President’s Advisory Council

The President’s Advisory Council is a group of business, ministry, and civic leaders who come alongside Montreat College in an advisory role as we seek to be a leader in Christ-centered higher education regionally, nationally, and internationally.

2020 President’s Advisory Council Members

Fran Aceto

Ms. Francis C. Aceto ’75

Ms. Fran Aceto (’75) is a legal assistant for the Aceto Law Office, her husband Steve’s law firm. She has worked in Montreat College’s Admissions Office and Alumni Office, and she has served on the college’s Board of Trustees and the Alumni Leadership Council. Ms. Aceto and her husband live in Montreat. She has served on the July 4th Montreat Parade Committee for more than 20 years and served on the board of the Buncombe County Schools Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling.

Ann Ashley

Ms. Ann K. Ashley

Ms. Ann Ashley serves as Vice President of Talent and Organizational Development for The Biltmore Company. For over 30 years, she has watched Biltmore Estate grow from a small, family-owned business to a major attraction with over 2,300 employees and over 1.5 million visitors annually. She enjoys entertaining and outdoor activities with her husband, Matt, and her family in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

Ami Bobilya

Ms. Amalia K. Bobilya ’99

Ms. Ami Bobilya (’99) serves as sales director for Quest Diagnostics in Black Mountain, N.C. She graduated from Montreat College in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in human services and a minor in business. Her professional background is in sales and management, and she has served as a member of the Montreat College Alumni Leadership Council. Ms. Bobilya’s husband, Dana is a local businessman and 1999 alumnus of Montreat College. They currently live in Black Mountain, N.C.

Joshua Boos

Mr. Joshua D. Boos

Mr. Joshua Boos is an entrepreneur based in Dallas, Texas. He is the founding partner of Steel Stone Holdings, an e-commerce and logistics company. Joshua earned his bachelor’s in business administration from Sterling College, where he was awarded the Young Alumni Award in 2015. He is involved in student ministries at his home church in Plano, Texas.

Timothy Bugg

Mr. Timothy K. Bugg ’07

Mr. Tim Bugg (’07) is the president and CEO of Capstone Health Alliance. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the supply chain field, with more than 20 years in healthcare. He graduated from Montreat College in 2007 and is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Executives, the HSCA Board of Directors, and the IDN Summit Advisory Board. Mr. Bugg also serves with the local chapter of the United Way, Vistage CEO Group, and is the founder and president of the girls’ fastpitch organization, WNC Extreme. He and his wife, Linda, have two children and currently live in Fletcher, N.C., and attend Biltmore Church.

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Mr. Joseph Caldwell

Mr. Joseph Caldwell is founder and CEO of Consolidated Assurance, a life insurance agency dedicated to serving the brave men and women who make up our nation’s first responders. He has over 15 years of finance and sales experience and is passionate about igniting advancement and helping others break through self-imposed limitations to be a part of something greater than themselves. Mr. Caldwell and his wife, Kim, live in Greenville, S.C. They are also avid travelers and sports enthusiasts.

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Mr. Carl I. Carlson, IV

Mr. Carl Carlson serves as a managing partner of CICIV Holdings, LLC. Residing on the board of Piedmont Financial Trust Company, Richardson Corporation, and the Charleston School of Law Foundation, Mr. Carlson also serves on the audit committee for three additional companies: Piedmont Associates, Piedmont Southeastern, and Piedmont Harbor. In addition, he is licensed to practice law after having graduated with his doctorate, magma cum laude, from the Charleston School of Law. Mr. Carlson’s interests include traveling, collecting, historic preservation, golden retrievers, southern antiques, and boating.

Melissa Duarte

Mr. Michael Collie

Mr. Mike Collie established Collie Financial Planning, Inc., located in Asheville, N.C., in 2005. He is passionate about combining competent and diligent financial planning with purposeful life planning, giving families a path to achieving financial freedom. Mr. Collie and his wife, Randi, live in Montreat, N.C. He volunteers in various roles at Asheville Christian Academy, attends Christ Community Church (EPC) in Montreat, and is involved in coaching his sons’ sports teams.

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Dr. Dixon C. Cunningham

Dr. Dixon Cunningham is the Emeritus Professor of Finance at Furman University. In the past he served on the boards of Neighborhood Farms and Erskine College, and currently resides on the SC Medical Malpractice Board, and the boards of Miracle Hills Ministries; Palmetto Farms, Inc.; First Presbyterian Church Foundation; Palmetto Farms Foundation; and First Presbyterian Academy, Inc. Dr. Cunningham earned his Doctorate at the University of Virginia and lives with his wife, Eudora, in Greenville, S.C. His hobbies include farming, yard work, walking, reading, and investing.

