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, and his puppy Maggie live in the Innkeeper’s house with frequent company from his children Ian, Ashley, Brittany, Peter, Jimmy, Abby, Ben, his grandson Harper, granddaughter Genevive, his beautiful fiancee Sherry and her delightful twin teenagers Jasmine and Jordan, 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 Dining & 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 & Marketing

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.

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.

Phillip Elmore, Executive Chef

Phillip was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.  A child of the restaurant industry, his first job at the ripe age of eight was bussing tables and washing dishes in his family’s restaurant.  After a Catholic school education, he left Birmingham for a golf scholarship to the University Of Alabama.  An academic education did not entirely wash the restaurant industry from his blood stream, so the next step in his journey led far north to Rhode Island for his culinary degree from Johnson & Wales.

With culinary school behind him, Phillip found his way to the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina for a chef position at The Vineyards at Reynolda Village, on the R.J. Reynolds Plantation.  With a solid culinary foundation established, his inner entrepreneur called him to open and manage a  successful catering firm, sold when he felt the call of the ocean to take a position in country club management on the South Carolina coast.

Though the allure of the water was strong, the roots established in North Carolina proved stronger.  Phillip returned to the Piedmont to raise his daughter Brianna Joy Nicole closer to friends and family.  Once back in NC, he went to work for the large and prestigious Westmont Hospitality Group managing full service hotels.

Like many who find their way to Hatteras Island, he tired of the stress of the corporate world.  Together with his partner Melinda, they decided the small town life and slower pace of our island community would allow time for each other and Brianna Joy.  He found the Inn a place where his culinary and management expertise could bring value to both organization and community.   When he’s not preparing delicious dishes, designing menus, or helping to run our organization, Phillip is likely to be found surf fishing, chasing balls down a golf course, or just chilling on the beach.

Mitchell Nicks, Chef de Cusine

We are pleased to announce that master chef Mitchell Nicks, one of the Triad’s best known and most accomplished chefs, is joining Cafe Pamlico and The Inn on Pamlico Sound as guest chef for the next few months.  He brings a wealth of culinary acumen, with degrees from Johnson and Wales and the University of North Carolina, traditional French brigade training, a decades long career in five star kitchens, and awards from top place in the Phillips Seafood National competition to multiple Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence.  Mitch is master chef for numerous graduated apprentices, and considers his strongest asset the ability to teach others his craft.  He joins us in the position of chef d’cuisine to continue development of our culinary staff.  Please join us in welcoming Mitch to our organization and community.

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 Manager

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.