2019 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS

Keynote Speaker, Thursday at 7:00 pm
Elder Lynn G. Robbins
General Authority Seventy
President of North America Southwest Area

Click here for a link to Elder Robbins’ BYU Devotional speech “Be 100 Percent Responsible”. The UCSA Keynote Address included many of the same points.

Ron J. Hammond, Ph.D
“Building A Trusting, Healthy Relationship”
Workshop Speaker, Friday Afternoon

Brother Hammond is a full-time Sociology Professor at Utah Valley University in his 27th year. Sociology of the Family (SOC 311) is the favorite of all 8 Sociology courses he has ever taught! He has been teaching at the University’s since 1988 and has taught thousands of sociology students at 4 different universities.

He graduated Ricks College (1986); Idaho State (1988); BYU-Provo (Masters In Health Education) (1989); BYU-Provo Doctorate (Ph.D. in Sociology/Family Studies) (1991)); and did another year of research and teaching training (no degree earned) in a Post-doctoral fellowship in Health and Aging at Case Western Reserve Univ. (1992). Ron has been married/sealed in the Boise, Idaho Temple for 34 years. Ron’s wife is Alisa Bauer Hammond. They have 6 children, 7 grandchildren, children-in-law, and countless “near-family” friends of our 4 YSA children. Ron is the Executive Secretary to the Bishopric in their Ward of 700+ members. He and Alisa both serve as Payson Temple ordinance workers. Ron can retire on Sept. 1, 2022 and they are preparing to serve as a Senior Missionary Couple at that time. Given the chance to choose (and often they do let Senior Couples choose their mission), they would prefer to go to France, Lyon and/or the Paris, France temple. Where is not as important as the fact that they are making preparations to go.
Matt Townsend, Ph.D.
“Spiritual Beings and the Human Experience”
Workshop Speaker, Friday Afternoon

For more than two decades, Dr. Matt Townsend has been energizing and educating audiences with his unique lessons on life, love and leadership. Known as one of America’s top presenters in the field of Human Relations and Development, Matt blends humor and story-telling with his real-life solutions to inspire and motivate healthier living.

Matt completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the field of communication with an emphasis in conflict resolution. He then earned a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in the field of Human and Organizational Systems. Before building his own coaching practice, Matt spent 7 years as a consultant and presenter for Franklin Covey Co., and also worked as a mediator for companies and couples.

Matt can be seen weekly on KSL Television’s, Studio 5 with Brooke Walker. His book Starved Stuff: Feeding The 7 Basic Needs of Healthy Relationships is a popular pick among those searching for better relationship skills and can be found on Amazon, and on his website at MattTownsend.com. He also has his online workshops about Marriage, Parenting and Anxiety and coaches individuals and couples on these issues.

Matt’s greatest love in life is his wife Mardi, and they have been married for 28 years. They are the parents of 6 children: one girl and 5 boys. Their daughter and son-in-law have blessed them with their first 3 grandchildren. (Bio from 2017)
Shauna Valentine
“Learning Never Ends”
Workshop Speaker, Friday Afternoon

Shauna Burgon Valentine is the Public Relations and College Alumni Director for the McKay School of Education. Graduating in elementary education with a minor in art, she taught elementary school in Utah and North Carolina. She devoted the next couple of decades to rearing her five children with her husband Robert in Lincoln, Nebraska. During this time, she volunteered in a myriad of organizations including the public schools, city libraries, Family Services, the mayor’s roundtable, Nebraska Gifted and Talented Association, and a Governor’s Commission on Education. Returning to work in education, she directed the TeamMates mentoring program, was a certified trainer for the National Association of Partners in Education, and helped organize the Center for At-Risk Children’s Services at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

For sixteen years, Shauna served as stake, then regional public affairs director for the Nebraskak-Iowa region of the Church. She coordinated public relations for the Sesquicentennial Celebration of the Mormon Trail, served as president of the Nebraska Mormon Trail Association, marked the trail with the National Park Service, and chaired the open house of the Winter Quarters Temple.
Kori Andrews
“Christ Lightens: Healing, Hope, and Happiness”
Workshop Speaker, Saturday Morning

