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About Our Board

Chanco on the James is a 501(c)(3) organization that is managed by a volunteer board of directors under the guidance and leadership of the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, the Rt. Rev. Susan B. Haynes.

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About Our Board Members

The Chanco Board of Directors is made up of clergy and lay persons and we strive to represent all convocations in the Diocese. All board members are members in good standing of an Episcopal church in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. The Board President reports directly to the Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia.

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Join Our Board of Directors

If you are someone who cares deeply for Chanco’s ministry and its future growth and success, then serving on the Chanco Board of Directors could be your calling.

Completed applications may be emailed to Executive Director Gareth Kalfas at [email protected]. 

What we look for

The Chanco Board specifically strives to have members with expertise in finance, accounting, fundraising, personnel, and property.


How our process works

Applications are vetted through the board and then sent to the Bishop for approval. Board terms are three years in length and a board member may serve two consecutive terms before a mandatory year off.


How we decide

New board member applications are generally solicited and accepted from September – November of the calendar year with new board members beginning in January.


Begin Your Application Here

Serving on the Chanco Board is one simple but very important way you can give back to Chanco and make a difference in Chanco’s future. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this important adult and youth ministry of our diocese!


Meet Our Current Board

Our board members all have distinct connections to Chanco whether through the camp programs as a camper or having children who were campers, the Happening program, the Cursillo program, and EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) retreat programs among many other Chanco connections.

Chanco Board of Directors


The Rt. Rev. Susan B. Haynes
Bishop & Member of the Corporation
Diocese of Southern Virginia

Gareth Kalfas
Executive Director
Chanco on the James


Mallory Copeland Butler
Finance Committee
Christ & St. Lukes, Norfolk

Jennifer Cheney
Property Committee
Christ & St. Lukes, Norfolk

Sarah “Sally” Cox
Communications & Development Chair
Eastern Shore Chapel, VA Beach

The Very Rev. Dr. Keith Emerson
Program Committee
St. Pauls Church

Ann “Parkie” Rice
Program Committee
St. Johns, Hampton



Nick Braun
Property Committee
Woodlake Methodist/Wilderness Warriors

The Rev. Gini DiStanislao
Vice President, Finance Committee
Manakin Episcopal Church

The Very Rev. Susan Grimm
Finance Committee
St. Timothy’s Clarksville & Trinity, South Boston

Nathan Hoyt
Program Committee

Helen Sharpe-Williams
Program Committee

Susan Summerlin
Secretary; Program Committee Chair
Emmanuel, Virginia Beach


Chuck Alley 
Property Committee Chair

Peter Lowry
Property Committee
Christ Church, Smithfield

Chuck Marks
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
St. Aidan’s, Virginia Beach

Brenna Miller
Program Committee
Bayside Presbyterian Church

The Rev. Melody Perdue
Program Committee
Eastern Shore Chapel, VA Beach

Pam Pringle
St. Johns, Hampton

Contact Us


Chanco on the James
394 Floods Drive
Spring Grove, Virginia 23881

(888) 724-2626
[email protected]