Presenters

The 2017 Academy of LDS Dentists Spouse Program is for husbands and wives of dental professionals who attend our conference. This year’s theme is "Who are we tied to? Come unto Him" based on the scripture in 2 Nephi 25:26, which reads, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins". The morning program will be held at the same location as the dentists, in the BYU Conference Center (CONF); afternoon presentations will be held in the Varsity Theatre of the BYU Wilkinson Center (WSC).

Alan J. Hawkins

Alan J. Hawkins

Alan J. Hawkins earned a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University and is the Camilla E. Kimball Endowed Professor of Family Life at Brigham University. Professor Hawkins has taught and conducted research and outreach focused on educational and policy interventions to help couples form and sustain healthy relationships and enduring marriages. In 2012, he received the university’s prestigious Karl G. Maeser Research Award and serves as the current Chair of the Utah Marriage Commission.

Ben Knowlton

Ben Knowlton

Ben Knowlton was raised in Kaysville, Utah, and is married to Lisa Larkins. They have 5 sons ages 12-26, 2 daughters-in-law, and one grandson. He lives in Springville, Utah. He graduated from BYU in Portuguese and Psychology with a Master’s in Public Administration and has taught seminary in Utah County for 19 years and has been teaching institute for 9 years. He has taught at EFY, Education Week, and Habits for Life Camp for many years. He loves to snow ski and sing karaoke.

Brad Wilcox

Brad Wilcox

Brad Wilcox grew up in Provo, Utah, except for childhood years spent in Ethiopia, Africa. He served his mission in Chile and later returned to that country to serve as a mission president. He has served as a member of the Sunday School General Board and is a professor at Brigham Young University where he also enjoys working with such programs as Especially for Youth, Women’s Conference, and Campus Education Week. He is the author of the book, The Continuous Atonement, and the BYU devotional, “His Grace is Sufficient.” He and his wife, Debi, have four children and five grandchildren.

Deborah Gibbons

Deborah Gibbons

Deborah Gibbons grew up in Orem, Utah, graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Dance, and instructs in the children’s creative dance program at BYU. She is a certified aerobics instructor, a certified personal trainer, and is passionate about helping people find the joy of movement, increasing health and energy. Deborah also received her BS in Nursing from BYU-I and currently works in an Emergency Department, combining her fitness and medical knowledge as she treats and educates patients. She is married to Nathan Gibbons, and they have five children.

Nathan Tanner

Nathan Tanner

Nathan Tanner began working at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, after his mission to Brazil in 1996. Since that time he has served in a number of capacities working with missionary training, curriculum development, mission president training, and a variety of administrative assignments. He is currently the Manager of Training and supervises the instruction of 37 of the MTC’s 56 languages. Although he loves missionaries and missionary work, his proudest accomplishments are at home where he has a wonderful wife and 9 fantastic children! He is currently serving as the bishop of his ward.

Scott M. Peterson

Scott M. Peterson

Scott M. Peterson, ChFC, is the founder and principal investment advisor of Peterson Wealth Advisors. A graduate of BYU, Scott specializes in managing money for retirees. He is the architect of the Perennial Income Model, a planning tool that helps retirees manage their investments, and author of “Maximize Your Retirement Income”. and is a regular presenter at BYU’s Education Week. Scott enjoys serving in his community in various civic and religious endeavors and is an avid sports fan. When he’s not in the office, he enjoys outdoor activities with his wife Tracie and their five children.

 

Susan Easton Black

Susan Easton Black was born and reared in Long Beach, California. Susan was the first woman to teach religion at BYU and the first woman to receive the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award for her research and writing, the highest award given a professor at BYU. Susan has served two missions for the Historic Sites Department, a mission as a psychologist for LDS Social Services, a mission to the Nauvoo Illinois Temple, and a mission in the St. George Temple Visitors’ Center. She is currently serving a mission with the department of Church Curriculum. Susan is the mother of three sons. She enjoys writing, speaking, and being with her husband.

 

Roy and Glenda Hammond

Dr. Roy A. Hammond retired from private dental practice after 38 years in 2004 and served a full-time mission for the Church on the island of Molokai in Hawaii along with his wife Frances. Glenda Hammond retired from full-time teaching in 2002 after teaching for 25 years as a Kindergarten teacher and then taught for three more years in the Education Department at Brigham Young University. Roy and Glenda both lost their spouses in 2009.  In 2010 they had their second date together on Easter Sunday at General Conference in the Conference Center and were married two weeks later in the Provo Temple for time by Temple President Merrill J. Bateman. Roy began his journey of humanitarian service in 1987 and has served on well over 100 Humanitarian Expeditions in the past 30 years.  He has been blessed to serve the less fortunate in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Viet Nam, Ivory Coast, West Africa, Micronesia and Nepal. Glenda began her journey of humanitarian service just a few months after her marriage to Roy.  She has served 26 Humanitarian Expeditions in their seven years of marriage.  She has been blessed to serve the less fortunate in Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Nepal. Roy and Glenda have 10 children and 32 grandchildren and all of their children and 32 of their grandchildren have been blessed with the opportunity to serve with them on at least one of the Humanitarian Expedition.  This has been one of the greatest blessings their family could have ever asked for.  Roy says that this blessing has changed their lives for the better in so many ways and strengthened the two families that their marriage brought together.  He feels that these experiences that our family has shared together not only brought us closer together as a family, but closer to our Savior and his teachings and His mission here on Earth.