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Staff

SEAN O'DONNELL, Executive Director
Cell Phone:  (704) 909-8929
Office Phone:  (704) 947-7245
Email:  [email protected]

Sean officially joined the LNCS staff in November of 2012 and worked extensively with the youth and adult sailing programs as a volunteer prior to that. He sailed single-handed Lasers on the US Naval Academy's Intercollegiate Sailing Team "many pounds ago" and has become a competitive Flying Scot sailor here on Lake Norman...winning numerous LNYC Flying Scot Club Series championships, multiple Flying Scot Fleet 48 championships, a LNYC Club Championship, and multiple Flying Scot District Championships (Carolinas District) in the past few years.

Sean and his wife, Abby, live nearby in Cornelius. Abby is a Labor and Delivery Nurse currently working at the VA hospital in Salisbury, and is a Captain in the Navy Reserves. Sean and Abby have three kids. Hogan and Sully are competitive sailors. Riley is not a sailor...yet.

Sean's prior background is in financial services, with 10 years before that in the Navy as a P-3 pilot. Sean and Abby moved down to Cornelius from Annapolis, MD in late 2007 to be closer to Abby's parents, who live nearby in Elkin.
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CHRISTY LUX, Center Administrator
Office Phone:  (704) 947-7245
Email:  [email protected]

Christy has been at LNCS since April of 2012. She has worked in customer service and office management for most of her career, beginning with large corporations then finding her interest to be working with small, service oriented businesses. She attended Auburn University where she became an avid football fan but her sailing education did not begin until she met her husband, Joe. One trip to the BVIs and she was hooked.

Joe and Christy race their Flying Scot at Lake Norman Yacht Club and have chartered sailboats in the BVIs, St. Lucia, the Leeward Islands, the French West Indies, Eastern Europe and the South Pacific. They love hiking, traveling and just being outdoors. 

Christy and Joe moved from Atlanta to the Charlotte area in 2009. 

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SHAWN MCWHORTER, Maintenance Manager
Email:  [email protected]

Hailing originally from New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Shawn came to LNCS with a rich background of marine-based skills. Joining the team in 2015, Shawn has played a key role in transforming our fleet to a higher level of quality. Shawn can fix anything and is also an excellent sailing instructor and sailboat racer. 

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HERB SCHUETTE, ASA Instructor
Email:  [email protected]

Herb has been a volunteer instructor for LNCS since 2012, teaching sailing on Flying Scots and a Hunter 25.5 keelboat. Since 2015 he has organized the annual Chesapeake Bay charter trip where he skippers a Jeanneau 39 and introduces as many as 18 Pass Holders to bareboat cruising. In 2015 he joined our Board of Directors.

Herb, along with Steve DeSutter, spearheaded the efforts to make LNCS an ASA affiliated school. In March of 2018 we began offering ASA Certification Courses. Herb's ASA certifications include 101, 103, 104, 105, 201, 203 and 204. He is also a US Coast Guard Master and a US Sailing certified Small Boat Instructor. Before his sailing career Herb was a college professor so he is great with students.

In his spare time, Herb works on his own keelboat, travels with Linda and umpires little league baseball.
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STEVE DESUTTER, ASA Instructor
Email:  [email protected]

Steve has been a volunteer instructor for LNCS since 2008, teaching sailing on Flying Scots and a Catalina 27. He owns a Catalina 27 that he keeps on Lake Norman and a Jeanneau 37 that he keeps in Charleston, SC. Steve sails offshore and has captained his boat with his wife, Linda from Annapolis to Charleston and multiple times from Charleston to the Bahamas.He has thousands of miles of blue water experience, including keelboat racing on several different types of boats. Steve's ASA certifications include 101, 103 and 201. 

Steve has been around LNCS almost since inception. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2009 and is heavily involved in our Boat Donation program. 

Steve and Linda enjoy spending time outdoors, whether it be sailing or hiking. Their dog, Gwen, is always by their side.