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.
Kyle Evans is a Partner & Chief Operating Officer for South Coast Commercial, LLC, a real estate investment and asset management firm in Atlanta, GA. 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. He serves on Georgia State University's Real Estate Honorary Board and Clemson University's Advancement Board for Real Estate Development. He holds an M.R.E.D. from Clemson university, as well as an M.B.A. and a B.A. in English and Economics from the University of Virginia. He enjoys running, music, and volunteering in the community.
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 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.”
Sharon Watson is a Sr. Data Analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys spending time with her daughter, discovering new places to explore in and out of the state, listening to music and enjoying life to the fullest. Sharon can be reached at Caroline.firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
Dana Cicchinelli is originally from Seattle, Washington and moved to Columbia in 2003. After adapting, she began working at the Columbia YMCA and has been there for 11 years now. She spent 10 years as the Youth Development Director at the Jeep Rogers YMCA. The last year has been spent in Systems at the Association Office. She is also on the board of Dance Theatre of Columbia, encouraging the love of dance. She is excited to be a part of Camp Discovery and helping others see what an amazing location it is and the wonderful programs it has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys spending as much time with her daughter before she goes off to college, as well as with her amazing friends and family.
Denise Quickel is the Principal at Windsor Elementary School. She began her career teaching Spanish in Lexington School District One. After 15 years of classroom experience, she continued her educational career as an Assistant Principal in Lexington District Four and then joined the Richland District Two team in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and an Interdisciplinary Masters of Arts degree in Spanish and Education. In addition, she also has a Masters of Arts in Education Administration, all from the University of South Carolina. Ms. Quickel enjoys her family time with her husband, R.D., and two children, Laney and Jackson. They enjoy outdoor activities and joined the Camp Discovery board to promote the program and facilities the camp has to offer for the community. This is an outstanding “gift” to the community and is rich with learning experiences to extend student learning. Through this partnership, Ms. Quickel hopes to engage
in the continuous cycle of reflection and growth of current practices
To get involved with our Board of trustees, please contact us at (803) 754-2008.