Meet Our Staff

Scott D. Gilfillan – Ext. 301

Deacon Scott has a wide range of experience facilitating groups and leading retreats for parishes, RCIA programs, and deacon candidates. Ordained as a Catholic deacon in 2001, he later was appointed Director of Deacon Formation for the Diocese of Charlotte, guiding deacon candidates and their wives in discernment and formation. Drawing upon a diverse background in ministry, engineering, and general management, he is deploying a range of talents to follow his passion: providing a fertile ground for personal growth, renewal and conversion.

Business Office & Reservations
Kris Cordes – Ext. 303

Kris has enjoyed 35+ years of experience in the world of hotels, restaurants and catering. She has worked in all aspects of the hospitality industry from food sales to event planning and design to Executive Chef positions. Her greatest joy is the interaction with guests, successfully taking care of their needs, and creating lasting working relationships with them. For nearly 4 years, she has delighted in the position of Executive Chef at the Center and is now excited for the opportunity to take her years of accumulative experience to the front of the house as the Hospitality Manager.

Food Service Manager & Executive Chef
Matt Baldwin – Ext. 304

Chef Matthew Baldwin is a NC native, but has done extensive traveling in pursuit of improving his craft. He earned his degree in Culinary Arts in 2003 from Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC). Matthew set out for new horizons in order to hone his abilities, and found himself in Fairbanks, AK where he was exposed to a myriad of international cuisines, and eventually rose to prominence as the Chef de Cuisine of local favorite Lavelle’s Bistro. After several wonderful years in Alaska Matthew traveled back to the Southeast and settled in Savannah Ga, where he opened, operated and sold his own restaurant, as well as working as a private chef for several international Yacht Racing teams. Following a successful stint in Savannah Matthew and his family came back to NC and the beautiful city of Hickory. He is currently the Executive Chef the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory, NC

Guest Services
Ashley Dowdy – Ext. 300

Ashley is new to the area, having recently moved to NC with her husband and 15 year old son. She brings a variety of knowledge and experience to the Conference Center. Whether it involves fixing locks, hanging drywall, assisting the kitchen staff or helping guests, she is always ready to lend a helping hand. When not working at the center she can be found gardening or hiking trails with her family.