Allen & Denise Alexander
David & Nancy LeSueur
David & Bianca Lisonbee
Kent & Karen Lundquist
Larry & Susan Lunt
Duane & Erlyn Madsen
Stan & Susan Martineau
Carlos & Vania Martins
Reid & Melanie Moon
Rulon & Jaquelin Munns
David & Linda Nearon
David Jr. & Tiffany Nearon
Jeff & Janet Nelson
Robert & Joy Orton
David & Kathryn Paxman
Robert & Catherine Pedersen
Wayne & Robyn Petty
David & Mary Ann Pollei
Margaret McConkie Pope
Bruce & Sara Robinson
Jeff & Michelle Robinson
Duane & Marci Shaw
Milt & Heidi Shipp
Greg & Sharon Slater
David & Laurea Stirling
Wayne & Patrice Tew
Noel & Corrine Vallejo
Bryce & Peggy Wade
Steven & Marcia Wade
Blake & Leslie Walker
Lance & Patricia Wickman
Mark & Laura Willes
Kim Wilson & Gail Miller
Larry & Linda Wilson
Mark & Carol Wolfert
Kenneth & Athelia Woolley
Tim & Teresa Wright
Allen and Denise Alexander have just been released from their three-year term presiding over a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in North Carolina. Allen was elected Chairman of the Board for Savage Services in 2005. The company provides supply chain solutions in the areas of transportation systems, materials handling, rail solutions, facilities management and related logistics services. Allen joined Savage Services in 1978, became President of Savage Services in 1987, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1995. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a master’s degree in organizational communications and management development.
Lynn Fechser Anderson graduated from the Brigham Young University with a major in English. Her first experience in education was teaching Freshman English at BYU while her husband, Gary, finished his undergraduate studies. She later earned an M.A. at San Francisco State University. In 1991, Lynn and Gary founded the EBMRF, a foundation to fund research of the disease that took the lives of two of their children. Their three living children have gifted them with ten grandchildren. Both Lynn and Gary have been for many years committed to the cause of religious freedom and have been privileged to be part of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. After a beautiful and successful life, including 57 years of marriage to Lynn, Gary passed away May 27, 2017 at age 79, following a long, courageous, and optimistic battle with Lewy…
Wilford Andersen was sustained a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint in April 2009. Prior to this church assignment, he was managing partner of Andersen Investments. Elder Andersen received a bachelor’s degree in business management in 1973 and his JD in 1976 from Brigham Young University. Previously he and his wife resided in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where Elder Andersen served as Area President of the Caribbean Area for the LDS Church. He currently works in the Temple Department at Church headquarters.
Kathleen graduated from Brigham Young University. She and her husband, Wilford, are the parents of nine children.
Scott is the president and chief executive officer of Zions First National Bank. A native of Salt Lake City, Scott joined Zions Bank in December of 1990. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and economics from Columbia University in New York, and received a master’s degree in economics and international studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Scott is active in community affairs, and is currently serving on a number of business and non-profit boards.
Jesselie is a member of the Board of Trustees for both Salt Lake Community College and Westminster College. She also had a twelve-year career with Utah’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. Jesselie received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah. She and Scott have three children and two grandchildren.
Brent Andrus is a 1970 graduate of BYU. He met his wife, Cheri Guhin, at BYU where she was a cheerleader. Cheri graduated in 1969 in elementary education. She then taught school while Brent finished his undergraduate work. After BYU, the Andruses ventured to Chicago, where Brent attended Northwestern University and received his MBA. He subsequently worked for Procter & Gamble, General Mills, and Marriott Corp. In 1991 he formed his own hotel development and management company. Cheri owned and operated three Curves for Women fitness clubs in Utah. Prior to moving to Park City, Utah, in 2001, the Andrus family lived in Chicago, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, England, Boston and Maryland. The Andruses have five children, all of whom graduated…
Bill Atkin serves as an Associate General Counsel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is responsible for the international legal affairs of the LDS Church working closely with four Regional Legal Counsel and 13 Area Legal Counsel. Formerly, Bill was an international partner in the law firm of Baker & McKenzie for almost 18 years. He was the managing partner of Baker & McKenzie offices in Taipei, Taiwan, San Francisco and Palo Alto and Moscow, Russia. He also worked in Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago and Caracas, Venezuela offices. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Bill was a trial attorney with the Civil Division of the US Justice Department from 1976-1979 representing the US Government in the Court of International Trade. Prior to that, he worked as a…
H. Brent Beesley is Chairman and CEO of Heritage Bank, St. George, Utah. He practiced with the Salt Lake City law firm of Ray, Quinney and Nebeker and taught business and real estate law at the University of Utah. Brent was the Director of the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, Washington, D.C. He was also the President and CEO of the Farm Credit Corporation of America, Denver, Colorado. He received is JD and MBA from Harvard University, and his BA in Economics from BYU. Bonnie Jean Beesley is chair of the Utah System of High Education of Regents. She is active in the community, including serving on the board of the Utah Sympohony and Opera. Brent and Bonnie Jean have seven children and reside in Salt Lake City
Angus Belliston was born in Nephi, Utah. He graduated in Banking and Finance from University of Utah and worked 43 years in banking. He has served in a wide variety of church and civic positions. Christi Belliston was born in Prescott, Arizona. She attended Brigham Young University in Provo and Hawaii and lived in many locations with her mining engineer husband, while raising her family. Has served in many church positions and taught and coordinated an ESL program in the Provo School District. Between the two from their previous marriages, the Bellistions enjoy seventeen children and about 75 grandchildren.
