Hospitality Team



Hospitality Team

The hospitality team at The Colonial Inn is the very heart of our service. It is our team that we trust and believe in to care for our guests. We honor our team with due recognition, fair pay, and empowerment as we know they are genuine, exemplary humans who work tirelessly to transmit the message of The Colonial Inn.

We work to provide preeminent experiences, the foundation of which is authentic and dedicated people delivering these experiences with thoughtful concern, gentle care, and anticipatory action. Dedicated people who understand The Colonial Inn’s mission and vision, people for whom hospitality is an honest and intrinsic desire.

We hire our hospitality team with feverish and meticulous intention. We have high expectations and high rewards. We encourage our guests to communicate with us about their interactions with our team. It is a wonderful way to celebrate them and encourage their growth. The General Manager is available to all guests, at any time, directly via text or calls for any reason to ensure your stay at The Colonial Inn is the best experience possible.

It is our pleasure and honor to virtually introduce each of our team members to you here so that you may know their names and faces. They cannot wait to meet you and welcome you to The Colonial Inn.

The hospitality team at The Colonial Inn is the very heart of our service. It is our team that we trust and believe in to care for our guests. We honor our team with due recognition, fair pay, and empowerment as we know they are genuine, exemplary humans who work tirelessly to transmit the message of The Colonial Inn.

We work to provide preeminent experiences, the foundation of which is authentic and dedicated people delivering these experiences with thoughtful concern, gentle care, and anticipatory action. Dedicated people who understand The Colonial Inn’s mission and vision, people for whom hospitality is an honest and intrinsic desire.

We hire our hospitality team with feverish and meticulous intention. We have high expectations and high rewards. We encourage our guests to communicate with us about their interactions with our team, it is a wonderful way to celebrate them and encourage their growth. The General Manager is available to all guests at any time directly via text or calls for any reason to ensure your stay at The Colonial Inn is the best experience possible.

It is our pleasure and honor to virtually introduce each of our team members to you here so that you may know their names and faces. They cannot wait to meet you and welcome you to The Colonial Inn.

Chris Brown


Chris Brown

Chris (also affectionately known as Pookie) has been in the hospitality industry for over ten years, with a vast knowledge of Front Desk, Night Audit and Accounting duties.

He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia but has made a home and built a large extended family here in Durham, North Carolina.

Chris has an affinity for meeting new people and “never meets a stranger.” He is very excited to be a part of this growing team and also to provide an amazing new experience to the guests of The Colonial Inn.

“It makes me happy to make you happy! Thanks for choosing The Colonial Inn!” - Pookie




Dave Gehring


Dave Gehring

Dave is very excited to bring his creativity and passion to The Colonial Inn. As a former full-time educator, his passion is influencing lives and developing community connections.

Originally from North Dakota, Dave has embraced the small-town nature of Hillsborough and the surrounding cities because there is something incredibly special about being able to be there for your neighbor. He is excited to maximize the unique guest experience by focusing his attention on facilitating a positive atmosphere for all who come through the doors.

When Dave is not at The Colonial Inn, you can find him at a Carolina Athletic event, riding his bike around Hillsborough or taking day trips across the South. He is passionate about athletics, creating a positive organizational culture, and simply finding what will make each guest enjoy their stay.

Dave truly loves to serve, whether it’s creating a special experience for our guests or diving into a conversation. He wants every guest to leave The Colonial Inn feeling as though they are part of the family.

“I look forward to meeting you!” - Dave




Elise Tyler


Elise Tyler

Elise is an outgoing and passionate person who lives for service to others and thus found a natural fit in the hospitality world.

She grew up on Cape Cod in Massachusetts in a very old home (300 years!). The creaky, uneven floors of the inn made her feel right at home. Pair those beautiful floors with the deep and heartfelt authenticity that pours from the incredible Hillsborough community and she was in love.

She moved to North Carolina in 2010, married the one and only brilliant, fun-loving and boisterous Rutland Tyler and now enjoys, more than anything, time with her three children, Cole, Pierce and Lilli.

