The Greybeard Team works hard to help make guests' Asheville vacations as memorable and carefree as possible. We're also deeply committed to providing excellence in property management to over 450 (and growing) homeowners of vacation and long-term rental homes in our rental program. Whether you are a prospective homeowner, current homeowner, or guest—we're here and happy to help.
Susan is a third-generation native of the Swannanoa Valley and has been married to her husband, Bill, for over 40 years. She's been a reservationist with Greybeard Rentals for over 10 years and enjoys assisting renters in their search for the perfect vacation home. In her spare time, Susan loves walking, hiking local trails, flower gardening, getting together with friends, eating at the local Black Mountain and Asheville restaurants, and visiting her daughter, Carrie, and son-in-law, Will, in Macon, Georgia.
Renee Reed Raines is also a third-generation Black Mountain native with a wealth of local knowledge that she's used to assist renters in their search for the ideal vacation home for over 10 years here at Greybeard. She is a mother of two and a grandmother to two sweet grandchildren. Renee has been married for over 35 years to her husband, Tim Raines, who is also a native of the area and a teacher at the local high school. When she's not helping guests, you'll find Renee dreaming about the beach, walking her dogs, and working outdoors in her yard.
Hannah is from Lumberton, NC and moved to Black Mountain in 2007. After graduating from Appalachian State University in 2014, where she earned a B.S. in Adapted Special Education, she decided to officially call the Valley home with her husband, Bradley. Carrying on the tradition, they are raising their daughter, Ellie, as a Mountaineer! When she's not helping guests plan their mountain getaway, she loves creekside picnics with her family, running, exploring new places and restaurants, and finding cozy spots to read.
Emily grew up in High Point, NC—just a few hours east of Asheville. From an early age, the mountains were her favorite place to vacation, and the time she spent hiking in Pisgah National Forest and taking trips to the Biltmore Estate made her fall in love with the area. She moved to the Asheville area in 2014 to attend college where she earned a B.S. in Communication with a concentration in Digital Media and an M.A. in English Literature shortly after. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, photography, learning Asheville lore, and reading. She celebrates her first year with Greybeard in September.
Mandi joined the Greybeard team in the fall of 2017. She is from Gibsonville, NC, just east of Greensboro. She came to the Asheville area in 2005 to attend Montreat College. After graduation she returned home, only to move back to the mountains a year later. She now considers Asheville her home and loves discovering new places to go exploring. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, writing and traveling the world.
Liz was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina. She moved to the area in 1997 to attend Montreat College, where she met her husband, Adam. Liz and Adam loved the area so much that they decided to settle in Black Mountain, and are grateful to be able to raise their children, Will and Emme, in such a friendly, dynamic and creative town. In her spare time, Liz enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, doing home improvement projects, decorating and entertaining.
Emily was born and raised in TN, but she fell in love with the Asheville area after moving here to attend college. After earning her B.A. in English & Communication, she spent two years working in higher education where she discovered a love for Marketing. When she's not creating web content or completing tasks for Caleb, she loves going to the movies, painting, reading, working with stained glass, eating delicious food, exploring new cities, driving the Blue Ridge parkway, and spending hours by the river (mostly likely laying on rocks or dozing in her hammock).
Caleb has lived in the Asheville area since 2007 after moving to the area for college. After graduating, he decided to call Western North Carolina "home" and took a position in higher education communications and marketing before joining the Greybeard team in 2014. Caleb holds a B.A. in English and a M.S. in Business Management and Leadership. When he's not working on Greybeard's websites or coming up with new marketing initiatives, Caleb enjoys hanging out with his wife, son, and their dog Abbey as well as mountain biking, hiking, running, trying new restaurants, and listening to live music.
Long-Term Rentals Department
Bethany L. Corn
Bethany is a native of Black Mountain and joined the Greybeard rental team in February 2018. She is a graduate of Western Carolina University where she studied Healthcare Management. Bethany enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She is married to Jackie Corn, Jr. of Hendersonville. They have 2 daughters named Gracie and Charlotte.
