Some of the many talented workshop speakers...
Amy Hoyt, PhD is a professor, researcher and the creator of Mending Trauma, an organization focused on helping women heal from relational trauma through evidence-based holistic practices. Dr. Hoyt has led researchers in Africa who studied forgiveness and religion after national conflict and has also examined agency in Latter-day Saint women in North America. Dr. Hoyt has published in several academic journals and is the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Mormonism and Gender (2020). Her current research focuses on the way in which unresolved relational trauma prohibits women’s ability to exercise agency and move towards forgiveness. Dr. Hoyt is the mother of five children, ages 8-17, and lives in the Ozark mountains with her husband and children. She spends her free time working towards her pilot’s license and tooling around in the garden.
Blaine and Robin Evanson
Blaine and Robin Evanson live in Laguna Niguel, California with their four children. Blaine currently serves as the President of the Laguna Niguel Stake, and Robin serves as a seminary teacher. They met at BYU; and lived, studied, and worked in New York City, Washington, DC/Arlington, VA, and Los Angeles/South Pasadena, CA before settling in Orange County. Blaine is a partner at the international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; and Robin is a registered nurse. They spend their free time in the outdoors pushing their kids to do hard things.
Robert L. Millet is Professor Emeritus of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. He has served as Chair of the department of Ancient Scripture, Dean of Religious Education, and Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding. In 2014, after 31 years at BYU, Brother Millet retired from teaching. He is the author or editor of many books, articles, and book chapters, dealing mostly with the doctrine and history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its relationship to other faiths. Some of his more recent books include I Saw a Pillar of Light: Sacred, Saving Truths from Joseph Smith’s First Vision; The Holy Spirit: His Identity, Mission, and Ministry; The Atoning One; Whatever Happened to Faith? and, Precept upon Precept: Joseph Smith and the Restoration of Doctrine. He and his wife Shauna have six children and twelve grandchildren and reside in Orem, Utah.
Brad and Karen Wilkes
Brad and Karen Wilkes met nearly 50 years ago at Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California, married in Logan, Utah, and raised their family in the Sacramento area. They value gospel service and outdoor fun! They have a passion for missions, having served twice in East Africa, and are currently training for Ironman triathlons until the next African mission call!
Cary Johnson is one of the EnglishConnect Managers. She has worked in English teaching and technology throughout her career. She loves the Lord and is excited to share about English learning in this conference. Cary Johnson es una de las gerentes de EnglishConnect. Ella ha trabajado en enseñando inglés y tecnología durante mucha de su carera. Ella ama al Señor y está animada de compartir cosas que ha aprendido en esta conferencia.
Charity Tanner is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as the Agency Manager at Family Services (formerly known as LDS Family Services). She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University, her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chico State. Her education helped her start a meaningful and gratifying career and she has been counseling for 20 years. She served a mission in Spain, now known as the Madrid and Barcelona missions. She loves to eat ice cream, watch her 13 nieces and nephews play sports, and spend time outdoors- hiking or at the ocean.
Christie Frandsen is a lifelong student and teacher of the scriptures. She received her BA in Ancient Scriptures from BYU and attended Duke Divinity School. For over 20 years, she taught Institute at USC and Occidental College, and early morning seminary and is currently the Chair of the Mormon Studies Council at Claremont Graduate University. She learns something new and illuminating every time she reads her scriptures. Christie lives in La Canada, California, with her husband Russ Frandsen, is mother to 11 really smart children and 24 perfect grandchildren.
Craig grew up in Los Altos, California and spent his summers on his grandpa’s farm in Logan, Utah. He is married to Tamara Trimble Israelsen. They met at Utah State University. They have seven children (Sara, Andrew, Heidi, Mark, Nathan, Emma, Jared). Hobbies include hiking, biking, swimming, woodworking, traveling…and family vacations. He competed in the Boston Marathon 5 times, but never won. Craig taught at Brigham Young University for 9 years and at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 14 years. He now teaches as an Executive-in-Residence at Utah Valley University in the Personal Financial Planning Program.
