RowLA Staff

Henrique Vieira Motta
Henrique Vieira MottaHead Coach
Henrique Vieira Motta is from Brazil and graduated with a degree in nutrition from Universidade Veiga de Almeida. He began rowing in 1991 for the Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas club until 1997 when he moved on to the Clube de Regatas Vasco de Gama until 2013, and then for C.R. Loureiro for two years. His titles include two-time Rio de Janeiro under-16 state champion, two-time Rio de Janeiro under-19 state champion, and multiple times as Brazilian champion in 2x lightweight, 2- lightweight, 4x lightweight, 4- lightweight, and 8+ boats. Besides coaching, he is also involved as a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and sports nutritionist. 
Manu Abreu
Manu AbreuVolunteer Coach
Ten-time Rio de Janeiro regional champion and former Brazilian national champion Manu Abreu began her rowing career with Clube Botafogo de Futebol e Regattas club in 2004, and has competed for Clube de Regattas de Flamengo- Rio de Janeiro, Clube Saldana de Gama, Clube de Regattas Loureiro, and Clube de Regattas Vasco de Gama. During the 2008 and 2016 Summer Olympics in Beijing and Rio de Janeiro, respectively, she was a substitute for the women’s lightweight double. In 2009, she placed in third at the Windermere Cup at the University of Washington in the women’s 8+ as a member of Team Brazil, and in 2010, she was second in the under-23 2x at the South American Championship in Chile. Manu was a National Team Member from 2008-2010 and 2014-2016.
Joyce Smith
Joyce SmithAcademic Coach/College Counselor
Joyce Smith began her college counseling career as co-founder of College Compass in 2001, providing college application workshops for parents of public high school students in Santa Monica and the surrounding communities. She continued to provide individual counseling while she worked full time in communications at two independent schools in the Los Angeles area. Since 2010, she has been associated with College Bound Today, a mentoring program for 1st generation college-bound high school students at Bell Gardens High School in Bell Gardens, CA. Her first group of five students graduated last spring and are all attending four-year colleges, including UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine. Joyce is a 20-year resident of Santa Monica, and an avid public school advocate. She served as PTA President at both Santa Monica’s Roosevelt Elementary and Lincoln Middle Schools, as a member of the Governance Committee at Santa Monica High School and was one of the founding members of Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation’s For the Arts endowment campaign. Although her athletic interests have been in sailing, tennis, skiing and golf, she grew up watching an older brother row for Yale, including in the sport’s legendary annual regatta against Harvard on the Thames River in New London, CT (a.k.a. THE Boat Race). These childhood memories must have left an indelible mark as Joyce went on to Connecticut College (located along the shore of the Thames) and received her Ed.M from Harvard.