Clif Davis

Mr. L. Cliford Davis

Mr. Clif Davis serves as Director of the Alumni Leaders’ Advocacy Network for the Higher Education Partnership in Montgomery, Ala. In this role he works with alumni offices of Alabama public universities to advocate the value of Alabama higher education. In 2015, Mr. Davis retired from alumni affairs at the University of Alabama, having served nearly 30 years in various management capacity’s including directing the UA alumni database, alumni scholarships, and legislative advocacy. He and his wife, Mary Ford (Dennis), divide their time between Tuscaloosa, Ala. and their home on North Carolina Terrace, now enjoying the family’s 5th generation at Montreat.

Le Erwin

Ms. Leila N. Erwin

Ms. Le Erwin is the president of Morris Investment and is the retired owner of a boutique in Morganton, N.C. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Salem College and worked at Montreat College from 1974 to 1976. She and her husband, Clark, attend Faith Presbyterian Church of Morganton. When they are not busy in their community, they enjoy their grandchildren and exploring the mountains.

Javier Garcia

Mr. Javier J. Garcia ’13

Mr. Javier Garcia (‘13) is a Global Manager for Eaton Corporation and a 2013 alumnus of Montreat’s MBA program. He serves as the United Way Chairperson at Eaton, as founding officer of Prospanica North Carolina, and in his church’s community food program where he and his wife help to provide free breakfast on Saturdays through the Welcome Table Initiative. He enjoys spending his summers working with Habitat for Humanity where he has had the privilege of participating in building multiple homes for families in the area. He has been married for 27 years to Maria, and together they have a 24-year-old daughter named Pamela.

Jesse Gardner

Mr. Jesse M. Gardner ’02

Mr. Jesse Gardner (’02) is a senior project engineer with Civil Design Concepts. After completing his bachelor’s in mathematics from Montreat College, he earned his master’s in engineering at North Carolina State University. He is skilled in road design, utility infrastructure design, grading, storm water management, flood modeling/permitting, and water and sewer pumping stations. Mr. Gardner and his wife, Jessica, live in Black Mountain, N.C.

Bill George

Dr. William G. George

Dr. Bill George has served as head of school at Asheville Christian Academy since 1992. A native of Ohio, Dr. George received his bachelor’s in classical and medieval studies from Cleveland State University, his master’s in educational leadership from Ohio State University, and his Ph.D. in education from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Dr. George and his wife, Lynn, live in Asheville, N.C. They have six children. When he isn’t busy working as an educator, he likes to hike, backpack, garden, research, and spend quality time with his family.

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Mr. Boyce R. Haigler

Mr. Boyce Haigler is the former CEO of Contract Interiors, and he is a current principal and managing partner with Market Center I, LLC, a real estate developing firm. He is also the former chairman of the Board of Trustees for Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia, S.C. Mr. Haigler currently splits his time between his home in Columbia, S.C., and his home in Black Mountain, N.C. He is a member of Christ Community Church. His late wife, Polly, served as a trustee for the College. Mr. Haigler has three children, Kimberly Hilton, Cameron Hartley, and Kyle Haigler.

Larry Harris

The Honorable Larry B. Harris

Mr. Larry Harris is a CPA and CFP at Parsec Financial in Asheville, N.C. He serves as mayor for the Town of Black Mountain and on several nonprofit boards in Buncombe County, including The North Carolina Arboretum, CarePartners Health Services, Inc. (Board Chair), and Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community (Treasurer). Mr. Harris is a native of Black Mountain, N.C., where he still lives with his wife, Susan. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, walking, and reading.

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Mr. Mark E. Jordan

Mr. Mark Jordan is the Industry Director of Oil & Gas and Power at Emerson Automation Solutions. Previously, Mr. Jordan also served both as the President of the ABYSA soccer association board, and as a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Buncombe County for two years. He is currently the President of the Home Owners Association of Sovereign Oaks. Mr. Jordan and his wife, Cheryl, live in Black Mountain and are involved with their church, the Basilica of St. Lawrence, in Asheville, N.C. He also enjoys fly fishing, woodworking, and photography.

Kenneth Kramer

Mr. Kenneth W. Kramer

Mr. Ken Kramer is the executive director of Givens Highland Farms in Black Mountain, N.C. He has served as executive director since 2015 and has over 20 years of experience working in the retirement community industry. He also serves on the board of the YMCA and as a Boy Scouts volunteer. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Old Fort, N.C., and have six children. They attend St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Arden, N.C.

