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We are pleased to announce that two new instructors have joined our ranks. Both talented individuals are int
mately familiar with the Westlawn design curriculum and bring with them extensive, real-world experience in
boat design and construction.
Nicholas Di Matteo
An avid sailor, Nick was senior design engineer at Tom Fexas Yacht Design for over 20 yea
He has exhaustive experience in all aspects of boat design from project management, to b
specifications, through detailed design, to construction, to acceptance trials and testing. A
Westlawn graduate, Nick also has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
Nick has worked on mechanical and electrical engineering projects with the U.S. Navy PER
(Planing and Engineering for Repairs and Alterations) as a subcontractor on naval frigates
and destroyers. Before his work at Tom Fexas Yacht Design, Nick was an instructor at Wes
lawn so he brings many long years of Westlawn affiliation with him
Eric Holohan
Graduating Westlawn in the shortest time of any student in the past decade, Eric has spe
three years living aboard a 40-foot sailboat, and has 20 years of experience in restoration
construction, and maintenance of small craft. He is a Lloyds certified marine surveyor and
ABYC Marine Master Tech, with diesel, composite construction, and electrical certificates.
Eric has his Yacht Master Offshore and Ocean certificates, with a radar license, and SOLA
certificate. He has been working as an assistant designer to McCurdy & Rhodes, naval arc
tects, and continues to assist in the current build of their 50-foot historical oyster dredger
project. Holding a U.S. Coast Guard 6-pack license, Eric was awarded the Hargrave Schola
ship for Westlawn modules 3 and 4.
We are very fortunate two have two such fine new instructors o
our team and we know that they will further enhance the West-
lawn learning experience. Please join us in welcoming them
Left: The current Westlawn faculty and staff in the Westlawn dir
tor’s office.
From left to right: Dave Gerr, director; Nick Di Matteo, instructor
Patti Schulte, student services coordinator; Eric Holohan, instru
tor; Norm Nudelman, provost