Meet our team.
The Community Sailing Center team is enthusiastic, energetic, and diverse. We have a small group of year-round staff that is supplemented by seasonal employees each summer and supported by dedicated volunteers, board members, and trustees throughout the year.
Owen Milne, Executive Director
Owen is passionate about community service and civic engagement and has a long-standing history of non-profit work through volunteerism and board leadership. He has served on the board of directors for United Way of Northwest Vermont, Generator, Leadership Champlain, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, SerVermont, VT Green Building Network, Partnership for Change, Governors Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities and Northeast Disabled Athletics Association. Prior to the Community Sailing Center, Owen was a workplace consultant for Red Thread and had previously worked as the Development Director for VT Businesses for Social Responsibility. Owen resides in Burlington and is a two-time graduate of Champlain College with both undergraduate and masters degrees in Business Management. In addition to his role at Community Sailing Center, Owen continues service in his role on the Board of Directors at Spectrum Youth and Family Services.
Colin Davis, Operations Director
Colin, a native of Rochester NY, has been part of the team since 2004. With his rich background of sailing instruction and management, he has held a variety of positions including instructor and program director. After helping to create many of the successful systems within the organization, Colin now devotes his time to maintaining our vast fleet and intricate dock system. He is often seen out and about in the boat yard keeping all the nuts and bolts of the CSC in line.
John Nagle, Office Manager
John was raised in New York on the shores of the Hudson River. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of customer service and office management. In Vermont, he was the Office Manager at Adirondack Audiology Associates, and then Manager of Bistro de Margot. He spent ten years as the Operations Manager of the Atrium, a food service and retail establishment in New York City. He is also the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Vermont Shakespeare Festival. He has been a professional actor and director, as well as adjunct faculty at UVM and St. Michael’s College.
Mary Dowd, Program Director
Mary grew up in Silver Spring, MD. She was first exposed to sailing as a college sophomore attending St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Between studying biology and environmental studies, Mary found time to develop a love for sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. Since graduating from college, Mary taught marine science on Catalina Island, cruised the British Virgin Islands, sailed on the SSV Tole Mour and whale watched in Maui. She gained management experience as the Program Director with the Catalina Island Marine Institute Tallship Expeditions on board the SSV Tole Mour and as a Program Director/Marine Science Director with Sail Caribbean. She is excited to make this leap into freshwater and is looking forward to bringing her love of camp and sailing to the CSC.
Pierre Dillon, Program Manager
Pierre grew up on the wild coast of Blue Hill, Maine. A lifelong sailor, Pierre honed his boating skills on the Blue Hill and Penobscott Bays before moving to Burlington to attend the University of Vermont where he studied Political Science and Economics. Pierre began working with the Community Sailing Center as an instructor in 2012 and has held a number of positions with the organization since. He now works on the administrative side of the CSC’s operations, helping to facilitate and execute our numerous classes and programs. When he is not sailing at the CSC, Pierre enjoys hiking, live music, and the occasional game of pick-up basketball.
Caroline Maxwell, Grants Manager
Caroline grew up on the shores of Lake Champlain and learned to sail at the CSC while studying at UVM. She quickly transitioned from novice sailor to certified instructor to waterfront manager. After graduating, she moved west and worked as the Associate Director at Sail Sand Point, a community sailing center in Seattle, WA. Caroline managed SSP’s development and fundraising efforts, communications and events, finances, volunteers, and community outreach, while spearheading a STEM education initiative and helping the organization grow and develop successful operational systems. While there, She completed a series of nonprofit management courses at the University of Washington, as well as a nonprofit strategic fundraising and development program with 501 Commons in Seattle, WA.
Bianca Roa, Development and Communications Coordinator
Bianca was raised in Columbia, SC and spent her summers by the ocean. A recent Champlain College graduate of marketing, she has contributed to several local and international organizations in the non-profit industry. Her work at ECHO Leahy Center in particular that sparked a love of Lake Champlain. Bianca specializes in integrated advertising and has expertise in brand strategy, event management, content creation, and digital marketing. Her skills and passions now aid the CSC’s fundraising capacities and marketing strategies.
Community Sailing Center Seasonal Staff
A few staff members grew up in the Community Sailing Center’s learn-to-sail program. Several race competitively in the local high school and national collegiate sailing circuits. Others are seasoned racers and cruisers who have sailed in different places around the country and even all over the world. Many are students, teachers, and professionals looking to spend their spring, summer and fall outside, on the Lake, doing what they love. While each person brings their own experiences and reasons for joining the CSC team, what unites them is a shared passion for Lake Champlain and sailing, as well as a commitment to expanding the horizons of the students of all ages that they work with.