Brian Bertha received his JD from Harvard, and his MBA from Swiss Business School (IMD). Rachel W. Bertha received her Masters in Education from Santa Clara. She taught in the public schools
Brad and Ann Botteron met at BYU, were married in 1980, and live in the Kansas City area. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Their business, Wachter, Inc., designs, installs, and maintains electrical power and network technology in commercial and industrial facilities across the U.S.
Douglas and Ann Bush are the parents of three children. Doug is currently a partner at Arent Fox LLP in Washington DC specializing in trademark and copyright law. A 1985 graduate of BYU Law School, he is a former Court Law Clerk for the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. He is former International Chair of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and current member of the Clark Society Advisors. He helps organize the International Religious Liberty Award Dinner in Washington, DC in October each year and its related student writing competition. Ann Bush graduated from Ricks College (BYU-Idaho) and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fresno, California. She has been human resource officer at a bank and a member of the Board of Directors for the DC Coalition of the Homeless.
Stacey Sweet Campbell works as a volunteer nurse at a clinic for the working poor and at a school for homeless children, and has done nurse education and medical outreach work in Vietnam. She graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in nursing. Stacey was born in Salt Lake City. She and her husband, Dave, have lived in Phoenix, Arizona for thirty-five years. They have five children and eleven grandchildren
Craig Cardon was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in March of 2012. He currently serves as an Assistant Executive Director in the Priesthood Department, as Editor of Church magazines, and in other assignments. He previously served as president of the Africa West Area for the Church. Elder Cardon studied accounting and earned a BA degree from Arizona State University. He received an MPA degree from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Methodological Area of Concentration in Leadership and was named a Littauer Fellow. He married Deborah Louise Dana in 1970, and they are the parents of eight children and have a growing number of grandchildren.
Sheldon became a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a member of the Church’s Second Quorum of the Seventy in 1996. Two years later, he was transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy where he served until October 2008, when he was released and designated an emeritus general authority. He served as president of the LDS Church’s Salt Lake Temple from 2008 to 2011. Sheldon worked in management at RC Willey for years and is the former president. He was born in Ogden and raised in Syracuse, Utah.
Joan and Sheldon were married in 1957. They are the parents of six children.
Bill serves as Chairman of the Board of RC Willey Home Furnishings. He took the company over in 1954 with one employee, and 40 years later sold the company to Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway. Now sales are approaching $1 Billion. He enjoys golf, swimming and spending time with his family. Bill and Pat spend a lot of time in Hawaii at a resort in which they are the major shareholder. Bill and Pat are the proud grandparents of 31 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. They served as directors of the Washington DC Temple Visitors Center for two years and enjoy the opportunity of supporting many charitable organizations and educational programs throughout the country and the state of Utah.
David Christensen is managing partner of Milestone Holdings, a privately held real estate investment company. Formerly, he was co-president of Nearon Enterprises, and previous to that he was the manager of acquisitions at Bechtel Investments Realty. He earned his bachelor’s degree in financial planning from Brigham Young University in 1980 and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Yale School of Management in 1985. David has worked with the International Center for Law and Religion Studies of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University since 2002, and currently serves as Chair of its International Advisory Council. Mary Christensen studied nutrition as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, and, with David,…
Jordan Clements was the co-founder and managing partner of Peterson Partners, a Salt Lake City-based private equity firm, from 1995 to 2010. He served as mission president of the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2011 to 2014. After completing his mission, he resumed making private equity investments through Clements Midway Partners, LLC. Jordan graduated with a BA in English from BYU and a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School. Julie graduated from Brigham Young University in 1979 with degrees in elementary and special education. After teaching for two years for the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind, she focused her attention…
Dave Colton has supported the Center since its formation. He began service as President of the Center’s International Advisory Council in April 2018. During 2015-2017 Dave and his wife, Julie, served as Government Relations Specialists assigned to the United Nations in New York City, representing the David M. Kennedy Center and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Both Dave and Julie are graduates from BYU. Dave a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1982, retired as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Company (which acquired Phelps Dodge Corporation, the company he worked for prior to that time) in 2007. Dave and Julie are the parents of nine married children and currently have 24 grandchildren.
John P. (Phil) and Barbara S. Colton, longtime supporters of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, served most recently as International Fellows, in their capacities as Government Relations Representatives in New York City. Phil Colton received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Metallurgical Engineering. Later he did graduate studies at University of Idaho, Moscow; University of Missouri, Rolla; Washington University, St. Louis University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He met Barbara (Bobby) Snyder at the University of Utah. Bobby graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and received her Masters of Music…
Sterling is the former Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of Marriott International, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Eleanor, established the Sterling and Eleanor Colton Endowed Chair in Law and Religion at the BYU Law School to support the efforts of the ICLRS.
