Debi is the president and a founding member of Headwaters Outfitters, a paddle sports and fly-fishing guide company in Rosman, NC, established in 1992. With over 40 years of experience in the outdoor recreation industry, she has been recognized nationally for her success in the paddle sport industry and received the Friend of the River Award from the French Broad River Foundation.

Debi is currently the HR Director at Skyterra Wellness. Over the years, she has been actively involved in various outdoor recreation boards and committees, including the US Forest Service Region 8 Recreation Resource Advisory Committee, Transylvania County Recreation Advisory Board, President Reagan’s Commission on Outdoor Recreation, CEO of the Professional Paddlesports Association, Blue Ridge Mountain Host, Riverlink, Brevard Chamber of Commerce, and President & founding member of the NC Professional Paddlesports Association.

In addition to her role at Headwaters Outfitters and Skyterra Wellness, Debi serves on the boards of directors for Historic Toxaway and Conserving Carolina.

Debi resides in the Lake Toxaway Community with her husband David. They have two daughters, Jessica and Taylor. David, Jessica, and her husband Chris, along with son Waylon, manage the day to day operations at Headwaters Outfitters. Taylor works with Duke Power, and she and her husband Matthew live in Stokes County, NC. Debi and David’s grandson Waylon represent the 9th generation of Whitmires in Transylvania County.

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