Wilbur R. Wortham Jr. (BS ’55; Jacqueline; St. George, Utah) is serving as the financial secretary in the Utah St. George Mission. Wortham and his wife have served 11 full-time missions for the Church.


William J. Strong (BS ’58, MS ’59, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology ’64; Charlene Fuhriman [BS ’60]; Provo) received the Silver Medal in Musical Acoustics from the Acoustical Society of America for contributions to the understanding of wind-instrument acoustics.


Norma Carr (BS ’69; Salt Lake City), Salt Lake Community College director of athletics, is retiring after 25 years with Bruin Athletics. Ronald L. Knudsen (BM ’69; Betty; Provo) has retired and works in the Provo Utah Temple. Knudsen has also served three missions—two in the United States and one in China. During his career Guy J. Wymore (BA ’69, MFA ’76; Joy; Salt Lake City) taught art and photography at two Utah charter high schools and was an adjunct member of BYU’s interior design faculty. Wymore was also a graphic designer for Nature’s Way, and he plays in local jazz bands.


Joachim K. Pestinger (BA ’70; Jeannie; Orting, Wash.) has been elected to a four-year term as mayor of Orting. Since retiring as director of real-estate services for the Washington State Department of Transportation, he has served as a city council member, deputy mayor, and fire commissioner.


Harold F. Lillywhite (BS ’72, MS ’74; Merlene Palmer [BA ’73]; Aloha, Ore.) detoured from his physics background to write A Dictionary of Polspeak: What Politicians Really Mean.


Jay Harris

Jay Harris

William D. Freeze (BA ’74; Linda Gourley [’74]; Highland, Utah) was instated as the 2014 president of the 1,500- member Utah County Association of Realtors. Jay M. Harris (BS ’74, DDS Creighton University ’77; Trudy Hanchett [BS ’72]; Idaho Falls, Idaho) was elected chair of the 2014 Idaho State Board of Dentistry. Harris has published Gaining the Fullness: The Spirit-Filled Path to ExaltationThe Moon Is La Luna, and Wow, It’s a Cow.

Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson

R. Craig Johnson (BA ’74, JD University of Washington ’77; Nancy Andrews [BA ’77]; Park City, Utah) has joined the corporate and environmental, energy, and natural resources departments of Parsons Behle & Latimer, concentrating his practice on mergers, acquisitions, mining law, and related transactions. Jack M. Lyon (BA ’74; Cecilia Williams [’74]; West Valley City, Utah) is the owner and operator of Temple Hill Books, a publishing company. Lyon was formerly a managing editor at Deseret Book.


Sasha W. Kwapinski (MA ’76; Susan Rubow [BA ’73]; Alta Loma, Calif.) is completing a 2,400-mile bicycle ride along the Mississippi River to raise funds for local animal shelter and rescue efforts.


M. Raelene Colobella Davis (BA ’78; William L. [BS ’81]; Salt Lake City), Ski Utah vice president of marketing and operations, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.


Michael A. Beier (BA ’80, BA ’90, MLIS ’93; Deborah Golding [BS ’94, MS ’97]; Stansbury Park, Utah) has been director of the Dugway Post Library for nine years and is assisting with the library’s new multiplatform distribution service.


George S. Low (BA ’82, MBA University of Western Ontario ’88, PhD University of Colorado, Boulder ’94; Colleen Davidson [’89]; Fort Worth, Texas) was named the dean of Radford University’s College of Business and Economics.


Barton R. Bowen (BS ’83, MBA University of Phoenix ’98, MPA University of Utah ’99, PhD University of Utah ’05, MEd Plymouth State University ’12; Nancy Gibson [BS ’83]; Snowflake, Ariz.) published The Magnificence of Deity: A Scriptural Reference of the Characteristics and Attributes of God. 

Kristen Jenson

Kristen Jenson

Bryan C. Jackson (BA ’83, JD ’86; Pitina McKnelly [BA ’83]; La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.) has been assigned to serve as an area legal counsel for the Church in the southern portion of Africa, which covers 26 nations. Kristen Haines Jenson (BA ’83, MA ’85; John R. [BS ’92]; Richland, Wash.) published Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids and blogs at PornProofKids.com.


John A. Fought III (BS ’84; Mary; Scottsdale, Ariz.), a two-time PGA Tour winner, is the president of John Fought Design, where he designs golf courses.Jon K. Lyons (BS ’84, MS ’85; Sylvia Millington [BA ’85]; Redding, Calif.) has joined Knauf Insulation North America as manager of plant operations and a member of the executive board.


