Meet Our Team

Patrick Carter 

Co-Founder and President 

Patrick enjoys spending time outdoors with his family of four. Whether hiking, climbing, boating, fishing or something in between, you can find him outdoors when he is not busy buying, selling and renting real estate for his family’s established real estate rental business, Carter Company.  Years of real estate investing experience coupled with a decade and a half of executive management focused on clients, growth, and development has now afforded him the opportunity to help launch another dream, StayOver.
As President of StayOver, Patrick is committed to providing an exceptional experience for the vacationer and owner/investor clients alike, down to the very last detail. “From the first initial contact or booking to checking out, we want our clients/renters to have a fantastic, stress-free getaway. We also want the same for the owners who have entrusted us to manage their properties. Happy renters make for happy homeowners/investors.”


Jeff Carter 

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman

Jeff is a life-long outdoor enthusiast who has traveled and hiked, climbed, biked, and paddled extensively, in and out of the country. As someone who appreciates nature, and all its offerings, Jeff is excited to offer StayOver’s services to those wanting a first-class vacation rental experience in a natural area.

He brings over thirty years of successful experience as a business executive and business owner to StayOver as its Executive Chairman. Jeff is committed to the satisfaction of our customers and wants every customer to have the ability to enjoy great accommodations in nature’s beautiful playground.


Derek Blankenship 

Co-Founder and CEO 

Derek is a Land Specialist and the Owner of Overland Properties Group, where he works with buyers and sellers to find their slice of nature heaven.  Derek feels a rush of excitement exploring new properties and helping his nature-loving clients find the perfect property for their needs.   He is a husband and father of two.  In his spare-time, Derek enjoys rock climbing, skiing, overlanding, dirt-bike racing and mountain biking.

He is passionate about ensuring StayOver’s cabin owners and guests receive the highest quality of service, through maximizing land to reach its fullest potential and achieving a consistent level of service throughout each experience.


Lauren Blankenship 

Manager of Human Resources and Operations 

Lauren is a Human Resources Leader, animal-lover, and outdoor enthusiast.  In her spare time, she enjoys bluegrass music, kayaking, long drives, and craft beer.  Lauren’s focus is on bringing an innovative approach to Human Resource Management while creating a team-driven environment that fosters room for development and growth.  As the main point of contact for the StayOver family, she strives to win with integrity. She values the importance of picking up on the small things, taking uninterrupted time for each Guest and Owner and responding to requests in a timely manner with passion, courtesy, and respect.


Kathi Morland 

Principal Broker 








Kathi has been in real estate for 15 years and brings her knowledge and experience to the team with several designations.  Kathi is a licensed broker in Kentucky and also holds her real-estate license in Florida.  For the past two years she was the transaction coordinator with a large real estate team in Florida where she handled all the details of the transaction from contract to closing.  Prior to that she was the principal broker of a RE/MAX office supervising and mentoring 10 agents as well as working with her own clients.

Kathi’s attention to detail keeps our team running smoothly so the agents can concentrate on serving the clients needs.  She is a dedicated professional and her passion is helping people.  With 3 grown sons and 2 grandsons she stays busy when she’s not at the helm of Overland Properties.

Hunter Dycus

Operations Assistant







Hunter has a deep-rooted love for the outdoors. As an avid sportsman, you can typically find Hunter hiking, swimming, fishing, biking, playing airsoft, or kayaking with his wife and dog. He doesn’t let the small pleasures in life slip away, you may even find him relaxing in his hammock or crafting walking sticks.

With over a decade of established customer service, management, and sales experience; Hunter’s passion is ensuring every guest has all their wants and needs met. He is extremely driven and has an eye for small details. His goal is for your stay to be the most enjoyable and memorable experience you’ve ever had.