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Elder Dale G. Renlund

Elder Dale G. Renlund was called as an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 3, 2015. Prior to being named to the Quorum of the Twelve, he had served as a General Authority Seventy since April 2009. Before that Elder Renlund served in the presidency of the Africa Southeast Area. After receiving BA and MD degrees from the University of Utah, he received further medical and research training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was a professor of medicine at the University of Utah and the medical director of the Utah Transplantation Affiliated Hospitals (UTAH) Cardiac Transplant Program. Elder Renlund has served in numerous Church callings, including as full-time missionary in Sweden, stake president, bishop, and Area Seventy. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, he married Ruth Lybbert in 1977, and they are the parents of one daughter.

Sister Ruth Lybbert Renlund

Sister Ruth Lybbert Renlund graduated from the University of Utah in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in history. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law with her juris doctor in 1986. She practiced law at the Utah Attorney General’s office for three years and then joined the firm of Dewsnup, King, and Olsen, where she practiced plaintiff’s civil litigation for twenty years. She was serving as the president of the firm at the time of Elder Renlund’s call as a General Authority. She served on the board of directors for Deseret News and Workers Compensation Fund of Utah and as chair of the Judicial Conduct Commission for the state of Utah. She was also the first female president of the Utah Trial Lawyers Association. Sister Renlund has served in multiple church callings, including Gospel Doctrine teacher, Young Women president, Relief Society president, and stake Young Women presidency member.

Bishop W. Christopher Waddell

Bishop W. Christopher Waddell was named the second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 2015. He was called as a General Authority Seventy in April 2011 and served in that capacity until his call to the Presiding Bishopric. Bishop Waddell received a bachelor’s degree in 1984 from San Diego State University. Beginning in 1984, he worked with Merrill Lynch in several positions, including as first vice president of investments. He has served in numerous Church callings, including as full-time missionary in Spain, bishop, high councilor, mission president’s counselor, stake president, president of the Barcelona Spain Mission, and Area Seventy. Waddell was born in Los Angeles, California. He married Carol Stansel in July 1984, and they are the parents of four children.

President John S. Tanner

John S. Tanner is the 10th president of Brigham Young University–Hawaii. He assumed the presidency in July 2015 after a 30-year career as a professor and administrator at Brigham Young University in Provo, where he served as academic vice president, associate academic vice president, English department chair, and professor of English, with an emphasis in English Renaissance and religious literature. Prior to his appointment as president of BYU–Hawaii, President Tanner served in the Sunday School General Presidency (2014–2015) and as president of the Brazil São Paulo South Mission (2011–2014) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in English from BYU in 1974 and his doctorate in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1980. President Tanner is married to Susan W. Tanner, former Young Women general president of the Church (2002–2008). They have five children and 20 grandchildren.

Tanise Chung-Hoon

Tanise Chung-Hoon was appointed managing director of Philanthropies in August 2013. Her responsibilities include overseeing fundraising for the Church’s higher-education institutions (BYU, BYU–Hawaii, BYU–Idaho, and LDS Business College) and for approved Church programs and priorities (e.g., General Missionary Fund, Self Reliance Services / Perpetual Education Fund, Humanitarian Aid, Church History, Family History, and Temple Patron Assistance Fund). Chung-Hoon received her bachelor’s degree in business finance from BYU and her master of educational administration from the University of Utah. In 2005 she was awarded her PhD from BYU in educational leadership and foundations with a focus on higher-education administration and an emphasis in organizational strategy and philanthropy. She and her husband, Kaiwi, live in Orem, Utah. They are the parents of three children and have three grandchildren.

Bradley R. Agle

Brad Agle is the George W. Romney Endowed Professor, and Professor of Ethics and Leadership in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. He currently serves as the President of the International Association for Business and Society, as Chairman of Merit Leadership, as Chair of the Wheatley Institution’s Ethics Initiative, and on the following groups; the Global Steering Committee of the BYU Management Society, the Advisory Board of the RLG Group, the Ethics Committee of USA Synchro, the BYU Faculty Advisory Council, the BYU Honor Code Advisory Council, and the editorial board of Business Ethics Quarterly. From 1992-2009 he was a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and the inaugural director of the Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership. His new book The Business Ethics Field Guide was published in August of 2016.

