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Allen Alexander and his wife, Denise, recently returned from serving as mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in North Carolina. Prior to his church service, 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. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1995, and President of the company in 1987. Allen joined Savage Services in 1978. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a master’s degree in organizational communications and management development. Denise is currently serving at the Provo MTC. She graduated from BYU in 1976 with a degree in education and music. She enjoys her 9 children and 28 grandchildren. Allen and Denise love to support the cause of religious freedom.
Wilford Andersen was recently released as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and given emeritus status. 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.
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 Body Disease. More …
Scott Anderson 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 the Utah State Board of Regents and is Co-Chair of Education First. 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 five 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…
Linda and her late husband, David Bang, started their company in 1979. The company is a factory rep organization for major playground and site furnishing companies, selling commercial equipment – from basketball standards and bike racks to stadium bleachers and ramadas. The company covers all of Arizona and California. Dave passed away in 2016 and Linda has continued the company. They have 5 wonderful daughters and 15 grandchildren. Linda and Dave both graduated from BYU.
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 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
Christi Belliston taught and coordinated an ESL program in the Provo School District for years. She married longtime ICLRS supporter, Angus Belliston, who recently passed away. In her previous marriage, she lived in many locations with her mining engineering husband, while raising her family. Christi attended BYU in Provo and Hawaii, and was born in Prescott, Arizona. She and Angus’ families include seventeen children and more than 75 grandchildren.
Bill Benac is President of Pathway India, an organization devoted to the education, physical, and mental rehabilitation of disadvantaged Indian youth and adults. He also serves various non-profits and boards that focus on the arts, education, mentoring, international affairs and freedoms, and prisoner rehabilitation. Bill previously held positions with global corporations, prviate equity firms, and as an entrepreneur. He has BA and MBA degrees from BYU and is a JD, CMA, and CPA. Barbara earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature from BYU and Master of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She enjoys road biking, team tennis, boating, and travel. She serves as a bilingual docent at SMU Meadows Museum and at Dallas Museum of Art. She is also a board member of the Orchestra of New Spain. Barbara and Bill reside in Dallas, Texas; they have nine children and twenty-one grandchildren.
Brian Bertha received his JD from Harvard, and his MBA from Swiss Business School (IMD). Rachel received her Masters in Education from Santa Clara. She taught in the public schools.
John Blatter and his wife, Diane, were recently released as mission president of the Washington Tacoma Mission. Prior to his mission, John worked with Goldman Sachs & Co. in private wealth management. Diane and John have six children.
Jim Blood worked as an attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area for 28 years before moving to Utah. He was an attorney at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and at Carr, McClellan, Ingersoll, Thompson & Horn. Jim was also Senior Vice President and General Counsel for FP International. He is curently an individual investor in public stocks. He received a BA in Economics from BYU, an MA in International Affairs and JD from George Washington University. Sharman Blood recently worked as for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies as a Conference Liaison, assisting in coordinating and organizing conferences for the Center. She previously owned her own bookkeeping business in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sharman earned an MA in Education from Stanford University, and taught high school English and Social Studies to at-risk students. She also worked for the Office of Public Liaison at the White House and as a research assistant for a policy research group in Washington, D.C. She graduated from BYU, where she received her BA in History. Prior to moving to Utah in 2015, she and Jim served as Public Affairs Directors for the San Francisco Stake. Sharman and Jim were recently called on a misstion for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Russia. They are the parents of four children.
Brad and Ann Botteron’s business, Wachter Inc., designs, installs, and maintains electrical power and network technology in commercial and industrial facilities across the U.S. They met at BYU, were married in 1980, and live in the Kansas City area. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Bob Bradley currently has a part-time law practice. He also served as the Associate Legal Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe. He has been on the board of Shelter for the Homeless for many years, and has served on the boards of numerous arts organizations. Bob practiced in Durham Jones & Pinegar for 36 years, an was a partner at Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy. Bob holds a BA in biology from the University of Utah, an MS in Biology from Brigham Young University, a PhD in environmental physiology from Cornell, and a JD from BYU Law School. He taught at Cornell and at Iowa State University for nine year. He is the oldest of 14 children. Lonnie Bradley is an award-winning film writer and now serves as President of the League of Utah Writers, Millcreek Chapter. She received her Master’s Degree in Education and taught for many years in elementary school and in college. She and Bob have seven children and 23 grandchildren.
