Ami Bobilya ’99, Alumni Board Member
Amalia (Ami) Wappes Bobilya graduated from Montreat College 1999 with a degree in Human Services and a minor in Business. Her professional background is in sales and management. She recently took a job with Quest Diagnostics as a physician account executive. She has served as a member of the Montreat College Alumni Board for the past two years. Ami is married to Dana Bobilya a local business man and an alum from the class of 1999. Ami and Dana have two children and currently reside in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
Dr. Patrick Connelly is associate professor of history, director of the Honors Program, and chair of the Social Sciences Department at Montreat College. He has been part of the Montreat community since 2007. He earned a Ph.D. in History from Emory University, an M.Div. and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary-Orlando, and a B.A. in History from the University of South Carolina. Patrick is married to Julia Connelly and they are the proud parents of twin boys Sam and Eli and their little brother Ezra.
Polly Haigler, Trustee
Dr. Polly C. Haigler is a retired Associate Professor of the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina. Polly and her husband, Boyce, live in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and are active attendees at Christ Community Church. Polly also serves on the Carolina’s Health Ministries Partnership Board and the Baptist Medical Dental Fellowship Board.
George Logan, Trustee
Pastor George K. Logan is a native of Black Mountain, North Carolina, graduated from high school there in 1982. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986. While at Chapel Hill, George participated in Army ROTC and was later commissioned into the U.S. Army as a chemical corp officer. After fulfilling his military training, George sensed God’s call to ministry and decided to attend Ministry School in Los Angeles, California, at Crenshaw Christian Center Ministry Training Institute, he graduated from the program in 1992. While in Los Angeles, George was actively involved in New Life for Old Prison Ministry. Pastor Logan now resides in Morganton, North Carolina, where he founded New Day Christian Church in 1994. He is very involved with his community serving on a variety of boards as well as coaching and mentoring youth. He is married to Kim and they have four children (Gabriel, Katie, Michael, and Joel).
Carlie Merson ’14
Carlie Merson is a senior majoring in Bible and Religion at Montreat College. Growing up in Maryland, she has since resided in North Carolina for the past four years while earning her undergraduate degree. After studying Interior Design and Studio Art at High Point University for a time, God drastically changed her plans, and brought her to Montreat College. In addition to her studies, Carlie is also on the women’s soccer team, serves as an SGA Senator, and holds a Wilson Scholar position where she assists in the President’s Office. She enjoys being largely involved in the community at Montreat, and is sorry to see here time here growing short. After graduation this spring, she hopes to eventually work in ministry full-time, or for a human rights agency seeking to rescue and protect those who have been victims of slavery and other forms of violent oppression. In Carlie’s spare time, she enjoys painting, being outside, and is always prepared to have a conversation about how coffee “undeniably brings pure joy to the soul.”
Courtney Nash is finishing up her fourth year as the head women’s soccer coach for the Montreat women’s soccer program. Born and raised in Mason, Michigan, Nash attended Saginaw Valley State University on a soccer scholarship, graduating in 2003 with a B.S. in Sports and Fitness Management. In her three seasons, Nash took the program from last place in the Appalachian Athletic Conference to a record setting year in the fall of 2012 by winning both the AAC Regular Season Championship and the AAC Conference Tournament and leading the team to the NAIA National Finals Tournament for the first time ever in program history. This past season the team finished second in the regular season and made it back to the tournament championship game eventually losing 2-0 to Reinhardt University. While she loves the game of soccer, her passion for coaching comes from the joy of working with young women and making a positive impact on their lives for Christ.
Rusty Pulliam ’78
Rusty Pulliam continues the tradition of creativity and vision started by his father, Winston. A native of Asheville, Rusty earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Newberry College in South Carolina. After a brief banking career, Rusty joined Executive Realty as a developer/property manager in 1986. Taking ownership of the company in 1993, Rusty became the firm’s principal/president/CEO. In 1999, Rusty changed Executive Realty’s name to Pulliam Properties, and moved the firm into its current corporate office at the Walden Ridge Professional Park. Under Rusty’s leadership, Pulliam Properties has become Western North Carolina’s largest full-service commercial real estate firm. An accomplished athlete, Rusty was named Western North Carolina’s High School Baseball Player of the Year in 1976 and was later inducted into the Montreat College Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. He is a licensed real estate broker in both North and South Carolina. Rusty has served as a member of the board of directors for the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, First Citizens Bank, Ralph Sexton Ministries, and the YMCA.
Justin Ramb ’94, Trustee
Justin Ramb is chief executive office and founder of BIGEYE, a full-service advertising agency in Orlando, Florida. In 2002, Justin built BIGEYE from the ground up and what started as a two man show has grown into a thriving, innovative business that has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as GE, Disney, Marriott and Sprint. Justin’s creative mind combined with his keen business strategy have been the driving forces behind BIGEYE’s success. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Montreat College where he majored in English Communications. Justin now serves on the board of trustees for Montreat College, on the Apperance Review board for the City of Orlando, and as a consultant for a number of other non-profit organizations in the United States.
Suzanne Sloan, Trustee
Suzanne Ross Sloan resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband Sam, and she is also a Montreat “cottager,” spending many weekends in Montreat throughout the year. She has served as a Montreat College trustee since 1995 and as a Montreat College Foundation director since 2008. Suzanne is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlotte (ECO), and is a retired elder of the PC(USA) church. She is a past president of the Women of the Church PC(USA), and served on the Missions Committee of the PC(USA). She also taught Sunday School. Suzanne serves on the board of directors for Bible Study Fellowship International, and on the board of advisors for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte. In 1996, Suzanne was the chairperson of the Women’s Division for the Billy Graham Crusade in Charlotte. She has two children and four grandchildren.
Mark Snoddy ’80, Trustee
Marcus “Mark” F. Snoddy, Jr., Montreat College alum from the class of 1980, has served on the Board of Trustees since 2013. Mark is the president of Peachtree Executive Search, an organization that recruits business executives on behalf of client organizations. He is a consultant with 23 years of experience in the executive search business. Mark and his wife, Lisa, are members of Roswell Presbyterian Church in Roswell, Georgia.
Bernard Wright, Jr. Trustee
Bernard “Barney” Wright, Jr. has served on the Board of Trustees since 2002, and has been Chairman of the Board since 2011. Wright has worked for LC National Bank for over thirty-five years as the Senior Executive Vice President and Trust Officer. Wright and his wife Sarah have two children, Nathan and Elizabeth. Nathan graduated from Montreat College in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Religion. Elizabeth graduated from Eastern University and has a master’s degree from Seaton Hill University.