Jerry Lewis

Rev. Jerry Lewis

Rev. Jerry Lewis is lead pastor at Grace Community Church in Marion, N.C. He has a passion for seeing people come to know Christ and helping them grow in His ways. Rev. Lewis earned his bachelor’s in Spanish from Wofford College, his master’s in student counseling and personnel services from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Old Fort, N.C.

Roger Oxendale

Mr. Roger A. Oxendale

Mr. Roger Oxendale is the recently retired president and CEO of the Covenant Ministries of Benevolence in Chicago, Ill. He has also served as the founding president of Nemours Children’s Hospital, senior vice president for Nemours Foundation, CEO of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, president of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, and senior consultant for strategic partnerships at MAHEC. Mr. Oxendale currently serves on the Covenant Trust Company board and as the chair of the Blood Science Foundation board, a research fund raising subsidiary of Vitalant, and he has served on several other boards in the past. He and his wife, Diane, reside in Nebo, N.C.

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Mr. Robby Russell

Mr. Robby Russell is a senior vice president of commercial lending at First National Bank of Pennsylvania in Biltmore Park, South Asheville. He serves on the boards of UNC-Asheville, the YMCA of Western North Carolina, and the Western Carolina Rescue Mission. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNC Charlotte and a CFP from Queens University. He attends The Lord’s Church of Asheville, and he enjoys gardening, reading, and golf. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Arden, N.C.

David Simas

Mr. William E. Scheu

Mr. Bill Scheu is a commercial real estate lawyer at Rogers Towers, P. A. in Jacksonville, Fla. He has served on many governmental boards and task forces and also on many non-profit boards. Mr. Scheu was the chair of the Board of Trustees of Columbia Theological Seminary (2007-2014) and was elected interim president in 2014. He and his wife, Peggy, moved to Montreat in January 2018 after being Montreat cottagers for many years. They have previously served on the Board of Visitors at Montreat College.

David Simas

Mr. David Simas

Mr. David Simas has been vice president with Wells Fargo Insurance Services since 2008. He and his team assist Montreat College with its employee benefits program. Prior to Wells Fargo, Mr. Simas worked for Marsh USA and CIGNA Healthcare. Immediately following his undergraduate studies, he worked as a leadership consultant for Pi Kappa Phi National Fraternity. He and his wife, Caroline, reside in Charlotte, N.C.

Larry L. Stringer

Mr. Larry L. Stringer ’77

Mr. Larry Stringer (’77) is the owner of Cornerstone Financial Strategies in Hendersonville, N.C. He earned his associate degree from Montreat College before going on to complete his bachelor’s at Mars Hill University. He and his wife, Kathy, attend Boiling Springs First Baptist Church in Boiling Springs, S.C. She is also an alumna of Montreat College. They have three children.

Thomas G. Widmer

The Honorable Thomas G. Widmer

Mr. Tom Widmer is a commissioner for the town of Montreat and recently retired as director of development for the Outreach Foundation. He also spent many years in the health care industry. He is co-chair of the United Way Allocations Committee and formed the Woodworking Ministry for underprivileged youth. He has formerly served on the board of Urban Hope and the Chattanooga Youth Network. He and his wife, Katie, live in Montreat and attend Christ Community Church (EPC).

Mr. Glenn W. Wilcox, Sr.

Mr. Glenn W. Wilcox, Sr.

Mr. Glenn Wilcox is president and chairman of the commercial real estate company Tower Associates, chairman and CEO of Wilcox Travel Agency, and chairman of the Blue Ridge Printing Company. He resides in Asheville and is a member and deacon at Asheville’s First Baptist Church. He is the former chair of the Board of Trustees for Appalachian State University and has served on many other boards, including Gerald Mann Ministries, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Meredith College, Mars Hill College, Wingate College, and Western Carolina University. He enjoys golf and travel, and he has five children, 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Bob Wynne

Mr. Robert W. Wynne, III

Mr. Bob Wynne is president emeritus of Brown-Wynne Funeral Homes based out of Raleigh, N.C. He has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Montreat College and as a member of the Board of Visitors. He is also a former member of the N.C. House of Representatives and N.C. Senate, a former chairman of the Board of Visitors and trustee of Peace College in Raleigh, former chairman of Enterprise Bank in Raleigh, and former president of Building Together Ministries and the Raleigh Jaycees. Mr. Wynne is a graduate of Davidson College and lives in Montreat, N.C.