Mountain Movers

Stories of everyday students, faculty, and alumni doing extraordinary things.
Find out how Mars Hill University equips students to move mountains and achieve dreams.

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Erin Babb

Our newest Mountain Mover is Mars Hill alumna Erin Babb, class of 2004! Erin majored in Music Education and has been teaching internationally. She taught in Moscow several years and she is currently teaching music in Shanghai.



Guy Sayles

Guy Sayles, Assistant Professor of Religion and director of the Honors Program at Mars Hill, tells what makes this university special to him. Dr. Sayles is a teacher, writer, and consultant. His areas of research are the intersections—confluences and conflicts–between religion(s) and culture(s) and the role of language—its possibilities and limits—in communication. This fall he will undertake the role of advisor to the Honors Program, as well as continuing his work with ethics across the curriculum.

Brittany Leckrone

Brittany Leckrone is a graphic design and photography major whose longtime love of photography was strengthened by her Mars Hill experiences, particularly by a wonderful study abroad experience in Italy. See how she’s moving mountains, one shutter click at a time.

Nancy Stump

Nancy Stump will be one of the first students to graduate from Mars Hill’s bachelor of science in nursing program. Life got in the way of her being able to go straight from high school to college. But she never lost sight of her dream of being a nurse, and MHU’s Judge-McRae School of Nursing is helping her fulfill that dream.

Hailey Davis

Hailey Davis is a social work graduate of the class of 2017, currently pursuing her master’s degree at Columbia University in New York City. Her Mars Hill experience, an internship in Washington, DC, and her time in the Big Apple are preparing her for a life’s work of helping children and families who often struggle for basic needs and services.

Caitlin Drummond

Caitlin Drummond is an Integrated Education major who takes a stand for those who are battling and in recovery from drug addiction. She recently won the title of Miss Blue Ridge Foothills and used that outlet to bring awareness to drug addiction and the effects on families.


Carl Mattox

Carl Mattox is a Master of Management student. He was formerly a football player at Mars Hill University and has used what he learned here to build special connections and build his career opportunities.