coach, she fully understands the opportunities available on all levels of collegiate athletics and the academic and physical demands of collegiate participation. Her vast coaching and athletic experiences give 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.
Latonya works to ensure diversity and inclusion of athletes and serves on the USATF National Para Athletic committee. At the local level of USATF she is the Executive Board Secretary for Three Rivers Association, a member of the Youth Committee and is a Co-Head Coach of the NĀDĪA Track Club. She is a USATF Nationally Certified Coach, Masters Level Official and Masters Athlete, and understands what it takes to compete and work as a student-athlete.
Joseph is a finance and business professional who currently owns and operates a successful Amazon business, specializing in collectibles and hard to find toys. Prior to that, he has worked in corporate and investment banking. He holds an MBA from The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a BA from York College of Pennsylvania.