Speakers & Workshop Instructors

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Adam Miller

Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He earned a BA in comparative literature from Brigham Young University and an MA and PhD in philosophy from Villanova University. He is the author of eight books, including two publications with Deseret Book, Letters to a Young Mormon and An Early Resurrection. He also directs the Mormon Theology Seminar. He and his wife Gwen have three children.

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Terryl and Fiona Givens

Terryl Givens did graduate work in intellectual history at Cornell and in comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the Jabez Bostwick Professor of Literature and Religion Emeritus at the University of Richmond, and currently works as a Senior Research Fellow at BYU’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute.  His writings have been praised by the New York Times as “provocative reading,” and include most recently a two-volume history of Mormon thought, Wrestling the Angel and Feeding the Flock (Oxford 2014; 2017), and a forthcoming study, The Pearl of Greatest Price: Mormonism’s Most Controversial Scripture (Oxford 2019).

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Fiona Givens was born in Nairobi, Kenya, educated in British convent schools, and converted to the LDS church in Frankfurt, Germany. She earned degrees in French, German, and in European History while co-raising six children. She has published works on LDS topics in Women’s Exponent II, Dialogue, LDS Living, and in edited volumes. She is the co-author with Terryl of The God Who Weeps (Deseret 2012), The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith (Deseret 2014), and The Christ Who Heals (Deseret 2017). She is currently employed on the research staff of the Maxwell Institute.

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Sunday Sacrament Speakers
Saturday Workshop Instructors
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Ryan Blick

Ryan has been practicing as a couples and family therapist for 14 years. He received his initial education and clinical training at Brigham Young University, completing degrees in Psychology (B.S.) and in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.S.), prior to receiving his Ph.D. in Family Science from the University of Maryland.  He spent his first seven years of practice working primarily with youth and adolescents growing up in high-risk environments. He then transitioned into a full-time private practice, specializing in couples counseling, parent-child relationships, and working with individuals struggling with addiction, depression, and anxiety.

 

See his profile here. 

Nkoyo Iyamba

Nkoyo Iyamba is a two-time Emmy and Murrow award winning Multi-media journalist, for her research and reporting on Human Trafficking, Autism, and Refugee families. In 10 years as a journalist, Nkoyo has worked in the United States Senate Radio-TV Gallery, as a freelance journalist for CBS News, NPR, and most recently worked as a Multi-media Anchor/Reporter for KSL News -- the NBC-TV and ABC Radio affiliates in Salt Lake City, Utah. Nkoyo currently works as a Freelance Journalist and Host in Washington, D.C. Nkoyo also enjoys singing and spent eight years as an Alto in the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. Nkoyo is also an entrepreneur fashion designer, who owns an online custom design formal gown company.

 

You can see her work here.

Saturday Workshop Instructor
Saturday Workshop Instructor

Katie Cerveny

Katie Cerveny grew up in Texas with a father from a pioneer LDS family and a mother who joined the church as an adult. Since her mother died in 1997, Katie has used family history has a way to feel connected to her mother and grandparents and to strengthen connections to her father, brothers, and cousins. Katie has a B.A. in English from Utah State University and an M.A. in Latin from University of Maryland, and she works as an IT Program Manager for the federal government. She met her husband in the mid-singles ward in northern VA and they have been married for almost four years. For recreation Katie reads fiction and non-fiction, rides her bike around the beautiful DC area, and sews both apparel and quilts.

Melinda Baird

Pianist Melinda Baird has performed in France, Austria, Canada, Israel, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and as soloist with the Utah Symphony, Indiana University Orchestra, Colorado Chamber Orchestra and Spokane Symphony. Her playing has been called “poetic and tasteful” (Dallas Morning News) and “fiery (yet) lusciously voiced” (Ft. Worth Star Telegram). Melinda holds a doctorate from Indiana University where she received the Chancellor’s Fellowship and John Edwards Fellowship in leadership and service. Her latest CD on Encore Classics, My Favorite Things, is available on iTunes, as is her recent Christmas collaboration with daughter Shaundra, Joy, Joy, for Christ is Born. Dr. Baird is Director of Piano Programs at the Levine School of Music in Washington DC, Director of Education and Community Outreach for Steinway, and co-director of the Indiana University Piano Academy. Her favorite activities usually include playing (musical and otherwise) with her four children and eleven grandchildren.

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