Nominations Open

Nominations are open for the Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers Board of Directors.

Episcopal Camps & Conference Centers board members provide vital leadership and guidance to the organization. In 2018, the membership of Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers, Inc. has the responsibility to elect three (3) members of the Board of Directors for three (3) year terms.

In order to be eligible for nomination, one must have attended two previous ECCC Annual Conferences (not necessarily the last two, and not necessarily in a row).

A diversity of age, gender, and geographical representation is key to dynamic conferences, membership resources, and member benefits.

Remaining Board Members include:

Class of 2020:

  • Ms. Paris Ball, Director of Christian Formation and Shrine Mont Camps (Diocese of Virginia)
  • Ms. Joanne Kovac-Roberts, Executive Director, St. Crispin's (Diocese of Oklahoma)
  • Mr. Brad Thompson, Executive Director, St. Columba (Diocese of West Tennesee)
Class of 2021:
  • Mr. Marty Beck, Executive Director, Paradise Point (Diocese of Idaho)
  • Mr. Jimmy Haden, Vice President of Mission, Kanuga (Hendersonville, North Carolina)
  • Mr. Gareth Kalfas, Executive Director, Chanco on the James (Diocese of Southern Virginia)

Elections will be held at the Annual Conference, on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. To nominate a colleague, or submit your own name for nomination, please contact Board President, Jack Dowling. Nominations will be received until Monday, January 28, 2019.

2019 Nominees:

Sara Gunter, Director of Programming, St. Dorothy’s Rest (Diocese of California)

Sara Gunter has been the Director of Programming at St. Dorothy’s Rest, in the Diocese of California, for almost two years. She grew up going to Junior Music Camp in the Diocese of San Joaquin with both her parents and both her sisters. Camp started as a family affair and has stayed in her blood since! In her work currently, Sara is especially interested in helping St. Dorothy’s become a Trauma Informed Camp, developing stronger leadership skills in herself and her staff, and learning better how to practice & teaching excellent self-care.

Graham McKim, Food Services Director, Camp Capers (Diocese of West Texas)

Graham McKim has been the Food Services Director at Camp Capers since 2015. Prior to that, he was the Operations Director at Camp Chicago for 6 years. Graham is an active participant in ministries in the Diocese of West Texas and is currently in the discernment process for ordained ministry. He has been a big fan of camps since he first attended one when he was 6 years old, and believes Episcopal camps are incredible places where people of all ages can grow in their faith.

Eleanor Reeves, Executive Director, Beckwith (Diocese of Central Gulf Coast) Eligible for re-election 

Eleanor Reeves is the Executive Director for Beckwith Camp and Retreat Center in Fairhope, Alabama. She was the Director of Marketing and Development for 5 years before being named Interim Executive Director in 2014 and Executive Director in July 2015. She has attended the Annual ECCC conference since 2012 serving on the program committee for 2 years and chairing the annual auction for 2 years. Eleanor is also active with the Alabama Association of Nonprofits graduating from the 2012 class of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute and serving on the Regional Leadership Council. Additionally, Eleanor completed the Education for Ministry program administered by the School of Theology, the University of the South. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Baldwin County and a current member of its Steering Committee. She also holds a Level 1 Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of South Alabama. Eleanor graduated from the University of Alabama with a BA Communication and MA Education.

Julia Zahn, Director, Camp Wright (Diocese of Easton)

Julia Zahn is the Director of Camp Wright in the Diocese of Easton on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  Julia attended Camp Wright as a child and credits the Episcopal camping experience as essential in her faith formation and development.  Julia worked as Camp Wright's Associate Director from  eight years, supervising the day and resident camp programs. After the birth of her son in 2013, she stepped away from camp ministry until she was invited to return in 2016 as Interim Director, assuming the role of Director in 2018. She is deeply interested in times of transition and the growth and positive change that can occur.  She loves being outdoors with her husband, Matt, and their children August (5) and Freya (5 months), sailing, hiking, and most recently stomping through Camp Wright's muddy forests and fields searching for owls.