Greg is the Executive Vice President of doTerra International. He has lived on four different continents and traveled extensively throughout the world during his career. He is fluent in Swedish and English. For over two decades Greg has developed and managed international opportunities and markets for companies in the health and wellness industry and the direct sales industry. Greg’s passion is in creating business and humanitarian efforts that improve the lives of individuals throughout the world.
Jim & Sandy Cook are both converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who live in Lodi, CA. They were widow & widower and married in 2005. Between them they have 10 children. They currently serve as co-chairs of the Jesse and Amanda Knight Society at Brigham Young University.
Lew Cramer is the founding president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah. He is also the CEO and president of Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors. Lew served as Director General of the U.S. Commercial Service under the George H.W. Bush administration. He currently serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards. He also practiced real estate law in Los Angeles and in the San Francisco Bay area. For many years, Lew taught real estate law at the University of Southern California and international business at Georgetown University. He graduated from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark School of Law.
Barbara is a life-long musician, accomplished on the piano, organ, and voice. She sang in the Mormon Tabernacle…
Mark Cressler was born in California and raised in Germany. After a career in Real Estate Development, he entered full-time service with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is currently assigned to the Special Projects department where his primary responsibilites are the selection and recommendation of Temple sites and other strategic assignments. Mark and his wife, Janette Smith Cressler, have 5 children and live in Alpine, Utah.
Gary L. Crocker is the Chairman of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, a privately held biotech firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that develops diagnostic tests and novel drugs for cancer treatment. Mr. Crocker is President of Crocker Ventures, LLC, a life science private investment firm. He is in the midst of his second term on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Branch of San Francisco and also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Sorenson Capital, an LBO private equity fund. He has held senior executive or director level positions in several successful life science firms including service from 1998 to 2003 as Chairman of ARUP Laboratories, as a director of Interleuken Genetics, Inc, and LineaGen Genetics, LLC, and as a co-founder…
Ralph L. Dewsnup is an attorney in private practice in Salt Lake City where he has practiced law since 1977. He is admitted to practice before all Utah State and Federal Courts and before the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a retired Brigadier General in the United States Air Force, having served in the Utah Air National Guard for 39 years. Mary Dewsnup is a former elementary school teacher who left teaching to be a mother. The Dewsnups are the parents of five children and they have 25 grandchildren ranging in age from 1 to 19 years.
W. Cole Durham Durham, Jr., is the Founding Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Cole has had a distinguished career in comparative law scholarship, with specific emphasis on comparative constitutional and church-state law. He is immediate past president of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, based in Milan, Italy, and is co-editor-in-chief of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. He has authored numerous important works in the field of law and religion. He was awarded the International First Freedom Award by the First Freedom Center in Richmond, Virginia and received an honorary doctorate…
Richard Durham is a partner with Peterson Capital, a leading middle-market private equity buy-out firm. He has extensive experience as an executive of several growth companies and in structuring and financing acquisitions. Prior to joining Peterson Capital, he was Chairman and CEO of Pliant Corporation, a flexible packaging business. Before leading Pliant, he was Co-President and CFO of Huntsman Corporation where his responsibilities included acquisitions and finance.
Blair has retired as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He was born in San Francisco, California. He and his wife, Suzanne, are the parents of six children. They reside in White Plains, New York.
David Lind Gillette is a retired attorney/land developer, Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy. He and his wife, Doris Anita Price Gillette, served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission and as president and “mission mother” in the Massachusetts Boston Mission. David has served as a counselor in the Provo MTC presidency, high councilor, and bishop. Doris has served in stake Relief Society and Primary presidencies, as stake activities committee chair, ward Young Women president, and counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency.
Scott Gubler is an attorney. He is the Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of Deseret Laboratories in St. George, Utah. The company engages in the manufacture of various pharmaceutical products, and is a provider of research and development, quality granulation, tableting, encapsulation, coating, and packaging services. Scott received his JD at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU.
Wayne Hancock has retired as vice president and general counsel of Dow Chemical Co. and served in several leadership capacities within the company over many years. Wayne received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Brigham Young University and a juris doctorate from the University of Arizona. He served in the Judge Advocate General branch of the U.S. Air Force for four years and practiced law for six years in Phoenix before joining Dow. He and his wife, Connie, have eight children.
King Husein is the Chairman and CEO of Span Construction and Engineering, the country’s largest metal building construction company. The company specializes in the engineering and construction of large steel buildings. It is also the exclusive builder for Costco Wholesale worldwide. King received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Bombay. He also received his master’s degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from Brigham Young University. King was born in Bombay, India.
Diane Husein is the vice president of Legacy Freedom Management, LLC. She is from Star Valley, Wyoming. Diane and King are the parents of four children.
Blair R. Jackson is the owner and founder of Invictus Law. His practice involves compliance-related work, as it relates to advertising, marketing, telemarketing, and litigation surrounding advertising claims. He has been published in advertising related magazines and serves on several committees of advertising associations. Mr. Jackson also practices real estate law and advises in all aspects of zoning and land use issues, eminent domain, condemnation, commercial leasing, foreclosures, tax lien foreclosures and RESPA related matters. Mr. Jackson received a B.S. in Finance at Brigham Young University, an M.A. in Finance at University of Nebraska, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Before beginning his practice of law in 2004, he worked for several years in both the private and government sector. Mr. Jackson holds State Bar Admissions…
Eric and Kaye Jackson are currently involved in planning and hosting African conferences with the ICLRS. Eric recently served with Kaye as mission president over the Uganda-Ethiopia-South Sudan-Rwanda Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Eric and Kaye previously served as the Area Public Affairs Directors for the Africa South East Area for the Church. Eric formed the Jackson Group of Peterbilt stores. Prior to that formation, he had owned Peterbilt franchises, as well as purchasing a company from General Motors. Eric was born in Oklahoma and received his bachelor’s degree from Central Oklahoma University.
