(From left to right: Leslie Reed, Shirley Hamblet and Lorelei Costa, Executive Director.)
Lorelei Costa has served the Executive Director of the Outer Banks Community Foundation since 2012. Lorelei graduated with highest honors from UNC Chapel Hill in 1999 and earned her certificate in non-profit management from Duke University. With 17 years’ experience in the philanthropic sector, Lorelei has worked on diverse projects across North Carolina, including the Springer’s Point Nature Preserve on Ocracoke Island and the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Her past roles have included stints as Development Director of the NC Coastal Land Trust and Associate Director of the Triangle Land Conservancy. As a volunteer, she’s worked for a host of non-profits, including performing arts groups, public radio, a women’s health clinic, and a homeless day shelter. She recently spent 7 years in Alaska, where she summitted Denali (aka Mt. McKinley, the highest peak of North America) and crossed the 1,000-mile Alaskan Arctic on foot. Lorelei is a member of the Community Leadership Council of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and proudly serves as a volunteer firefighter with the Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department. She lives in Southern Shores with her beloved rescue dog, Teka.
Shirley Hamblet serves as the Program and Operations Manager of the Outer Banks Community Foundation. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Shirley earned her B. A. in Sociology and worked in the field of recreation for several years before starting a career in the hospitality industry here on the Outer Banks. Shirley managed hotels in Virginia, Louisiana, and Florida, and then opened her own meeting planning business, organizing events world-wide for groups from 12 to 2,500. Shirley is an avid traveler, from back-packing across Europe to cross-country camping. Scuba diving is a passion – and when possible, she visits warm weather locations in pursuit of the most beautiful fish or interesting wrecks to explore. Shirley is thrilled to be working in the nonprofit sector now with the Community Foundation and to call the Outer Banks home again!
Leslie Reed, CPA, serves as the Finance Manager of the Outer Banks Community Foundation, joining the organization in September 2014. Leslie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from East Carolina University in 1994 and has over 20 years of accounting experience. She has worked both in public accounting and in the private sector. Leslie is active in community service, having held board positions with Manteo Elementary School PTO, Manteo Middle School PTO, Mt. Olivet Pre-School, and Outer Banks Mommy & Me. After extensive travel throughout the United States and overseas, Leslie and her husband, Jonathan, chose to make Manteo their home in 2004. Leslie enjoys taking her four sons to the beach, boogie boarding, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, fishing and crabbing with her boys, and is trying to learn to surf.