Joseph Brubaker assists companies in taking products, services, intellectual property, and businesses globally. With extensive regulatory and litigation experience with governments worldwide, he helps U.S. companies successfully expand internationally and helps foreign companies invest in the U.S. market. He has lived in England, France, Israel, Mongolia, and Russia. In addition to teaching courses on international law, he has practiced law in New York and Washington, D.C., and he currently serves on the Board of the World Trade Center Utah, on the Utah Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, on the Utah District Export Council, and as chair of the Int’l Section of the Utah Bar. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah, his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, and his Master of Laws from Cambridge University. Kimberly is a proud mother of four children. She has worked as a development officer at Children’s Miracle Network in Salt Lake City, worked for Columbia University as its international development officer in New York, and studied the culinary arts at Le Cordone Bleu in Paris. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Utah in Business Marketing and Political Communications.
Mac Brubaker is President of Tate Brubaker Real Estate and has developed commercial properties in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. He served as the president of the Utah Association of REALTORS. After their last child left home, Mac joined the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team, and has responded to over 240 wilderness rescues. He holds a BES degree from BYU in Civil Engineering (“E” for the five-year Engineering degree). Mac currently serves in a Mid-Single Adult Ward Bishopric. Christeena has written children’s stories and music. She paints, draws, gardens, plays the organ and piano, and enjoys photography. She attended BYU-Hawaii and BYU-Provo, and is a graduate of the Denver School of Floral Design. Christeena and Mac have served senior missions in New Mexico and Guatemala. They are the parents of 8 children and 19 grandchildren.
Merrill Bryan has served the last few years as the director of the LDS Visitors’ Center at Park City Family Tree Center. Previously he served as a guest-services missionary on Temple Square. Merrill retired as senior vice president and CIO of Union Pacific. He has over 40 years of business experience in the transportation field. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Nancy has served with her husband for the last few years at the Park City Family Tree Center. Previously, she served as a guest-services missionary on Temple Square. Nancy and Merrill are the parents of five children.
Douglas Bush is currently serving as mission president of the Honduras San Pedro Sula West Mission for the LDS Church. Prior to his calling he was a partner at Arent Fox LLP in Washington, D.C., specializing in trademark and copyright law. He is the former International Chair of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and is a member of the Clark Society Advisors. Doug has assisted in organizing the International Religious Liberty Award Dinner in Washington, D.C. in October each year and its student writing competition. He is a graduate of BYU Law School and a former Court Law Clerk for the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Ann is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Washington, D.C. Coalition for the Homeless, and also worked as a bank human resource officer. She is a graduate from Ricks College. Ann and Doug have have three children.
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
Elder Craig Cardon has been serving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was recently released and given emeritus status. He served 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 Child 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 Child 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 is currently a student coach and mentor at the Law School, and is assisting with several new conferences sponsored by the Center. He began service as Chair of the Center’s International Advisory Council in April 2018. He retired as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Company (formerly Phelps Dodge Corporation). Dave was a partner at Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy. He and his wife, Julie, created and funded the S. David and Julie Colton Endowed Fund for ICLRS to support the Center’s activities and programs in Europe. They served as Government Relations Specialists assigned to the United Nations in New York City. Dave also worked as the LDS Europe Area Legal Council. Dave is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, and both he and Julie are graduates from BYU. They 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…
Eleanor Colton and her late husband, Sterling, established the Sterling and Eleanor Colton Endowed Chair in Law and Religion at BYU Law School to support the efforts of ICLRS. Eleanor was an elementary school teacher. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from University of Utah. She was the president of Kappa Kappa Gamma while attending the University. Sterling was the former Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of Marriott International, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C. They are the parents of four children.
