Kelly Washatka

I am honored to be the bookkeeper for CQC Home. Working with numbers and files can make the fruits of one’s labor feel abstract sometimes — what I love about this field is seeing the numbers I crunch turn into a tangible improvement in someone’s life! 

I was born & raised in St. Louis, Missouri, but I’ve always had a heart full of wanderlust. After traveling throughout my undergraduate years and afterward moving to Houston with my now-wife, I spent the summer of 2017 in the Triangle for an internship with Paperhand Puppet Intervention. I fell in love with the natural beauty and welcoming communities I found here, and after the internship, I couldn’t stop dreaming of a return. Finally, in April of 2020, when most people weren’t even leaving their homes, my wife and I moved ours to Durham for good! 

It was a bit of a leap of faith but it was greatly rewarded when shortly after I joined the team here at CQC Home. The warm welcome and amount I continuously learn in this role has only solidified my belief that this is the best place to call home.

While my profession is all about numbers and making order out of chaos, I balance that with my personal passions for all things artistic & messy. I continue to craft and puppeteer with Paperhand, as well as filling my free time with painting, gardening, hiking, and maybe someday I’ll actually get this fantasy novel finished…