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.
Kay Gallagher, Program Director
Kay joined the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center in 2020 with a strong background in non-profit work and experiential education. As an undergraduate student she studied Biology along the shores of Lake Champlain at the University of Vermont. Her passion for science and community engagement has taken her all over the country. In 2018, she earned her Master’s in Environmental Education and Nonprofit Management through a unique, immersive program with the North Cascades Institute & Western Washington University. She has held many different roles throughout her career and considers herself a ‘Jill of all Trades.’ Kay is passionate about access and inclusion for all program participants, enjoys problem solving and creating teaching resources. When she’s not working she loves to make up-cycled jewelry, try new recipes, and explore outside by any means she can with her partner and dog.
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.
Tom Tucker, Program Manager
Tom is originally from Mattaposiett, MA, where he learned how to sail and race on Buzzards Bay. He began working at the CSC in 2015 while studying Economics at Saint Michael’s College and has since filled a variety of roles as needed. Tom holds a number of professional credentials and has coached and managed racing programs at Middlebury College, Providence College, Buzzards Bay Coalition, YMCA South Coast, Saint Croix Yacht Club, and Lake Champlain Yacht Club, and is an active racer on his personal J/24 out of Malletts Bay Boat Club. Outside of sailing, Tom has worked for various local first response agencies including Winooksi Fire, Colchester Rescue, Huntington, and St Michael’s Fire and Rescue as an EMT and Firefighter.
Bianca Roa, Development and Communications Manager
Bianca was raised in Columbia, SC and spent her summers by the ocean. 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.