Larchmont Yacht Club Staff

General Manager
John J. Wall, CCM

(914) 468-7703

John Wall has been employed at the Club in various capacities since 2005 and was appointed as the Club’s General Manager in 2017. John is a Certified Club Manager and brings a great wealth of knowledge and experience to his position at LYC.

Kerry Risley

(914) 468-7713

Kerry has been the Controller at Larchmont Yacht Club since 2004. She started her career in accounting working in an auditing firm in NYC for seven years before joining the LYC team. She lives in Carmel with her husband, two sons and two dogs. In her spare time, you will usually find Kerry on the sideline, watching her kids play sports. 

Waterfront Facilities Director
Rodrigo Paulino

(914) 468-7742
Rodrigo has been the Director of Marine Facilities at LYC since 2016. He has a passion for boating and has been in the industry for eight years. Rodrigo enjoys spending his spare time with his wife and five-year-old twin daughters.

Waterfront Programs Director
Nicky Souter

(914) 468-7735
Nicky joined the LYC team as the Waterfront Programs Director in 2019. She is a former Women's Match Racing World Champion and Australian Female Sailor of the Year. Nicky brings a wealth of knowledge in Junior and Adult Sailing, both internationally and on Long Island Sound. During her free time, Nicky enjoys exploring small coastal towns along the East Coast. 

Sailing Director
Hobie Ponting

(914) 468-7736

Hobie is the Club’s Sailing Director and has been part of the LYC team since 2016. His passion for coaching and development are assets that help keep LYC a leader in the sport. When not at LYC you will likely find Hobie rock climbing around the Northeast.

Adam Lakis

(914) 468-7722

Adam is the Club’s Chef and has been a part of the LYC team since spring of 2018. Before coming to LYC, Adam led the culinary team at Sleepy Hollow Country Club as Banquet Chef for five years. He is dedicated to his culinary craft and his attention to detail is evident in his specialty dishes. In his spare time, Adam enjoys making homemade pasta!

Food & Beverage Director
Lauren Gray

(914) 834-2440

Lauren joined the LYC team in summer of 2018 as the Director of Food & Beverage. Lauren completed her Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. She started her career at Foxwoods in Connecticut and The Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. Before joining the LYC team, she gained her club experience at Sleepy Hollow Country Club where she was the Restaurant Manager for three years. She is an active member of the Club Managers Association and on the Emerging Leaders Committee.

Banquet Director
Amir Raflah

(914) 468-7712
Amir joined the LYC team in 2019 as the Club's Banquet Director. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and moved to the United States in 2004 after completing his Bachelor’s degree in Tourism & Hospitality. Amir’s strength lies in his attention to detail that assures the highest level of member and guest satisfaction. He particularly enjoys event planning for special club committees, including social functions, clubhouse events and food and beverage functions.

Director of Buildings & Grounds
Michael DePass

(914) 468-7749

Mike is the Club’s Director of Buildings and Grounds. Mike joined the Larchmont Yacht Club team in 1977, making him the longest tenured full-time staff member. When he is not at the Club ensuring our buildings and grounds are running smoothly and looking pristine, Mike enjoys spending time hunting, fishing and boating.

Communications Director
Daisy Palacios


Daisy has been the Communications Director at LYC since 2014. She started working in the private club industry in 2000, and was the communications manager at a local club for eight years prior to joining the LYC team. Daisy enjoys spending time with her husband and two year old son, and is excited to welcome a new baby into her family in 2019!