Kaye was born in rural southwest Oklahoma. She attended Central…
Heber is the owner of Jacobsen Investment Company, LLC, a real estate development business. The company was established in 1952 and incorporated in Utah.
Ray Johnson, former vice-president of an insurance company, is an attorney specializing in catastrophic injury and insurance operations. Ray graduated from Brigham Young University. Ray and his wife, Jill, joined other family members to establish and fund an endowment named after their parents–the W. George and Helen Lowe Johnson Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund.
Jill is founder and former CEO of Oxycise! International, Inc., which produced and marketed videos worldwide through multiple media outlets including infomercials and TV home shopping. Jill graduated from Brigham Young University. She and Ray now reside in Park City, Utah. They love going on adventures with their eight children and twenty-seven grandchildren.
Jim Larkins is the lead portfolio manager for Wasatch Advisors in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to joining Wasatch Advisors, Jim worked as a systems consultant for what is now Accenture. He also worked for a start-up company in the technology industry. Jim received his BA in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from Brigham Young University.
Helen lives in Central Florida where she seeks to make a difference by supporting the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. She is on the Arnold Palmer Medical Foundation Board and the Orlando Health Foundation Board. She also serves on the President’s Leadership Council at Brigham Young University. Helen established the Edward Joseph Leon and Helen Hall Leon Endowed Fund for the ICLRS to support the Center’s activities and programs in the Middle East and Islamic World. Helen was born and raised in Canada.
David LeSueur is the retired founder and chief executive officer of LeSueur Investments. He and his wife Nancy have just concluded a term of service as president and matron of the Gilbert Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Gilbert Arizona Temple. He also served as president of the Philippines Manila Mission for the Church. David has been self-employed in the family’s farming endeavors of the hay and pecan industries. They are producers, wholesalers, retailers, truckers, brokers, and own their own chain of retail feed stores. They are also land bankers and real estate developers. David worked in the Health Care Industry and was Executive Vice President and Board member of a large HMO. He…
David founded 4Life Research, LLC in 1998 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He was named one of Utah’s Entrepreneurs of the Year, and has secured a record list of patents. David was awarded the I.N. Blokhina Award from the Russian Federation in honor of his commitment to Transfer Factor research, patents, and innovative production methods. He received his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Brigham Young University.
Bianca is the co-founder of 4Life Research, LLC. She has more than twenty years of direct selling and nutritional supplement experience. She is committed to involvement in philanthropic activities in her own community and throughout the world. Bianca received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.
Kent spent the majority of his career in entrepreneurial pursuits. He also spent over a decade as Director of Finance, and then Chief Deputy County Auditor in Salt Lake County Government. Kent also worked for KPMG, an international accounting firm based in Los Angeles, and was licensed as a CPA. He acquired a degree in Banking and Finance and an MBA from the University of Utah.
Karen’s career was focused on motherhood and supporting her husband’s professional pursuits. She and Kent served missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in both Louisiana and Sweden. She and Kent live in American Fork, Utah. They have seven children and thirty-five grandchildren.
Larry Lunt’s business career includes Key Property Management, Lunt Capital Management, oil and gas development and several successful businesses. He has served in the Utah Legislature, Board of Trustees of Southern Utah University and Vice Chairman of Boy Scouts of America. Larry retired as a Brigadier General after 36 years of service in the Air Force. He served as President of the Louisville Kentucky Temple and Kentucky Louisville Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Larry received a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Utah. Susan C. Lunt has been involved with the family business throughout the years. She served for six years with her husband in Louisville Kentucky as Matron of the LDS Louisville Temple and as Kentucky Louisville Mission “Mother.” Susan graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Susan and Larry are the parents of six married children, and they have 25 grandchildren.
Formely Chair of the International Advisory Council, Duane Madsen currently serves the IAC as Immediate Past Chair and member of the Executive Committee. Erlyn Gould Madsen is the Center Historian. In his professional life, Duane was Vice President and Executive Director of Goldman-Sachs Private Wealth Management. He has also been a member of the Investment Advisory Council of the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. Duane obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Brigham Young and a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. Erlyn is a graduate of Brigham Young University. An avid reader, pianist, violinist (plays in the Mt. Timpamogos Symphony), ham radio operator, photographer, and certified master gardener, Erlyn has for many years…
Stan has served as Area Legal Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Africa and Mexico from 2011 until the present. He also served as a mission president for the LDS Church in Puerto Rico from 2007-2010. He practiced medical litigation law in Phoenix, Arizona from 1976-2006. Stan was also a Combat Interrogator in the United States Army in Saigon, Vietnam from 1969-1970. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the J. Reuben Clark School at Brigham Young University in 1976.
