The Development Foundation Board (DFB) in an elected board whose purpose is to advance Montreat Conference Center’s endowment in order to sustain our mission, enhance programs, and ensure long-term financial stability. Specifically, the DFB works with the President, Chief Financial Officer, and Office of Development to solicit contributions for, inform investment of, and safeguard endowment funds.

The Development Foundation Board meets at least twice a year in Montreat. Members serve a three-year term and are eligible for subsequent terms. If you are a current member, access the document portal here.

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee is a sub-group of the Development Foundation Board and is responsible for the investment of endowment funds, as well as other funds or assets entrusted to the DFB by the conference center.

To learn more about the DFB or the Investment Committee, contact Seth Hagler, Vice President for Development: 828.419.9803  |

Development Foundation Board Members

Class of 2024

Julie Phelps Bacon
Charlotte, NC

Morrow Bailey
Knoxville, TN

Matthew Gilliland
Roanoke, VA

Linda Hobson
Montreat, NC

Margaret Legerton
New York, NY

Chip Legerton
Mount Pleasant, SC - Chair

AJ Mealor
Tallahassee, FL

Katherine Mealor
Tallahassee, FL

Ginny Newell
Columbia, SC

Margo K. Smith
Montreat, NC

Bill Straughan
Black Mountain, NC

Knox Walkup
Nashville, TN

Class of 2025

Bob Brearley
Columbia, SC

David Evans
Atlanta, GA - Vice-Chair

Allan Hightower
Montreat, NC

Lolly Hightower
Montreat, NC

Mary Hill
Alexandria, VA

W. Brinkley Melvin
Montreat, NC

Peggy Scheu
Montreat, NC

Julia Sibley-Jones
Greenville, SC - Treasurer

Class of 2026

Lee Ann Bannerman
Swannanoa, NC

Dan Boyd
Gastonia, NC

H. Boyd Brown
Greenville, SC

Jim Cohen
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dan Dean
Montreat, NC

Kitty Fouche
Montreat, NC

Ben Galloway
Rock Hill, SC

Jasper Gilbert
Swannanoa, NC

Lynn Gilliland
Montreat, NC

Keith Love
Asheville, NC

Alec Peters
Raleigh, NC

Sarah Peters
Raleigh, NC

Sara Scarborough
Montreat, NC

Bill Scheu
Montreat, NC