Elise will always try to be the first smile, kind voice or happy face you see when entering The Colonial Inn as she believes when you stay with us, you become part of our family.

“Welcome, welcome, dear friends! Thank you for coming to The Colonial Inn!” -Elise




James Lescott


James Lescott

James is an easy going, fun-loving, and at times eccentric person. For as long as he can remember he has been a lover of music. This passion runs deep because of fond memories of when his father introduced him to “oldies radio” in the car. His other major interest lies with nature, which he learned from him mother. The two enjoyed various parks and wooded trails as soon as he could walk.

Helping people comes naturally to James so it's fitting he thrives in the hospitality industry. He has worked in everything from a basic motel in college to running the Overnight F&B outlets at the Four Seasons in Austin Texas. The Four Seasons was not a sleepy overnight gig but rather beautifully chaotic. When the Austin nightlife would shut down at 2am, hundreds of guests would return to their rooms and dial up some pretty off-the-wall food and drink requests. On nights like these, he loved the artful ballet-like nature of the kitchen going from zero to 100MPH in an instant.

He was born and raised in Southern Connecticut with deep roots in several boroughs of NYC via his father. This explains his affinity for both stick ball as well as wiffle ball. The latter being played with his older brother for hours on end summer after summer. In an effort to be closer to his stick ball roots it was time to head east again after being in Austin and Seattle for a little over a decade.

Upon arriving from Seattle to Hillsborough in 2018 he would walk by the seemingly forgotten Colonial Inn and say to himself "If I win the Lotto, I will do something with this" Unbeknownst to him, plans were underway! Getting to be a part of this reboot is beyond exciting for him and feels like the fit he has been looking for some time.

He thinks he can trace and tie his love of helping guests with speed and efficiency to a game, or trick his older brother would play on him as a child. His brother would manipulate him into getting his blanket or any other object from upstairs with "I'll time you" Still to this day when a guest needs something he can be seen bolting from his desk as if being "timed."

“I am enthused and elated for the opportunity to implement my love of hospitality and
make our guests at The Colonial Inn feel at home.” - James




Jennifer Reddish


Jennifer Reddish

Jennifer joins the journey at the beautiful Colonial Inn after knowing Elise over a decade ago on the sandy shores of Cape Cod, when Jennifer honed her hospitality service skills on the bustling summer days of their renowned summers. Since then her life has taken her to Boston, San Francisco, and New York before finally settling in the Triangle with her boyfriend and beautiful dog.

Jennifer partners her love of cocktails, beer, and wine with a career as an actor and theater educator. She has always left the acting on the stage and when she sees you behind the Colonial’s exquisite bar, you should know she is genuinely so happy to see you, chat with you, and help you appreciate the tasty cocktail list and bar snacks. Stop by and let her give you a recommendation!

“Let’s talk beer, let’s talk life! Looking forward to seeing you!” - Jen




Jill Rheutan


Jill Rheutan

Jill is devoted to creating happy and heartfelt experiences for the guests of The Colonial Inn. She has studied and worked in the hospitality industry for more than 15 years and she’s eager to make a difference during your stay at The Colonial Inn.

Jill is originally from Ohio and holds her Midwestern roots close to her heart. She takes her two cats to visit her hometown as often as possible.

In her off hours, she is usually making messes in her sewing room while working on becoming an expert seamstress.

When you run into her at The Colonial Inn, you’ll see that she could not be happier to have landed in such a beautiful place.

“Thank you to Hillsborough for allowing me to be a part of your community!” - Jill




Johanna Bloom


Johanna Bloom

Jo is a kind and dependable person who feels the need to help others, no matter how big or small the task.

She grew up in Long Island, New York and has moved multiple times throughout her life. One of the homes she swears was haunted and she was very happy to leave it when the time came. She was raised by a single mom and lived with her mother, sister and grandma. Being raised by a single mom taught her how to be independent and work hard for things she has and wants in life.

