Meet Our Staff

Director
Scott D. Gilfillan – Ext. 301
sdgilfillan@charlottediocese.org

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. Deacon Scott is also available for spiritual direction for anyone who is interested.

Hospitality Manager
Kris Cordes – Ext. 303
kgcordes@catholicconference.org

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 taking all of her talents to the next level, overseeing the needs of the guests beyond ‘soup to nuts’ to helping individuals and groups plan and execute exceptional events and retreats.

Chef
Richie Desha – Ext. 304
rtdesha@catholicconference.org

Richie brings to the conference center wide range of experience in a variety of different careers. His passion, however, is preparing delicious meals for others to enjoy. He began his culinary career as head chef for an orphanage over twenty years ago, and since then hasn’t looked back. Prior to joining our team, Richie was catering for groups as small as 12 to groups over 300. With a huge heart to serve others and delight to do this by providing an exceptional dining experience, he is a perfect fit for the needs of our guests.

Team Leader
Frank Corsi – Ext. 300
ffcorsi@catholicconference.org

Frank has the perfect combination of skills and experience to help the center flourish. He unites his deep Catholic faith with a desire to serve. Throughout his career, he has acquired a wide range of electrical, carpentry, and maintenance skills. Frank can easily go from making sure an event is unfolding smoothly to working behind the scenes in to make sure the facilities are perfectly maintained. Between the two, Frank makes sure the guests have a great experience from the moment they set foot on the property to the moment they leave.