Susan is the wife and devoted companion of her husband. Susan and Stan are the parents of ten children and have thirty grandchildren.
Carlos Martins is the CEO of Wizard Language Institute. He wrote a self-help book entitled “Vencendo a Propria Crise” (Overcoming Personal Crisis). His 2012 book “Desperte o milionário que há em você” (Awake the Millionaire Inside of You) was a Brazilian bestseller. Carlos also served as president of the Berazil Joao Pessoa Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He studied at Brigham Young University, where he received a degree in Computer Science and Statistics. Carlos was born in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. He and his wife are the parents of six children.
Reid Moon graduated from BYU in 1985. He ia an antiquarian book dealer who specializes in rare Mormon books, documents, early Bibles [1250-1899 AD] and important historical books and artifacts. He has traveled over a million miles—to 45 of the 50 states and all over Europe, North, and South America tracking down these treasures. He is a regular guest on the Glenn Beck Program, and he says he has “the best job ever!”
Reid is married to Melanie, and they have eight children and five grandchildren. Melanie is a busy mother of their four younger children. She enjoys traveling with Reid to book fairs around the world. She grew up in California and enjoyed a move from Texas to Provo, Utah in summer 2015.
David Nearon attended Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania from 1958-1960 and received a BS in finance in 1961 from the University of California at Berkeley. He attended the University of San Francisco Law School, receiving a Juris Doctorate in 1964. David worked for the Estate Tax Division of the Internal Revenue Service in San Francisco from 1964 to 1967. From 1967 to 1975, he was a Captain in the Army JAG reserve. David received a MS Degree in Business from San Jose State University in 1965 and he worked for the Santa Barbara law firm of Price, Postel and Parma from 1967 to 1969. He was a partner in the Walnut Creek, CA firm of Anderson & Nearon from 1969 to 1980. From 1980…
David Nearon, Jr. practices law in California with offices in Walnut Creek and Palo Alto. He also serves as a corporate director of Nearon Enterprises, a private multi-state commercial real estate investment and development company. David is designated as a Certified Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization in probate, estate planning and trust law. He received his J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, his MBA from the Marriott School of Management at BYU, his bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of California, Berkeley. Tiffany Nearon currently teaches early morning seminary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served a Church mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tiffany graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English. She grew up in Los Angeles, California. Tiffany and David are the parents of four children.
Jeff and Janet Matthews Nelson met at the University of Utah. Janet graduated with a degree in Mathematics, and certified to teach in secondary schools. Jeff graduated with a degree in Communications. Jeff studied for a semester at Universität Konstanz, in Konstanz, Germany, while Janet finished her degree. They married weeks before Jeff began law school at J. Reuben Clark Law School, from which he graduated in 1984. Janet taught high school math while Jeff was in law school. Janet and Jeff moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1984. Jeff has worked for a number of law firms in New York, including Kageneck & Witthuhn, King & Spalding and McDermott Will & Emery, first concentrating on German investment in the U.S., and then project finance. Since 1998 Jeff has worked for Westdeutche…
Robert and Joy Orton represented the David M. Kennedy Center and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) as Government Relations specialists at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, with a term ending in 2017. Bob practiced law in the Utah legal community for over 30 years after graduating from the University of Utah College of Law in 1964. In addition to an active trial practice, Bob devoted significant time to the Utah State Bar. His service included chairing the Continuing Education Committee, the Legal/Medical Committee, and the Bar Examination Committee as well as serving as a Bar Examiner. He has also been President of the Utah Trial Lawyers Association and was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates—a…
David Paxman devotes much of his time working as a volunteer for the Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint. In 2005, he and his wife, Kathryn, served a humanitarian mission for the LDS Church in Argentina. David served as associate dean of the College of Humanities at Brigham Young University. He taught English literature and writing at the University, with a special emphasis on British literature of the eighteenth century. He also taught at BYU Hawaii. He earned his bachelor’s in English at BYU and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. David was raised in Provo, Utah.
Kathryn Paxman is the daughter of Bill and Margaret Pope, longtime great supporters of the International Center for Law and Religion…
Robert Pedersen is the Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Del Sol and former Senior Vice President of Franklin Quest. He served with his wife, Catherine, as Director of the Oakland Temple Visitors’ Center for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Oakland, California. He has served in many other leadership positions in the Church and community. Robert was born in Logan, Utah. He is married to Catherine Barton, and they have eight children, 29 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Wayne G. Petty has served as Chairman of the Real Estate Section of the Utah State Bar, Chairman of the Environmental Control Committee, and as a Bar Examiner for the Utah State Bar. His real estate practice has included representing landlords, developers, and negotiating leases with Albertson’s, Inc., Wendy’s, Big 5 Sports and others. He has represented lenders as well as borrowers. Wayne received his B.A. from the University of Utah and his J.D. from the University of Utah Law School. Robyn E. Petty worked for the Salt Lake School District for many years in the Curriculum and Assessment Department. She also taught English in a junior high school for seven years. Robin received her Bachelor of Arts with a teaching degree from Brigham Young University in English and Humanities. Robyn and Wayne live in Salt Lake City, and are the parents of four children.
