Ernest La Rocca Jr., CCM, CCE

General Manager
Prior to joining Bay Waveland Yacht Club, Ernie was the General Manager of The Ocean Club in Atlantic Beach NY and previous to that Roton Point Association in Rowayton CT. Ernie has advanced through a series of progressively senior and challenging management opportunities at several Golf and Country clubs throughout his career. Originally from Queens, NY, Ernie and his wife of 35 years, Marisa have relocated to Long Beach, MS to be closer to their four children and two grandchildren. Ernie comes to club with over 40 years of management experience.


Rives Allen

Sailing Director
Rives was born and raised in Panama City, Florida. He and his family have been involved in the GYA since 1933 as members at St. Andrew's Bay Yacht Club. His father and mother (still the one and only female) were both commodores at StABYC.  Rives has been coaching sailing for the last 4 years and has a passion for teaching. As a child he would spend many weekends here at BWYC sailing with his parents and feels that part of  him grew up at our Yacht Club. He is eager to be a part of the team here at BWYC!


Lauren Lizana

Executive Chef
Chef Lauren Lizana is a New Orleans native but relocated to the Hattiesburg area while in grade school. Her interest in cooking began in her grandparents’ kitchen, learning how to cook the food harvested from their farm. She graduated from Sumrall High School in 2009. After attending college for a few years, she completed an internship with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando. While living in Orlando, her interest in cooking developed into a passion. After the internship was complete, she got a culinary arts degree from Jones College. Her preferred cuisine is modernized Creole and Southern with an East Asian influence.  

After graduating college, she moved around the southeastern US, finally landing back in Hattiesburg in the fall of 2013. She began working for Patio 44 in 2013, was promoted to lead cook in 2014, corporate trainer in 2016, and finally kitchen manager in 2018. She lives in Gulfport with her boyfriend, Gerren, and their ball python, Iggy. When not in the kitchen, you can find her reading, watching Bollywood movies, or taking road trips.

#1 Yacht Club Drive. Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520 (228) 467-4592
30° 19' 30" N - 89° 19' 32" W
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