2016-17 Board of Directors
Jack Dowling, Operations Director, The Bishop's Ranch (Diocese of California)
Jack has worked at The Bishop's Ranch for 17 years. In that time he has been directly responsible for hospitality and guest care as the Resident Host, managed their summer program and developed programs throughout the year as the Program Director, and for the last two years has been responsible for all day-to-day operations as the Operations Director. In the past 17 years the Ranch has grown in many ways. He has brought valuable skills to the team of people who have helped it grow.
John Koch, Executive Director, Barbara C. Harris Center (Diocese of Massachusetts)
John Koch (pronounced “cook”) was born and raised on a family farm in southern Ohio where he raised sheep and cattle with his 8 siblings. He attended Miami University and graduated with a degree in Economics and History.
After graduating from college, John moved to New York City where he worked as a Customer Service Manager for a startup airline, People Express. His career with the Episcopal Church began in 1989 when he was called to be Executive Director of The Summit, the camp and conference center for the Diocese of North Carolina. After a 17-year tenure with The Summit, John moved on to be Development Director of The Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill, NC and then Executive Director of Beckwith Camp and Conference Center (Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast). Since September 2011 he has served as Executive Director of the Barbara C. Harris Center (Diocese of Massachusetts) in Greenfield, NH.
Koch enjoys hiking, biking, skiing and the occasional wine tasting. In 2010, he took a break from camp and conference ministry to serve as Director of Hospitality for Dry Creek Vineyard in Healdsburg, California.
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 14), and Sydney (age 11).
Patty Olson-Lindsey, Executive Director, Cove Ascension School Camp & Conference Center (Diocese of Eastern Oregon)
Patty Olson Lindsey has been on staff at Ascension School since 2007, she became the executive director for Ascension School Camp and Conference Center in 2008. Patty earned her BA from the University of Oregon and began her professional career in the social service field. After working in the social service field for 10 years she found herself back at her home summer camp. She and her husband Andy have two children and live in Cove, Oregon.
Eleanor Reeves (Beckwith)
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.
Lauri SoJourner, Executive Director, Gravatt Camp & Conference Center (Diocese of Upper South Carolina)
Lauri SoJourner has been actively involved in ECCC since her first conference in 2008. She has served on the ECCC Board since 2011 and currently serves as President. She earned her BA in English – Professional Communications and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Winthrop University. She earned her MA in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University.
Since 2007, Lauri has served as the executive director of Gravatt Camp and Conference Center, a 270-acre nonprofit retreat center and summer camp located in Aiken, South Carolina. As executive director, she is the chief executive, financial, and operating officer for the organization. One of her favorite parts of working at Gravatt is when she is able to step out of her administrative role to work with student, church, and professional groups through challenge course activities, goal setting, and strategic planning.
To serve the needs of guests and staff, Lauri lives on-site at Gravatt with her new husband, her four children, and a small zoo of animals.
Rob Watson, Director of Camps & Conferences (Diocese of West Texas)
Rob is the Director of Camps and Conferences of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, where he oversees three programs and sites. Rob has been a camping professional since 1989 and currently serves as a Lead Visitor and Visitor Instructor for the ACA Texoma Section. He and his wife Shanna have 6 kids and live in Wimberley, Texas.