Ted Bristol

Head Coach

Ted is the team's Head Coach. Ted's involvement with our team began when his daughter, Hannah, took up the sport as a freshman in 2007.  All told, Ted has been involved with rowing for more than 35 years as a coach, athlete and parent. 

He was also Co-Captain and Stroke of the George Washington University men's crew and Most Valuable Oarsmen in his senior year. After graduation, Ted coached the GWU freshmen for a season. He is a member of the Potomac Boat Club and rows a single in his spare time.

When he isn't coaching, Ted is a Senior Vice President at FaegreBD Consulting, where he heads the public sector practice team.

Sadie Coffin

Assistant Coach

Sadie Coffin is a 2015 graduate of Sidwell Friends School and a former rower and co-captain for SFS Crew. She went on to row for the Middlebury College women’s rowing club, wheres he was the co-captain in 2018-2019. Sadie has been an assistant coach of the SFS Crew team since Fall 2019. 


Sadie graduated from Middlebury with degrees in Physics and Chinese, and outside of rowing she carries out astrophysics research at NASA Goddard Center. 

Meet the 2021-22 Board

SFS Rowing is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports the Sidwell Friends School girls' crew team and raises the funds necessary to purchase and maintain equipment used by the team.  The capital budget is amortized over ten years so that we can afford large purchases, such as new shells, without unduly burdening current families.


SFS Rowing's equipment currently includes two eights, two fours, a launch and motor, twenty+ ergs, three cox boxes, safety equipment, and lots of oars. We fund the capital budget with donations, primarily from current parents, and from large and small fundraising events.


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Andrew Heimert


Andrew's daughter, Eloise, is a senior rower. Andrew is an attorney with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.  He served as treasurer for SFS Rowing in 2019-20 and Co-President 2020-21.


Lee Ford

Vice President

Lee's daughter Sidney is a junior and a coxswain on the team.  Sidney joined crew as a freshman.  Lee is new to the SFS Rowing Board this year and also serves as member-at-large for the Sidwell Friends Upper School Parents Association.

Michael Beveridge


Michael's daughter Nick is a sophomore.


Dana Gershon


Dana is the mother of juniors Bobbie and Cate Pesner and an attorney with a private practice that specializes in employment law. She served as co-president of SFS Rowing from 2017-2020 and secretary 2020-21.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Council on Jewish Women and on the Board of Advisors of the New England Center for Children in Southborough, MA.


Jill White

Merchandise and Uniforms

Jill is the mother of Sarah, a senior.  Jill previously served as co-president of SFS Rowing.  Jill is a museum educator by training and consults with schools on arts-related projects. She serves as the Athletics Clerk for the Sidwell Parent’s Association and sits on the Board of Directors of St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School, chairing the Advancement Committee and serving on the Equity & Diversity Committee. She is also a founding member of the Advisory Board of THEARC in Anacostia, DC.

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Marianela Peralta

VASRA Representative

Marianela is the mother of Julia McCormack, a senior, and an older graduate of SFS.  She is an attorney for a human capital management company  in Maryland.  Over the years, Marianela has supported her students in Sidwell sports such as crew, wrestling, lacrosse , and cross country and has been involved with the SFSR Board, Black Students Union and Parents of Latino Students.


Kim Scardino


Kim's daughter Olivia is a senior.   Kim has been on the SFS Rowing Board for two years and prior to that served as the All School Welcoming Clerk for Sidwell Friends School.


Robynne Chutkan


Robynne's daughter, Sydney Mann, is a junior. Dr. Robynne Chutkan is an integrative gastroenterologist and author and is the founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness. Educated at Yale and Columbia, she’s been on the faculty at Georgetown Hospital since 1997 and is the founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness. Her educational platform, Gutbliss.com provides evidence-based digestive wellness information. An avid squash player and yogi, she is passionate about introducing more dirt, sweat and vegetables into people’s lives.


Katy Youel-Page

Alumnae Community

Katy Youel Page is mom to Laura (2023) and Eva (2021).  She has been active in SFS Upper School PA over the years as well as co-chair of 2021 Senior Celebration.  She is Assistant Legal Adviser for Oceans, Environment and Science at the US Department of State and hails from Minnesota.  She earned a Bachelors from Macalester College (1992) and a JD from Michigan (1998).