Randy Cone runs the UBS Cone Institutional Consulting Group operating out of Washington, DC. He is the primary financial advisor and investment consultant to fiduciary boards, wealthy families and their family foundations regarding all of the complex issues surrounding their investment portfolios, IPS, and mission statements. He also serves as an investment performance analyst and strategist to a select clientele. Randy is a Certified Investment Management Analyst CIMA and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, the C&O Canal Trust, and the William O. Douglas Society. Lisa serves as the Program Director for the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV) and its “Do the Write Thing” Challenge initiative that was established by The Kuwait America Foundation. In that role, she works with leaders across the country as well as government offices in Washington, DC regarding youth violence. When their children young, she was actively engaged in church, school, and community service, experience she now uses in NCSV. Lisa and Randy are parents of six children and seven grandchildren.
Greg Cook is a founding executive with doTERRA International, and serves on the Board of Directors for Mentors International. He has lived in Africa, Europe, South East Asia, North America, and recently returned from living in Shanghai, China. 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. Greg graduated from BYU in International Relations, with a minor in Scandinavian Studies. Julie is passionate about humanitarian work and is actively engaged in multiple projects in China including cancer recovery, orphanages, and feminine hygiene for the poor. She currently serves as Asia Director for Days for Girls. Julie graduated from BYU majoring in Business Education and minoring in Dance Education and Business Management. Julie and Greg are the parents of five children.
Jim Cook is the president and co-owner of Calva Products, which manufactures milk replacers and calf-care products. He and his wife, Sandy, live in Lodi, California. They were both widowed, and married in 2005. Jim and Sandy currently serve as co-chairs of the Knight Society at Brigham Young University, an organization created to recognize the generosity of University donors. Sandy had her first horse at age 7 and road by herself all over their rural community. She attended UC Santa Barbara and finished at UCLA in Analytical Biology. Sandy wanted to be a doctor but married the boy next door, a new MD, and she ran his offices as a multi-specialty medical administrator years later. Sandy built the clinics and his eye surgical center. He died and she was a widow in Provo for 14 years. She and Jim have 10 children between them and 24 grandchildren.
Lew Cramer is the Utah CEO for Colliers International. He is also founding president of the World Trade Center Utah, and serves on its board. He also serves on the International World Trade Center Board. 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 Choir from 2007-2014. She grew up in southern California and went to BYU, graduating with a BA in English. Barb and Lew have six children and thirteen grandchildren. They have lived in California, Virginia and now live in Salt Lake City.
Mark Cressler entered full-time service with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after spending his career in real estate development. He is currently assigned to the Special Projects Department where his primary responsibilities are the selection and recommendation of Church temple sites and other strategic assignments. Mark was born in California and was raised in Germany. He is married to Janette Smith Cressler, and they are the parents of five children.
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 Dewsnup is a trial attorney and founding member of Dewsnup, King & Olsen law firm in Salt Lake City, where he has practiced law since 1977. He is a retired Brigadier General in the United States Air Force, having served in the Utah Air National Guard for thirty-nine years. Mary Dewsnup is a former elementary school teacher who left teaching to be a mother. The Dewsnup’s are the parents of five children and they have 25 grandchildren.
Greg Drennan is a partner at Crescendo Properties (dba Shield Storage), and is also a partnet at Quick Quack Car Wash. In 2016, he sold LifeStorage, where he was the Director and Acquisitions Adviser in Sacramento, California. He served in various leadership capacities in the company for many years. Previously, he was the Controller at SKK Enterprises, Inc., a Sacramento regional develoop and home building company. Greg graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Business Management, Accounting.
As an attorney, Rick Durfee represents high net worth families throughout the country for Multi-Generation Estate and Business Succession Planning, focusing on protecting the family. He is a nationally known speaker, and has been featured at the Money Show, the FreedomFest, and the Financial Planning Association. He is the founding director of Arizona Bank and Trust. Rick has served on the Board of Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and on the Planned Giving Committees for Chandler Regional Hospital, the Arthritis Foundation, and the Advocates Council for the Arizona School of Health Sciences. He is the CEO and Chairman of Legacy Global Foundation, Inc. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem in Maricopa County. In addition to his law degree, Rick has a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Language (Japanese/Chinese), and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies. Janel is an Investment Advisor Representative and COO with Wealth Resource Investment Advisors. She is also a Cranial Sacral Therapist (CST). Janel is President of Gilbert Fine Arts Association, and has been the producer of Gilbert Fine Arts Association youth productions since 2003. She has been a volunteer Vice-President of Legacy Global Foundation since 2001. She graduated from ASU in Family Studies. Janel and Rick have been heavily involved in the Scouting program for many years. They are the proud parents of eight children and grandparents of 12.
