Board of Directors

Kyle Evans serves as Director of Operations & Strategic Initiatives for South Coast Commercial, a real estate investment and asset management firm in Atlanta, GA, where he is responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s corporate infrastructure and operating platforms. Prior to South Coast, he served as Business Development Manager with C.F. Evans Construction, a southeastern multi-family construction firm, and as Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, a global management consulting firm. Outside of work he is an avid runner, a musician, and a community volunteer. Kyle has been involved with Camp Discovery since 2011 and believes deeply in the organization’s mission to engage children and develop their self-awareness through meaningful interactions in the natural world. He earned undergraduate and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Virginia.

Cindy Nord is a dedicated philanthropist whose passions include children, family and animals. She is the founder of The Nurturing Center, a family-focused treatment center for child abuse and neglect since 1988 and she serves on the board of many organizations. Cindy earned her Ph.D. in Applied Child Psychology from Union Institute and University and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Oberlin College. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Columbia College. Cindy has published two books. “The Nickel Run”, which features her artwork that details her life growing up in a sexually abusive home from her perspective as a ten year old girl. Her most recent, “Scare and Dare on My Hopscotch Square”, is a collection of her poetry that she has worked on since 1972. By sharing her passions and beliefs through her books, Cindy hopes that anyone endeavoring to learn more about childhood abuse and its effect on families can use these books as a resource and inspiration. The mission of Camp Discovery fits with Cindy’s passion for the well-being of children and families, to which she has dedicated her life’s work. Cindy believes in the healing and restorative powers of nature and it is her desire to provide a place to encourage future generations, especially those in challenging circumstances, to explore themselves by exploring the outdoors.

Mary Douglass Smith is the Director of Experiential Education at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. She graduated from Presbyterian College in 2004 with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and from University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2008 with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. She still practices community pharmacy at Morgan's Pharmacy in Gilbert, SC and Eau Claire Cooperative Community Health Centers in Columbia, SC. She lives in Chapin with her husband (Stan) and two girls (Mimi - 4 years old and Penny - 1 year old). Mimi and Penny especially love attending the GNAT program! Mary Douglass is also a member of Junior League of Columbia and First Presbyterian Church, Columbia.

Tom Summerford and his family have been part of the Blythewood Community since 2006.  He graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Accounting and served as an Intelligence Officer and pilot in the U.S. Army.  His professional career was in marketing and marketing technologies in the insurance industry with a focus on future state systems and strategies for emerging technologies.  He is an active volunteer in the Richland Two school system; serves on the PTO board and School Improvement Council for middle and high schools in Blythewood; and received certification in the Leader in Me program being offered through many RSD2 schools.  He has a keen interest in how our future classrooms will be designed to accommodate overwhelming amounts of information and technology while maintaining a “whole” child approach to education.  Tom and wife Martie enjoy camping and a variety of outdoor activities with four children and first grandchild.

Malcolm Gordge is a mechanical engineer by profession, he worked for Spirax Sarco Ltd. 1964 until 1999 then relocated to S.C. to assist with start-up of the new Spirax Sarco Inc. plant based in Blythewood. He retired in 2008 but continues occasional engineering consultancy work. He is currently secretary of the Ashley Oaks Home Owners Association and also served on the Blythewood Planning Commission 2013-2015 and led the Commission in revising the Town’s long term Comprehensive plan. He was elected to Blythewood Town Council November 2015 and developed a strategy for prioritizing the objectives and implementation program for the Town’s Master Plan. He volunteered help with the reconstruction of the Corn Crib at Camp Discovery and also volunteers for the Adopt-a-Stream initiative at Camp Discovery, helping our environment and educating residents and businesses on the importance of keeping our waterways pollution-free.

Ephraim Ulmer is a managing partner at Godsey & Gibb Associates in Columbia. He has worked in the securities and investment management business since 1973.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Citadel, and graduated from the Law School at the University of South Carolina and the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, is a Past President and for the last six years has served as the Executive Director. Ephraim has been a Director of Palmetto Boys State since 1969 and is Chairman of the Board of the Friends of Palmetto Boys State Foundation. He is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Columbia and has served two terms as President of the congregational Council. Ephraim’s outside interests include alpine mountaineering, distance running, sea kayaking, backpacking and mountain biking

Jessie Williams is the Assistant Principal at Bethel-Hanberry Elementary in Blythewood.  His career began in Richland District One at A.C. Flora High School as an Instructional Assistant. He taught Middle School Social Studies at Alcorn Middle School.  In 1999, he joined Richland Two as a teacher at Joseph Keels Elementary teaching 3rd and 5th Grade before moving into administration as the Assistant Principal at Blythewood Academy.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and Master of Education degree in Educational Administration all from the University of South Carolina.  His future plans are to enroll in the Doctor of Education program.  Jessie married his high school sweetheart and they have one son. He is an ordained minister and member at Victorious Believers Ministries COGIC. Jessie finds Camp Discovery’s work and wide variety of services to be an exceptional resource for teachers and students. “It is my hope that the camp can expand our offerings, because it truly is a hidden gem that needs to be brought forth into the limelight to reach more and more students.”

To get involved with our Board of Directors, please contact us at (803) 754-2008.