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

Mrs. Francis C. Aceto ’75

Fran Aceto 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. Fran 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.

Skip Allcorn

Mr. Frank W. “Skip” Allcorn IV

Skip Allcorn is the retired president and present co-owner of Coastal Construction Products and the former vice president of the Barnett Winston Company. After graduating from UGA, he went into the Navy, served a missile officer on a destroyer in Norfolk, and became an executive officer and navigator on an ocean-going salvage ship in Pearl Harbor. He has also served as president of San Marco Preservation Society, president of Sealant Engineering and Associated Lines, chairman of Jacksonville Young Life, chairman and co-founder of Echo-Cuba, chairman of Elevate Jacksonville, and a member on many other boards. Skip enjoys competitive sailing, hiking, serving as an elder at Westside Chapel, his grandchildren, and spending time in the North Carolina mountains. He and his wife, Peggy, live in Jacksonville, F.L.

Ann Ashley

Mrs. Ann K. Ashley

Ann Ashley is the founder of Laurel Branch bringing perspective in learning and leadership for her clients. After a 35-year career with Biltmore in Asheville, NC, this semi-retired executive is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations achieve their potential with excellence and balance through coaching, consulting, speaking, and training. She serves on several not-for-profit boards and is the chairman of the board for the North Carolina Business Committee on Education. She enjoys entertaining and outdoor activities with her husband, Matt, and her family in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

Ami Bobilya

Mrs. Amalia K. Bobilya ’99

Ami Bobilya serves as strategic sales executive for Quest Diagnostics in the southeast region. 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. Ami’s husband, Dana is a local businessman and 1999 alumnus of Montreat College, and they live in Black Mountain, N.C.

Joshua Boos

Mr. Joshua D. Boos

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

Tim Bugg is the president and CEO of Capstone Health Alliance. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the supply chain field, with more than 25 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

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. Joseph 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

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, Carl 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. Carl’s interests include traveling, collecting, historic preservation, golden retrievers, southern antiques, and boating.

Melissa Duarte

Mr. Michael Collie

Mike Collie established Collie Financial Planning, Inc., located in Asheville and Black Mountain, N.C., in 2005. He is passionate about combining competent and diligent investment management with purposeful life planning, giving families a path to achieving their goals and financial freedom. Mike and his wife, Randi, live in Montreat and are the proud parents of three young men. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and being outdoors. He and Randi attend Christ Community Church (EPC) in Montreat.

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Dr. Dixon C. Cunningham

Dixon Cunningham is the Emeritus Professor of Finance at Furman University. In the past, he served on the boards of Neighborhood Focus and Erskine College, and he currently serves on the boards of Miracle Hills Ministries; Palmetto Farms, Inc.; First Presbyterian Church Foundation; Palmetto Farms Foundation; and First Presbyterian Academy, Inc. Dixon 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

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, Clif 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 Fairhope, Ala. and their home on North Carolina Terrace, now enjoying the family’s 5th generation at Montreat.

Le Erwin

Mrs. Leila N. Erwin

Le Erwin is the former president of Morris Investment Company and is the retired owner of a boutique in Morganton, N.C., after thirty years in retail and forty years in real estate. She graduated from Salem College and worked at Montreat College from 1974 to 1976. She and her husband, Clark, live in Morganton, close to their four grown children and grandchildren; and they attend Faith Presbyterian Church.

Javier Garcia

Mr. Javier J. Garcia ’13

Javier Garcia is an alumnus of Montreat’s MBA program. He has over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, customer support and global business. He has worked for Eaton Corporation for over 22 years and currently serves as the manager of the project management organization. Prior to Eaton, he worked for IBM and the Coca-Cola Company. Javier serves as the United Way Chairperson at Eaton and as founding officer and Vice Preesident of Prospanica North Carolina. He and his wife, Maria, have been married for over 28 years; they have a daughter; and they attend St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Arden, N.C.

Jesse Gardner

Mr. Jesse M. Gardner ’02

Jesse Gardner 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. Jesse and his wife, Jessica, live in Black Mountain, N.C.