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…
Paul Durham and his wife, Maren, are currently presiding over the California Oakland/San Franciso mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Prior to their call, Paul was the Director and General Counsel at Durham Jones & Pinegar, a law firm he founded in 1991. Paul received his B.A. (1977) and J.D. (1980) from the University of Utah. He was chair of the alumni board at the U Law School at the same time he taught at BYU Law School as an adjunct professor. Paul practices in Real Estate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions. Maren attended the University of Utah and worked at ZCMI Department Store as the Buyer in the Gift Department. She traveled to New York and Los Angeles frequently and made many trips to Asia, India, and Europe for product development. She stopped working to be a full-time mother of four children. She volunteered for many years teaching art each week in elementary school classes.
Richard Durham is the founder and chairman of Aries Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm. Prior to his private equity investment endeavors, Rick spent several years at Huntsman Corporation in various positions, including chief financial officer and president. He later served as chairman and CEO of Pliant Corporation, a major flexible packaging company. Rick has been involved as an investor and board member of numerous companies and has also been involved with several charitable organizations. Rick is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Christena serves on the boards of several charitable organizations, including the Huntsman Foundation, The Road Home, the Huntsman World Senior Games, the Carmen Pingree School for Autism, and the Moran Eye Center, and is committed to serving others. Christena is the mother of seven children and grandmother to several grandchildren.
Bryson Garbett is president and founder of Garbett Homes. He started his construction career as an 18-year-old framer. In 1988, after graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in History, Bryson decided to start his own company. After years of perseverance, Garbett Homes has become one of the largest and most innovative home builders in the state of Utah. Bryson and his family have made a difference in the world by donating to various causes including supporting education for children in Mexico and women in Iraq. Bryson is now engaging Salt Lake City’s homelessness problems with other concerned community members. Jan Garbett serves on several boards and is a founder or supporter of multiple non-profits addressing needs both locally and abroad, such as community theatres, choirs, PTAs, Pioneer Redd-rock settlement building family, women in Iraq, and kids needing education in Mexico. Jan studied English at BYU and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English. Jan and Bryson have eight children and seven grandchildren.
Blair Garff 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. Sue served as the Matron of the Manhattan New York Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She also served with her husband, Blair, where he was the mission president of the Nigeria Enugu Mission. In Scarsdale, New York, Sue was a member of the Junior League of Northern Westchester County, and chairman of fundraising. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in Health and Physical Education. Sue attended the University of Utah. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sue and Blair are the parents of four sons and two daughters, and grandparents of twenty.
Larry Gibson recently served as a counselor in the Young Men General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Larry received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and information science from Brigham Young University. His professional career has spanned both corporate and entrepreneurial organizations; he has started several technology companies and most recently worked as senior executive vice president and CTO/CIO of a Fortune 100 corporation in the healthcare industry. He and his late wife, Shirley, are the parents of six children.
David 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.
