Meet Our Board

Mobjack’s board represents a broad background in rowing, education, coaching, business, and professional skills. 

Tim Ulsaker

Ulsaker started his first professional career in 1968 as an automotive technician working in independent shops and dealerships while he attended Washington-Lee high school in Arlington, Virginia. During that time, he also began a life long passion for rowing after joining the W-L crew team. Ulsaker then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a photographer in Japan and throughout the far east from 1972 to 1976. Returning to the U. S., he resumed his  automotive servicing career while pursuing an Automotive Associates degree and a B. S. in Trade and Industrial Education. 

Ulsaker has been associated with Mathews High School as an Automotive Technology teacher and continual rowing coach for a combined 40 years. Ulsaker founded the Mathews High School Crew program (1985), the 501c3 Mobjack Rowing Association (1992) and started the Gloucester High School crew (1999) . He is a Level 3 US Rowing certified coach and has guided his teams to numerous regional, state, national and international championship wins. 

In 1994, Ulsaker was one of the founding members of the Mathews Land Conservancy and served as the vice president for 25 years. The MLC was formed to give Mathews rowing programs a permanent home while saving and preserving Williams Wharf for public benefit and low impact waterfront access.

In 2006, Tim retired from teaching at Mathews high school but has continued as head rowing coach. He started Viking Automotive, an automotive service and repair business in Gloucester, Virginia, with his son, Oliver. Tim has lived for 38 years in Ware Neck, Virginia with his wife, Mimi.

Tim is a graduate of Washington-Lee High School, 1971, Rappahannock Community College, 1978, and Virginia Tech, 1980.

President

Matt Muffelman

Muffelman is Director of Hudson Boat Works USA Inc, a manufacturer and distributor of Olympic caliber rowing shells.

Matt began rowing in 1995 for Mathews High School, graduating as Valedictorian.  He continued rowing for Dartmouth College, serving as Team Captain and Boathouse President.  Matt began pursuing the US National team in 2003, making the Team in 2005-2010 as an athlete and winning World Championships in 2008.  Matt served as a Team USA coach in 2011 and 2017 at the World Rowing Championships.

Matt is a USRowing Level 2 Certified coach, USRowing Adaptive Athlete Technical Classifier, and consults with AMP Rowing consulting group.  Matt has coached at the US Naval Academy, Cornell University, Oklahoma City High Performance Center, and the US National Team.

Matt is a graduate of Mathews High School ’99 and Dartmouth College ‘03.

Vice President

Christina Pope Tomcany

Tomcany is a native of Mathews with family roots that can be traced back for many years. She rowed for Mathews High School Crew in the late 90's winning medals at states and SRAA Nationals. After graduating from Longwood College in 2002 with a degree in history and anthropology, Tomcany went on to complete requirements for her teaching licensure at Old Dominion University.

 

While living in the greater Hampton Roads area, Tomcany taught in Chesapeake, Virginia. She began her coaching career there at Great Bridge High School. She then returned to teach in her hometown in 2007 and at that time started to coach for Mathews and Mobjack. She currently rows with Mobjack in the summer.

 

Tomcany currently lives in Mathews with her husband Mark, a teacher at Mathews High school, and their 3 children. 

Social Media Manager, Secretary/Acting Treasurer

David Hudson

Hudson is a financial executive with more than forty years of experience in banking, corporate finance, and private equity. He worked in New York, Hong Kong and Washington, DC, and since 2006 is a full time resident of Ware Neck, Virginia


David began his career at JP Morgan in 1973 and relocated to Hong Kong in 1987 as President & CEO of JP Morgan’s Asian business platform. While in Hong Kong he held senior positions as Managing Director (Partner) of Salomon Brothers and as President & CEO of ING Barings. In 2006, David returned to the United States as President & CEO of ING Bank’s Americas activities. He joined Darby Private Equity, a Washington, DC based firm, in 2008 as Senior Managing Director responsible for private equity funds in Asia & Latin America. 
 

David is active currently as a Board member of a public company listed in Singapore, and as a Senior Advisor to a Washington, DC based consulting firm, a Hong Kong based private equity group, and a China based manufacturer of specialized packages. 

David is a graduate the University of Virginia and the Darden School of Business at UVA.

Director

Bill Perrin

Perrin has been an Investment Banker in New York with more than 50 years of experience in investment banking, corporate finance and private equity, both as a principal owner of companies and as a Limited Partner in two private equity firms.  In 2002 he established his own firm, W. K. Perrin Enterprises LLC, to continue his private equity activities.  Bill, and wife Sue, have three children and since 2001 have been full time residents of Ware Neck, Virginia.

Bill started his investment banking career with The First Boston corporation in 1970 specializing in the energy sector.  As a Managing Director (Partner) of First Boston he was active in corporate finance capital market activities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate bankruptcies and reorganizations.  Additionally, during this time Bill was a principal investor and Chairman of the Board of two private companies he, and some other individuals, acquired and later sold. 

