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Community Sailing Center announces new executive director

June 24, 2013

Sarah Smith, Development and Marketing Coordinator

(802) 864-2499, [email protected]
With great excitement, the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center Board of Directors announces the appointment of Mark Naud as Executive Director, effective immediately.

The Board had appointed Naud as Interim Executive Director during the search and transition, and he assumed leadership of the organization on 1/1/13. Naud has been involved with the CSC for over 15 years, and most recently concluded a three-year term as President of the Board of Directors in 2011. Naud brings decades of environmental advocacy, non-profit leadership, water and land use legal expertise, and a lifetime of freshwater boating and sailing experience.

The Community Sailing Center has achieved significant growth and success over the last several years, and has become a vital community resource on Burlington’s waterfront. The CSC will celebrate its 20th anniversary of operations in 2014. The organization provided on-water educational and recreational opportunities for over 5,700 people in 2012, and launched its
2013 season on May 25th that will provide access to Lake Champlain for over 6,000 people this year. Naud commented, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with our talented staff and remarkable Board as we plan for a world class facility on Burlington’s world class waterfront.”

Lake Access. Life Lessons. For All.

The Sailing Center provides lake access as custodians of Public Trust lands for the community – giving them a connection to the biggest thing they’ll ever own. We share life lessons by connecting the community to the lake, giving them skills, competence and confidence in human powered craft and a perspective looking back on the Vermont landscape that hopefully changes their perceptions and behaviors about stewarding this amazing place we call home. We provide access, education and
recreational opportunities for all members of our community, regardless of financial or physical abilities.”

Robert Bloch, President of the Board of Directors, commented, “The Sailing Center looks forward to continuing to foster opportunities that promote education, access, and recreation on Lake Champlain. The Board is delighted that Mark Naud, with his decades of experience, will lead us through the next exciting period of our organizational development as we work with the City of Burlington and the community to secure a permanent home on the waterfront.”


About The Community Sailing Center

The Community Sailing Center is a community based 501(c) (3) organization with a mission to inspire the celebration and stewardship of Lake Champlain for all people through access, education and recreation. For more information, please visit Certified as US Sailing Sanctioned Community Sailing Center, one of ten centers in the nation awarded for the highest level of safety, education and sailing curriculum.

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