Dr. Agle’s writings appear in the top academic journals in management and ethics, are highly cited, and frequently featured in prominent news outlets. He is a recipient of multiple research and teaching awards, including Distinguished Professor of the Year honors, and he has provided board and executive training for many organizations including Alcoa, Federated Investors, Mellon Financial, US Steel, and U.S. Marine Corps. He has been a guest on various programs including CNBC’s Morning Call, Power Lunch, and Closing Bell. He and his wife Kristi have four children and six grandchildren.

Brent A. Andrewsen

Mr. Andrewsen is a member of Kirton McConkie's Business and Tax & Estate Planning sections. His practice includes estate planning, probate and trust administration, gift taxation, tax-exempt organizations, charitable trusts and planned giving. Mr. Andrewsen also has advised clients with respect to business matters and has assisted in forming various business entities and transactions. He is a frequent speaker on issues regarding tax-exempt organizations, planned giving, estate planning, and related topics. In addition to his professional work, he has sat on the boards of various charitable organizations over the years. Mr. Andrewsen is recognized as one of Utah's Legal Elite and a Mountain States Super Lawyer for non-profit and estate planning as well as a Best Lawyer for trusts and estates.

Carol Warnick

Carol Warnick is a partner at Holland & Hart and the National Chair of the Philanthropies Gift Planning Council. Professionally, Carol concentrates her practice in two related areas. One is estate and wealth transfer planning and administration, in which her clients include executives, owners of closely-held businesses, and families of significant wealth. The other is as a member of the firm’s Fiduciary Solutions Group, in which she advises and represents individuals, corporate and individual fiduciaries, heirs, beneficiaries, and creditors in the resolution of probate- or trust-related disputes through mediation, arbitration, and litigation. She actively practices in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. Carol earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Brigham Young University and her Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Wyoming School of Law.

David A. Channer

David A. Channer is the associate general counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance (magna cum laude) from Brigham Young University in 1981 and graduated cum laude from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1985. While in law school, Channer served as the articles editor for the BYU Law Review during the 1984–85 school year. Prior to his current position, he worked as the regional legal counsel in Boise, Idaho, for the Church’s Office of General Counsel and as the area legal counsel for the Mexico Area. Before working for the Church, Channer was the chief corporate counsel for Micron Technology, Inc., in Boise, Idaho, the associate general counsel and corporate secretary for Morrison Knudsen Corporation in Boise, and spent time as an associate at Hawley, Troxell, Ennis & Hawley in Boise and Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Houston, Texas.

David M. Grant

David M. Grant is a member at the law firm of Grant Morris Dodds PLLC. In addition to handling the estate planning needs for some of Nevada’s wealthiest families, he regularly speaks and writes on the topics of trusts, estates, asset protection, and taxation. He has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubble and has been recognized as a Mountain States Rising Star by Super Lawyers. He was also named as one of Nevada’s Legal Elite by the Nevada Business Magazine. Grant recently completed a three-year term as chair of the Nevada State College Foundation Board and is a member of the national advisory board for the Southern Utah University School of Business. He graduated from SUU with a bachelor’s degree in accounting (magna cum laude), from the University of Utah with a master of accountancy, and from the University of Houston with his juris doctor.

Kristin Keffeler

Kristin Keffeler,is the founder and owner of illumination360. She is an advisor and certified professional coach with specializations in business design, human motivation and behavioral change, family dynamics, and the “inner work” of money. Keffeler is the fourth child and only daughter of a father who is a highly successful entrepreneur and a mother who is a gifted writer. Both modeled for Keffeler the roadmap of turning vision to action through innovative thinking, big ideas, courageous leaps of faith, and daily tenacity. As an entrepreneur, a next gen leader, and a raving fan of her own family of origin, she stands in the shoes of all three niche markets she serves. Keffeler started her firm in 2005, and it has become her living laboratory for uncovering her own big idea and finding the path to thriving in the presence of family wealth.

