Steve Nelson, Owner & CEO

Steve is a burned out refugee from 20 plus years in corporate America. His goal is to have the most complex issue he faces on any given day be a guest request for more berries on their Belgian waffles. Steve long held the dream of a cool little boutique hotel, though he was aiming for the Blue Ridge Mountains. As his aim was not so good, he missed by a bit, and found himself on Hatteras Island, the only place he has ever really felt at home.

Steve, a widowed father of delightful grown children, his puppy Maggie and his beautiful life partner Sherry (who splits her time between Hatteras and Virginia Beach) live in the Innkeeper’s house with frequent company from children Ian, Ashley, Jimmy, Abby, Ben, Jasmine and Jordan, his grandchildren Harper and Genevieve, and the company of many friends who come in unannounced and welcome at all hours. He is pleased to share the Inn grounds with two Great White Egrets, a Great Blue Heron, a pair of ospreys, the occasional otter, and the overall abundance of living things that make Hatteras Island and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore so grand.

Steve’s interests and passions include an eclectic taste in music and film, live music, long motorcycle rides to nowhere in particular, bicycling, scuba diving, travel, random readings in science, history, and literature, and keeping his brain cells confused with an onslaught of new experiences.

Gina Williams, Director of Events

Gina was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado. Her first visit to Hatteras Island was 1987. She knew this sandbar in the Atlantic ocean was to be home to her and her beautiful daughters. They moved from mountains to beach in 2000, and have never looked back.

Gina has spent her entire career since coming to Hatteras in the island’s restaurant, catering, hospitality, and event industry. She joined the Inn’s team in early 2012, rising on merit from server to Lead Event Coordinator to her current role as Director of Dining and Event Services and part of the Inn’s senior management team. Gina is married to island native Ronnie Williams, who can often be seen putting his wood working skills to work around the hotel and restaurant when he’s not at work for the NC Ferry Service.  She enjoys a large family here on Hatteras Island, including her sweet grandchildren, Adayah, Malachai and Axel and her daughters Amber, Lynzie and Victoria. Gina’s most valued moments are family time, especially time with Ronnie, daughters, and granddaughter on beach or boat.

Natasha Quidley, Director of Lodging

Natasha Quidley, known as Tasha to her friends, is a Hatteras Island native who traces her ancestry here back to the first island settlers. As she puts it, her “feet are buried deep in the sand”. Following college at Virginia Tech and ODU, she returned to her island home to raise her two sassy and beautiful daughters.

Tasha spent the next 10 years in the island hospitality and restaurant industry. She often jokes that there are few shoes she has not filled in a restaurant setting. She joined the Inn’s hotel team early in 2013, bringing her experience in customer service and restaurant management to our cross trained front desk staff.

Her passions are hosting guests in her home, enjoying the company of friends for dinner and music around the island, fashion, and decorating. The best thing in her world is a perfect beach day with her girls with a cookout, as according to Tasha, anything perfect includes good food.

She loves the sense of community the island provides for her and her family, and finds herself involved in planning and execution of many community events.

Brian Harris, Director of Food and Beverage

A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Brian spent his twenties working and playing in ski resorts in Lake Tahoe and across West Virginia.  When he wasn’t snowboarding, he trained under famed chef Margaret Anne Smith, owner of the Red Fox Inn. Not satisfied with pleasing American and European palettes alone, Brian devoted a sizable portion of his training to Asian and Japanese cuisine, eventually developing the skills of a master sushi chef. Prior to joining the Inn’s team, he was the proprietor of Haoles Sushi Bar, a local favorite.

Brian’s passions are surfing, fishing, action sports, his son Sawyer and beloved Jessica, a Hatteras native. Jessica’s background in big game fishing provides Brian with a unique connection to the local fishing community, enabling him to leverage his extensive knowledge of regional fish species from sound and ocean to utilize almost 100% local seafood in our dishes.

Seth Foutz, Executive Chef

A child of Charlottesville VA, Seth hails from a long line of superb southern cooks with roots from Tidewater to the Blue Ridge.  Farm to table is no fad to him; it’s how he grew up.  Among his earliest memories are his Grandmother Mimi teaching him to put filling into homemade pies.

Seth felt early the call of the kitchen, starting in an entry level position in Colorado at age 17.  His drive and raw talent were soon spotted by a local chef who provided his initial training.  By age 22, he’d been promoted to the rank of Executive Sous Chef .

After a decade in the kitchens of Colorado, Seth came home to the East coast under the tutelage of Dave Snyder on St Simons Island, GA.   While training under Chef Snyder, he took his first formal training, earning his Executive Chef certification in Ballymaloe, Ireland during the “Irish Food Boom” of the early 2000’s.  He continued his training at Alaska’s famed King Salmon Lodge, in fine eateries at vineyards across North Carolina’s Piedmont region, and at the Chang Mia Cooking School in Thailand where he explored incorporation of Asian spice and technique.

