Nine Line Board of Directors
Megan is a retired attorney with a long history of community involvement and support of worthy charitable efforts. She currently serves as President and CEO of Nine Line Foundation, Inc, and as a member of its Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of West-Point.Org, a nonprofit organization which provides online communication support and assistance to West Point graduates and to parents of Cadets at the United States Military Academy and any other service academies.
Megan also served as the Connecticut State Coordinator for Admissions Representatives to The United States Military Academy at West Point, and also served as Vice President of Operation Support Our Troops, a nonprofit organization which sent “care packages” to deployed Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen, and otherwise assisted deployed service members and returning wounded warriors. From 2010 to 2017, Megan also served on the Board of Help Our Military Heroes, Inc, a nonprofit organization which focuses on providing appropriately modified vehicles to service member amputees.
Megan holds a Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations from Manhattanville College.
Megan is married to Dutch Hostler, who is a 1968 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dutch holds a Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, which is where Dutch and Megan met. Dutch and Megan have two sons, both of whom are West Point graduates and received their medical degrees from Duke University School of Medicine.
D. David “Dutch” Hostler
Dutch is a retired attorney with a long history of service. Upon graduation from The United States Military Academy at West Point in 1968, Dutch served as a Field Artillery officer, including tours as a Battery Commander in Germany and Vietnam. In 1975, Dutch branch transferred to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he served for the next several years as a Defense Appellate Attorney. Upon resigning his active duty commission in 1982, Dutch served as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for the next 18 years, including ten years’ service as an Appellate Judge on the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals, and retired as a Colonel (USAR).
Dutch also served as corporate counsel for IBM for over twenty-one years. Throughout his career, he has served as a Director on both for profit and non-profit Boards. Dutch earned his Bachelor of Science degree from West Point in 1968, and his Juris Doctorate degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1975. He is also a graduate of Command and General Staff College and U.S. Army War College.
Ashli was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Alabama and Georgia. Passionate about her desire to work with veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, she graduated from the University of West Georgia in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. After moving to Savannah with her husband in 2014, the two of them began working at Nine Line Apparel. She has since become very active in both the apparel company and the Nine Line Foundation, and in the fall became the Secretary for the Foundation board. She is responsible for assisting with donation management, event coordination, and outreach to other non-profit organizations with similar agendas as the Nine Line Foundation. Her personal goal is to support the continued growth of the Nine Line Foundation, raising awareness of the struggles that service members and their families face once their tours of duty have been served.
Ashli and her husband Matt currently reside in Savannah, Georgia, with their daughter Evelyn.
CPT Tyler A. Merritt, USA
CPT Tyler Merritt, USA was born in Greenwich, CT. After graduating Valley Forge Military Academy, Tyler earned an appointment to The United States Military Academy at West Point. At West Point, Tyler majored in Engineering Management, graduating among the top of his class from the Academy. Upon graduation in 2006, Tyler was commissioned in the United States Army and reported to Fort Rucker for Aviation training. Among his early assignments was with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. His final assignment with the 160th was as Executive Officer to C Company, 3-160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. In June of 2014 then CPT Merritt relocated to West Point, NY in order to attend a Masters program at Columbia University. Heserved as a West Point faculty member charged with the responsibility of developing 145 cadets under his command (Tactical Officer) and is now responsible for the Simulation Center.
CPT Merritt’s awards and decorations include the Air Medal (4th Award), the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terror Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, NATO Service Ribbon, the Parachutist’s Badge, Master Aviator Wings, and Combat Action Badge.
CPT Merritt has three children: Brayden, Ryleigh, and Isabel.