She moved to North Carolina in 2009 with her mom and grandma. She graduated from Apex High School, then went on to Wake Tech Community College. Jo worked at a
movie theater to help pay for school. It was at the movie theater that she met her long-time boyfriend who will hopefully become her husband in the near future. She was accepted into the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She was a teacher for three years before deciding to switch careers and jump into the hospitality industry.

Jo is personable, open-minded and willing to talk, listen, or help anyone at any time. Particularly if some of those talking and listening topics involve baseball (NY Yankees), football (NY Jets), hockey (Pittsburgh Penguins), cats (Crosby & Sidney - yes we named our cats after the Hockey Player Sidney Crosby), books, cooking, movies, and T.V. Shows.

Jo is super excited to start this new chapter of her life in the hospitality industry at The Colonial Inn and cannot wait to meet new and incredible people!

"I am ready and excited to assist you in anyway you need no matter how big or small and no matter the time of day" - Jo




Rutland Tyler


Rutland Tyler

Rutland is the name and face you can’t forget. He is wildly fun and brings a true presence to his interaction and service to others. He is hard-working and dependable and never a minute late. Rutland has owned businesses and worked in the hospitality
industry for 15 years.

Growing up in a tiny one-blinking-light town in Eastern North Carolina gives Rut a unique perspective about life and the human experience. He grew from that base and pursued his higher education at The University of North Carolina where he double majored in Political Science and English. He has been an entrepreneur and successful
small business owner in neighboring towns to Hillsborough in both Chapel Hill and Durham.

After rearing and wrangling two sons for 14 years, Rutland had his baby girl in 2018. The three of them keep him busy busy when he’s not perfecting a craft cocktail or pouring a refreshing brew.

Rutland loves exercise, movies, comics, sci-fi, museums and relaxing time with his family and many friends. Feel free to test his trivia skills over a beverage!

He cannot wait to connect, make memories and share a toast with you all in the oldest part of The Colonial Inn, the bar!

“Turn one up and wind on down! See you at the bar!” - Rutland




Daniella Separk


Daniella
Daniella is a local to Hillsborough. She met her husband who is also a Hillsborough native through historical reenacting and they instantly bonded on their shared interest in history. Daniella went to college for commercial photography and videography.  Her focus and passion is documentation of historical structures and urban ruins.  
"Whenever I find an abandoned area I want to explore it’s ruins. Something about a once populated, lifeless, and disheveled area leaves me with a curiosity to discover as well as capture what was once there before history is completely lost. " 
The same drive and passion are exactly what drew her into the inn. When she discovered the restoration of the inn, she just had to be part of it. 
With a background in management and hospitality, Daniella is always eager to help guests and talk about local stories and history with them. Even though you'll see Daniella doing a bit of this or that at the inn, her main role is housekeeping. When she's not working at the inn, she enjoys watching movies, spending time outdoors and snuggling up to her two cats.
 
"I will make sure your room is in tip top shape for your stay with us at the Colonial Inn. I look forward to accommodating you!" - Daniella



Jay Chin


Rutland Tyler

Jay, also known as Jackie, grew up in Vermont and ventured to the southeast when she attended Clemson University. Since then, she has lived and traveled all over the country, but she still made time to visit Hillsborough a few times a year. It has always been her goal to eventually settle down here. While traveling, she met a lot of amazing people and learned how to make strong connections with anyone she meets. She is always energetic, positive, and smiling. Jackie aims to find ways to help others and to do what she can to make the lives of the people around her better every day.

"Can’t wait to meet everyone and mix up your favorite drinks!" - Jay

Chris Brown


Chris Brown

Chris (also affectionately known as Pookie) has been in the hospitality industry for over ten years, with a vast knowledge of Front Desk, Night Audit and Accounting duties.

He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia but has made a home and built a large extended family here in Durham, North Carolina.

Chris has an affinity for meeting new people and “never meets a stranger.” He is very excited to be a part of this growing team and also to provide an amazing new experience to the guests of The Colonial Inn.

