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Board of Directors

President

Carlos Costa

Meet Carlos Costa an avid dragon boat paddler and coach since 2008. In 2018, he and his wife, Rachel, had a vision to start new dragon boat club in Rhode Island, Century Dragon Boat Club. 

Carlos continues to improve on his paddling skills and coaching technique to help other members be the best they can be. Throughout the years he has paddled every part of the dragon boat. He has raced as a Drummer, Pacer, Engine Room, Rocket and now as a Steersman. 

Carlos’ enthusiasm for dragon boat shows when he volunteers his time to help coach and steer the community teams that participate in the Taiwan Dragon Boat Festival in Pawtucket, RI and while meeting new and existing members at practice. His wife will usually have to come to their rescue, as he will continue to talk about dragon boat racing for hours.


Vice President

Rachel Schiefen

Rachel has always loved the water as she lives on a lake with her husband Carlos.

She joined dragon boat in 2009 while originally searching for a rowing team.  You will find her seated in row 4 where she has been for over 15 years as pacer of the engine room. 

If she is not dragon boating you will find her at a brewery or enjoying her pontoon boat or maybe even floating in her lake in northern Johnston.

Treasurer

Colleen Cranshaw

Colleen has been dragon boat racing since 2017 and has been with Century Dragon Boat Club since its inception.  Her accounting background and CPA license made it easy for her to take on the responsibilities of Treasurer.  


During her tenure as Treasurer, some notable accomplishments have been turning the club into a 501(C)3 organization, creating and sustaining all social media accounts, creating and managing the Social Activities Committee, and actively promoting the Team via social media and various news outlets.  


In her spare time, Colleen is a wife, mom of 2 and tries to stay as active as possible.  


Secretary

Vacant

Director of Technology

Gregg Cranshaw

Gregg's journey into the world of dragon boat paddling is a testament to the persistence and the love of his wife. In 2018, he embarked on a remarkable adventure that not only transformed his physical fitness routine but also led to his active involvement in the dragon boat community.

What truly captivated Gregg was the incredible sense of belonging within the dragon boat community. From the moment he dipped his paddle into the water, he felt embraced by a group of individuals who’s enthusiasm for the sport was infectious. This sense of camaraderie inspired him to contribute even more to the community's growth.

As an individual always willing to lend a helping hand, Gregg soon found himself involved in helping build and nurture a new dragon boat club. His dedication extended beyond the paddling itself; he took on roles of steering and coaching, sharing his knowledge and passion with newcomers to the sport.

In 2023, Gregg's commitment to the dragon boat community reached a new milestone when he officially joined the club's board. With his background in information technology and security, he brought a unique skill set to the table. His expertise allowed him to provide the team with a robust set of resources, elevating the club's operations to a level that could rival even enterprise-level businesses.

Beyond the dragon boat and IT worlds, Gregg is also a loving father of two daughters. He balances his busy life by spending time with his family, sharing his passion for physical fitness with them, and instilling in them the values of perseverance, community, and dedication.

Coaches

Lead Coaches  

Carlos Costa

Gregg Cranshaw

                                                             

Assistant Coaches

Akhilesh Mannava

Christine Kelley

Dominic Brown

 Kendra Oliveira

Rachel Schiefen