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.

Carrie Lee Kelly

Food & Beverage Manager
Carrie Lee began her career working for the Wynne family in Dallas, Texas with projects like 8.0 and the Flying Saucer. Shortly thereafter she then worked under Alberto Lombardi and the Lombardi Family with multi-level concepts throughout the Greater Dallas and Miami areas. She then collaborated with Julie Campbell, Rob Morley and Brooke Humphries, top restaurateurs and mixologists in Dallas with Pints & Quarts, Bacardia, Beauty bar and Club M.I.N.C., Traveling to the gulf coast after Katrina, Carrie Lee came back to the industry as area trainer for HGI for Shular Inc. and then onward to F & B Manager at Four Points by Sheraton before joining BWYC.

Michelle Chiasson

Bookkeeper
Our Bookkeeper of nearly 4 years, Michelle Chiasson, has been a lifelong resident of Hancock County. She resides in Waveland with her Husband Corey, and children Jordan and Kaitlyn. She has experience locally in the private sector, public sector and non-profits. Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in accounting, payroll and small business management. She has recently been accepted to The University of Southern Mississippi where she will pursue her Business Management Degree. Michelle enjoys the coast, the beach and spending time with her family.


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!

Ben McCreary

Executive Chef
Ben was born in Gulfport and raised in Long Beach. He attended Mississippi State University before deciding to go to culinary school. Ben started his culinary career working at restaurants in the Pensacola and Perdido Key area before moving to New Orleans to become the sous chef/butcher at Commanders Palace under Chef Tory McPhail. Ben has most recently worked as Kitchen Consultant for the Bacchus restaurant group at their Pass Christian, Madison and Oxford locations. Ben enjoys cooking Cajun and New Orleans-style food, pasta dishes, and experimenting in the kitchen. Away from the kitchen, Ben enjoys boating, his puppy Levee, and Mississippi State sports -especially MSU baseball, where he can be found manning the grill in Left Field Lounge.

Whitney Price

Sous Chef
An OLA grad, Whitney completed the culinary program at MS Gulf Coast Community College. She most recently worked as the sous chef for Hook Gulf Coast Cuisine for chef Correy Hudson. She has 10 years of experience as a chef on the gulf coast.

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