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 community through service on the board at Spectrum Youth and Family Services.
John Carroll, Fleet and Facilities Manager
John grew up sailing on the Ohio River in Louisville, KY. After high school, he moved to New England to sail and attend college. Since graduating from the University of New Hampshire, he has held many different roles throughout the marine industry. He has sailed up and down the coast of New England, completed numerous trips to the Caribbean and back, sailed through the Mediterranean, and across the Atlantic. He spent five years at Zim Sailing helping grow and develop both products and systems, eventually becoming Operations Manager. Additionally, he traveled across the United States providing charter support at major US Sailing youth regattas. John uses his wide range of sailing industry knowledge to build the CSC’s capacity for maintenance and expanded operations as we grow into the new facilities and campus.
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.
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.
Morgan LaPointe, Education and Outreach Manager
Morgan inherited a love of sailing from her parents. They had her exploring the coast of Maine long before she could walk. She has followed that passion to work as a Race Steward and Lead Sailing Instructor at North Flathead Yacht Club in Somers, MT and as Program Director at the Agamenticus Yacht Club in York Harbor, Maine. After graduating from the University of Montana in 2015 Morgan returned to the Northeast to work first as a naturalist and then a math teacher. The moment that set this sailor on a course for education occurred as a student in a Precalculus classroom. Her studies of vectors and trigonometry lit up when she realized their applications in navigation. Morgan now works to use her sailing and teaching backgrounds to create these kinds of moments for sailing camp, Leader Ship, and Floating Classroom participants. She also manages the volunteer program.
Amanda Phillips, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Amanda grew up on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay where her love of the outdoors began. She attended the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry where she received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. After college, Amanda decided to test her passion for all things wild and embarked on a 2,189.2 mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Since summitting Mt. Katahdin, Amanda has been exploring the country and sharing her excitement for science through outdoor education at different nature centers and outdoor science schools. She is now an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer serving as the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Sailing Center.
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.
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.