Maribeth, her husband Mel, and son Zach moved to Swannanoa a year and a half ago. Through renting a beautiful home with Greybeard Rentals, she got to know Greybeard’s long term rentals team members and was so impressed with their professionalism and kindness that she decided to work alongside them. Nearly a year later, she still loves working at Greybeard—where she now provides the great care and concern for every client that she personally experienced. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors of WNC and hanging out with friends and family.
Shavonne grew up in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, and she moved to Black Mountain 15 years ago after traveling through. Not only did she fall in love with the area, she met and fell in love with her now husband, Benjamin, here as well. Together, they have 2 daughters, Ramona who is 9 and Vivian who is 6. In September, she will celebrate her first year at Greybeard.
Teddy Smith joined the Greybeard Team in 2017. She graduated from Macalester College and also completed her Master's in Accountancy at Western Carolina University. She has been working in the accounting field in the Black Mountain / Swannanoa Area for over 14 years. She adores living in the mountains with her two kids and dog. When she is not crunching numbers, Teddy enjoys hiking and seeing live music.
Born outside of Chicago, Rachel moved to the beautiful mountains of NC in 1998 to attend Montreat College for her bachelor’s degree and eventually earned a Master of Accounting from UNC Chapel Hill. She previously worked in public tax accounting before coming back to private accounting with Greybeard. Rachel is married with one daughter, and she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with family when she isn’t hard at work.
Lisa was born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, and she has been with Greybeard in several different capacities over the last 15 years. She and her husband have two sons who are both happily married, and she has 3 grandchildren. In Lisa's spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, vacationing at the beach, and living life in the mountains.
Maintenance and Housekeeping Department
Ashley is a Black Mountain native, where she lives with her husband, Kevin, and children, Kobe and Addison, and two dogs. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, relaxing by the pool, and watching Addison play volleyball and softball.
Diana is from Commerce, Georgia, just outside of Athens, where she attended the University of Georgia. She fell in love with the area through meeting locals and while working as Varsity Cheerleading Coach at Owen High School in Black Mountain. In addition to her five years and counting as a local coach, she has been part of the Greybeard family since 2017. Diana enjoys everything outdoors, crafting and wood-working, spending time in Georgia with her large family, and attending as many UGA football games that she can get to. She and her husband, Perry, who is a Marion native, welcomed their first child, Clint, this year.
Cameron grew up in Memphis, TN where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master’s degree in Public Administration from The University of Memphis. She moved to Western North Carolina in 2012 where she made the beautiful Montreat community her home along with husband Bill who works as a Commercial Broker for Greybeard, their daughter Willa, and two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in Montreat, browsing antique and thrift shops, decorating, and completing home improvement projects.
Kristen is a Black Mountain native. She studied Outdoor Education at Mars Hill College and Business Management at ABTech. Kristen lives in the Black Mountain area and enjoys spending time with her daughter and running.
Jane passed through Black Mountain 15 years ago and never left. She loves everything about the area, but especially the people. Jane has 3 wonderful children who also live in Black Mountain and two amazing granddaughters that light up her life. When asked about what she likes about working at Greybeard, Jane shared that she enjoys working with a team that works closely together and prioritizes the interest of clients, community, and coworkers.
Chip Craig, owner and founder of Greybeard Rentals & Realty, received a BA from Davidson College and earned a Masters of Management (MBA) from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business. Chip previously served as director of marketing at the North Carolina Outward Bound School and also brings more than six years of commercial and consumer banking experience to the company. Chip's commitment to the community is extensive, currently serving as a member of the following boards. Buncombe County Tourism and Development Authority, Black Mountain Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund, Buncombe County United Way, and Buncombe County Sports Commission. Chip has served for 8 years as an elected member of the Buncombe County Board of Education representing the Owen District and as a town commissioner for the Town of Montreat. When not in the office, Chip enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, trail running, skiing and kiteboarding.
As the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Rachael grew up coming to Montreat each summer. She was lucky enough to move to the area permanently in 1982. She and her husband Anthony, have two daughters and three granddaughters. Anthony teaches and coaches at the local high school. Rachael holds a B.A. in Sociology from UNC-Asheville. She is a deacon at Black Mountain Presbyterian. Some of Rachael's favorite Asheville activities include boating at Lake James, visiting the Asheville Botanical Gardens, NC Arboretum, and the Biltmore Gardens. She also really loves the 4 seasons of Western North Carolina.