Margaret was born in Moab, Utah. She met her husband, Bill at the University of Utah. She was a supportive wife and mother during his assignments as an officer in World War ll, his college education, his employment at American Oil, and his career as a chemical engineering professor at Brigham Young University. Bill was one of the pioneers in adapting man-made diamonds for industrial use. His first company, Megadiamond, made it possible for oil & gas companies to use man-made diamonds to chew through rock without replacing drill bits. He was also the founder of US Synthetic. Bill passed away in 2010. Margaret was a religion professor at Brigham Young University. She and Bill have been tremendous ICLRS supporters throughout the years.
Bruce and Sara Robinson both attended the University of Utah, and both majored in English. They are the parents of four daughters and one son. Bruce’s business Symphony Homes develops residential communities along the Wasatch Front in Utah.
Jeffrey Robinson is currently Vice President, Secretary, and Deputy General Counsel at First American Financial Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange listed company. He also serves on the board of directors of its primary title insurance subsidiary and holds various other director and officer positions with the First American family of companies. Jeff started his career as a corporate attorney at an international law firm, White & Case, LLP, where he worked on many domestic and cross-border transactions. He earned a law degree from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brigham Young University, where he graduated as valedictorian of the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. Michelle Tabago Robinson received her DDS from the…
Duane Shaw is the principal owner and founder of Academy Mortgage Corporation, a national mortgage banking firm with its headquarters in Sandy, Utah. Duane created Academy Mortgage in 1988 and the company has grown to nearly 1,000 employees in 100 offices in 25 states. Duane is and has been involved with a number of other businesses, including land development, construction of homes, producing thoroughbred horses, an independent insurance agency and real estate investments.
Duane graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Utah State University in 1973 and has worked in the mortgage industry since that time. He began his career at Commercial Security Bank in Salt Lake City. After working for the bank for six years he worked…
Greg is the Vice President and Counsel to the President at Intel Corporation, a semiconductor chip maker. He also served as Director of Trade and Competition Policy, as Group General Counsel for Intel’s Corporate Services Division, and managed the legal aspects of Intel’s environmental, health and safety issues worldwide. He received his Bachelors of Science from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from J. Reuben Clark Law School. He and Sharon are the parents of seven children, four biological and three orphan siblings from Mozambique.
Sharon co-founded Family Watch International (FWI), a nonprofit organization in consultative status with the United Nations, and serves as its president. Sharon is the author of “Stand for the Family”. She was selected to represent American Mothers, Inc. as the 2007 Arizona Mother of the Year. Sharon received a bachelor’s degree in Family Sciences.
David is the President and CEO of doTERRA International. Previously, he served as chairman and CEO for a large international company. David’s earlier career includes a strong background in technology, overseeing global infrastructure engineering efforts for a billion-dollar multinational company. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Business, and earned a MBA from University of Utah.
Laurea has served on and headed numerous parent organizations, supporting the education systems where their children were involved. She has been very busy raising their nine children. Laurea graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts.
Wayne is the president and CEO of Clark County Credit Union in Las Vegas, Nevada. He served as chairman of the Client Group Board for SUMMIT Information Systems, and is on the advisory board for American Share Insurance. Wayne earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accounting from Brigham Young University and is a CPA.
Patrice is president of American Mothers, Inc. Nevada Association, and is a child and family advocate at the United Nations. She graduated from BYU’s Honors Program as a University Scholar High Honors with Distinction, and as Valedictorian. She also graduated with a J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School. Patrice practiced part-time for four years and then retired in order to devote her energies to raising their children. Patrice and Wayne are the parents of four children.
Noel is the CEO and visionary architect of TestOut, a provider and developer of online IT certification training. He leads the company’s strategic initiatives, identifies market opportunities, and drives product direction. Noel earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Bryce and Peggy Wade have just been released as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Utah Salt Lake City East Mission. Bryce served as counsel for various commercial enterprises specializing in real estate development, automobile dealerships and investment banking. After graduating from the University of Utah School of Law, he worked as a prosecutor for Salt Lake City. Bryce continues to invest in new business ventures.
Peggy served as a Judge of the Salt Lake County Justice Court for thirty years. She has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Master’s Ethics Seminar Class at the University of Utah. Peggy has a BA, MA and Graduate Certificate from the University of Utah in Political Science, Public Administration, and Public Ethics. She and Bryce are the parents of ten children.
Stephen Wade serves as the President of Stephen Wade Auto Center, St. George, Utah. He also serves on the association’s Dealership Operations Committee. He has owned more than 20 franchises throughout Utah and has served on numerous automotive factory committees, boards and associations. Stephen presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Dixie State College and is founder of Sun Trust Bank of St. George.
Marcia has served on and chaired several boards and foundations in St. George, and has had considerable involvement with Dixie College. She received a bachelor’s degree in Education from Brigham Young University. She enjoyed teaching school, and then chose to stay home to raise their five children. Marcia was born in Richfield, Utah.
Blake is a co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Grandeur Peak Global Advisors, an investment firm focused on global equities. He was also a partner at Wasatch Advisors and a portfolio manager. Blake received a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University. He is originally from Toronto, Canada.
Leslie, a neonatal nurse by trade, focuses her time on rearing her children. She and her husband, Blake, are the parents of four children.
