Headlines Team

Donlu Thayer

Publications Director

Donlu DeWitt Thayer is the Center’s Publications Director, with responsibility for overseeing print and electronic publications, including the Center’s websites and blog, Talk About: Law and Religion, and the Law and Religion Headlines sent several times a week to subscribers worldwide. A significant responsibility is maintaining 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. She is Associate Editor of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion and manager of the OJLRblog.  She was Associate Editor of the 5-volume Encyclopedia of Law and Religion (Brill 2016, Gerhard Robbers and Cole Durham, eds). She has participated as writer or editor in Center publication projects including … 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,   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. 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. Currently, he is studying Computer Engineering at Brigham Young University, while continuing to consult with the Center. Hayden has always enjoyed working with technology, and is grateful for the oportunity to use his talents to benefit others.

Jordan Pendergrass

Editorial Associate – Websites and Headlines

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.

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 …