Danielle is the Emmy-award winning journalist behind the top podcast Happiness in Progress. Happiness in Progress is in the top 1.5% of all podcasts and features stories and inspiration meant to help people going through the grind of life - who want to see the light again. Danielle has a background in both TV and radio news and spent a decade and a half working a fast-paced life in news as a morning anchor, reporter and producer. From Salt Lake City, to Las Vegas and Oregon, she has covered a range of stories that got national attention. Danielle has a passion for telling stories that matter. She thrives on giving people a voice and a platform to accomplish their mission. Danielle loves being a mother and wife. She's called it her best job. She married her high school sweetheart. They have three adorable children and live in southern Oregon. In her free time, she loves to run, scrapbook and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
David and Cynthia Wright
David Wright is the husband of Cynthia, the father of six children and grandfather of many. He is the CEO and one of the founders of All-Ways Trucking Inc. He received a BA and MBA from Southern Oregon University. He loves to fish. He is a former board chair and current member of the board of directors for The American Red Cross of Southwest Oregon. He has helped organize multi faith and community preparation events and blood drives with the Red Cross. He has also served on the customer advisory board for Truckstop.com. He has served as a high councilor working with singles, bishop, stake president, branch missionary, EQ counselor, Sunday school teacher, mission president and currently is serving as an Area Seventy in the West Area of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
David J. Stouder was born in Denver, Colorado. A convert at age 18, he served in the Helsinki, Finland mission and later married Mary Sue Neff in the Oakland, California temple. They are the parents of 5 sons. He is a retired Church Educational System instructor and has served in many church positions. He and Sister Stouder served a mission at the LDS Business College Institute of Religion. He resides in White City, Oregon and currently serves as a counselor in the Medford Oregon Temple Presidency.
Debbie Walton Moss
Debbie Moss has a BA in music from BYU. She has four children and seven grandchildren. She became single at age 60 after 40 years of marriage. She sang in the Tabernacle Choir for 13 years and has taught voice lessons for 35 years. She is a singer, arranger, director, temple worker, and guest service missionary on Temple Square. Also an accidental aerobics instructor!
Dr. Debi Gilmore is the co-owner of The EFT Clinic and co-founder of Building A Lasting Connection, a relationship program for premarital and newly developing relationships.She works with couples, families, and individuals who struggle with challenges such as chronic anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, grief, betrayal, self-worth, and other mental health concerns. She achieved her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy with a special focus on clinical skills, clinical supervision, business leadership, and business and program development.`
Doug Willden is the North America West Area Manager for BYU-Pathway Worldwide. He previously worked as an Instructor with Seminary and Institutes of Religion. Prior to that he was a Junior High Social Studies teacher. He enjoys carpentry, cooking, camping, and four wheeling. He is currently serving as a Bishop is Saratoga Springs, Utah. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Education from the Brigham Young University in Education.
Elaine Dalton was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University. She married Stephen E. Dalton and they are the parents of five sons and one daughter and after 50 years of marriage they find themselves surrounded by 22 blond haired grandchildren! Sister Dalton served as the Young Women General president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2008 until 2013. She feels this service has been a grand privilege and blessing in her life. Elaine served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Utah Valley University and is currently a trustee on that board. She is also a member of the Utah Community Builders board and is the president of the Stella Oaks Foundation. Her most important titles however are wife and best friend of Stephen Dalton, mother to six magnificent adult children, and grandmother to 22 blonde-haired grand children. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking with her family and dancing with her granddaughters. She has run 17 marathons and qualified for and completed two Boston Marathons. She is the author of three books for women and young women and speaks to groups of young women and women about their identity, potential, and purpose. Elaine loves life and believes in people. She has great confidence in the rising generation of noble youth. She often says “I believe that one virtuous young woman or young man can change the world!”
Life after college for Ellen Allred has not been at all what she expected or had planned; but it has been very good! After graduating from BYU, she began working in the BYU Division of Continuing Education—expecting to be there about a year. After more than 40 years, she finally retired. She supervised student services for Independent Study, then for ten years planned and organized BYU Education Week. She next served as the administrative manager for the General Relief Society under President Elaine L. Jack. Upon President Jack’s release, she returned to BYU where she was a founding director of the Bachelor of General Studies program. While working full time, she earned MBA and PhD degrees, both from BYU.
Glenn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and used to be a social worker. He served a mission in Peru and has served as a bishop, a counselor in the stake presidency and as a seminary teacher. He's married to Angelica Portillo Heap and they have three children. He likes to dance, swim and play softball.
Grant Hardy is a professor of history and religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, with degrees from BYU and Yale. He is the editor of The Book of Mormon: Maxwell Institute Study Edition (BYU and Deseret Book) and the author of Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide (Oxford University Press), in addition to several other books and articles on Chinese history, ancient historiography, and Mormon studies. He has also produced two audiovisual courses for the Great Courses company: Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition and Sacred Texts of the World.
Brother Jones is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah where he grew up enjoying the rich outdoor recreational landscape of northern Utah. Brother Jones served as a full-time missionary in the Costa Rica, San Jose mission where he developed a love for the Spanish language and the latino people. He attended Utah State University where he met his sweetheart Stefanie Egan and they were married in 2002 in the Logan, Utah temple. Brother and Sister Jones currently live in San Jose, CA with their 4 children ages 3, 10, 14, and 16. Brother Jones holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and has worked for companies such as Micron, Intel Corporation, and Google where he currently manages engineering organizations. In addition to his full-time missionary service, Brother Jones has served as a ward mission leader, bishop, a stake high councilor, and currently serves as a counselor in the stake presidency. Outside of work and church service, Brother Jones enjoys spending time with his family, biking, hiking, writing, reading, working with his hands, and serving others.