Senator Orrin Hatch needs no introduction to the staff and supporters of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, but this excerpt from an article by A. Scott Anderson, published in the December 27, 2018 Deseret News, gives a glimpse into the heart of a man driven “to succeed in sports, music, politics and everything he tried.” … Clearly, the most important relationship in Orrin’s life is with his wife, Elaine — the love of his life, his anchor, his biggest influence and supporter, his pillar of stability amid the stress and trauma of a very public life. Orrin was a Brigham Young University student when he met, wooed and married Elaine Hansen. His remarkable civic achievements are only topped by his proudest accomplishment of all — the success of his family. Married for 60 years, Orrin and Elaine are the parents of six children, grandparents of 23, and great-grandparents of 26. Orrin has said, no doubt accurately, that Elaine deserves as much credit for his career and accomplishments as he does. More …
Curtis Hill spent the first half of his career at Northwest Airlines in various operations and finance roles. Curtis and Irene were then the lead investors in the start-up of Imagine Learning, Inc. in Provo, Utah, a company that develops software to teach English to elementary-aged students in the United States. Curtis is a certified pilot and loves to fly. He received his BA and MBA from Brigham Young University. Curtis grew up in San Jose, California. Irene’s chosen career is to be a mom of six children and now a grandmother of five. She graduated from BYU with a BA and earned her MBA from the University of Minesota. Irene enjoys travel, teaching, and serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Richard Hunter practiced law in California for 30 years specializing in asset protection, estate planning, and taxation. He is affiliated with the Howard W. Hunter Mormon Studies Council at Claremont College. Richard served as Mission President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Auckland, New Zealand and President of the Oakland California Temple. He graduated in accounting from BYU and received his J.D. From Berkeley Law School. Nan founded the Almaden Country School, a private non-profit school in San Jose, California. She has served as a board member to several non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of the LDS Hymn #154 (“Father, This Hour Has Been One of Joy”) and of The Diary of Howard Hunter, age 10. She has been recognized for her poetry and biographies. Nan graduated from BYU in Zoology. Nan and Richard have eight children and 36 grandchildren.
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 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 Jackson is a partner with Invictus Law in Lindon, Utah, and the owner of Invictus Title Insurance Agency and Invictus Insurance Agency. Previously, Blair was an attorney with Claro y Cia in Santiago, Chile. He also worked fro the U.S. Department of Agriculture and for the United Nations Foundation, in Washington DC. Blair 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. He holds State Bar Admissions in six different states, including Utah, Nevada, California, Idaho, Alaska, and New York. Kristina was born in Colorado, and later her family moved to the suburbs of Salt Lake City. She graduated from Brigham Young University, where she received a Bachelor’s in Accounting degree. She has spent the last nineteen years raising her and Blair’s six childrne
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. He 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.
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.
Jim Larkins is the lead portfolio manager for Wasatch Advisors in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he has worked since 1998. He specializes in equity research for Small Cap value inversting. Prior to his career at Wasatch Advisors, Jim worked as a systems consultant for what is now Accenture. He also worked for a start-up company in the data storage industry. Jim received his BA in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from Brigham Young University. Allyson currently focuses her time on their family of three children. She has taught and choreographed for ballet schools in the Salt Lake area. She danced for Ballet West professionally for 11 years, finishing her career as a soloist dancer. She received a BA from the University of Utah in Ballet.
Justin Lee is the Vice President of Chung and Associates. He is also the owner of Greenscape Storage. Justin graduated in Construction Management from Brigham Young University. Tahna is a doTerra Essential Oils distributor and a health coach. She is a homeschool mom for their four children. Tahna graduated in Family Science from Brigham Young University.
Helen Leon 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 and Bianca Lisonbee recently were released from presiding over the Brazil Salvador Mission for the Church. 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 and of 4 Life 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 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 Martineau is an attorney with Martineau, PLLC in Mesa, Arizona. He recently served as Area Legal Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Africa and Mexico. 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. Stan and Susan 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.
Derek Maxfield serves as Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Younique, LLC. Previously he served as Founder and Chief Technology Officer at NetSteps, LLC. Derek has many years of experience in working with direct sales companies. He was recognized by Utah Valley Business Quarterly Magazine twice as No. 1 and No. 8 overall for the area’s fastest growing companies. Derek studied Computer Science at Brigham Young University. Shelaine is President and Chair of the Board of Trustees at The Younique Foundation, which was the driving purpose for the creation of Younique. The foundation is an organization to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse find healing and hope. She and her husband, Derek, are the parents of five children.
Reid Moon is 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. He graduated from BYU in 1985. 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.