Elder Lance B. Wickman is an emeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is the current general counsel of the Church. He was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in New Jersey and Glendale, California. After his missionary service in the Central British Mission, he married Patricia Farr in the Los Angeles California Temple. Elder Wickman graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 1966, as a U.S. Army Ranger, he was sent to fight in Vietnam as a platoon leader in the United States Army and on a second tour of duty as a military advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. During the war he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Valorous Unit Award and the Combat Infantryman Badge. After his return from Vietnam, Elder Wickman graduated from Stanford Law School in 1972. He practiced law in Los Angeles and San Diego with the law firm of Latham & Watkins. He has been awarded the Silver Beaver and Silver Buffalo by the Boy Scouts of America. Prior to his call as a general authority, Elder Wickman was a bishop, stake president, and regional representative in the LDS Church. He became a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy in 1994 and in 2000 was transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy.
Patricia Farr Wickman was born in Berkeley, California, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in history. She and Elder Wickman are the parents of five children.
Kim R. Wilson has spent his entire legal career at Snow, Christensen & Martineau in Salt Lake City where he is a senior attorney. He served many years, by appointment of the Utah Supreme Court, as Chairman of the Ethics and Discipline Committee of the Utah State Bar. Kim is a founding member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ensign Peak Foundation and Mormon Historic Sites Foundation. He is involved in civic affairs and serves on a number of other non-profit, professional and community boards. Kim is a 1973 graduate of the S. J. Quinney School of Law. Gail Miller is the owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Larry H. Miller Management Company. She is actively involved in many…
Mark H. Willes served as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, President of General Mills, Chairman and CEO of Times Mirror in Los Angeles, President of Deseret Management Company in SLC, and was also publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Mark was a professor of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his PhD from the Columbia Graduate School of Business. Mark served with his wife as mission president of the Hawaii Honolulu Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Laura F. Willes has authored four books, including including Christmas with the Prophets, and Miracle in the Pacific, a History of the Polynesian Cultural Center. She earned her BA degree at the University of Minnesota. Laura and Mark…
Elder Wilson is a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as Senior Vice President of Finance for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in the California Bay Area. He also served as the chief operating officer for Catholic Healthcare West in San Francisco. Elder Wilson graduated from Stanford Business School. He is married to Lynda Mackey Wilson, and they are the parents of four children.
Mark A. Wolfert is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of doTERRA International. He served as mission president for the Georgia Atlanta North Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2011 to 2014. He was also the Regional Vice President of Nu Skin International. Mark received his BA from the University of Utah in 1980 and received his JD from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at BYU in 1983. Carol Ann Wolfert enjoys being a homemaker, and spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoys cooking, gardening, physical activities, attending sporting events, and traveling, especially when it involves humanitarian work. Her husband, Mark, and she served as LDS mission president and wife in the…
Kenneth M. Woolley, an entrepreneur, has helped launch over forty companies, many in England. Most of his enterprises involve real estate; others include high tech, food, and airlines. Currently, he is the Executive Chairman of Extra Space Storage, Inc. He also has property companies in Las Vegas and New York. Ken helped found and is active in More Good Foundation, and has served for many years on the board of American Indian Services. He recently returned from serving as president of the Moscow Russia West Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ken received a bachelor’s degree in Physics from BYU, and an MBA and PhD in Business Administration from Stanford University. Athelia Tanner Woolley works…
Bruce Hafen is a nationally recognized scholar on family relationships, children, and education. He earned a juris doctorate from the University of Utah. Bruce is also a former dean of Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, which he helped to establish. He is the former president of Ricks College, and provost at Brigham Young University. Bruce served in the First Quorum of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints until October of 2010. He married Marie Kartchner in 1964.
Marie is a mother, writer, editor, and instructor. She has taught religion, literature, and writing at Brigham Young University-Idaho and Brigham Young University-Provo. Marie received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University in English, and was raised in Bountiful, Utah. Marie and her husband, Bruce, are the parents of seven children and ten grandchildren (one deceased).
Ralph Hardy received a B.S. (honors) at the University of Utah and a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. He is admitted to the practice of law in California and the District of Columbia. He joined the law firm Dow Lohnes in Washington, D.C., in 1968 and became a Member in 1974. His principal areas of concentration are in structuring, negotiating and financing media, high technology, and energy-related and other complex transactions. Mr. Hardy is involved with Dow Lohnes Government Strategies LLC in its government relations activities with Congress and the Executive Departments of the Federal Government. He served as National Chairman of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society from 1987-1993, and is a past-chair of the International Advisory Council of the International Center of Law and Religion Studies.
Woody Johnson spent his law career as a corporate finance attorney in Houston, Texas and Washington, D.C. He is the owner of Castle Valley Ranches (ranching) and Castle Valley Outdoors (Orvis-endorsed wing shooting operation) in Emery, Utah. Woody received an Honors BA in economics from the University of Utah and a JD from the University of Texas Law School. He serves as a director of the Waddell & Reed Ivy Funds.
Page is a freelance writer and photographer who worked for the BYU press and National Public Radio and who occasionally writes for the Church News and Meridian Magazine. She has a BA in journalism from Brigham Young University and an MA in communications from the University of Utah. She and Woody are the parents of three daughters and five grandchildren.
Bill is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc. He attended St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. and earned a BS degree in banking and finance from the University of Utah. He also served as an officer in the United States Navy.
