Stuart Mills – Executive Director
… is a graduate of the University of Chicago (juris doctor) and the University of Michigan (Masters in Accounting, first in class, and Bachelors in Business Administration, with high honors). Stuart is licensed to practice law in the states of North Carolina and Illinois. He is a licensed general contractor. He holds a certificate and diploma in company direction from the United Kingdom’s Institute of Directors. Stuart was formerly a Certified Public Accountant. In a previous life, Stuart was an equity partner at Kirkland & Ellis, the country’s largest law firm, and chairperson of Kirkland’s London office. Stuart is currently a trustee of The O’Neal School, a member of the board of directors of Pinehurst’s Village Heritage Foundation, the Vice-Chairman of the Given Library/Tufts Archives in Pinehurst, the Vice-Chairman of Friend to Friend, the Co-Chairman of Growing Moore Readers, and a member of The Carter Center’s Board of Councilors in Atlanta.
Stuart and his wife Helen moved to Pinehurst in 2006 and are raising their three beautiful children here in our Eden in the Pines.
Heather Lussier – Programs Coordinator
…holds a BA from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in Elementary Education with a Fine Arts concentration. She also holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Lesley University with a focus on Creative Arts and Learning. Heather is a former Elementary School teacher in the disciplines of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Technology. She has successfully completed the training to be a certified Motheread/Fatheread® Instructor, and spearheads the Motheread/Fatheread classes that are held throughout Moore County.
Heather and her husband, David, who is a music teacher at The O’Neal School, moved to Aberdeen in 2015. They are busy raising their two teenage children. When time permits, Heather enjoys drawing, crafting, singing, taking long walks, and getting to the beach whenever she can.
Susan Lamm – Program Specialist, One-to-one Adult Tutoring
… has her BA in History from East Carolina University , and her Masters in Teaching from UNC, Wilmington. In addition to being an educator, Susan has spent much of her career in the non-profit setting, with prior experience in building programs. Before coming to Southern Pines, Susan was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. Her husband, Chris, works for UPS and they have two children, Emily and Ethan. They also enjoy the company of two furry friends, Wilhelm the Basset Hound and JoJo the cat.
Kathy McGougan – Program Specialist, Motheread
…has been a long-time presence at MCLC, in various roles both as staff and as a volunteer. Kathy is a retired Reading Specialist with an advanced degree, and also a published local children’s book author. Her Buddy and Lily books chronicle the adventures of her beloved certified therapy dogs. Buddy has now passed on, but Lily, and now Levi, carry on bringing comfort to adults young and old. Kathy is a ProLiteracy certified Tutor Trainer as well, and brings a lot of expertise to the Literacy Council. Kathy lives in Pinehurst with her husband Charlie and their 2 precious pups.
Maureen Avendutti – Program Specialist, Seven Lakes
… graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from St. Andrews University and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Queens University of Charlotte. Prior to becoming an educator, Maureen worked in a management position for United Parcel Service in Ohio and North Carolina for 21 years. During the past decade, she has taught both first and second grades for Moore County Schools and is currently teaching fourth grade science at The Academy of Moore County.
Originally from Northeast Ohio, Maureen and her daughter, Hayley, moved to Pinehurst in early 2007. She loves spending time with her family, enjoying sweet tea while reading a great book on a shady porch, and travelling to both new and old-favorite places.
Diane Young – Project Assistant
… is a retired Program Director with a background in Elder Care and Child Care. She is also retired Navy, having served in Virginia. She is a mother and grandmother and has dedicated her life to working in the Human Services sector. She is originally from Lumberton, NC and now resides in Moore County. Her favorite pastime is spending time with her family and walking.