Tim Blanks

Tim Blanks
Director of Operations

Tim came to the Texas Hill Country in 1995. His role at Laity Lodge is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Lodge. When he’s not cooking something up in the Canyon, Tim can likely be found on his bike.

Gate Davis

Gate Davis
Director of Program Operations

Gate is responsible for managing and coordinating all of the logistics and operational and promotional activities for Laity Lodge. He and his family reside in Boerne.

Ann Jack
Registrar and Group Liaison

Ann handles registration for all the retreats at Laity Lodge. If you have any questions about availability, the facilities, or special needs, Ann is the one to call. Before Ann and her family moved to Kerrville, she was the registrar for the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. Ann enjoys encouraging people to get away from their everyday worlds to retreat. Ann and her husband, Karl, live in a Hill Country stone cottage built in 1932. They have three grown children: Lee, Ben, and Laura.

Steven Purcell

Steven D. Purcell
Executive Director of Laity Lodge

Steven Purcell came to Texas in October 2006 by way of Seattle. From 1997-2002, he was the Director of Conferences and Retreats at Schloss Mittersill, in Mittersill, Austria. During those years, he gained an appreciation for schnitzel and cross-country skiing—two affections he rarely enjoys in Texas. His bio changed considerably after moving to Texas when he met and married Amy Hodge in August of 2008. In January of 2011, Ainsley was born into the family and has changed everything for the better. Steven enjoys travel, reading, music, food, friends, and maintaining the smallest garden in Texas.

Connie Taylor
Office Assistant and Hostess

Connie first came to Laity Lodge in 2003 as a hostess after her career with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. She presently wears two hats with the Foundation programs as a part-time Office Assistant in Kerrville and Hostess in the Canyon. Connie and her husband, Larry, reside in Bandera, Texas, with two sons, one daughter-in-law, and four wonderful grandchildren. Connie considers each day a gift from God meant to be enjoyed with family, friends, and service to others.