Donna and her husband, Bill, have been married for over fifty years. They have four children, fifteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Richard runs Host Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel-focused real estate investment trust. It was spun off in 1993 from the larger family-run Marriott International, founded by his father J.W. “Bill” Marriott in 1957. Richard received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts/Science from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of four children.
Nancy is the President of the Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation and is active among several national public-service organizations. She is an accomplished lyric soprano, having performed throughout the United States.
Dennis B. Neuenschwander is an Emeritus General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as as area president in the Europe and Europe East Areas, accompanied by his wife, Joni, who was assigned to Church History. The Neuenschwanders also served eight months in Istanbul, preparing for the arrival of the first group of LDS missionaries.
Elder Neuenschwander served as an LDS Church missionary in Finland and earned degrees from Weber State University and Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in eastern European languages from Syracuse University. He taught Russian language classes at BYU and the University of Utah, and later was hired by the LDS Church’s genealogical department, where he was involved in microfilming and translating genealogical records…
David Owens graduated from Stanford University in 1962 with an AB in Economics and from Harvard Law School in 1965. He is married to the former Georgia Garff, and they have six children and 16 grandchildren. David served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in North German/Berlin in 1959-1962. He practiced heirship law for 20 years in California. David and Georgia now live in Salt Lake City.
Scott Thornton is the owner of Thornton Development & Investment, LLC. He and his wife, Betsy, have also established the Scott W. and Betsy D. Thornton Family Foundation. They reside in Park City, Utah.
Bill Nelson is the former CEO of Intermountain Healthcare. He is the first recipient of the National Healthcare Leadership Award. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Operating Officer of Intermountain Healthcare. After retiring, Bill served as mission president with his wife, Christine, over the New York New York South Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University, and his MBA from the University of Southern California. He was born in Cedar City, Utah and raised in California. Bill and Christine have eight children.
Jim Pollock, an attorney, has been in private practice, specializing in complex litigation. He was the International Legal Counsel – Asia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, based in Hong Kong. He also spent 18 months in Accra, Ghana, supervising the legal affairs of the Church in West Africa. Jim taught International Trade and Finance at the Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. He was General Counsel for several large U.S. corporations in New York, Pennsylvania and California. Jim graduated from Harvard Law School. He also has an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.
Bonnie taught school in San Diego, Boston, and New York while raising six children. She studied at San Diego State and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in elementary education. She and Jim have 22 grandchildren.
Olene Smith Walker was the first female governor of the State of Utah’s. During the ten years prior to being sworn in as governor in 2004, she had served as the fourth Lieutenant Governor of Utah and had spent eight years in the state legislature, including a term as Majority Whip. She founded and served as the Director of the Salt Lake Education Foundation and was also director of the Utah Division of Community Development. She chaired the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, the Utah State Housing Coordinating Committee, the Governor’s Commission on Child Care, and the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors. Governor Walker received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University…
Chris is the president of TJ Development, Inc., a privately held company, specializing in the construction of single family homes in Mesa, Arizona.
Robert Snyder is an attorney at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Previous to his employment with the LDS Church, he was an associate attorney with the law firm of Kirton McConkie. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of Law. He completed a Master of Laws in European Law at the Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris, France. Robert is actively engaged in the promotion and protection of religious freedom and serves as a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society’s Religious Freedom Subcommittee. He is a member of the American Society of International Law and a research advisor for the BYU Center for Law and Religious Studies. He also serves on the Board of Directors…
George and Kathryn Jarvis were born in Washington, D.C. and Des Moines, Iowa respectively but have spent most of their married life outside the United States. As a young man, George served an LDS mission in Germany; Kathryn served an LDS mission in France and Switzerland. They met while studying at the Brigham Young University. Later George earned a Ph. D. at the University of Michigan in sociology. Kathryn earned a B. Ed. at Michigan and taught in the Ann Arbor schools. After graduate work, the Jarvis family moved to Canada, living in London, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta…
Since 2008 Kurt Krieger has served as Legal Counsel for the firm of Huntsman Gay Global Capital. Prior to joining Huntsman Gay, he served from 2003-2008 as International Legal Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, responsible for legal affairs and government relations, residing first in Africa and later in Mexico. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Krieger’s practice included representing private equity firms and individual companies in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions in a variety of industries. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and graduated cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.
With sadness the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University noted the passing on November 30, 2010, of our dear friend and longtime supporter Bill Pope, a member, as is his beloved wife, Margaret, of the Center’s International Advisory Council. Renowned educator, scientist, innovator, and businessman, Bill devotedly served his country, his church, his community, and his family. He is remembered with great affection and admiration by all of us who were privileged to know him and work with him. We were pleased and touched to be able to enjoy his cheerful support once again this year at the October International Symposium. We are grateful for his life, and grateful that he made us a part of it. Obituary here.
Jay Pimentel lives and practices law in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is vice president and associate general counsel for TriNet, providing payroll, benefits and HR services to 2,000 other companies with employees throughout the world. One of his assignments in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to be the church’s point of contact with foreign consulates in San Francisco. Jay also serves on the leadership counsel and external relations committee of the American Red Cross in his area and is general legal counsel for the San Francisco Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Colleen, are the parents of four children.