2016 Workshop Presenters

Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson

Brother Anderson was born in Cedar City, Utah but his growing years were in the great State of Nevada.  He graduated from Virgin Valley High School.  he served a mission in the Illinois Chicago Mission.  Following his mission he returned to SUU and completed a B.S. in Sociology and a Minor in Psychology.  While at SUU, Brother Anderson met and married the love of his life, Lynne M. Magleby.  He was then hired by the Church Educational System as a Seminary Teacher.  A few years later, he completed a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology.  After 35 years, the last 11 at the St. George Institute, Brother Anderson retired from the Church CES program.  He is currently serving as the Stake President of the Mesquite, Nevada Stake.  Brother Anderson and his wife Lynne are the parents of seven children and 22 grandchildren.

Marilyn Arnold

Marilyn Arnold

Sister Arnold is an emeritus professor of English at BYU , where she also served as Dean of Graduate Studies, as an assistant to former university President Dallin H. Oaks, and as director of the Center for the Study Of Christian Values in Literature. She was awarded a PhD in American Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to receive various research awards, teaching awards, and lectureships. An internationally recognized scholar, widely published writer and speaker in academic circles, she has also authored nonacademic books, including 3 novels that grow about of her spiritual roots and her deep attachment to the desert country of southern Utah.

 

Owen Ashton

Owen Ashton

Owen Ashton is the author of “Rising Above Fog: A Riveting True Story of Personal Triumph.” In it, he details his journey from a major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, to a life of joy. He advocates for mental health and is on the board of directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness—Utah. Professionally, he’s a CPA and an executive coach. He and his wife of 40 years, Becky, are the parents of 7 children and 20 grandchildren. They recently moved from St. George back to their home town of Salt Lake.

 

 

 

Del Beatty

Del Beatty

Del Beatty is the Dean of Students at Dixie State College. Del received his Masters in Education from SUU. As Dean of Students at Dixie State University, Del finds support and is an advocate for the DSU students to assist with resolution of problems. He is the co-founder of Red Dirt Consulting LLC. Del is the current Bishop of the Desert Hills Ward. A native of Hurricane, Del considers his greatest accomplishment to be sealed to his wife Kimberly and being blessed with 4 amazing children who range in ages 9-25 years of age.

 

 

 

Muriel Blake

Muriel Blake

After a career in banking, Sister Blake is retired and enjoys working at the Library, traveling and spending time with family.

 

 

 

 

 

Glen Blakely

Glen Blakely

Glen B. Blakely is a graduate of Brigham Young University with an Master of Fines degree in Ceramic Design. He has taught at Dixie State University for forty years. Glen is a convert to the LDS church. He served a mission in the Northern Far East Mission (Japan 2 1/2 years). He served as Bishop of the Dixie Downs 1st Ward. Glen is an internationally known potter. He is a Fellow of the NCECA Council, the worlds largest ceramic organization. He is also known for the international art trips that he has taken with DSU students and people from the community.

 

 

Michael Blocker

Michael Blocker

Michael Blocker specializes in conflict resolution, working with married couples, businesses, high conflict child custody cases and teaches people strategies and tactics for dealing with Personality Disordered people.  His style is direct and humorous, getting to the heart of the issue, helping people see clearly through new eyes, providing tools for change, and using his specific skills and expertise in understanding and identifying human dynamics.

 

 

 

 

David & Marva Coombs

David & Marva Coombs

Dr. David Coombs is a professional marriage, family and individual counselor. He is semi-retired. He has been in private practice for over forty years. He refers to his wife as Marvelous Marva and she calls him Dashing David, but we are under no obligation to call him that. They have been married 52 years and have 8 children and many grandchildren. They raised their family in Orange County, CA and retired to St George 16 years ago. They have served 4 senior couple missions that have taken them around the world. Sister Marva Coombs has a masters in English Education and loves teaching although being wife, mother, and grandmother is her favorite profession.

 

 

 

 

Laura Frei

Laura Frei

Laura is the Humanitarian Chair for the both the Washington County 46+ Singles and also for her Stake. She works closely with many local humanitarian programs including the local Interfaith Soup Kitchen, Homeless Shelter, Youth Crisis Center, and the Shivwits Native American Indian Reservation. She has taught emergency preparedness classes for many years both as a single senior missionary and as a married grandmother. Working closely with those in need, she has witnessed personally what happens without preparation, and is excited to share her expertise with the Single Members.

 

 

 

 

Gerald Hansen

Gerald Hansen

Jerry Hansen is the author of the book “Sacred Walls: Learning from Temple Symbols”. Jerry taught release time seminary in Kuna ID, then became Institute Director at Purdue University. He joined the Religion Dept. of BYU-Idaho as a teacher in 1988. He is married to Sharlene Wilkerson. He and his wife have 8 children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elder & Sister Hovey

Elder & Sister Hovey

Elder Hovey is a life time member of the Church.  His career has been in computer science.  He has also taught computer science at a number of community colleges. Norma is a convert to the church, joining at age 29.  Her Patriarchal blessing said she had a mission to perform in family history with the promise of love in her home as she was faithful in doing this mission.  Family History has been her life work.  She is also a musician and songwriter.  Elder and Sister Hovey are a 2nd marriage so we have been where you are currently.  We have served a family history mission of 30 month in SLC and have serve almost 5 years here in St. George and have no plans to stop.  We have received many blessings because of this great work.  We are serving at the St. George Family Search Library where we teach indexing in English and several foreign languages.  We are also the Stake Indexing Directors for Santa Clara Heights Stake.

 

 

 

Silvia McNew

Silvia McNew

Sylvia was born and raised in Louisiana, and had her children, three sons and twin daughters, in Texas. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. She works full-time as a Recreation Therapist for a large retirement community in Provo, and part-time as a dance instructor, teaching social, ballroom, and line dancing, for the LDS Single Adult Association.

 

 

 

 

Annette Sly

Annette Sly

Sister Sly has been married for 31 years and has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. She moved to St. George, Utah in 2011.  She has been a family history consultant for 20 years and enjoys teaching others how to find their Ancestors to take to the temple and create their family histories.

 

 

 

 

 

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