The Board of Directors

George Basile
George BasilePresident
George rowed on the UCI crew from 1979 to 1983. He is currently a Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University.
David Heimerl
David HeimerlTreasurer, Web Administrator
David rowed for UCI from 1998-2001 and is Director of Global Creative Services at Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in Hollywood, CA.
Brian Frank
Brian FrankSecretary
Brian rowed for UCI from 1996 to 2000. He is a digital news producer for KPCC, the Los Angeles NPR affiliate.
Mike Del Castillo
Mike Del CastilloEditor, The Finish Line
Mike was a four-year oarsman at UCI and currently lives in San Pedro, CA working at the Allstate Insurance Company. He is the editor of our bi-annual newsletter, The Finish Line.
Michael Maxwell
Michael MaxwellDirector at Large
Mike rowed for Irvine for four years until 2003. He is currently serving as Principal Water Resources Engineer at Arcadis in their downtown LA offices.
Mike Thompson
Mike ThompsonDirector at Large
A 4-year oarsman from 1968–71, graduating with a BS in biology. Mike has worked in commercial and recreational fisheries all his life and for the last 15 years have been involved in fisheries management at the state and federal level. Currently a member of the Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel for the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and US Dept of State Commissioner for the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.
Tom Kirksey
Tom KirkseyDirector at Large
Tom was a 4-year oarsman from ’84-’88 and Co-Captain in ’87-’88. He earned his BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) at UCI. Tom has been in the construction equipment rental business since 1989 and founded MAKO Equipment in 2000. MAKO Equipment rents construction equipment in California, Arizona, and Nevada.
Vincent Mestre
Vincent MestreDirector at Large
Vince rowed for 2 years at UCI from 1969 through the season of 1971. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and holds an emeritus vice president position at Landrum & Brown and does research in human response to aviation noise.
Todd Canfield
Todd CanfieldDirector at Large
Todd has a long been a presence around the UCI boathouse, being a four-year oarsman and also having coached the team in the past. He is living and working in Santa Barbara, CA and employed by Johnson & Johnson, serving as Director, Global Strategic Marketing at Mentor Worldwide, LLC.
Karl Wolonsky
Karl WolonskyDirector at Large
Karl is the Associate Vice Chancellor, Environmental and Facilities Services in the Facilities Management department at UCI. While never an oarsman, Karl brings a valuable connection to the university and the local Newport community to the board of directors.
John Hogan
John HoganDirector at Large
John is a UCI Alumni and long time friend of the UCI Rowing Program and advocate in Newport Harbor.
Powell Thurston
Powell ThurstonAlumni Coordinator
Powell is Head of Insurance Services at Western Asset and a 21-year veteran of the asset management industry. He was a 4-year scholar athlete at UCI, graduating in 1990. Powell then went on to a prolific rowing career for another 10 years. He recently earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Duvall Hecht
Duvall HechtDirector of Rowing Emeritus, Founder
Duvall Hecht originally founded the rowing program at UC Irvine in 1965 and has provided decades of support and mentorship to the program: financial, moral, and instructional. We are forever indebted to his tireless contributions to the program.