2018-19 Board of Directors

Paris Ball, Director, Shrine Mont (Diocese of Virginia)

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 lets her work remotely in the summers so the whole family can move up to camp every year.

Marty Beck, Executive Director, Paradise Point (Diocese of Idaho)

Marty Beck is the Executive Director for Paradise Point Camp and has been an active ECCC member since 2010. He earned his BA Recreation Management from Metropolitan University in Denver, Colorado where he served as the President of The Society for Recreation Students and Chair of the Special Events Committee for the Recreation Department. He was a Board Member for International Student Exchange, Inc. in Babylon, New York and before working at Paradise Point, he directed summer camps for New York City’s YMCA Camp in Huguenot, New York. Marty currently serves the American Camp Association as a member of the Local Council of Leaders and a representative for the National Council of Leaders, as well as a standards instructor and accreditation visitor.

During the summer camping season, Marty is at the summer-only camp facility in McCall, Idaho. In the winters, he works in the Diocesan Office and enjoys working closely with his wife Robyn, the Camp Director for Paradise Point. They are the proud parents of a six year old daughter, who believes she is the actual executive director, and a longhaired tabby cat. In the offseason, Marty enjoys spending time with his family, taking advantage of the Idaho snowfall as a skier, and slowly remolding their 1950’s brick home.

Jimmy Haden, Executive Vice President for Mission, Kanuga (North Carolina)

Jimmy is Executive Vice President for Mission at Kanuga in Hendersonville, NC. He joined Kanuga in 1993 from the Adams Mark Hotel in Charlotte and is dedicated to the Kanuga community and its mission. He is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BS in communications and minor in business administration. After more than 24 years on staff, serving six summers and attending Kanuga since infancy, there aren't many areas of the Center that Jimmy hasn't touched. He brings to Kanuga extensive experience in employee engagement, executive leadership, hospitality and quality service. Jimmy works collaboratively with the President contributing strongly to advancement, program development and the overall culture of Kanuga. A cradle Episcopalian with an active spiritual life, he serves as an ambassador of the mission and vision and represents the organization broadly throughout the community and wider church. Jimmy and his wife, Catherine, are the proud parents of James. In his spare time, Jimmy enjoys working with his hands, exploring the outdoors and reading history books.

Gareth Kalfas, Executive Director, Chanco on the James (Diocese of Southern Virginia)

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, Executive Director, St. Crispin's Episcopal Conference Center (Diocese of Oklahoma)

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 2 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. She is married to Mike Roberts, also Executive Director for St. Crispin’s, and has two children Parker (age 19), and Sydney (age 16).

Eleanor Reeves, Executive Director, Beckwith (Diocese of Central Gulf Coast)

Eleanor 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.

Brad Thompson, Executive Director, St. Columba's Episcopal Conference Center (Diocese of West Tennessee)

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.



Julia Connelly 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.