BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Karen Bickley and her husband, Jay Otterbacher, have called Blythewood their home since 1994. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Marketing and Insurance. Karen retired from Computer Sciences Corporation in 2004 as a Marketing Director in the Property and Casualty Insurance Division. She consulted as a Corporate Event Manager from 2004-2006. In 2006, she started volunteering at Becky’s Place of Lexington Medical Center, which ultimately led to a 14 year second career as a Certified Mastectomy Fitter. She received her Master Gardener designation from Clemson Extension and enjoys volunteering in the community. Karen and Jay love being outdoors, camping, hiking, golfing, and travel.
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.
Scott Ravan is the CFO of a commercial real estate development firm in Columbia, SC. He serves on both Senior Resources' and the South Carolina Tax Council's Board of Directors. Scott is a native South Carolinian and has 3 sons and 1 daughter. He enjoys cycling and pulling for the Gamecocks. Scott has a background in both law and accounting, having received his law degree from the University of South Carolina before becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Scott relayed that "Camp Discovery provides a much needed resource in a rapidly urbanizing area where students of all ages can come to learn about nature. I am thrilled to serve on the Board [of Trustees] to help promote this education in the hopes that future generations can see God's beauty and majesty all around us and work to preserve such for their children and those that follow."
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.
As a graduate of Spring Valley High School and the University of Georgia, Joy has been in the financial services business for over 42 years and, in August 2017, merged her independent practice with Anchor Investment Management, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm. She is a life-long Methodist, having served in various leadership capacities at Trinity and Trenholm Road United Methodist Churches. Active in the Blythewood Rotary Club, Joy has been named Rotarian of the Year twice. A life-long resident of Columbia, Joy is married to Bill Watkins, a retired engineer with SCANA. In addition to being outdoors, she enjoys working out, golf, cycling, reading, cooking, and gardening. Joy's adult children graduated from Blythewood High School. She and her husband volunteered several times at Camp Discovery and were impressed with the beautiful grounds, friendly staff, and mission of the camp.
Jessie Williams is the Assistant Principal at Pontiac Elementary School. 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 trustees, please contact us at (803) 754-2008.
Teddius D. Williams is a a 2007 graduate of Columbia High School and a 2012 graduate of Virginia College. He is a young, dedicated, trustworthy and enthusiastic young professional currently employed by Kraemer Women’s Care as the Director, HR & Operations. Teddius has worked in the healthcare industry since 2009 and spent 12 years at Prisma Health in various roles. He is a strong advocate for young professionals and enjoys giving back to the community in any possible way and inspiring youth. Teddius currently serves as a member of the Columbia Urban League Young Professionals Organization, Big Homie, Lil Homie Mentoring Program, SC Association of Medical Staff Services, and the National Association of Health Services Executives. In his spare time, Teddius speaks at local schools to students of all ages about career planning.