Charitable giving to Montreat helps make good programs and hospitality into life-changing Montreat experiences. From May 1 – April 30, Montreat’s Development Team works with Montreat supporters to help ensure the success of this powerful ministry. Please stop by the Development Office in Freeland Hall or contact any staff member.
Vice President for Development
Lynn Gilliland joined the Montreat Conference Center in February 2012. She grew up in Martinsville, VA and spent many summers in Montreat with her Currie cousins. Lynn is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, NC where she was a Morehead Fellow. She has served as a ruling elder at First Presbyterian in Greenwood, SC and at Covenant Presbyterian in Staunton, VA and is now a member of Montreat Presbyterian Church. After 11 years at Mary Baldwin in Alumnae, Development, and Student Life, Lynn and her family feel blessed to come home to Montreat! She is passionate about Montreat and its ministry and grateful to serve the church in this capacity. Bill, her husband, is an Action Coach and they have two sons, Mac, a 2012 Davidson graduate who is now at UNC-Chapel Hill pursuing a PhD in Chemistry, and Matthew, a senior at Davidson College.
Director of Montreat Fund and Major Gifts
Julie Lehman has been coming to Montreat Conference Center for youth conferences and church retreats since 1992, when she and husband, Rev. Michael Poulos, began youth ministry. A graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and Davidson College, Julie served ten years as Director of Development and Church Relations at Warren Wilson College and for a time was coordinator for Presbyterians for Earth Care. Julie is currently vice chair of the alumni board of Columbia Seminary and chair of the board of Mountain True, a regional organization working to protect the natural environment of Western NC. She is married to Rev. Michael Poulos, pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, and enjoys spending time with her two growing children and two dogs at their home in East Asheville.
Director of Development Operations
John grew up in the summers at his family’s Montreat home on West Virginia Terrace. As a child, he went to Clubs, attended Worship & Music and Youth Conferences. His first job at the age of 14 was a dishwasher at the William Black Lodge and Assembly Inn. He went to St. Andrews Presbyterian College prior to attending Winthrop University where he received a degree in communications. John worked on the presidential political campaign in 2004 following college. After the campaign, he went to work for Duvall Investment Group in Charlotte, NC. He and his family moved to the area in 2011. When not working within the Montreat gate, you may see John around Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, as a member of the Evangelism Ministry Committee, working with the LOGOS kids on Wednesdays, or ushering. He is also currently serving as a ruling Elder.
Volunteer Outreach Coordinator
Alison joined the Montreat Development team in September of 2013 as the Outreach Coordinator, primarily working with the Campaign and Business Patrons. Alison is thrilled to now be working with volunteers as part of her job duties. Alison grew up in Hickory, NC and moved to Black Mountain in 2003. She graduated from Presbyterian College with a double major in Christian Education and Psychology. Alison completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Georgia and has worked in that field the past 19 years. Alison is very active at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, and has had many volunteer roles there, particularly in the area of Christian Education. She lives in Black Mountain with her husband, Andy, and three children: Drew, age 15, Anna, age 13, and Ava, age 10. She has made many wonderful memories with her family at Robert Lake Park and on the hiking trails.
Donor Records Coordinator
Chloe Duncan joined the Development staff in 2005 after previously working in a similar position at Montreat College for 14 years. She is a native of Black Mountain with many ties to Montreat. While growing up, her father was manager of the Montreat Store and her mom was the administrative assistant at the Historical Foundation. Chloe worked on the conference center summer staff in high school and college, and her first full time job was Reservation Clerk at Assembly Inn. She is a graduate of Montreat College and Appalachian State University. She, her husband David, and dog live in Swannanoa. Chloe feels blessed to work at the conference center and be part of such an important ministry.