“It makes me happy to make you happy! Thanks for choosing The Colonial Inn!” - Pookie


Dave Gehring


Dave Gehring

Dave is very excited to bring his creativity and passion to The Colonial Inn. As a former full-time educator, his passion is influencing lives and developing community connections.

Originally from North Dakota, Dave has embraced the small-town nature of Hillsborough and the surrounding cities because there is something incredibly special about being able to be there for your neighbor. He is excited to maximize the unique guest experience by focusing his attention on facilitating a positive atmosphere for all who come through the doors. 

When Dave is not at The Colonial Inn, you can find him at a Carolina Athletic event, riding his bike around Hillsborough or taking day trips across the South.  He is passionate about athletics, creating a positive organizational culture, and simply finding what will make each guest enjoy their stay. 

Dave truly loves to serve, whether it’s creating a special experience for our guests or diving into a conversation. He wants every guest to leave The Colonial Inn feeling as though they are part of the family.

“I look forward to meeting you!” - Dave


Elise Tyler


Elise Tyler

Elise is an outgoing and passionate person who lives for service to others and thus found a natural fit in the hospitality world. 

She grew up on Cape Cod in Massachusetts in a very old home (300 years!). The creaky, uneven floors of the inn made her feel right at home. Pair those beautiful floors with the deep and heartfelt authenticity that pours from the incredible Hillsborough community and she was in love. 

She moved to North Carolina in 2010, married the one and only brilliant, fun-loving and boisterous Rutland Tyler and now enjoys, more than anything, time with her three children, Cole, Pierce and Lilli. 

Elise will always try to be the first smile, kind voice or happy face you see when entering The Colonial Inn as she believes when you stay with us, you become part of our family. 

“Welcome, welcome, dear friends! Thank you for coming to The Colonial Inn!” - Elise


James Lescott


Jame Lescott

James is an easy going,  fun-loving, and at times eccentric person. For as long as he can remember he has been a lover of music. This passion runs deep because of fond memories of when his father introduced him to “oldies radio” in the car. His other major interest lies with nature, which he learned from him mother. The two enjoyed various parks and wooded trails as soon as he could walk. 

Helping people comes naturally to James so it's fitting he thrives in the hospitality industry.  He has worked in everything from a basic motel in college to running the Overnight F&B outlets at the Four Seasons in Austin Texas. The Four Seasons was not a sleepy overnight gig but rather beautifully chaotic. When the Austin nightlife would shut down at 2am, hundreds of guests would return to their rooms and dial up some pretty off-the-wall food and drink requests. On nights like these, he loved the artful ballet-like nature of the kitchen going from zero to 100MPH in an instant. 

He was born and raised in Southern Connecticut with deep roots in several boroughs of NYC via his father.  This explains his affinity for both stick ball as well as wiffle ball. The latter being played with his older brother for hours on end summer after summer. In an effort to be closer to his stick ball roots it was time to head east again after being in Austin and Seattle for a little over a decade. 

Upon arriving from Seattle to Hillsborough in 2018 he would walk by the seemingly forgotten Colonial Inn and say to himself "If I win the Lotto, I will do something with this" Unbeknownst to him, plans were underway! Getting to be a part of this reboot is beyond exciting for him and feels like the fit he has been looking for some time. 

He thinks he can trace and tie his love of helping guests with speed and efficiency to a game, or trick his older brother would play on him as a child.  His brother would manipulate him into getting his blanket or any other object from upstairs with "I'll time you" Still to this day when a guest needs something he can be seen bolting from his desk as if being "timed"

“I am enthused and elated for the opportunity to implement my love of hospitality and make our guests at The Colonial Inn feel at home.” - James


Jennifer Reddish


Jennifer Reddish

Jennifer joins the journey at the beautiful Colonial Inn after knowing Elise over a decade ago on the sandy shores of Cape Cod, when Jennifer honed her hospitality service skills on the bustling summer days of their renowned summers. Since then her life has taken her to Boston, San Francisco, and New York before finally settling in the Triangle with her boyfriend and beautiful dog.

