A passion for making better leaders drives us.
We take great pride in matching facilitators with groups to achieve the best fit.

Founding Partners

Katy Travitz

Katy is a Leadership Partner, with almost two decades of tenure at Moonshadow. She is a senior facilitator, our lead program designer and a CTI-trained corporate coach. Katy’s passion is partnering with clients to provide solution-oriented leadership growth and development. With expertise in experiential, hands-on techniques, Katy has designed, developed and delivered hundreds of workshops for us. She brings ingenuity to our team with the design of InMotion, an automated web-based application providing a follow-up option to our training. Katy brought management experience from E.D.S., Harris Regional Hospital and the Nantahala Outdoor Center, when she joined our team in 1997. Katy holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Mary Washington University. She manages her husband’s consulting business financials, all while being a mom to two teenagers.

John Burton

John has been a small business leader in WNC for 40 years with an MBA from UNC Chapel Hill. As CEO of NOC John shepherded an extraordinary group of people for 16 years as they grew to over $10 million in sales on the banks of the Nantahala and several other rivers around the Southeast. With his expertise in whitewater activities, John won several national championships, ranked as high as 7th in the World, competed in the 1972 Olympics, and co-authored the book “Whitewater Racing” with Eric Evans, another esteemed whitewater athlete.

In 1990 John and his wife, Jan Letendre, a CPA, finance officer, and executive coach, put a group of friends and family together to purchase and run the Nantahala Village, a 200 acre, 60 unit resort nearby.  Rescuing a small business that had been important to the community and the region since 1948 was a labor of love and focus, and resulted in a successful sale in 2005.  John returned to NOC as CFO in 2008 and was instrumental in its recent sale that launched NOC into it’s next chapter. Now, John brings his decades of experience and wisdom to the task of grooming and polishing business leaders as a workshop facilitator, a leadership coach, and consultant. John brings the same passion that drove him as an Olympian and entrepreneur to his roles with Moonshadow.

Team Members

Clint Menacof

Clint graduated from Florida State University in 1987 with a B.S. Degree in Hospitality Administration. He has spent over 20 years in business management gaining extensive experience in both personnel management and customer service. Clint has worked in a variety of training capacities in the business sector, providing training to personnel from entry-level to middle and upper management. He joined the Moonshadow team in 1999 and has served as a lead instructor and program designer. Clint has worked for a number of years as a leadership and professional performance coach for employees and managers at all levels within organizations. He is a firm believer in the value of possessing strong skills in the areas of interpersonal communication and relations, and is passionate about growing and developing these skills in leaders at any and all levels.

Frederick Buskey

Frederick Buskey has been in education and leadership development for 25 years. He spent seventeen years in K-12 education as a teacher and leader. Frederick holds a doctorate from Bowling Green State university in educational Leadership with an emphasis in organizational change. He has worked as a facilitator, trainer, and coach since 2001 serving a diverse range of teachers, salespeople, and executive leaders. Frederick has authored and co-authored multiple articles on ethical leadership, change, and leadership development. He is currently the Leader in Residence at Clemson University. He has been with Moonshadow since 2012.

Marsha Crites

Marsha has 36 years’ experience in community and organizational development and leadership.   She holds a B.S. in Human Services from the University of Tennessee and studied Services for the Aging in London. She received an M.S.W. from San Diego State University with a special focus in community organization, needs and asset assessment, and the field of Aging.  She has led strategic planning retreats for over 20 organizations in western NC.  She has had successful tenures as Director of Human Services at Western Carolina University’s Center for Improving Mountain Living and as Senior Associate with the NC Community Foundation, and developed and taught the curriculum for the EngAGED senior leadership program in Haywood County, NC.

In addition to consulting and facilitation work, Crites owns Harvest Moon Gardens, an independent landscape design company focused on the indigenous plants of the Southern Highlands.  She is co-founder and current chair of the Clean Slate Coalition, a transitional housing program and entrepreneurial venture to assist women leaving prison and other institutions rebuild their lives.

Paula Demonet

Paula has been working in the field of leadership development and counseling since 1995. She has worked with individuals and groups in a variety of settings with the goal of improving the lives of those she serves. She holds a B.S. degree in Recreational Therapy and a M.S. degree in Community Counseling from Western Carolina University. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of North Carolina and Certificated by the National Board of Certified Counselors. She has worked as a mental health therapist and supervisor for local not for profit and state agencies. Paula also served as a visiting instructor for Western Carolina University in the Recreational Therapy curriculum. One of the many courses she taught included Leadership and Group Dynamics. Paula has a talent for utilizing experiential modalities to bring about learning opportunities for participants / clients. Paula originally joined the Moonshadow team in 1999 to work as the Youth Programs Coordinator. When not working for Moonshadow, Paula enjoys volunteering her time to work with youth in her community. She enjoys taking care of her four children and sharing the wonders of the outdoors with them and her husband.

Contributing Advisor

Andre’ Darger

Andre’ is a Contributing Advisor at Moonshadow with over 25 years experience in providing consulting and experiences that enhance organizational, team and leadership effectiveness.  Prior to joining Moonshadow, Andre’ was the Organizational Effectiveness Practice Leader for YourEncore, an expert-enabled management consulting company that serves over 70 companies. He also served as Learning Director for Mohawk Industries and worked at Eli Lilly and Company for many years as an organizational effectiveness and leadership development consultant.  Prior to Lilly, Andre’ was the Advanced Leadership Development Program Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  He retired from the US Air Force after a 20 year career in Human Resource Development and Management.  

Andre’ is a graduate of the UA Intern Program in Organizational Development and holds a BS in Sociology from the State University of New York. Finally, Andre’ is currently partnering with the Association of Internal Management Consultants to help build and launch a Core Consulting Skills program that will serve as the basis for the certification of Internal Consulting professionals.

Some of our recent client projects include:

  • Shaw (Dalton, GA)
  • Harris Regional Hospital (Jackson Co., NC)
  • Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (Cherokee, NC)