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Cara, a North Carolina transplant from Ohio, now calls Brevard and the Blue Ridge Mountains “home.” After hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014 she took the role of Paddling Director for ENC before moving to the development office full-time.
Not only is Cara a skilled paddling instructor, she’s a talented experiential educator and an avid outdoorswoman. She holds a BS in Recreation from Ohio University and has worked in the field of outdoor education for over ten years as a wilderness instructor, outdoor program manager, camp counselor and challenge course facilitator. Cara spends her free time paddling, climbing, and hiking, tending to her impressive garden, and baking treats for her colleagues.
Donor and Alumni Relations Coordinator
After moving back to Brevard, North Carolina after a four-year stint in Colorado, Camille began working at Eagle’s Nest Foundation in 2018 as the Donor and Alumni Relations Coordinator. Camille earned her B.A. in Mass Communications from UNC Asheville, and she has a background in experiential education as well as an avid appreciation for the outdoors.
In her free time, you can find Camille exploring Pisgah National Forest with her husband and their dog, Piper. She also enjoys creating handmade arts and crafts and curling up with a good book and a hot cup of coffee.
Michaela moved from Winston-Salem to Asheville five years ago to gain her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from UNC Asheville and fell in love with the mountains. After graduating, she found her passion working in non-profits focused on cultivating community, education, and sustainability and found her way to ENF in the winter of 2019. You will often find Michaela with her camera exploring outside with her dog, Arrow, or working on countless other creative endeavors, such as playing the fiddle, embroidery, or cooking.
Dave has training in early childhood education, public policy, and sociology — the perfect combination for our IT guy. Since leaving grad school Dave has worked exclusively for nonprofits. He fell into the “accidental techie” role early in his nonprofit career when no one else wanted to touch the computers. He was an at-home dad (before it was fashionable) to two awesome young women who are changing the world with their superpowers. Dave’s favorite quote is by EB White: “I arise each day torn between the desire to save the world, and to savor the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
Elizabeth Waite-Kucera (Noni) is the Executive Director of Eagle’s Nest Foundation and serves on The Outdoor Academy Advisory Board. She graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., with a B.A. degree in anthropology. Previously, Noni was Camp Director at Eagle’s Nest Camp from 1993-2003 and Business Manager from 1989-1999 for Eagle’s Nest Foundation. She has also been the Swimming Director, and Paddling Director. Additionally, Noni developed Eagle’s Nest whitewater canoeing and Hante Bicycling programs.
Noni’s grandfather, Alex Waite, head of psychology at Rollins College, founded Eagle’s Nest Camp in 1945. Helen and Mo Waite, Noni’s parents, served as directors for the Eagle’s Nest Carolinas’ Camp for Diabetic Children. Her mother served as director of Eagle’s Nest Camp and executive director of Eagle’s Nest Foundation for many years. Noni spent her childhood years growing up at camp and is honored to carry on the mission of Eagle’s Nest as Executive Director of the foundation.