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Our Team

The People Who Make Us Great!

A Word From the CEO

Take a moment to listen to Bill Carson, our CEO, Chief Storyteller and a Founder of The Orchard at Altapass Foundation, as he tells you a little story about what this place is all about.  It's a short 10 minute video that will provide you some insight and hopefully a little thirst to find out more.  So stop in and visit us on your next trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway, and enjoy some of the amazing history, people of the area, and of course the food, music and FUN!


The Orchard at Altapass Foundation is fortunate to have so many dedicated people who have come together in support of our mission. Without these fine people, the Orchard at Altapass couldn't exist, at least not in the form it is today, a vibrant, active and above all, FUN destination for so many visitors.

Judy & Bill Carson
Judy & Bill CarsonOrchard Founders
Bill & Judy Carson are Founders of The Orchard at Altapass Foundation and Bill is the current CEO of the Altapass Foundation, Inc.
Kit Carson-Trubey
Kit Carson-TrubeyOrchard Founder
A Founder & Inspiration for the Orchard at Altapass.
Donna Stafford
Donna StaffordEvents Coordinator & Exec. Asst.
Elaine Percival
Elaine PercivalBoard Member
Bill Bonner
Bill BonnerBoard Member
Terry Hammond
Terry HammondBoard Member
Hannah Stein
Hannah SteinBoard Member
Jo Ann Harllee
Jo Ann HarlleeBoard Member
Bill Prewitt
Bill PrewittBoard Member


Meet our Team of professional Store Staff who look after you the minute you walk into our place! We pride ourselves on good, old-fashioned CUSTOMER SERVICE and value your feedback. Let our managers know if there is anything we can do to improve our service and please let us know if any of our associates provide you with GREAT service! You can send us feedback using our contact form HERE

Sharon Womack
Sharon WomackOrchard Store Manager
Savanna Adams
Savanna AdamsAssistant Manager
Duane Porter
Duane PorterSales Associate
Nicole Whitson
Nicole WhitsonSales Associate
Emily Grindstaff
Emily GrindstaffSales Associate
Alicia Sillman
Alicia SillmanSales Associate
Amanda Juarez
Amanda JuarezSales Associate
Diana Varnot
Diana VarnotSales Associate
James Biddix
James BiddixSales Associate


Meet our Team of professional Orchard Staff! These are the people without whom our Orchard and facilities simply wouldn't exist. They handle all of the day-to-day operational, maintenance and of course the specialized management of our many varieties of apple trees, other plants and everything else that lives, grows or breaths. Please give them a huge "THANK YOU!" whenever you see them hard at work (or play) around our facilities or out in the orchard.

Michael Fortner
Michael FortnerField and Maintenance Director
Ramiro R Chavez
Ramiro R ChavezField Management Specialist
Alan Cox
Alan CoxField Management Specialist


Meet our Team of Professional Grill Staff who make sure that the food is great and your belly is full! The next time you visit us, be SURE to stop by the Apple Core Grill and grab you a tasty bite to eat. Now featuring our very own BBQ! Smoked the old fashioned way and covered in your favorite BBQ Sauces! You've never had it better! Check out our Menu

Andrea Call
Andrea CallGrill Manager & Office Administrator
DonnaGrill Master


Meet the people who make us GREAT! These are some amazing folks that we simply couldn't do without. They are the face of our organization and provide us with the ability to do so much more that we could otherwise.

Bill Wygand
Bill WygandVolunteer
Claire Wygand
Claire WygandVolunteer
Starli McDowell
Starli McDowellMission Managerstarlimcdowell@altapassorchard.com
Alan Womack
Alan WomackWebmaster

1025 Orchard Road
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

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