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, Program Director
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.
Jessica Chadwell, Development and Communications Manager
Jessica comes to the Community Sailing Center with over 8 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and a demonstrated commitment to integrating equity as a framework for growth. Jessica has a love for the natural world and can be found constantly chasing the sun and the water with Lake Champlain as her home base. Jessica was drawn to the Community Sailing Center for its commitment to access and sustainability and in her time she plans to further develop our equity initiatives as a way to continue the legacy of lake access and life lessons for all.
Janet Callison , Grants and Capital Campaign Manager
Janet learned to sail as a kid on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, taught sailing, built sails, married a sailor, and raced for 25 years. Newly transplanted to Vermont from Ohio, Janet has 20+ years of experience fundraising for nonprofits, specializing in increasing diversity, equity and inclusion for people with disabilities. She is thrilled to have found the perfect convergence of fundraising, sailing and inclusion at CSC, and spends her spare time kayaking, biking, reading, quilting and enjoying time with her husband and two sons in and on Lake Champlain.
Tilly was raised in Massachusetts and grew up splashing around in both the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Champlain. With over five years of customer service and office experience, as well as volunteering and community organizing, she’s excited to join the non-profit sector. She’s passionate about CSC’s commitment to bring lake access to all, and believes everyone regardless of background or identity can find a way to enjoy paddling, sailing, or learning on Lake Champlain. She can be found answering phones, outside in the sunshine, or paddle boarding on the water.
Meaghan Hickey, Education Programs Coordinator
Meaghan was raised in Connecticut where she first discovered her enthusiasm for aquatic ecology on a field trip to Long Island Sound. She went on to attend Middlebury College where she fell in love with Lake Champlain. In 2018, she graduated with a degree in biology and has since worked as a spotted owl field technician in Oregon and served as an AmeriCorps educator with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. She served as an ECO AmeriCorps at the CSC and has returned as our Education Programs Coordinator. Her favorite part of her position is getting to see the community excited and engaged with Lake Champlain through sailing and science.
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.
2021 Seasonal Staff