Layne T. Rushforth

Layne T. Rushforth is a trust-and-estate attorney who currently practices law in Las Vegas, Nevada in the law firm of Rushforth Lee & Kiefer LLP, of which he is the senior partner. In 1975, Layne graduated with honors from Brigham Young University, receiving his bachelor’s degree political science and Spanish. In 1978, he graduated cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He has been licensed as an attorney in Utah since 1978 and in Nevada since 1981. He is currently a member of the: Utah State Bar; State Bar of Nevada; Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council (President, 1986-1988); American College of Trust and Estate Council (ACTEC, State Chair 2005-2010); Board of Trustees of the Nevada State College Foundation; and Planning Giving Council of Philanthropies. He has been named in every edition of Best Lawyers in America since 1987. Layne and his wife, Sharon, are the parents of six children and grandparents to 22 grandchildren.

Lisa Parker

Lisa Parker brings 30 years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management to her work with philanthropic families. Since 1997 she has been president and executive director of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation, leading the foundation’s poverty initiatives, seeding its youth giving movement, and creating youth philanthropy programs for the family’s fourth generation. In 2009 Parker founded Family Circle Advisors, where she and her team help families increase the impact of their giving and navigate the complex family relationships critical to the success of a family foundation or enterprise. Parker is certified by 21/64, a division of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, as a multigenerational advisor to families. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in social psychology and interned with the Family Philanthropy division of the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC.

Michael Durham

Mr. Durham is a member of the firm's Tax and Estate Planning section. He has advised some of the nation's largest private foundations, museums, hospitals, high-technology nonprofits, newly formed organizations and donors wishing to structure their gifts to maximize tax savings.

Mr. Durham has considerable experience in the rules governing private foundations, private operating foundations, supporting organizations and donor-advised funds, as well as tax-exempt bond issues and unrelated business activities of exempt organizations.

In addition, Mr. Durham has represented large charities before the IRS on audit, seeking initial recognition of exempt status, and in specific ruling requests. He has also represented clients before Treasury and Congress with regard to new or pending law and regulations.

Richard Del Monte

Richard Del Monte is a certified financial planner, certified wealth consultant, and nationally recognized family wealth expert, speaker, and author of Endless Inheritance: Moving from Feuding to Flourishing in Your Affluent Family. In addition to his more than 30 years of experience in the field of family finance, he has received specialized training in family dynamics and in preparing heirs from the Heritage Institute, the Institute for Preparing Heirs, and the Postgraduate Program in Bowen Family Systems Theory. Del Monte’s current philanthropic activities include serving as the investment committee chair for United Way Bay Area and as vice chair of the John Muir Health Foundation. Del Monte holds a bachelor’s in business administration from California State University, Chico, and an MBA in financial planning from Golden Gate University.

Ruth Madrigal

Ruth Madrigal has extensive experience both within the government and in private practice advising on a variety of legal and tax policy issues affecting charities and other tax-exempt entities. Most recently she spent six years as an attorney and policy advisor in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, where she was responsible for advising the assistant secretary on all tax matters involving tax-exempt organizations. She represented the Treasury Department in public hearings and meetings with other federal agencies, foreign governments, members of Congress, and state regulators. Prior to her government service, she advised tax-exempt organizations on a broad range of issues. She also advocated for clients before the IRS, Treasury Department, and Congress. Madrigal frequently writes and speaks on matters pertaining to tax-exempt organizations.

Stephen T. Rockwood

Stephen T. Rockwood is managing director of the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and president and CEO of FamilySearch International. Prior to joining FamilySearch, Rockwood specialized in creating unique service offerings for worldwide customers of such brands as Mastercard, AT&T, Disney, Office Depot, and Citibank, among others. Rockwood received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his MBA from the University of Colorado Boulder. He has served in a number of Church callings, including as full-time missionary in the Argentina Cordoba Mission, mission president’s counselor, bishop, stake Young Men president, stake president’s counselor, Young Men president, seminary teacher, and high counselor. Rockwood was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He and his wife, Jill Ansley Forbes are the parents of four children.

Weston Coulam

Weston Coulam is a member of Ernst & Young’s Washington Council, for which he represents clients before Congress and the administration and provides services related to a broad range of policy areas, including financial services, corporate taxation, employee benefits, pass-through taxation, and energy tax issues. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Coulam was executive director at Morgan Stanley. In addition, he served as staff director of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, chaired by Senator Olympia J. Snowe. Coulam joined Senator Snowe’s staff as senior tax policy advisor, assisting her in her role as a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee. He has also worked at professional service firms Deloitte & Touche and Arthur Andersen. Coulam received a BS from the University of Maryland University College and an MBA from the George Washington University.

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