Staff Directory

Lynn Handy, Executive Director -

Lynn was promoted to Executive Director of the Downtown Sailing Center in the winter of 2013. Since then she has work tirelessly towards our mission to make sailing accessible to everyone through fundraising, program development and operational management.

Lynn Handy started as the Manager of the Downtown Sailing Center's Outreach and Accessible Sailing programs in May of 2011.  As outreach manager she organized countless volunteer-supported programs that have helped more than 1,000 Baltimore area youth and more than 500 Baltimore area sailors with disabilities experience the life enriching programs the Downtown Sailing Center offers.

Lynn’s sailing experience began in 1993 as a camper in the DSC Junior’s program.  She continued to sail throughout her summers and became a DSC instructor in high school. For two summers in college, Lynn was a first mate and then captain for Sail Caribbean. She navigated the waters of the BVI’s with teenagers with a focus on developing their sailing and leadership skills.

Before Lynn Handy was our Outreach Manager she was a high school U.S. History teacher for four years at Aberdeen High School. She engaged students of all levels from Special Education to A.P. college level students. In 2009 Lynn completed her Master’s degree in Education Leadership.

Stuart Proctor, Programs & Education Manager -

Stuart Proctor brings an abundance of passion and creativity to the Downtown Sailing Center. Stuart has been heavily involved with many aspects of life at the DSC, including fleet maintenance, coaching, and all areas of programming and education. Now well into his fifth season at the DSC, Stuart is especially excited to continue the collaboration between programs, the most exciting of those being the STEM Summer Camp powered by US Sailing's REACH Program.

Stuart, a native of Edenton, North Carolina, learned to sail through a community summer rec. program. He began teaching the same summer program when he turned sixteen, and has remained involved with sailing education ever since. Stuart currently holds certifications as a US Sailing Windsurfing Instructor, Level 1 Instructor, Basic Keelboat Instructor, and US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Instructor. He is also a certified First Aid and CPR Instructor through the American Red Cross.

Stuart is an Alumni of the St. Mary's College of Maryland Offshore Sailing Team and was President of the Windsurfing Club at St. Mary's. After graduating with a concentration in English in 2007, he moved down to North Carolina's Outer Banks to pursue his windsurfing passions before seeking new adventures here in Baltimore. He loves Baltimore's cultural diversity and considers himself lucky to work for such a great organization in such an amazing city.

Amanda Payton, STEM Coordinator VISTA -

Amanda joined us in August 2016 as our STEM Coordinator VISTA. She is a part of the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) federal program and will be here for one year to help run our STEM Initiative after school programming. Amanda previously served with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) in Sacramento, California. Before that, she earned a Bachelor's of Science in Sustainability Science at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

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