Bill George

Dr. William G. George

Bill George has served as head of school at Asheville Christian Academy since 1992. A native of Ohio, Dr. George received his BA in history from Cleveland State University, his MA in educational leadership from The Ohio State University, and his Ed.D. from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Bill and his wife, Lynn, live in Asheville, N.C. They have six children and twelve grandchildren. When he isn’t busy working as an educator, he is a volunteer guardian ad litem. He likes to hike, backpack, garden, research, and spend quality time with his family.

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Mr. Boyce R. Haigler

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. Boyce graduated from Wake Forest University. He spends most of his time at his home in Columbia, S.C., but also he also has a 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. Boyce has three children, Kimberly Hilton, Cameron Hartley, and Kyle Haigler.

Larry Harris

The Honorable Larry B. Harris

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 (HCA) (Board Chair), Mission Hospital (HCA), Mountaincare Inc., Buncombe County Audit Committee (Chair), and Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community (Treasurer). Larry is a native of Black Mountain, N.C., where he lives with his wife of over 41 years, Susan. Susan and Larry have two married sons, one of which is a Montreat College alumnus, and six grandsons.

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Mr. Mark E. Jordan

Mark Jordan is the Director of Sales for North American for the Pressure Management group. Previously, Mark 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 Homeowners Association of Sovereign Oaks. Mark and his wife, Cheryl, live in Asheville, N.C., where they are involved with their church, the Basilica of St. Lawrence. He also enjoys fly fishing, woodworking, and photography.

Kenneth Kramer

Mr. Kenneth W. Kramer

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 25 years of experience working in the retirement community industry. He also serves on the board of the YMCA and as a coach for the NC Leading Age Leadership Academy. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Old Fort, N.C., and have six children. They attend St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Swannanoa, N.C.

Jerry Lewis

Rev. Jerry Lewis

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. Jerry 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

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. Roger 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

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 (non-denominational), and he enjoys gardening, reading, and golf. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Arden, N.C.

David Simas

Mr. William E. Scheu

Bill Scheu is a commercial real estate lawyer at Rogers Towers, P. A. in Jacksonville, Fla. He has served on many governmental boards, task forces, and many non-profit boards. Bill 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.

Dr. Jeffrey J. Sich

Dr. Jeffrey J. Sich

Jeff Sich is associate professor emeritus of microbiology, immunology, and tropical medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He served as a faculty member or in administrative positions at several institutions of higher education and as chair of the undergraduate microbiology committee on the Board of Education and Training at the American Society for Microbiology. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in microbiology and molecular biology from the University of Cincinnati. He lives in Davidson, N.C., and has served the Evangelical Presbyterian Church as a ruling elder, college ministry committee member, choir member, and Sunday school teacher.

David Simas

Mr. David Simas

David Simas has been an employee benefit consultant with USI Insurance Services since 2003. He and his team assist Montreat College with its employee benefits program. Prior to USI, He worked for Marsh USA and CIGNA Healthcare. David and his wife, Caroline, have four children and reside in Charlotte, NC.

Larry L. Stringer

Mr. Larry L. Stringer ’77

Larry Stringer 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

Tom Widmer is a commissioner for the Town of Montreat. He retired as director of development for The Outreach Foundation, a global Presbyterian mission ministry, and he now serves on the Board. 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, called Nehemiah’s Workshop. He and his wife, Katie, live in Montreat and attend Christ Community Church (EPC).

Mr. Glenn W. Wilcox, Sr.

Mr. Glenn W. Wilcox, Sr.

Glenn Wilcox, Sr., is president and chairman of the commercial real estate company Tower Associates, chairman of Wilcox Travel Agency, and co-owner of the Blue Ridge Printing Company. He resides in Asheville and is a member and life 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 Foundation, Meredith College, Mars Hill College, Wingate College, and Western Carolina University Foundation. He enjoys golf and travel, and he has five children, 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Bob Wynne

Mr. Robert W. Wynne, III

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. Bob is a graduate of Davidson College and lives in Montreat, N.C.