Brother Kori Andrews grew up in a small town in Idaho and then served his mission in Northern California (Hmong Speaking). He is married to the “super fine and divine” Katie Andrews, they have 4 crazy awesome princess daughters. He is currently a graduate student at Arizona State University (ASU) studying Family, and Human Development. He loves teaching Seminary, speaking at EFY, BYU Education Week, and Firesides. He is also passionate about sharing the gospel on social media (Facebook: Hi Five Live/Brother Kori Andrews Instagram: @Hi5Live/@KoriAndrews). His favorite things include: chilling with his girls, coaching sports, jamming on his ukulele, watching The Emperor’s New Groove, and eating Chick-fil-A.
Ron Saltmarsh
“Solid Gold – Finding Your Own Song”
Workshop Speaker, Saturday Morning

Ron Saltmarsh grew up in the farmlands outside of Portland, Oregon raising cattle and baling hay on his family’s ranch. In the fourth grade a broken leg led to learning the guitar and he went on to become an award-winning composer, producer, recording engineer and guitarist. He studied music composition and studio production at Brigham Young University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Music and a subsequent MBA from the BYU Marriott School of Management.

After graduating in 1989, he founded the Jazz Ranch recording studio with fellow BYU Alums and Emmy winners, Sam Cardon and Kurt Bestor. The studio was located in the world famous Osmond Studio complex at the mouth of Provo Canyon. Two years later he sold the studio and moved to Nashville, TN where alongside a busy performing career, he composed and produced music for NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, CMT, Arts & Entertainment, ESPN, the History Channel, the Lifetime Network, Disney, and many other television and radio stations. He left Nashville for a short time to be vice­ president for video game developer Flashpoint Software Productions, where he was in charge of all music composition & sound production. He was also a consultant for the wildly successful game ‘Guitar Hero.’

Ron has won multiple Telly and Emmy awards for his broadcast and media productions as well as his songwriting, engineering and production skills. He has lent his production and arranging talents to Grammy award winning projects. A recent highlight had renowned violinist Joshua Bell, recording a violin solo on an orchestration that was commissioned from Ron. He has been playing guitar for over 40 years and maintains a busy performing schedule with various groups ranging from Joshua Creek, The Nashville Tribute Band, The Groove Merchants, The Salamanders, Rock With You Band , the BYU Faculty Jazz quintet Q’d Up and others.

In July of 2011, he joined the Brigham Young University School of Music faculty as an associate professor and the head of the Commercial Music degree program. Along with his teaching responsibilities, he continues as an active producer, composer, and speaker around the country. He lives in Highland, Utah with his wife Calli and they have 4 children.
Keldon Brown
“Awareness & Prevention of Fraud and Deceptive Trends”
Workshop Speaker, Saturday Morning

Keldon Brown just retired from the Orem Police Department as a Captain after 32 years of service. Half of his career was spent in Investigations where he supervised and investigated all types of major crimes including all manner of fraud, robberies, homicide, and also specialized in the Special Victims Unit for several years.

He received a Bachelors degree from UVU and a Masters degree from BYU in Public Administration. While working in Orem PD, he also worked as a police officer for BYU Police Department. Upon retiring from Orem PD, he started working for BYU Police Department full time to add on to his 31 years of part time work for them. He and his wife Jennifer have three kids.
Ann Washburn
“Choices”
Workshop Speaker, Saturday Afternoon

Ann Washburn is a dynamic, inspiring speaker, a mentor, and a body language expert. She has given over 3,200 presentations throughout the country, including a TEDx talk on the effects of body language, and has appeared on television and radio 22 times. She has trained thousands to be trainers with her detailed understanding of the messages people send through their body language, and to use nonverbal communications to go from messy to mastery in their lives. She is an effective, successful mentor and trainer. The techniques she shares are simple and down to earth, and her success comes because they work.

Ann served her mission in the France Paris mission and has been married 26 years. She has 5 kids and one son in law. Four have served missions and the youngest two are in high school and junior high. She has served in various callings such as primary, relief society teacher, gospel doctrine teacher, and currently in the relief society presidency of her ward. She loves that all growth and progress on this planet has its roots in the atonement.
Josh Redd
“Triumph Through the Onslaught of Trials”
Workshop Speaker, Saturday Afternoon

Dr. Joshua Redd DC, MS, DABFM, speaks throughout the U.S. and is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author. He is most well-known for his spiritual experiences and stories while teaching institute at the state prison and being heavily involved in missionary work. He is known for his experiences and stories that display God’s mercy, atonement and love.

