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 grandchildren on the 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, bubbles and friends.

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.

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 has been been a fixture in our hospitality industry from her 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 returned to the island to raise her kids, island style. 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’s passions include missions work around the world, her sons Calvin and Ozzy, and Blue, their dog.  Being a mom of energetic boys on Hatteras Island allows the family to pursue their passion for board sports, soaking up the sun, enjoying all things outdoors and, traveling in the off season. She loves all things creative, from jewelry and painting to music and festivals, happy that the simple things in life put the biggest smiles on her face.

Dallas Tolson, Dining Room Manager

Hailing from generations of Hatteras Islanders, a life long born and raised Outer Banks native, Dallas has built a storied career in the island restaurant industry.  Long considered one of our community’s best servers, Dallas joined our organization in 2014, rising from senior server to wait captain, to dining room manager.  When he’s not caring for our guests, he can usually be found in the water, a skilled surfer who holds his own with the best in the East Coast. His friend’s know his love of travel, passion for sushi, deep faith in his creator, love of all things ocean, always positive attitude and ability to always have a good time.  Dallas in three words? LIFE IS GOOD.  Instagram: dillydal252