MEET THE CREW

Hospice Cup’s Board of Directors

Hospice Cup’s Board of Directors is a passionate crew committed to raising funds for the awareness of hospice. They meet monthly to plan and organize the many Hospice Cup events throughout the year culminating with the race and shore party in the third week of September.

Christine Lasser

Executive Director

What made you want to get involved with Hospice Cup? – My father was under Hospice care in 2010 and my family and I were so impressed with the services that Hospice provided for our entire family, I knew I had to give back! Also, as my husband is an avid racer and as a family we are cruisers, Hospice Cup was the perfect combo to give back to something I was passionate about!

Favorite Vacation Spot – So hard because I love all things travel, but BVIs especially Bitter End Yacht Club holds a special place.

Where could we find you in your free time? – Sipping a nice Pinot Noir and enjoying a charcuterie tray I created while spending time with my crew (three kids under 6)!

Brien Jones-Lantzy

Board President

What made you want to get involved with Hospice Cup? – I decided to get involved in the Hospice Cup because of the incredible service that Hospice does for the communities. Those services need support in a wide variety of ways and our organization can help to drive that through our financial fundraising efforts.

Favorite Vacation Spot – I believe that my favorite vacation spot is Cinnamon Bay on the island of St. John

Where could we find you in your free time? – During my free time, you will find me sailing on the Chesapeake Bay with friends and family

David Mencarini

What made you want to get involved with Hospice Cup? – I initially got involved with Hospice Cup because a friend’s mother who I knew well was cared for by Hospice of the Chesapeake (HOC). A few years later HOC provided excellent care to my mother-in-law in our home and I was so impressed by the support and guidance given to my wife and I.

Favorite Vacation Spot – The best vacation trip I have ever taken was to Florence, Italy and Paris, France.  Two must-see European cities.

Where could we find you in your free time? – You can generally find me reading a book, listening to music or working outside in my yard.

Cedric Lewis

What made you want to get involved with Hospice Cup? – I have supported the Hospice Cup through participating in the sailing and fundraising for many years before being asked to serve on the board. I began to realize how important hospice care is to our society. It doesn’t matter who you are, at some point you are going to need hospice care for yourself or a loved one. The selfless mission of free hospice care is a noble and worthwhile cause that I am proud to get behind.

Favorite Vacation Spot – St. Thomas, USVI or “Maryland”, Mumbles, Wales UK

Where could we find you in your free time? – On the water racing Mirage, cruising Skabanga or fishing on Happy Enchilada (an ode to the late John Prine).

Molly Winans

What made you want to get involved with Hospice Cup? – My mom was a Hospice patient in Annapolis in 2012, and the local caregivers were exceptionally kind and helpful at the end of her life. I’d like to acknowledge that and give back so that they can continue their good work.

Favorite Vacation Spot – Paris, France.

Where could we find you in your free time? – Sailing or paddle-boarding, riding my bike through the neighborhoods of Annapolis, or taking a painting class.

Ken Manning

What made you want to get involved with Hospice Cup? – Wonderful care for deceased daughter by Montgomery Hospice.

Favorite Vacation Spot – Amelia Island, Florida… and I live there!

Where could we find you in your free time? – Hiking or on my boat.

Sophie Podlich

What made you want to get involved with Hospice Cup? – Hospice was of great assistance to my family before I came along, so I was raised with the philosophy that Hospice is a valuable resource to patients and families. Combining a good cause and sailing is an easy thing to get behind as well.

Favorite Vacation Spot – The British Virgin Islands

Where could we find you in your free time? – On or near the water with friends and family. 

Cris Bowser

Secretary

What made you want to get involved with Hospice Cup? – Both parents, now deceased, were thoughtfully well-cared for by Hospice- thus, the recurring theme “I wanted to give back”.

Favorite Vacation Spot – In, On or Near the water.

Where could we find you in your free time? – Sunny days; outside
Rainy days; inside with an art project, reading or antiquing.

Jennifer Ellefson

What made you want to get involved with Hospice Cup? – I had raced in the Hospice Cup for a few years prior to joining the team, so I was familiar with the wonderful work they did. But when I lost both my mother and my mother-in-law to cancer within days of each other during COVID lockdown, the invaluable work that their hospice teams provided brought such solace to me. What better comfort could there be during a time that I couldn’t be there? And how could I not help but want to give back in some small way, especially to such a wonderful group as this.

Favorite Vacation Spot – The running joke in my family is that if I ever run away, the first place to look for me is Florence, Italy. Between the architecture, art, language, and food, the only thing I can think of it may be missing is sailing!

Where could we find you in your free time? – I guess it depends on the season. If it’s warm enough, I’m on the water – either sailing or paddleboarding. The bookstore is a pretty sure bet in the off-season, though.

Kelly Silard

What made you want to get involved with Hospice Cup? – Hospice came into our lives in July of 2021 to help care for my Dad. We had no idea what to expect and quickly realized Hospice is not just for the ill but for the families as well. The local caregivers in Annapolis were exceptionally kind and helpful at the end his life and helped us navigate un-chartered waters. I want to give back to a group of professional caregivers so that they can continue their wonderful work.

Favorite Vacation Spot – Amalfi Coast, Italy

Where could we find you in your free time? – On the Chesapeake Bay boating, fishing, swimming.

Sara Lemyre

Molly Wilmer

What made you want to get involved with Hospice Cup? – My grandfather died in hospice care and it was the most beautiful death I’ve been a part of. Hospice care is such a gift to everyone involved. I’ve raced in the Hospice Cup for many years, I’ve represented our area at the Hospice National Championships, I love running regattas, and I have a background in fund raising. At this point in my life, I have the time and energy to bring all these things together by getting more involved in the Hospice Cup organization!

Favorite Vacation Spot – I’m lucky to have traveled to a lot of fascinating places, and I think three of my favorites for relaxing are Bermuda, made even better after the Newport-Bermuda Race, cruising the coast of Maine, and cruising the BVIs.

Where could we find you in your free time? – Reading a book while on the hook in a quiet creek or cove, racing sailboats, enjoying the company of my husband and sons, or riding a bike.

The Board is always looking for new and innovative ideas to reach the broader audience that is impacted by hospice care. If you feel that you are interested or know someone that might be a good candidate to further our mission, contact us today!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

There are many ways to get involved! Are you a sailor? Race in the event! Want to make an impact, volunteer for the shore party! Can’t make the event? Donate!

We need you in any capacity you can give, and we are so grateful for your support!