HOCR x Gold Cup Grant Fund

Meet the HOCR x Gold Cup Fund Grants Committee! This committee is responsible for carefully reviewing each application and selecting grantees based on a comprehensive rubric. Each committee member serves as a mentor to a grantee program.

The committee meets frequently to stay updated on each program’s success and to plan events for the rowing community. Stay updated on our upcoming events on the Webinar Page.


Denise Aquino is the former Director of Community Rowing at Row New York and co-host/co-founder of the podcast Rowing In Color. Most recently, Denise joined the Pocock Foundation as their National Inclusion Program Manager.

“With 10+ years of experience coaching underrepresented communities in rowing, I’m excited to lend my perspective to the committee.”



Randell Daniels began his rowing career at Philadelphia City Rowing. Randell is currently a Risk Consultant at Baker Tilly.

“My hope is to help redefine the lens through which young black men and rowing interpret the sport of rowing.”

Daphne Martschenko, Ph.D rowed at Stanford, the University of Cambridge, and the Under-23 United States National Team.

“I want BIPOC youth to experience the gift of rowing and to be able to see themselves in this sport like I do now!”


Nich Lee Parker began rowing as a walk-on at The Ohio State University. Nich is currently the head coach for the Columbia University Lightweight Men.

“I want to ensure that others have the opportunity to experience rowing and its especially powerful and transformative effect.”

Nick Santo coaches middle school and novice high school athletes at Row New York and Philadelphia City Rowing.

“I look to continue diversifying the landscape of our sport through my involvement on this board and beyond.”




Michelle Sosa began rowing at Rollins College and Michigan State University. She is currently a full-time athlete at Hydrow.

“I believe that my work in finding financial and emotional aid for multicultural youth rowing programs is my most important work yet.”

Courtney Wilson has been involved with HOCR for over 24 years, holding positions including Race Director, Race Committee member, and volunteer.

“I want rowing to be a safe, welcoming and accessible home to so many more kids – kids that look like my son and me.”