Paris Ball (Shrine Mont)
Paris Ball is Director of Christian Formation and Director of Shrine Mont Camps in the Diocese of Virginia. Paris grew up attending Shrine Mont Camps, then moved on to counselor and to camp director. She has worked for the Diocese of Virginia since 2006. As the Director of Christian Formation, she oversees the Parish Youth Ministries program, co-leads Grace on the Hill - a program of the Episcopal Service Corps, assists churches in developing educational programs for congregants of all ages, works with campus ministries, and much more. But perhaps the best part of the job is directing the Shrine Mont Camps program. Shrine Mont Camps includes 9 different summer camps for children, youth and families across a range of interests, ages and abilities.
Paris lives in Richmond, VA with her wife Maria and their son Tobias. Luckily Maria's job let's her work remotely in the summers so the whole family can move up to camp every year.
Gareth Kalfas has served as the Executive Director of Chanco on the James since 2013. Prior to his arrival in the Diocese of Southern Virginia, Gareth served in numerous roles at Camp All Saints in the Diocese of Dallas including Assistant Director and Interim Executive Director. His career has centered on youth development, including experience in wilderness therapy, sailing programs, Scouting, and a year as a high school mathematics teacher. Mr. Kalfas serves as a lead visitor for the ACA and is the founder of the Swanns Point Camp Association, a local camp networking organization in tidewater Virginia. Gareth has Bachelors' Degrees from the University of Notre Dame and SUNY Fredonia, where he also earned a teaching certificate.
Joanne Kovac-Roberts has been the Executive Director of St. Crispin’s Conference Center and Camp since 2011. As a past camper, counselor, and director at various camps, a therapist for a domestic violence shelter, and an Executive Director of a Child Advocacy Center & Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, Joanne has over 20 years experience working with children, youth, and families. She also has experience in two successful Capital Campaigns, grant writing, and program development.
Joanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Washington State University, a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, and a Master of Science in Human Resources/Counseling from East Central University. Joanne has served as Program Committee Chair for ECCC's Annual Conference for 2016 and 2017.
She is married to Mike Roberts, also Executive Director for St. Crispin’s, and has two children Parker (age 16), and Sydney (age 13).
Brad Thompson has served as Executive Director of St. Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center in Memphis, Tennessee, since 2011. Prior to his work at St. Columba, Brad was the Director of Camp Kanuga in Hendersonville, North Carolina for six years. Brad also serves as a vestry member of St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church, has volunteered for the ECCC as a representative to the Compass Points conference center certification program, and participated in the Summit on Lifelong Faith Formation in 2011.