He played football at Dixie State College and received a Bachelors in Health and Wellness, a Bachelors in Anatomy and a Doctor of Chiropractic at Parker University in Dallas, Tx. He also received a Masters in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine at the University of Western States in Oregon.

He is an author and entrepreneur who owns 7 health clinics focusing on autoimmune conditions. He also owns a home building company and a car dealership. He is a board member for the B-Strong Foundation, a health expert for ABC4 and a consultant for one of the top nutrition companies in the nation.

He and his wife, Brittany, are the parents of five beautiful children all within 7 years. With their busy lives, their highest priority has been their family and putting the Lord’s work first. Joshua has served in many capacities in the church and in the community. They currently reside in Mapleton, Utah.
Eric Huntsman
“And Jesus, Beholding Them Loved Them”
Workshop Speaker, Saturday Afternoon

Eric Huntsman graduated from BYU in 1990 with a double major in Classical Greek and Latin. He then completed his MA and PhD in ancient history from the University of Pennsylvania. After teaching Classics at BYU from 1994 to 2003, he transferred to Religious Education, where he is a professor of Ancient Scripture. After teaching at the BYU Jerusalem Center from 2011–2012, he was appointed the coordinator of the Ancient Near Eastern Studies Program in the Kennedy Center for International Studies. He is scheduled to return to Jerusalem for a two-year appointment as the academic director of the Jerusalem Center program in 2020.

His teaching emphasis and scholarly work focuses on the New Testament Gospels, especially John. In addition to his academic publications, he has written a number of books for broader audiences, including God So Loved the World, Good Tidings of Great Joy, The Miracles of Jesus, and Worship: Adding Depth to Your Devotion. On August 7, 2018, he delivered a landmark BYU devotional address entitled, “Hard Sayings and Safe Spaces: Making Room for Struggle as Well as Faith.” He has also been a frequent speaker with BYU Education Week, Women’s Conference, and Deseret Book’s Time Out for Women. His newest book, just released this month, is Becoming the Beloved Disciple: Coming unto Christ through the Gospel of John.

Dr. Huntsman served as a full-time missionary in the Thailand Bangkok Mission and as a bishop in Provo, Utah, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is currently an ordinance worker in the Provo Utah Temple and has been singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir since 2003. He and his wife, Elaine, are parents of two children, Rachel and Samuel.

Janice Kapp Perry
“Serving As Jesus Did Brings the Deepest Kind of Joy”
Workshop Speaker, Saturday Afternoon

Janice Kapp Perry was born in Ogden, Utah, raised in Vale, Oregon, and currently lives in Provo, Utah. She and her husband Douglas (deceased July 2018) have five children, 13 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. Through the years they have also had many foster children.

Janice received her musical training at Brigham Young University in Provo and has been writing and recording gospel music for over 40 years. Her hymn As Sisters in Zion is in the LDS hymnal and several songs in the Children’s Songbook. She has served as Relief Society President in her Provo ward and retired from singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1999. In 1994 Janice received the Exemplary Woman award from Ricks College. In 1997 she received the BYU Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

The Perrys served a full-time mission to Santiago Chile from 2002-03. In 2008 BYU Broadcasting filmed a 60-minute documentary of Sister Perry’s life entitled Janice Kapp Perry: A Life of Service and Song.

Bruce Newbold
“…whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.”
Fireside Speaker, Sunday 7:00 pm

Bruce Newbold has worked as an actor, writer, and media producer during his career. He has guest or co-starred in television programs such as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Touched by an Angel, Highway to Heaven, Tour of Duty, Major Dad, Everwood, and Father Dowling Mysteries. He has appeared in such faith based films as The Lamb of God, Testaments, Finding Faith in Christ, Joseph Smith Prophet of the Restoration, Only a Stonecutter, 17 Miracles, He Knows My Name, Christmas Oranges, The Saratov Approach, and the new Book of Mormon series that the LDS Church is currently producing.

He has authored four books: In Our Fathers’ Footsteps and three fantasy/fiction novels in The Baseball Box Prophecy series. Brother Newbold and his wife Lisa live in Utah. They have five children and twelve grandchildren.