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Thomas Coleman, Director of Facilities and Environmental Stewardship

Thomas Coleman was a camper and is a longtime staff member at Gravatt, beginning in 1997 as a junior counselor. He has been a counselor, assistant ropes director, and ropes director for the camp. 

Thomas graduated from Appalachian State University in 2004 with a degree in Recreation Management and a concentration in Outdoor Experiential Education. He is Challenge Course Technician and First Aid Wilderness Responder certified, an Eagle Scout and a member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology. Thomas lives in Columbia with his beautiful wife Rebecca, but spends many overnights at Gravatt serving guest needs.

About his job Thomas says, “I enjoy working with and meeting new people,” and anyone who has met him knows this to be true. Thomas also says, “It is rewarding to see people overcome challenges and experience new things.”


Kara Dye, Director of Marketing and Development

Kara has a deep love for outdoor ministry and has worked in the camp/conference sector for her entire career. Serving as a camper, counselor, and leadership staff just wasn't enough for her.

After graduation from Appalachian State University with a Major in Public Relations and a minor in English, Kara entered the world of conference center management as Public Relations/Marketing Coordinator for NovusWay Ministries, a Lutheran camp organization with 4 sites across the southeast and based out of Asheville, NC. 

Kara has already fallen in love with Gravatt and the spirit of teamwork surrounding it and looks forward to the good work of changing lives through this beautiful place in the woods.


Ellen Grbic, Director of Administration

Ellen Grbic joined the Gravatt staff in July 2009. Ellen moved to Aiken from Florida. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. She is a member of Cedar Creek Church in Aiken, where she is an active Stephen’s Minister.

Hers will be the voice that answers when you call Gravatt. She will be happy to help you plan your visit or answer questions about our facility.


Christine Koutrakos, Associate Development Director

Gravatt found a place in the heart of Christine Tibshrany Koutrakos a long time ago. She has many ties to Gravatt. Gravatt helped shape Christine as she was a camper, counselor in training, junior counselor, counselor, and head counselor at summer camp. She was honored to receive the Outstanding Staffer of the Year Award in 1992. Christine also served at events on the conference side, including Happening Staff, Rector of #22, and Diocesan Youth Council. 

Christine graduated from Presbyterian College in 1996 with a degree in Special Education. She taught Special Education at the elementary and high school levels, being named 2001-2002 Teacher of the Year at Airport High School, before she chose to be full-time mother to her three sons, Phillip, Alexander, and Timothy. Christine is married to Jim Koutrakos, who has come to love Gravatt - enjoying adult events and watching his sons experience summer camp and events of their own.

Christine served on the Board of Trustees, was the volunteer chair of Under the Tent, and is always eager to support Gravatt. She is excited about her role at Gravatt, which allows her to share Gravatt with others and work to grow and improve all that Gravatt already is - the place in the woods that finds a place in your heart.


Beth Jones, Director of Camp and Program Development

Beth is from Lexington, South Carolina and has been attending Gravatt for as long as she can remember. While on summer staff she had the positions of counselor, Waterfront Director, and Assistant Director for Leadership Development. She became a full time staff member January of 2018 as the Director of Camp and Program Development.

Beth has a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of South Carolina in Human Resource Management and graduated in December of 2017.

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Scott McNeely, Executive Director

Scott McNeely grew up as a camper at Gravatt and has worked on the summer camp staff since 2002. He has served as a counselor, head counselor, assistant ropes director, program director, leadership director and assistant director. He won the Outstanding Staffer of the Year award in 2004, an award presented every summer by his Godfather, Archdeacon Fred Byrd.

Scott was raised in the small farming community of Tirzah, South Carolina just outside of Rock Hill. He graduated from Clemson University in 2005 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Religion. After graduation, Scott moved back to York County where he worked with Special Needs children for York School District One. In 2011 he accepted a permanent position at Gravatt, serving as the Camp Director. In 2015, he was promoted to Director of Operations. Scott served as the Acting Executive Director from May-June 2017, when he was named Executive Director.


Pat Millette, Dining Services Manager

Pat joined the Gravatt team in January 2016 after many years in food service with other organizations. She likes the family atmosphere at Gravatt. She loves making Italian dishes. A native of Rhode Island, Pat is married to Peter, has a daughter and a son, and loves her beautiful grandchild.


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Ruth Vitaliani, Assistant Dining Services Manager

Ruth has worn many different hats in her career life, but she must admit that her favorite is Gravatt. She loves helping to plan the events that go on here, and all the details associated with the planning and organization of an event centered around food. Our guests are really appreciative of the work and love that Pat and Ruth put into our food.


Gravatt's Board of Trustees

The Rev. William Brock, Chair – Columbia, SC
Jennifer Buck, Vice Chair – Columbia, SC
The Rev. Robert Byrne, Treasurer – Aiken, SC
The Rev. Dorian Del Priore – Columbia, SC
Meredith Blocker – Columbia, SC
Paul Gowder – Lexington, SC
Charlotte Hodge – Columbia, SC
Heath Stewart – Columbia, SC
The Rev. Jimmy Hartley, Bishop’s Designee - Columbia, SC Fletcher Spigner, Secretary - Columbia, SC
The Rt. Rev. Andrew Waldo - Columbia, SC
The Rev. Joseph Whitehurst - Aiken, SC