John Guynn

John Guynn

John M. Guynn (BA ’85, MS ’87, JD University of Virginia ’89; Jessica Page [BA ’99]; Salt Lake City), a registered patent attorney, has been elected to Workman Nydegger’s board.


Maureen Dahl Dudley (BA ’86; Chris S. [BS ’87]; Rocklin, Calif.) is the owner of Dudley & Nunez Communications, which was named a Solution Provider of the Year by Constant Contact. Janalee Smith Tobias (BA ’86; Steven D. [BS ’86]; South Jordan, Utah) led efforts to protect a wildlife habitat from commercial development, which was the basis for Slapped! A Novel Based on a True Story.Paul J. Winkelman (BS ’86, BA ’94, MA ’97; South Jordan, Utah), assistant professor of dance and Ballroom Dance Company director at Utah Valley University, received the 2014 Star Award in dance from SCERA in Orem, Utah.


Bruce A. Sullivan (BS ’88, MA Assemblies of God Theological Seminary ’14; Holts Summit, Mo.) graduated with a master’s degree in counseling.


Rhonda K. Grubbs (BS ’90; Blue Bell, Pa.), an attorney at Wisler Pearlstine, addressed the Eastern Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators about the Affordable Care Act. James L. Thompson (BA Marylhurst College ’87, JD ’90; Tempe, Ariz.) is launching The Coming Flood, a historical fiction book series; the first installment is Trees of the GardenGary L. Totten (BA ’90, MA ’93, PhD Ball State University ’98; Christine Russell [BS ’89]; Moorhead, Minn.) has been selected as the next editor in chief for the scholarly journal MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.


Miles L. McCracken (BS ’92; Liana Allen [BS ’95]; Alpine, Utah), created BestShred, a mobile document-shredding company, with his business partner.Jeffry J. Roundy (BS ’92; Cynthia Strong [BS ’89]; North Salt Lake, Utah) was recognized as a top financial advisor in Utah by Barron’s magazine.


Deborah Adams Anderson (BA ’93; Olaf L. [’90]; McKinney, Texas) was the cocomposer and coproducer of the album Sonnet Love Songs. Anderson also published the children’s e-book Miss Mockingbird and the Proud Peacock. S. Brett Bailey (’93; Carol Skalla [BA ’92]; Highland, Utah) created BestShred, a mobile document-shredding company, with his business partner. Brian K. Williamson (BS ’93, MAcc ’93; Ranell; Sherwood, Ore.) has been promoted to second vice president of tax in corporate financial services at the Standard Insurance Company.


Catherine Lee Ashby (BS ’94, PharmD Creighton University ’00; Scott; Marshfield, Wis.), a clinical pharmacist at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, has been certified as a nutrition-support pharmacist by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. John W. Bean (BS ’94, MBA Massachusetts Institute of Technology ’97, MS Massachusetts Institute of Technology ’97; M. Serene; Lehi, Utah) was promoted to principal engineer and supply-chain-solutions group leader at IM Flash.

Teresa Hirst

Teresa Hirst

Teresa Jensen Hirst (BA ’94; Paul M. [BS ’94]; Saint Michael, Minn.) has published Twelve Stones to Remember Him: Building Memorials of Faith from Financial Crisis, which connects an ancient biblical memorial with stories of LDS individuals who faced financial crisis with faith. J. Cheryl Peterson Norman(MM ’94; V. Garth [BS ’63, MA ’75, MS ’80]; American Fork, Utah) received the Music Teachers National Association’s Foundation Fellow Award.


Shawn G. Hansen (BS ’95, JD University of California ’98; Michelle Oldham [BS ’95]; Palo Alto, Calif.) has joined Nixon Peabody’s Palo Alto office as partner and will leverage his technical and legal experience to help clients protect their innovations. Jeffery D. Hendricks (BA ’95; Danielle; Springville, Utah) is the executive producer of Blood Brother, a feature film written, directed, filmed, and scored by his son Jay Hendricks. Mark E. Henshaw (BA ’95, MA ’99, MBA ’99; Janna Balmforth [BS ’01]; Leesburg, Va.), a CIA analyst and former member of the CIA’s Red Cell think tank, had his second book, Cold Shot: A Novel, published by Simon & Schuster.

