Board of Directors
Lynn Blaylock is the Assistant Vice President/Store Manager for TD Bank N.A and has over 30 years of banking experience in the Columbia area. Her community involvement includes working with at-risk youth to provide personal financial literacy as well as adults through Richland School District Two’s W R Rogers Adult, Continuing and Technology Education Center. She attended Georgia Southern College and Columbia Junior College working towards an Associate's Degree in Retail Management. Lynne lives in the Northeast Columbia area and is married to Dennis Blaylock with one son (Cameron).
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.
Michelle Klett is the Legal Recruiting and Development Coordinator at Nelson Mullins law firm, where she has worked for over 20 years. When she is not busy scouting legal talent, Michelle tries to keep up with her four children. She is a graduate of the Darla Moore School of Business at USC, and enjoys international travel and life on Lake Murray. Michelle is committed to supporting and developing the programs offered by Camp Discovery in her home town of Blythewood, and delighted to serve on its Board of Trustees.
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.
Mike Switzer is producer and radio host for SCETV’s SC Business Update. After almost 20 years, Mike retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager and became an owner and operator of a Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. In 2009, Mike and his wife, Maggie, constructed their “green” home in Blythewood, SC which was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the US Green Building Council. In 2011, Mike co-founded Voterheads, a voter education/citizen participation technology company where he serves on its board of directors. He is also past chair of both the Town of Blythewood Planning Commission and the board of the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce.
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) 238-9470.