Originally from Atlanta, Pennie came to the North Carolina mountains in 1999 because of its creative community and beautiful landscape. Pennie obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from University of Georgia. While living in Asheville, she has worked in various jobs such as office management, accounting and marketing in real estate and manufacturing companies. Living close by to the Solstice East campus, Pennie, her husband and young son enjoy the area. In fact, her husband grew up just down the road and they were married on our campus is 2001. Outside of work, Pennie spends her time working on art projects and home design. Especially interested in sustainably built homes, she has taken courses in drafting, CAD and green building practices.
Patrick Belser, B.S.
Patrick Belser has worked with Solstice East as the Manager of Campus Facilities since 2012. Patrick graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Outdoor Recreation, Leadership and Management. Over the last decade Patrick has lived in Coeur d’ Alene Idaho and worked for North Idaho College. During this time Patrick lead adult and youth recreational activities ranging from group initiatives to teaching rock climbing. Later Patrick relocated to Missoula Montana and worked in the construction business. In 2011, Patrick moved to Asheville NC and fell in love with the culture and landscape. Patrick started working on the Solstice East campus very early and has watched it grow over the years. In his free time Patrick enjoys cycling the Blue Ridge Park Way and floating the French Broad River.
Colt Wight, B.A., QMHP
Colt joined the Solstice East team in the spring of 2014. He enjoys preparing and supporting new hires for their direct care role as well as keeping emails and print jobs flowing. Colt has many years of direct care and supervisorial experience with wilderness and residential therapy, and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Recreation Administration. In his free time, Colt enjoys hiking, trail running and rock climbing with his wife and two daughters.
HR Administrative Assistant
With a career in office administration that spans 25 plus years, Gaynor has worked on 3 continents and in a variety of working environments from Defense Force to Private Game Reserves. Going from Africa to Europe to the United States, she arrived in Asheville in 2011 and fell in love with the Asheville culture and the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway. She accepted her position as Administrative Assistant at Solstice East in 2013. Gaynor is also a notary public for the program.
Shawn Scullin, M.S.