Bill transitioned to the private equity business and is currently a limited partner in L Catterton, Greenwich, CT., the largest consumer focused private equity firm and R. W. Baird, Chicago, IL., Chinese Fund investing exclusively in China.

Bill is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and received his MBA from New York University School of Business.

Director

Wood Hudson

Hudson is a career public servant with over ten years of experience serving local, state, and regional governments in Virginia and the District of Columbia. 

 

He has served on and managed multiple local government and non-profit boards, including: the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Rivanna River Basin Commission, the James River Round-table, and Southeastern Virginia SERCAP. He currently serves as a Transit Planner for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation where he is a steward of State and Federal resources and a technical expert on land-use and transportation policy.

 

Mr. Hudson is a decorated High School (Christchurch School) and Collegiate (Rollins College) rower who has captained crews to multiple state, regional, and National titles. He has remained active in the rowing community post graduation and has been a member of the Rollins Rowing association and the Rivanna Rowing club. 

 

He holds a bachelor of Environmental Policy from Rollins College and a Masters In Urban Planning from the University of Virginia.

Director

Ron Sopko

Sopko started the first 13 years of a career in seafood while still in high school in Long Island, New York. He then transitioned to Florida for the next 3 years as a partner in a seafood company in Grant while owning and operating Rocky's Raw Bar, a successful seafood restaurant in Palm Bay. Ron and his partners wanted to expand to Virginia so he moved his family to Mathews and started Sea Farms in 1987. Over the years Ron bought out his partners and expanded Sea Farms putting several additional seafood companies under his management.

 

Ron raised four sons who all worked for Sea Farms through high school years. Two sons, Jimmy and Patrick, attended the U.S. Naval academy and Chris and Tommy who after completing their college degrees have returned to Mathews to help manage the different family businesses.

Director

Jeff Forrester

Forrester is a 1995 Mathews High School graduate, valedictorian, and a member of the Mathews High School Crew Team. Upon graduation, Forrester rowed at Rutgers University, graduated, and eventually made his way back to the area to teach science, coach the Gloucester High School Crew Team, and row for Mobjack.

Riding on the successes during his summers with Mobjack, Forrester then decided to pursue his dream of making the national team and moved north to train at Riverside Boat Club with the High Performance Group. He successfully earned his spot on the US National team that raced in Munich, Germany, to a 5th place finish in the lightweight 8+.

Since his rowing retirement, Forrester has been coaching non-stop. First, with the High Performance Group at Riverside, then in 2011, assisting the MIT lightweight men and most recently coaching women for the University of Minnesota where he now lives with his wife.

Advisory Member

Vernon Rowe

Rowe was a founding member of Mathews High's first crew team in 1986. Rowe has been on the Mobjack roster since the club has been in existence. He has served as an MHS & MRA Coach since 1995 and is a pilot for Virginia Marine Resources Commission research vessels. Rowe and his family live in Mathews.

Advisory Member

Jimmy Sopko

Sopko is a former Mathews High School and Mobjack rower, graduating from MHS in 2000. After High School, Sopko rowed at The Gunnery School, the United States Naval Academy and represented the United States three times on the US National Team. His rowing honors include: Head of the Charles Champion, Eastern Sprints and IRA Champion and World Rowing Silver Medalist. 

 

Sopko served 5 years in the US Navy and now works at Google Cloud in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives in Menlo Park, CA with his wife, Shaunnah, and two children, Addison (4) and Brooks (2). His wife was an Academic All-American Coxswain at the US Naval Academy. 

Advisory Member

Douglas Sier

Sier is a former Mathews/Mobjack rower. 2003 graduate of Mathews High School, 2007 graduate of the State University of New York, Maritime College at Fort Schuyler where he also rowed. He is a Merchant Mariner, D1-PCD MEBA union member and currently employed as Captain on the US flagged container ship, Rio Grande Express, on a US East/Gulf Coast to Northern Europe run. Douglas is currently living in Gloucester with his wife and son.

Advisory Member

Virginia Everett Ulsaker

Virginia grew up in Middlesex County and rowed for Christchurch School where she graduated in 2002. Virginia also rowed for Mobjack Rowing and the Junior National Development Camp. She then attended George Mason University and graduated from Sweet Briar College with a Technical Theatre degree in 2007. 

After college, she worked as a client associate for Merrill Lynch and coached the Novice Men's Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Most recently, Virginia coached various youth programs for Gloucester High School and Mobjack. She also participated in the very successful 2015 "Saving Sweet Briar" campaign. Virginia lives in Gloucester with her husband Oliver and son Carl.

Advisory Member

Tucker Witt

Witt is a 2007 graduate of Gloucester High School and a 2011 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He has rowed and coached for Mobjack. 

 

Following six years as a an Active Duty Naval Officer, Tucker transitioned to the Department of Justice where he served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He now lives in California.

Advisory Member

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