Speaker Bios

Saturday’s schedule is full of teachers, experts, professionals, and those who know the meaning of our theme, GO and DO!

Featured Speakers


DAVID AND ALLISON WARNER. David was called as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in April 2015. Allison has served as a stake leader in Relief Society.

The Warner’s are our keynote speakers for August 3, 2019 at 9:00 am!

See the Speaker Schedule and the Saturday Day / Go and Learn pages for additional information.

Elder RANDY D. FUNK is a General Authority Seventy of The Church. He is currently serving in the Area Presidency of the Utah Areas.

Elder Funk is our speaker for the special fireside on August 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm!

See the Sunday / Go and Worship page of the Conference Itinerary for additional information.


T.C. CHRISTENSEN is a Latter-day Saint cinematographer, film director, writer, and producer whose most recent film is The Fighting Preacher (in theatres now).

TERRYL AND FIONA GIVENS are accomplished religious scholars and authors of The God Who Weeps. They are researchers at Brigham Young University.

SCOTT W. PICKETT lead a distinguished career working for the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. He was president of the Brazil Vitoria Mission.

TODD SYLVESTER founded the non-profit, anti-drug entity Sly Dog in 1989 after overcoming his own drug addiction. He produces a podcast called Beliefcast.

LORI LEE has written six books, including L.I.F.E. – Living Intentional and Fearless Every day. She promotes living our best life as host of the Love Your Story podcast.

T.K. PLANT earned a degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University. She specializes in ancient Biblical Hebrew and the Old Testament.

LARAE AND KENT SCOTT serve others at the LDS Addiction Recovery Program, helping fight addiction. Kent has practiced construction law for 46 years.

CAROLINE MARRIOTT completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Utah. She founded The DBT Center, teaching clients acceptance and change.

LONI AND MARK HARMON have four social sciences degrees between them. Loni is the co-owner of Millcreek Counseling and Adoption Services.

EMILY BYRD is an Outreach Educator at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. She has a strong belief in using art to increase mental and emotional health.

BENNETT AND BECKY BORDEN fell in love and were married after journeying back to the gospel together. They encourage all to better serve LGBT/SSA Latter-day Saints.

CAMERON HATCH speaks Mandarin Chinese and is certified in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. He enjoys helping people discover themselves through yoga.

JARED HALVERSON is the director of Westminster Institute of Religion for The Church. He has written college curricula for the Church Educational System.

ANN WASHBURN is a body language expert, speaker, trainer, and mentor. She has given over 4,400 presentations. Plus, she has a black belt in Hapkido!

LESLIE HOUSEHOLDER is the international best-selling author of The Jackrabbit Factor. She helps people use the “rare kind of faith” that causes powerful life changes.

HARLAN HAMMOND was bishop for the Union Fort Single Adult Ward. For the past 33 years, he has worked as Corporate Risk Manager for Intermountain Healthcare . 

ALLISON SHIELDS studies the psychology behind relationships and is passionate about helping others make strong connections using our available resources.

AARON ROLLINS is the managing partner at Salsa Queen, a regional food manufacturer with products in a hundred grocery stores along the Wasatch Front.

STEPHANIE GARDNER owns a relationship coaching business called Actually Connect and is the co-founder of Run4Refugees, a nonprofit organization.

JAMES FERRELL is the Managing Partner of the Arbinger Institute, a well-known consulting firm. His books, such as The Peacegiver, have sold millions of copies.

JULIE MILLER works to transform homes, communities and our state systems for families and children through the nonprofit and education sectors.

DANIEL SMITH works as a video producer for Book of Mormon Central. His passions are teaching about Holy Week, the life of Christ, ancient temples, and Jewish Feasts.

ELIZABETH KUEHN works as an editor and historian on the Joseph Smith Papers Project. She is a PhD candidate at at the University of California, Irvine.

DANNY BROCK has a degree in business from Utah State University. He spent 27 years as Senior Vice President of Aladdin Industries, a manufacturing company.

KATHERINE LOWE is the founder and president of At Home Humanitarian—a nonprofit organization focused on helping refugees feel “at home”.

SHERILYN FARNES is a PhD historian. She has researched for the Joseph Smith Papers Project and Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days.

ANNE BERRYHILL works for the Church History Department. Her graduate degrees include one in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University.

MAREN SWENSEN helps create self-reliance for refugees. She completed her PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Grand Canyon University.

IKRAM ABDULLAHI is an employment specialist and does humanitarian work. She will bring her unique experiences to our humanitarian panel.

AMY BARNETT is the owner of 50 Star Productions—an event production company. She finds her joy playing with her dog Sasha.

MAURICE HARKER is the originator and Director of Life Changing Services, a mental health counseling agency in Farmington, Utah.

THOMAS AND CAROL COLEMERE are the Coordinators of the Salt Lake Addiction Recovery Mission, serving the Salt Lake area and parts of Utah and Wyoming.

KIT BATE ranks in the top 1% of mortgage loan officers in America. His business practices are heavily weighted in extraordinary customer service.

TIM BALLARD is the founder of O.U.R., which rehabilitates children who were victims of kidnapping and trafficking. He is an author and documentary film star.

CODY HAWES works for Life Changing Services and the Sons of Helaman program and has worked as a part-time therapist for LDS family services.

LUKE GORDON is the program director for the Men of Moroni Program based out of Farmington, Utah, helping men overcome the negative effects of pornography.

WILLIAM AND SHARON LYNN SCHAEFERMEYER serve as president and temple matron of the Jordan River Utah Temple.

The Schaefermeyer’s gave a short fireside on August 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

See the Thursday / Go and Pray page of the Conference Itinerary for additional information.

HEATHER SEVERN CALLISTER, MS, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She has a private practice in downtown Salt Lake City.