The Development Team

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.

Montreat Conference CenterSeth Hagler
Vice President for Development

A former resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Hagler most recently served as senior class officer at Tulane University. He holds a masters in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, and a bachelor of arts in religious studies from Eckerd College.  Hagler has deep ties to Montreat, having attended the Presbyterian Association of Musicians’ worship and music conferences over sixteen years and participated in Montreat youth conferences as a youth, back home leader, small group leader, and planning team member. Hagler also served as clerk of session at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans and served on that church’s long-range planning task force. “Seth has a broader knowledge of the PC(USA)’s gifts and challenges than do most people,” says Heath Rada, former moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Mountain Retreat Association board member. “I believe he understands the importance of balancing Montreat’s bonds with the PC(USA) with healthy ecumenical relationships.”

Montreat Conference CenterJulie Lehman
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.

Montreat Conference CenterJonsie Evans Moore
Director of Development Operations

Jonsie’s connection to Montreat goes back farther than she can remember. She is a third generation Cottager and second generation Summer Staffer. In addition to spending summer months and fall weekends in Montreat throughout her childhood, Jonsie worked as a Primaries Club Counselor during college and still keeps in touch with many of her former “Clubbies.” She is thrilled to be back in the valley and once again a Montreat staff member. In her role as director of Development Operations, Jonsie manages the internal operations of the office, coordinates development publications, and directs grant activities. Prior to coming to work for the conference center, Jonsie served as director of Alumni Relations at Charlotte Country Day School, in Charlotte, NC, where she designed, implemented, and developed a comprehensive alumni relations program. She also collaborated with administrators and faculty/staff to connect the broad community with the student experience and campus life. Jonsie is excited to apply her diverse experience in fundraising, marketing, and events to foster deeper engagement with and investment in the mission of Montreat Conference Center. Jonsie earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She has lived all around the country, from Jackson, WY, to New York City, to Charleston, SC, and most recently in her hometown of Charlotte. She and her husband, John, whom she met through a lifelong Montreat friend, currently live in Montreat with their two dogs, Dixie and Tilly.

Martha Todd Sloan
Director of Donor Engagement


Martha Todd Sloan is very excited to be serving on the development staff as director of donor engagement. In this new role, she will coordinate all volunteer activities and events, and will be the primary staff member for many of our long-standing traditions, including Patrons and Candlelight Dinner. A familiar face in the valley for many years, Martha first came to Montreat with her father, Wayne Todd, a former MRA board member and PC(USA) pastor. During high school, she attended youth conferences and she later served on the summer staff, where she met her husband Ross. Martha and Ross were married in Gaither Chapel, and now have two children, both of whom have been involved in Clubs, conferences, and on summer staff. Martha graduated from Duke University with a BA in Philosophy and from Western Carolina University with an M.A.Ed. in School Counseling. Prior to coming to work for the conference center, Martha spent many years in public education as both a high school and, more recently, elementary school counselor. Martha is thrilled to be coming to work every day in a place she loves with a great team of colleagues!

Montreat Conference CenterChloe Duncan
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.

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