Carl Reed

Carl Reed

Carl T. Reed (BS ’95, JD University of Kansas ’98; Heidi Burton [BS ’95]; Salt Lake City), a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, was elected to the board at Workman Nydegger.

David Tinney

David Tinney

David A. Tinney (BFA ’95; LaRene Lewis [BS ’93]; Orem, Utah) was named outstanding director of a musical at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for his work with Utah Valley University’s production of Next to Normal.


Lisa M. Belliston (BS ’96, MS Utah State University ’98; Doraville, Ga.) has been elected president of the Georgia Association on Young Children.


Kevin W. Parks (BA ’97; Tracey Robinson [BA ’94]; Medford, Ore.) organized a team of former rugby players and BYU alumni to play on the BYU Old Boys rugby team in the Las Vegas Invitational masters division rugby tournament; the team raised funds for the Cougar Rugby Foundation. Benjamin S. Terry (BS ’97, MS Colorado School of Mines ’99, PhD University of Colorado Boulder ’12; Rachel Tolman [BA ’96]; Lincoln, Neb.) helped develop a new procedure that provides oxygen to dysfunctional lungs during medical procedures.


Paul Black

Paul Black

Paul E. Black (BS Southern Utah State College ’73, MS University of Utah ’83, PhD ’98; Marlena; Gaithersburg, Md.) received the Bronze Medal Award for Superior Federal Service from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for leadership in the development of software-assurance test methods and reference data. David E. Bokovoy (BA ’98, MA Brandeis University ’00, PhD Brandeis University ’12; Carolyn Bird [BS ’96]; Orem, Utah) published Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy. Bokovoy also teaches courses in Bible and Mormon studies at the University of Utah.


Liberty Walther Barnes (BA ’99, PhD University of California, San Diego ’11; Levi D. [BS ’00]; Hillsboro, Ore.) published Conceiving Masculinity: Male Infertility, Medicine, and Identity. Barnes, who also gave a TEDx talk on gender and scientific imagination, is a research associate with the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Krista Bruen Baum (BS ’99; Nicholas; San Francisco) and her husband are cofounders of StoryWorth, a family-history company that helps its clients record and privately share their stories digitally. Their company was spotlighted in the New York TimesKirstine Erekson Call(BS ’99, MSW Boston College ’01; Daniel M. [BS ’98]; Andover, Mass.) published a children’s picture book called The Raindrop Who Couldn’t FallJames W. Dashner (BS ’99, MAcc ’99; Lynette Anderson [BS ’98]; South Jordan, Utah) has written a New York Times best seller, The Maze Runner, which is being made into a full-length feature film. Jorge E. Pulleiro (BA ’99, MEd Eastern Oregon University ’08; Charlotte Kennington [BS ’97]; Hailey, Idaho), a Spanish teacher at Wood River Middle School and Troops to Teachers participant, has received several prominent teaching awards and was recently recognized by the White House staff for his significant contributions to education.


Garrett M. Batty (BA ’00; Sherrie Fisher [BA ’02]; Draper, Utah) directed and wrote The Saratov Approach, a film about missionaries kidnapped for ransom in Russia. The movie was nominated for 14 Filmed in Utah awards. Megan L. Brashear (BS ’00; Portland, Ore.) was named Pet Plan USA Veterinary Technician of the Year. Brashear, education manager at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital, lectures at national veterinary conferences and provides in-service training at animal hospitals and clinics around the country. Christopher L. Clark (BA ’00, MFA University of Exeter ’02, PhD ’12; Lisa Valentine [BA ’97]; Provo), chair of Utah Valley University’s Department of Theatrical Arts, directed the play Vincent of Brixton, for which UVU was awarded Outstanding Production of a Play by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Hilary Hoyt Hendricks (BA ’00; Todd J. [BA ’00, MBA ’07]; Spanish Fork, Utah), a BYU MBA student, presented her winning student essay at the 10th annual Marjorie Pay Hinckley Lecture. Jesse K. Shumway (BS ’00; JD University of Texas ’04; Debra Thomas [BS ’01]; Cedar Hill, Texas) was named a partner at the Carrington Coleman law firm. Shumway’s practice focuses on complex business litigation and appeals.


Eric Jorgensen

Eric Jorgensen

A. Tyler Dixon (BA ’01; Los Angeles) has created top-five-finalist commercials in the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl competition for three consecutive years. Eric H. Jorgensen (BS ’01; Jennifer Taylor [BS ’03]; Orem, Utah) has been ranked in the top 10 of Veterans Affairs loan officers by the Scotsman Guide.