When President Nelson said that it would not be possible to survive spiritually without the constant guidance of the Holy Ghost, I knew I needed to do better. This started an unexpected journey that led me to leave my job, buy a van that I convert into a tiny house on wheels, and start my own financial planning company as I traveled the country. I now have a home base in Manti, Utah, but I still enjoy weekend adventures in my van.
Kim Robison is an avid baker, slow runner, and middle school choir teacher. After growing up in the tundra of eastern Wyoming, she loves the beauty of Medford, Oregon where she currently resides with her husband and two teenage children. The youngest of seven children, Kim will answer to a number of names and fight for a slice of pizza.
King Firoz Husein grew up in Bombay, India as a Muslim. After graduating in Civil/Structural Engineering from BYU, he has been the top builder of steel buildings in the US for the last 25 years. His projects include over 100 million square feet for Costco Wholesale on four continents; the new engineering building, the Hinckley Alumni Building, the indoor practice facility, and the Student Athletic Building at BYU; the Family Search Building in Lehi, Utah; and the Star Valley Temple in Afton, Wyoming. He is currently building the first temple in India. He and his wife, Diane Clark of Afton, Wyoming, have four children.
Kinohi McLoskey is the Welfare and Self-Reliance Manager for the Oakland/San Francisco/Fresno Self-Reliance Services Region. Prior to working for the Church, she was in Executive Recruiting with Morgan Samuels for 10 years, Nuskin a direct selling company, and worked for Alta Capital a money management firm after graduating from Brigham Young University with a BA in Communications. She is the mother of two sons Kaleb (9) and Ryder (11), and she just celebrated her 3rd wedding anniversary with her husband Keegan.
Michael Baker is an employee of the Welfare & Self-Reliance Services Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is currently a Regional Employment Manager for the Western United States. Prior to his time as a Regional Employment Manager, he worked in the federal judiciary in the U.S. Districts of Nevada and Utah. In Utah, he chaired the Executive Committee for an inter-disciplinary Re-entry Coalition focusing on reentry efforts and employment services across local, state, federal, and faith-based community working groups. Michael also spent time spent as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) for the Federal Judiciary in Washington D.C. Michael has been married to his wife Kristin for over 30 years, and currently resides in Farmington, Utah. Michael and Kristin have five children and one daughter in-law. He has served in various capacities in the church including Elder’s Quorum President, Bishop, and was recently released as a counselor in the stake presidency.
Brother Will Hoggan has served as a full-time missionary, youth leader, bishop, and stake president. He would rather sleep on the ground than go to meetings, though he has done plenty of both. He and his wife, Sarah, delight in surfing small waves in Santa Cruz, CA, running and hiking on trails (their favorite is the Skyline to the Sea Trail through the redwoods), playing with their family, and doing anything involving the ocean. (Sand is a condiment.) Brother Hoggan relishes this beautiful, wild world and being out in it. As “all things testify of Christ”, he seeks and finds spiritual lessons all around him. He loves helping others connect with heaven and be taught their own spiritual lessons through the Holy Ghost. In addition to their human family, Brother and Sister Hoggan are foster parents to a California desert tortoise named “Tortellini.” He (Brother Hoggan, not Tortellini) currently serves as Assistant Boys Activity Days Leader in his ward in San Jose, California.
Terryl Givens did graduate work in intellectual history at Cornell and in comparative literature at UNC Chapel Hill, where he received his Ph.D. He is Professor Emeritus of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond, and the Neal A. Maxwell Senior Research Fellow at Brigham Young University. His writing has been praised by the New York Times as “provocative reading,” and his numerous books include a history of Latter-day Saint theology, Wrestling the Angel and Feeding the Flock, a survey of the idea of premortal life in Western thought, When Souls Had Wings, and several studies of LDS scripture, culture, and history. With his wife Fiona he is the co-author of The God Who Weeps, The Christ Who Heals, The Crucible of Doubt, and most recently, All Things New: Rethinking Sin, Salvation, and Everything in Between.
Sonja Wilbert converted to the church as a 16-year-old in Talladega, Alabama. She attended BYU-Provo, where she earned a BS in Microbiology and met her husband, Vernon Wilbert, Jr. She worked in biotechnology before devoting herself to raising a family. A life-long love of reading, along with a firm belief in the power of story to transform lives, inspired her to become an author. She currently writes middle-grade fiction from her home in Tustin, California. Sonja and her husband are the parents of four children: two BYU students, one a returned sister missionary and the other a current missionary, and two younger daughters, each of whom has the tenacity and ferocity to be a prime contestant for the Hunger Games.