Five Oaks Staff
Josh Lindgren, General Manager
Josh Lindgren has been our General Manager here at Five Oaks since 2003. Those Members who have been along for the ride have watched the Five Oaks Club continually improve under Josh’s guidance and leadership. Josh graduated from East Carolina University in 1999 and enjoyed traveling the Western US until landing back in North Carolina to raise a family. Josh is the President of Community Focus of NC, Inc which serves all of the HOA’s within Five Oaks. If you need to know anything about Five Oaks – Josh is your go to man! When Josh is not at work, he can be found hiking, biking, skiing, fly-fishing and spending time with his lovely family in the outdoors.
Fun facts about Josh: Josh has worked and lived in Wisconsin, Montana, Washington State & Alaska in addition to the state he calls home! He loves playing the guitar and drums. He says he should have been a rock star, but being our Five Oaks hero will do! 🙂
Martha Noble Worthington
Martha basically grew up at Five Oaks and worked for years swimming and coaching with the Five Oaks Stingrays Swim Team, working with the Tennis Staff at RDU Tennis and spending her free time at our fabulous facilities. After years of college, teaching high school science and pursuing other career opportunities, it was a natural fit when our Ms. Ellen Gilmartin decided to retire that Martha would perfectly fit the mould to continue her good work. We are so excited to have Martha’s energy on staff! When Martha is not working, she loves to be in the outdoors, fishing, hunting and enjoying the coasts of North Carolina.
Coach Maurice “MO” Taylor
Coach Mo is our camp counselor, and has been for years. He is loved by all! Coach Mo lives onsite in our security officer apartment and provides grounds watch. Coach Mo works for RDU Tennis and is not an official “Staff Member”, but he does feel like part of the Five Oaks Family and you will see him here just about every day.
In Memory of Ellen Gilmartin – March 2020
Ellen moved to Five Oaks from Woodcroft in 2002. The new Manager, Josh was hired by Five Oaks about the same time, and she walked over to the Clubhouse to welcome him, and ask if she could help in any way in the office ~~ stuff envelopes or anything! *Anything* proved to be quite a lot of *everything*. She volunteered full-time for four (4) years, and then put on the payroll. Ellen had retired from a busy pleasant New Jersey law firm after thirty (30) years, and applied her amazing talents to her work at Five Oaks.
There was nothing going on at the Clubhouse in the way of social activity. But it didn’t take too long to have a bustling Clubhouse with Bunco, Bingo, Poker, Knitting Classes, Waltz Classes, Tricky Tray, Gold Nights, Pot Lucks, Garage Sales, a List Serve, Dog Park, Breakfast on Beechnut, Pizza Parties & Holiday Parties ~~ even published a Five Oaks cookbook for the benefit of our Swim Team.
Our Community is a delightful one. Ellen has been blessed with good neighbors, as well as a Townhouse on the Lake. She enjoyed the wildlife that visits our lake, and had fun reporting about them through the many years on the Listserve that she created before the days of Nextdoor.
She was asked to say something interesting about herself for this website and stated:
“I was a ballroom dancer for thirty (30 years); maintained a dance telephone service called *Dial A Dance* (where to go dancing), and published a dance newspaper called *Footprints*. Through the years I have been asked which dance was my favorite ~~ Quickstep, with the Waltz a close second. I was obsessed! ”
We will always cherish the years of service that Ellen gave to her community. Her spirit lives on in all of the successful events, programs and processes that she created.