Margaret Gordon – 

Margaret Gordon, the latest addition to the Crew Haven team, is a Connecticut native from Old Lyme. She has extensive experience as a competitive rower, beginning her career at Lyme/Old Lyme High School and Blood Street Sculls, continuing at Syracuse and eventually competing at the first Lightweight Worlds Regatta to include women, winning a silver medal in the 4-. As a rowing coach, Margaret has had over 3.5 decades of experience. On the club level, she has coached at Miami Rowing Club, Miami Beach Rowing Club, and Bachelor’s Barge Club. On the scholastic level, she has coached at The Baldwin School, the Independent Rowing Program, and Radnor’s Girl’s Crew Club. Her collegiate coaching experience includes Syracuse, UMiami, Columbia University, Haverford College, and Craftsbury’s U23 2020 Fall Semester. She has coached sweep and sculling on all levels, ranging from novice to elite, juniors to masters, and recreational to high level competition. 

In Margaret’s own words, “I am really looking forward to the collaborative effort in building and integrating a water sports, fitness and ecologically oriented local community from the ground up. Bringing wonderful opportunities to experience team work; develop practical skills of all kinds; have access to otherwise possibly unknown environments; all the personal growth and self mastery these kind of experiences can bring. And all the, as yet undiscovered, adventures through Canal Docks and Crew Haven.”

Dejanise Rivera – Crew Haven Program Manager

Dejanise Rivera, the latest addition to the Crew Haven team, is from the city of Bridgeport. Though a native of The Park City, she has worked in the city of New Haven for the past three years and considers New Haven to be her second home. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Sociology and feels her best when she is working with the families in the community. Dejanise has worked in different social work capacities with young adults, adults, and children with special needs. Deja feels confident and excited about the new role she has been blessed with as the Youth Program Manager for the Canal Dock. She looks forward to serving the youth and families of New Haven at Canal Dock.

Deja stated that “the opportunity to work with New Haven’s youth in such a unique program is beyond exciting. I know that this opportunity will change the lives of many, many young people in New Haven.”

Hollis Martens – Executive Director

     Upon the completion of her recent five-year appointment as the Director of Youth Services at LifeBridge Community Services, Hollis Martens will become Canal Dock’s first executive director. A life-long resident of New Haven, Hollis brings a decade of non-profit management experience. Program development and grant management encompass just some of the relevant skills Hollis brings to bear on her new position.

     At LifeBridge Hollis developed a reputation for creating innovative programs and implementing inclusive services that promoted enrichment experiences, educational programming and workforce development for youth and families residing in The Greater Bridgeport Area. Hollis began her nonprofit career at The WorkPlace, where she assisted youth and young adults who struggled economically by guiding their enrollment in educational and occupational skills training programs to help them attain economic stability.

     Graduating from Southern Connecticut State University in 2005, Hollis earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and continues work towards an M.S. degree. As a former competitive swimmer, Hollis has a life-long love of watersports and a desire to enhance programs and opportunities that serve her fellow residents of The City of New Haven.