Our Staff

The Cherokee Preservation Foundation’s reputation is built on the strength and quality of its staff. Meet the people who are contributing to the Foundation’s commitment to be a proactive agent of progress for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), its people, its land, and its culture – a catalyst for Western North Carolina partnerships, and a model for American service communities.

Staff Profiles

Bobby Raines
Executive Director

“This is the most satisfying place to be associated with. We are able to measure the success of the programs we support by seeing positive and inspiring change happen to the people we care so much about.”

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Bobby is an enrolled member of the EBCI and has a B.A. degree from Haskell Indian Nations University with a major in American Indian Studies and will earn an MBA from Western Carolina University in 2014. His special interest is cultural leadership development. Bobby is the grandson of the late Walker Calhoun and actively participates in Cherokee culture and traditions.

Jenea Taylor
Executive Assistant

“I love working at the Foundation because we do great work for Cherokee and surrounding counties.”

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Jenea is an enrolled member of the EBCI and lives in the Birdtown community with husband Tony and sons Colby and Carson. She has a degree in business administration from Montreat College and worked at Harrah’s Cherokee for over 14 years. Jenea is active with her children’s sports and is a sports fanatic.

Deb Owle
Program Operations Manager

“Working with CPF has allowed me to give back to the community through the work I oversee with Cherokee Day of Caring.”

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Deb is an enrolled member of the EBCI and has worked with the Cherokee Preservation Foundation since 2002. Prior to coming to the Foundation she worked for 17 years with the EBCI in the tourism field. Deb received her BA in Business from Montreat College and lives with her daughter on the Qualla Boundary.

Monaka Wachacha
Administrative Assistant

“I enjoy working at the Foundation because we are a close-knit family.”

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Monaka is an enrolled member of the EBCI and earned an AA degree in Business Administration from Tri-County Community College and an AA degree in Accounting from Southwestern Community College. She lives in Snowbird with her husband and three children. Her family is involved in sports and weekends are spent cheering on their many activities. Monaka loves to read in her spare time.