Publications Workgroup

Donlu Thayer

Senior Fellow

Donlu DeWitt Thayer, following her retirement from Brigham Young University on December 31, 2019, has assumed a role as Senior Fellow for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, where she was most recently Publications Director. During her more than ten years with the Center, Donlu oversaw print and electronic publications, including the  building and management of the Center’s websites — the ICLRS website and its companion database, Religlaw, and the website and case table of the Strasbourg Consortium, which tracks the freedom-of-religion-or-belief jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. Most recently she has developed the Center’s blog, Talk About: Law and Religion, which she will continue to manage as a Senior Fellow. She will also contiune to oversee the Strasbourg Consortium case table and Law and Religion Headlines, a project she developed in 2012 and since has sent regularly to subscribers worldwide. Donlu has been an Associate Editor of  the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion since its inception in 2012.  More

Blythe Shupe

Communications Specialist

Blythe Shupe joined the International Center for Law and Religion Studies in September 2015 as a Communications Specialist. In this role she manages the Center’s social media outlets and works on the ICLRS website and has responsibility for media and documentation at major Center conferences, including the Annual Symposium, the Religious Freedom Annual Review, and the international G20 Interfaith Forums. She has charge of the Center’s Annual Reports and other publications featuring the Center.  Before coming to the Center, she had spent the previous ten years as an account manager in the world of pre-employment screening. In this position, she worked closely with Human Resources, Compliance Departments, and Security Departments of large companies setting up and monitoring background screening programs for new hires to ensure the client was hiring the best possible candidate while operating within federal, state, and local laws.  More

Hayden Rowberry

Electronic Media Consultant

Hayden Rowberry began working with the International Center for Law and Religion Studies in 2011 as a web developer. Hayden has always enjoyed working with technology, and has been grateful for the oportunity to use his talents to benefit others. After serving a 2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Indianapolis, Indiana, he returned to assist the Center to manage their websites and other technical needs. He continued to consult for the Center while studying Computer Engineering at Brigham Young University, receiving both BS and MS degrees, graduating with his Master’s Degree in December 2019.

Jordan Pendergrass

Editorial Associate & Headlines Lead

Jordan Pendergrass is a paralegal for a government agency. He has a Master’s Degree in International Law and Politics (Georgetown University) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography (Brigham Young University). Jordan is married and has five children. Jordan began to volunteer for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies in 2010. He has performed a variety of tasks for the Center including: writing country reports; assisting with website maintenance; tracking law and religion headlines; and reporting on the Annual International Law and Religion Symposium.

Katelyn Bretzing

Editorial Assistant – Headlines

Katelyn Bretzing started working with the Headlines team in December 2018. She is a nursing major at Brigham Young University with an anticipated graduation in April 2020. She served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salvador, Brazil and loves the Brazilian culture and food. Katelyn graduated High School in Virginia and spent many weekends visiting historical sights and landmarks with her family. Politics were a common dinner table topic at her house growing up. When she is not studying for nursing school or posting headlines, Katelyn can be found hiking, baking, or playing sports.

McKenna Rammell

Editorial Assistant – Headlines

McKenna Rammell is a third-year law student. Her interest in the International Center for Law and Religion Studies was a key reason for her applying to the J. Reuben Clark Law School. A goal for her legal education is to gain the skills and knowledge that will allow her to be an advocate and leader in her community, with a particular focus on religious freedom issues. As a fellow for Center during summer 2019, McKenna completed an externship for the Office of General Counsel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Auckland, New Zealand. She also assisted with the editing of a commentary on the Punta del Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere.  She was appointed to the Center’s Student Management Board for 2019-2020, and serves on the Executive Committee for the 26th Annual Law and Religion Symposium as a member of the Master Schedule team. More …

Boyd Bauer

Global Engagement Specialist (Volunteer)

Dr. Boyd Bauer is a Global Engagement Specialist, an independent consultant specializing in international education and business development. Throughout his professional life he has worked, taught, lectured, and traveled in numerous countries. He is an innovative thinker dedicated to building bridges of understanding between individuals and diverse groups in the United States as well as other locations around the world. He has been a keynote speaker for economic conferences and community organizations, speaking on a wide range of topics including but not limited to understanding the American healthcare puzzle, strategic planning, and motivational topics. More …