Rulon Munns is the Founder and Managing Shareholder of Bogin Munns and Munns, P.A. for forty years. He served as Area Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was President of the Japan Sapporo Mission. He is currently serving as a Stake Patriarch. Rulon graduated from Brigham Young University with hi bachelors degree and received his J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School. Jacqui is actively involved with “Feeding Children Everywhere” organization. She is also currently serving in Church Stake Public Affairs actitivites. Jacque graduated from Williamette University in Salem, Oregon. She and Rulon are the parents of five children and fifteen grandchildren.
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 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 to summer 2008, David had a law practice, David A. Nearon, A Professional Law Corporation with his son, David A. Nearon, Jr. On July 1, 2008, he became an LDS Church Service Volunteer as the Associate Area Legal Counsel for the Europe East Area headquartered in Moscow, Russia. David became a PLC member and ICLRS member in 2003.
Linda Nearon grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah in 1964 with a degree in History and Political Science, with Secondary Teaching Credentials. Linda worked on a Master’s Degree at San Jose State University and in The Hoover Institution in the Publications Department at Stanford University. Linda married David Nearon in 1967, and raised four children in the San Francisco Bay Area. She taught school in the Dablo Unified School District in the 1990’s. In the late 1990’s Linda was a docent for Paleontology and Anthropology at the University of California in Berkeley. Linda’s passion is oil painting. She is an award-winning artist and most recently won the Merit Award in Landscaping in Salon International 2008. Linda has been on the International Advisory Council of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies for the past five years. She is currently serving an LDS Service Mission in Moscow, Russia.
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 Landesbank (now Portigon AG) as in-house counsel, which included a three-year stint with the entire family in Düsseldorf, Germany, the bank’s headquarters. Janet’s primary work for years was at home raising their four children. She recently received her masters degree in Mathematics Education from Hunter College in New York City, and Professional Certification in New York State. She has been teaching mathematics for the last four years at Hunter College High School in New York City. In 2014 Janet was called to serve on the Young Women General Board of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is one of five from outside Utah to currently serve in that calling. Jeff and Janet have been participating in the Annual Symposium of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies since 2006.
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 recognition that requires the honoree to have acted as lead counsel in at least 200 civil jury trials. Bob is currently serving as Honorary Consul for the Government of Romania to the State of Utah.
Bob’s career has also included dedicated service through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including living in Moscow, Russia while serving as a member of the Europe East Area presidency and living in Bucharest, Romania while serving as President of the Romania Bucharest Mission—living for a total of 7½ years in countries of the former Soviet Union.
Joy Orton received her BA degree from the University of Utah. She taught at Skyline High School. She also worked as a graphics artist for Bailey, Montague and Associates. She was a PTA president, and community council chairman. She was also a director of foreign language study at an elementary school. Joy has held several church leadership positions.
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—…
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 Studies. She and her husband, David, served a humanitarian mission in Argentina for the LDS Church; she also had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer in the LDS Perpetual Education Fund for three years. Kathryn taught school for a few years, having received her bachelor’s degree at BYU in Special Education. Kathryn had moved her family from California to Utah after her first husband had passed away to attend BYU. She loves children with special needs; her youngest child is a delightful Down syndrome girl. Kathryn loves being the mother of a large blended family of 10 children and 36 grandchildren
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…
Catherinte Pedersen and her late husband, Robert, were involved for years in their business, Del Sol. Robert passed away in March 2018. Catherine served with Robert as Directors of the Oakland Temple Visitors’ Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Oakland, California. She has served in many other leadership positions in the Church and community. She has eight children, 29 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Wayne 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 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.
David Pollei advises Hardwired, a non-profit organization that promotes freedom of conscience and religion. He also advises an online TV trade press publication. He has more than 30 years of experience in sourcing, evaluating, transacting, advising, and operating companies. David has served as Executive Director of Travel Study International, Chairman of the e-compny, Ominto, in Dubai, ABC’s Marketing Vice President, and President of Shopping by Satellite. He obtained degrees both in International Relations and French from Brigham Young University.