Seth has made his home the last decade on Hatteras Island, most of it as Executive Chef at Ketch 55, one of our favorite eateries, while continuing training around the globe during his annual winter trips.  Since the birth of his treasured son Alexander, Hatteras is his permanent home.   His passions are sustainable fisheries, surfing, martial arts, and the role he has earned in our community.

Christy MacDowell, Pastry Chef

Born and raised in south Florida and growing up on Singer Island, Christy and her son Cody knew island life, making easy her transition to the laid back lifestyle of Hatteras Island.

Her love of all things pastry began when a cake decorating class ignited a passion, which led to a mentorship by an instructor, who guided her into the culinary world.  Feeling the need for a greater depth of knowledge, she found her way to The Florida Culinary Institute, and graduated with an Associates in International Baking and Pastry.

Experienced in island life, Christy transitioned easily to calling Hatteras Island her home.  When she’s not baking in her kitchen or ours, she and Cody fill their time fishing, shelling, walking our beaches, and making crafts from the wealth of the ocean.

From decadent desserts and the beach wedding cake of your dreams to breads that make you forget about that diet, Christy loves putting her “sweet” skills on display, happy to be living her passion. She and Cody make their home in Hatteras Village.

Meredith Harris, Guest Relations Professional

Raised on Hatteras Island, Meredith been a fixture in our hospitality industry from early teens, from hosting and serving at Austin Creek Grill and Teach’s Island Bar and Grill, to Dock Master at Hatteras Landing Marina. After time away to study architecture and design at UNC Charlotte and work experience in child development at Oklahoma’s largest childcare facility, she came home as resident artist and manager at The Glass Bead, teaching all ages to create jewelry, helping them learn everyone has a creative side. Meredith joined our staff in 2014 as a front desk associate and quickly demonstrated how invaluable her work ethic, creativity and energy are to our organization.

Meredith describes her life focus as God, family, and serving others. Her favorite things in the world are her husband Cody, sons Calvin and Ozzy, and Blue, their dog. Their family passions are sports, outdoors, and traveling together. She loves all things creative, from jewelry and painting to building just about anything, happy that the simple things in life put the biggest smiles on her face.

Martin Blink, Kitchen Manager

Marty is among the longest serving and most valuable of our employees. A long term Hatteras Island local, Marty earned his BS from Norfolk State University and his culinary training from Johnson and Wales University. Marty came to Hatteras in 1999 after a successful early career in catering and restaurants in Virginia’s Hampton roads area. His first few years on the island were spent honing skills in coastal cuisine, first as chef and back of the house manager for The Sound Side Restaurant, then as chef, kitchen manager, and general manager at Oceana’s Bistro, still one of the island’s most enjoyable eateries and a favorite of locals.

Marty joined Cafe Pamlico before it even had a name; it was just “the restaurant at the Inn”. His myriad talents have been lent to us in numerous and valued capacities, from Sous Chef to leader of the breakfast team National Geographic Traveler called “best on the Outer Banks”. He makes his home in Buxton with his beloved wife Kathy in a marriage that sets an example for the rest of us. When Marty is not busy running our kitchen, he can often be found on the beach or contemplating deep thoughts in the company of his famous “G&T’s”.

Krystal Foster, Bar Guru

A native of Hatteras Village, Krystal left the island long enough to earn her degree from Pitt College.  She returned to begin her career at Café Pamlico.  Starting as a server, intelligence and work ethic led to her promotion to bartender then bar manager.  Krystal  sees her craft as part mad scientist, mixing ingredients for the ideal combination of flavor, scent and texture, and part artist, striving to produce the experience for which a  guest longs.

A true Hatteras woman, Krystal hails from a long line of boat builders and fisher folk, tracing her lineage back to original settling families.  Her joys include fishing, chilling on the beach, working on her 110 year old home, her dog “Boogs” Walker, her “born on her birthday” niece Emily Fay, photography, and travel through Europe, South and Central America.

Dave Ford, Bar Guru

Dave hails from Annapolis, MD, where he entered the restaurant trade at the ripe old age of 12.  He started waiting tables at Surfside 7, a popular waterfront restaurant and bar, in his senior year of high school.  On graduation, he was promoted to General manager, a position held until taking over LIME, a locally popular bar / bistro.  Following the sale of LIME, Dave decided a future in the restaurant business required skills in both front and back of the house.  He accepted an apprenticeship under chef Veronica Flynn at In Like Flynn Tavern in South Baltimore, rising under her tutelage to executive sous chef.

Chef training in his back pocket, he set off to see the country, working in restaurants from upstate New York to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, where he had his first real taste of beach life.  Done with the congestion and stress of the city and bitten by the beach bug, he followed his lifelong friend Brian Harris, our Food and Beverage Director, to Hatteras Island where he now makes his home.

Dave’s passions are all board sports, live music, the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, traveling, and laid back time with Friends and family.