Richard DuBose, President
Richard DuBose is a graduate of Davidson College and has served on the MRA Board of Directors since 2012. He came to Montreat Conference Center after serving as the Chief Development Officer of Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. Under his leadership, fundraising revenue grew from $16.7 million to $21.8 million in just three years. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Columbia Theological Seminary, where he led a successful campaign that raised more than $70 million for capital and program development, doubled the size of the seminary’s annual fund, and significantly increased the number of individual and alumni donors. He also served as Campaign Director at Coxe, Curry, and Associates, a company that helps raise money for non-profits, and as the Director of Development at Atlanta International School. Richard, the son and grandson of Presbyterian ministers, has been coming to Montreat throughout his life and participated in the Clubs program as a child. As a college student, he worked as a counselor in the Clubs program, at the Historical Foundation, and at the skating rink. His spouse, Jeannie Cochran DuBose, a graduate of Vanderbuilt University, currently serves as the Director of Spiritual Formation at Trinity Presbyterian Church, and is an ordained Elder. She is also a well-known author, keynote speaker, and retreat leader. They are the proud parents of three children: daughter, Kirby, a junior at Tulane University; son, John, a high school senior; and son, Will, an 8th grader.
Richard Sills, Chief Financial Officer
Richard Sills is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He holds a North Carolina Certified Public Accountant License and is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Also active within the community, Richard currently serves as Secretary on the Eliada Homes, Inc. Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Self-Help Credit Union Asheville Advisory Board. He has provided his services to other agencies and organizations, as well, including RiverLink, WCQS Public Radio, the Arts Alliance, and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for the Business Office and provides support for the Audit, Stewardship, and Investment Committees.
Seth 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.”
Carol Steele, Vice President of Program
Carol Steele grew up in rural Virginia and graduated from Davidson College with a degree in Art History in 1996. She worked on Capitol Hill for a series of House Representatives culminating in a stint with Representative Ted Strickland serving the Sixth Congressional District of Ohio, a rural, coal-mining section of Appalachia. While in D.C. On the Hill, Carol focused on domestic policy issues, including heath care and education. Carol and future husband Dwight were ordained as deacons at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. In September 2000 they married and in September 2001 they entered seminary at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Carol and Dwight moved to Black Mountain in 2005 when Carol began work at Montreat.
Tanner Pickett, Vice President for Sales, Marketing and Communications
Tanner Pickett grew up in Camden, AR where he attended First Presbyterian Church and attended Montreat Youth Conferences. He received his BA in Psychology from Lyon College, a Presbyterian affiliated college in Batesville, AR and earned a Masters in Public Administration from Arkansas State University. He has held a successful career in healthcare management and has served as Chief Operating Officer since 2009 for Ascent Children’s Health Services, a company serving children with special needs and behavioral disorders. His previous posts have included Director, Director of Administration and Marketing/Customer Service Director. Tanner has worked to create and revitalize sales teams in different settings and has led teams through times of significant change. He has done work with the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), the Arkansas Sheriff’s Boys and Girls Ranch and other charitable organizations.
Mike Morse, Vice President for Hospitality and Facilities
Mike Morse’s hospitality career spans 35 years. He came to Montreat in April of 2005, from Rome, Georgia, where he was general manager of a successful Holiday Inn. Over the years, Mike has participated in conferences at Montreat which have given him a valuable depth of understanding for the conference center. When asked about his vision for Montreat, he expresses a commitment to honoring the traditions, vision, and dedicated leadership that continue to guide the conference center. “Our goal,” he says, “will be to exceed expectations at every level of service.” Mike attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. He is also a graduate of Holiday Inn University, Food and Beverage School, Innkeepers’ School, and is a Certified Hotel Administrator. Before moving to Montreat, Mike was a member of Silver Creek Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek, GA, where he served as an Elder, co-treasurer, and budget director. Currently, he is a member of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.