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…
Ed Rowe is a partner at Picard Kentz and Rowe, LLP. He practices international arbitration and dispute resolution, public international law, and international trade and investment. Previously he was a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP, and was a senior resident attorney in offices of U.S. law firms in Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, and Belgium. Ed received a BA from Brigham Young University, magna cum laude, and MA and JD degrees from the University of Chicago. Brooke is an elementary reading interventionist at American Heritage School. She received an MS in education as a K-12 reading specialist from National Louis University and a BS in elementary education from Brigham Young University. Ed and Brooke are the parents of five children.
Gene Schaerr is a veteran litigator in state and federal appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Warren Burger and Antonin Scalia, an for D.C. Circuit Judge Ken Starr. Gene received a BA from Brigham Young University, and two masters degrees in economics from Yale University. He received his JD from Yale. He is an adjunct professor at BYU Law School, where he teaches courses on religious freedom litigation and Supreme Court practice. He is also the managing partner at the D.C. law firm Shaerr|Jaffe LLP. Martha Schaerr has served for the past several years as a member of the Maryland Board of Physicians and as a member of the Montgomery County (MD) Republican Central Committee. She has twice won the Republican nomination for the Maryland House of Delegates. She regularly lobbies the Maryland legislature on issues related to family life and religious liberty. Martha is a mother, grandmother, church leader, and teacher.
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…
Milt and Heidi Shipp serve as Government Relations Representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints stationed in Hong Kong. As members of the International Advisory Council (IAC) of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS), they also serve as ICLRS International Fellows. Milt is found and CEO of DAI, a real estate development company with project along the Wasatch Front in Utah. He is also a partner in Candlelight Homes. Milt graduated from the University of Utah in Organizational Communications and then attended Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Business. He is a member of the IAC Executive Committee. Heidi Shipp has serves on the Broadcast Leadership Council for BYUtv and has served on the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. She received a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Utah. Milt and Heidi have seven children and sixteen grandchildren.
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.
Bryant & Nicole Stirling are partners in an IT consulting firm in Houston, which services oil and gas, chemical, and gold mining industries. Bryan has developed several pieces of custom software to help customers use historical data to improve business systems. Prior to the development of the IT consulting firm, he worked for years as a software engineer. He received an Executive MBA from the University of Utah. Nicole is the Executive Director of the Stirling Foundation. She also serves as President of Process Wise. She had been an executive assistant to a member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and for twenty years assisted area presidencies during the Church’s General Conference. Nicole worked for Elder Richard B. Wirthlin, General Authority and former strategist and pollster for Ronald Reagan, as an executive assistant, having worked for him in the research industry prior to her work for the Church. Nicole attended BYU. She and Bryant are the parents of three children.
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. More …
Jennifer Wilcox is active in community and church affairs, and is currently the President of the Edgemont Board of Education. She is founding partner of Darger, Errante, Yavitz & Blau, a boutique litigation law firm in New York City. She considers her most important and rewarding work to be as mother to her 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…
Tim Wright has been a commercial valuation expert for many years. He is also founding partnet of Crescendo Properties, a self-storage investiment company, and Quick Quack, an express car wash company. He currently serves as President of Quick Quack Car Wash. Tim is also a member of the Tabernacle Choir. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. Teresa Wright has had the blessing of being a stay-at-home mother. She met her husband, Tim, while attending BYU. She has served in many Church leadership capacities. Teresa grew up in Seattle, Washington. She and Tim are the parents of four children and six grandchildren, with another on the way.
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. Marie Kartchner Hafen 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Yakov Krotov and Zorica Angelovsska-Kovasevikj
Yakov Krotov, Priest, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Reunited, Russia
The lack of religious freedom is in the center of public discussion in Russia. Russia can be characterized as a state without law. If you are a member of the Russian ruling elite (about 25% of the population), you have the right to violate some of the laws, depending on your status. The Russian President can violate all laws. There is a gap…
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Amanda graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Secondary English Education. Before entering law school, Amanda worked as a middle school math teacher. During her externship in Guatemala City, she worked on assignments involving visa, custom, property, and various other laws. She also survived climbing an active volcano in the dark of night, and enjoys telling the harrowing tale. Amanda is currently working on the Religious Organizations and the Law treatise for the Center with a focus on the education sections.