Caleb P. Chapman (BA ’02; Alison Ahern [BS ’98]; Pleasant Grove, Utah), adjunct music faculty member and Sonic Exchange director at Utah Valley University, received a Star Award from SCERA’s ninth annual An Evening of Stars Benefit Arts Gala. Casey B. Harris (BA ’02, JD Lewis & Clark College ’06; Laura Didenhover [BS ’02, MS ’03]; Bellevue, Wash.) was named vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Univera, a direct-sales retail company headquartered in Seattle. Glenn E. Roper (BA ’02, JD ’05; Julie Ludwig [BS ’04]; Highlands Ranch, Colo.) has been made a partner of Reilly Pozner and was also named to the Rising Stars list published in Colorado Super Lawyers. Rex J. Rowley (BS ’02, MA University of Kansas ’05, PhD University of Kansas ’09; Rachel; Normal, Ill.) published Everyday Las Vegas: Local Life in a Tourist Town.


Joshua B. Case (BS ’03, MBA University of Phoenix ’06; Kristie; Provo), CEO of Energy Capital Group, is helping to develop ECG Utah Solar 1, a solar plant to be built in Millard County, Utah. Stephen L. Cheney (BA ’03; Gabrielle Tibbitts [BS ’02]; San Antonio) has been accepted to the Texas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine for the class of 2018. Tyson Downs (BGS ’03; Jenny Van Noy [BA ’00]; Riverton, Utah) is the founder and owner of Titan Web Agency. Downs provides free website design for nonprofit organizations and charities.


Julie A. Hammari (BS ’04; Provo), who teaches sixth grade in Spanish Fork, Utah, was a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Britney Schetselaar Rule (BA ’04; Blake J. [BS ’07, MAcc ’07]; Pleasant Grove, Utah) published a recipe book called Grain Crazy, which focuses on cooking with whole grains.


Dylan K. Astle (BA ’05; Teisha; Valparaiso, Ind.) was promoted to DirectBuy’s vice president of member experience and will be part of the executive leadership team.


Douglas D. Wilson (BS ’06, MBA Northern Kentucky University ’11; Heather Husted [’05]; Batavia, Ohio) has been promoted to director of continuous improvement in dunnhumby USA’s Cincinnati office. He was previously a process change manager at the Kroger Company.


Ellie Vilendrer

Ellie Vilendrer

Keith C. Johnston (BS ’07, MAcc ’07; Laura Cherrington [BS ’07]; Gilbert, Ariz.) received the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Chief’s Horizon Award for his work as a special agent and his contributions to investigation of IRS-related crimes. Ellie Khabazian Vilendrer (BS and BA University of Southern California ’04, JD ’07; Steven; Minnetonka, Minn.) started a law firm, Vilendrer Law, which focuses on contract drafting and negotiation, entity formation, and mediation. She also presented a national webinar on negotiation strategy.


Jeffry C. Brown (BS ’08, DC Palmer College of Chiropractic ’11; Rachel Field [BA ’08]; Lehi, Utah) opened his own chiropractic practice where he specializes in spinal rehabilitation. Jennifer Stephenson Harlos (BS ’08; Girdwood, Alaska) is a labor-and-delivery nurse at Alaska Native Medical Center and Providence Alaska Medical Center. Harlos is also an alto singer with the Alaska Chamber Singers. Rachel Willis-Sørensen (BM ’08, MM ’09; Rasmus; Dresden, Germany), who performs in opera houses around the world, is one of the winners of the 2014 Richard Tucker Career Grant. In 2010, she was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.


Dayan Bernal (BA ’10; Provo) is the cofounder and executive director of the nonprofit organization Teens Act. The organization helps at-risk students graduate from high school and go to college. Joseph H. McFarlane (BS ’10, JD University of Iowa ’13; Mallory Spencer [BS ’08]; Roscoe, Ill.) has joined Reno & Zahm as an associate.

Jordan Ryan

Jordan Ryan

Jordan K. Ryan (BS ’10, JD University of California, Davis ’13; Emily Reynolds [BA ’10]; San Jose, Calif.) has joined Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis as an associate in litigation and business law.


Saeko Yamashita Logsdon (BA BYU–Hawaii ’09, MPA ’11; John D. [BS ’12]; South Jordan, Utah) is the managing director of the nonprofit organization Teens Act, which assists teenagers with their educational pursuits by providing them with mentors, school supplies, and other support.

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