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Biographies

Elohee’s Founders

 

Eve Cook

Executive Director

While professionally trained in Biomedical Science, Eve shifted careers due to the peace and healing she found with nature.  Eve, her husband, and her parents dreamed of creating a place like Elohee —a container where people can retreat and find community in a nurturing and safe way–while Eve faced ongoing cancer treatments.  Eve envisioned a place where the land becomes a partner with facilitators, guests, and staff for personal growth and healing. She believes being still and listening to nature can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.  Eve truly enjoys engaging with retreat facilitators and participants in person while they are at Elohee. Eve also loves reading, traveling, expressing herself through her artwork, and the time spent with her husband and furry companions.

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Michael Cook

Facilities Manager

Michael has always been one to work with his hands and through the years has found that he is most comfortable when surrounded by nature.  A background of two decades in manufacturing and industrial maintenance has provided him with the skills to manage the infrastructure needs of the center.  Michael loves that Elohee provides him the opportunity to get his hands dirty and stay connected with nature. Over the past few years, guests have given him the nickname “That Guy” as he pops up and handles most any need and situation.

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Augustin Bralley

Chief Information Officer

Augustin (Augie) has been the go-to for IT support since “Elohee was just an idea floating around.” But it is actually the second family business that he helped build. After graduating from UGA with a degree in Computer Science, Augustin worked in IT, web development, marketing, and SEO at Metametrix. As the son of the founders, he also participated at the Director level and helped drive many strategic initiatives for six years prior to the implementation of Elohee. When Augustin is not supporting Elohee, you can find him at Scribd – a subscription book and audiobook service – where he is currently an Engineering Manager. Fun Fact: Augustin and his wife met at Burning Man. They now live in Florida with their Pug named Bug. (Bug adores daddy!)

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James & Carolyn Bralley

Advisors & Board Members

James and Carolyn Bralley serve on the Elohee Board of Directors. They were instrumental in the creation of Elohee and serve it today in advisory and supportive roles.

In the early 1980s, shortly after James received his PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Florida, they started a clinical laboratory business specializing in functional laboratory testing. After nearly 30 years, they sold the laboratory and retired to the Georgia mountains where they purchased the land on which Elohee sits today.

James and Carolyn were students at the University of Illinois where they met through their involvement in Transcendental Meditation. Over the decades, meditation, yoga and retreats have been a big part of their lives together. They often took their young children on camping trips to the Georgia mountains and fell in love with the forests there. With its focus on healing, nature immersion, retreat, meditation, yoga and service, Elohee was a natural progression for their retirement years.

James goes by his nickname Andy. You will notice Andy’s woodworking hobby throughout Elohee in headboards, night tables, benches, gong stand, etc. (Carolyn assisting). He can also be seen on his riding mower, maintaining the expansive yards on Bald Mountain and at the Bamboo Cottage. Carolyn helps with accounting, gift shop, etc. Many of you have met them as they shuttle you up and down the mountain, delighted to share this beautiful space with you!

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Coordination Gurus

 

Micki Wisenbaker

Retreats Director

Micki Wisenbaker, before joining the Elohee family as the Retreat Coordinator in 2021, attended a retreat in October 2019 and fell in love with the property; it’s views, calming energy, and devoted owners and staff. She recalls thinking, “Wow, this would be an awesome place to work!” Ready for a career change, Micki recently closed her business, Meridian Massage & Skin Care. She has been a Massage Therapist, Esthetician, and Reflexologist for 20 years. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science, she used her education and intuition to promote health, wellness, and transformation to her devoted clients. Her integrative approach of practicing the healing arts combined relaxation with results-oriented techniques. She trusts that when vital self-care practices are aligned with awareness of the mind/body connection, powerful healing occurs. Micki uses this philosophy and experience combined with Elohee’s mission to provide a retreat environment to support self-discovery, healing and awakening to assist in creating amazing retreat experiences. When not working, she enjoys cooking, photography (mostly of her food creations), and spending time with her husband and three cats. Fun fact: As a seasoned aromatherapist, she hand-crafted a line of Alchemy Aromatherapy Mists now sold in Elohee’s Gift Shoppe.
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Sandy Osieja

Administrative Coordinator

Sandy joined the Elohee family in February of 2016 when she realized it was time to find a position in which she found meaning and had the good fortune to witness the first retreat held on Bald Mountain.   Her reaching out to Elohee was a step in her path towards fulfillment, both professionally and personally.  The Elohee family welcomed Sandy into the fold with graciousness and kindness. Sandy’s previous work experience includes a life-affirming year working in Burkina Faso, West Africa, and administrative positions at a number of law and business offices in New York, Florida, California, and Georgia.  Working at a retreat center not only made Sandy a happier person, but also provided her with the inspiration to go from being a casual yoga practitioner to a certified yoga teacher.  Aside from her administrative contributions, Sandy also serves as Elohee’s Final Proof Editor. Sandy loves yoga, traveling, hiking, reading, and her cat and dog companions!  Fun Fact: Sandy had the good fortune to witness the first retreat on Bald Mountain.

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Rachel Peavy

Retreat Vision Coordinator

Rachel attended a retreat at Elohee in 2019 and immediately felt a connection to the energy of the land here on Bald Mountain. Rachel comes from a family of world travelers and wanderlust runs in her blood. She remembers staring in awe at a wall of photos of her grandparent’s adventures around the world and was inspired by her late Aunt’s goal of visiting over 200 countries during her life. She brings this love of travel, coupled with her background in travel and hospitality public relations – and years of planning trips for members of the media to showcase her client’s destinations and hotels – to her role as Retreat Vision Coordinator. Rachel lives in Decatur, Ga. with her husband, two children and an old, blind, sweet cat – and they hope to adopt more dogs soon. She is a registered yoga instructor and loves reading tarot and spending time outside with her husband and children.

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Kitchen Creatives

 

Renee Nelms

Chef/Kitchen Manager

Renee Nelms began her journey with Elohee in June 2019.  She knows fate and a higher power brought her to Elohee.  Renee has worked in the  food service industry most of her life and loves feeding people.  She is particularly inspired by discovering new recipes that fall in line with Elohee’s seasonally inspired menus.  Renee has raised 4 boys, has 3 daughters-in-law, and 2 grandsons whom she loves spending time with.  

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Kelly Davis

Chef

Kelly Davis, born in Nashville and raised in South Florida, has had a passion for food since the age of 14 when her parents opened up their first restaurant right here in Sautee, GA. She is now an award winning, self-taught Chef who began training under great and inspiring Chefs from Nashville to Florida where she was exposed to fusion cuisine. She has worked at Bon Appetit, a 5-star French restaurant, and from there worked at country clubs, high volume catering companies, and other restaurants. Kelly looks forward to expanding Elohee’s farm to table menu while working at our garden and hoop house planting seeds and caring for the plants and finally creating meals with these veggies.  As a Yoga Teacher and Y12SR Leader Kelly donates time in the Community to help others in Addiction and Recovery to focus on the Mind, Body and Spirit of well being. She is enthusiastic about the mission of Elohee and supporting your healing through nutrition to all who are called to be here.   

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