Jennifer partners her love of cocktails, beer, and wine with a career as an actor and theater educator. She has always left the acting on the stage and when she sees you behind the Colonial’s exquisite bar, you should know she is genuinely so happy to see you, chat with you, and help you appreciate the tasty cocktail list and bar snacks. Stop by and let her give you a recommendation! 

“Let’s talk beer, let’s talk life! Looking forward to seeing you!” - Jen


Jill Rheutan


Jill Rheutan

Jill is devoted to creating happy and heartfelt experiences for the guests of The Colonial Inn.  She has studied and worked in the hospitality industry for more than 15 years and she’s eager to make a difference during your stay at The Colonial Inn.

Jill is originally from Ohio and holds her Midwestern roots close to her heart.  She takes her two cats to visit her hometown as often as possible.

In her off hours, she is usually making messes in her sewing room while working on becoming an expert seamstress.

When you run into her at The Colonial Inn, you’ll see that she could not be happier to have landed in such a beautiful place.  

“Thank you to Hillsborough for allowing me to be a part of your community!” - Jill


Johanna Bloom


Johanna Bloom

Jo is a kind and dependable person who feels the need to help others, no matter how big or small the task.

She grew up in Long Island, New York and has moved multiple times throughout her life. One of the homes she swears was haunted and she was very happy to leave it when the time came. She was raised by a single mom and lived with her mother, sister and grandma. Being raised by a single mom taught her how to be independent and work hard for things she has and wants in life.

She moved to North Carolina in 2009 with her mom and grandma. She graduated from Apex High School, then went on to Wake Tech Community College. Jo worked at a movie theater to help pay for school. It was at the movie theater that she met her long-time boyfriend who will hopefully become her husband in the near future. She was accepted into the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She was a teacher for three years before deciding to switch careers and jump into the hospitality industry. 

Jo is personable, open-minded and willing to talk, listen, or help anyone at any time. Particularly if some of those talking and listening topics involve baseball (NY Yankees), football

(NY Jets), hockey (Pittsburgh Penguins), cats (Crosby & Sidney - yes we named our cats after the Hockey Player Sidney Crosby), books, cooking, movies, and T.V. Shows. 

Jo is super excited to start this new chapter of her life in the hospitality industry at The Colonial Inn and cannot wait to meet new and incredible people!

"I am ready and excited to assist you in anyway you need no matter how big or small and no matter the time of day" - Jo


Rutland Tyler


Rutland Tyler

Rutland is the name and face you can’t forget. He is wildly fun and brings a true presence to his interaction and service to others. He is hard-working and dependable and never a minute late. Rutland has owned businesses and worked in the hospitality industry for xx years.

Growing up in a tiny one-blinking-light town in Eastern North Carolina gives Rut a unique perspective about life and the human experience. He grew from that base and pursued his higher education at The University of North Carolina where he double majored in Political Science and English. He has been an entrepreneur and successful small business owner in neighboring towns to Hillsborough in both Chapel Hill and Durham.

After rearing and wrangling two sons for 14 years, Rutland had his baby girl in 2018. The three of them keep him busy busy when he’s not perfecting a craft cocktail or pouring a refreshing brew. 

Rutland loves exercise, movies, comics, sci-fi, museums and relaxing time with his family and many friends. Feel free to test his trivia skills over a beverage!

He cannot wait to connect, make memories and share a toast with you all in the oldest part of The Colonial Inn, the bar!

“Turn one up and wind on down! See you at the bar!” - Rutland


Jay Chin


Rutland Tyler

Jay, also known as Jackie, grew up in Vermont and ventured to the southeast when she attended Clemson University. Since then, she has lived and traveled all over the country, but she still made time to visit Hillsborough a few times a year. It has always been her goal to eventually settle down here. While traveling, she met a lot of amazing people and learned how to make strong connections with anyone she meets. She is always energetic, positive, and smiling. Jackie aims to find ways to help others and to do what she can to make the lives of the people around her better every day.

"Can’t wait to meet everyone and mix up your favorite drinks!"- Jay