People in the Church

Mayor honored


Lorna Kesterson, mayor of Henderson, was named Public Official of the Year by the Nevada League of Cities. She was honored for her leadership abilities and dedication to public office. Mayor Kesterson has been a dedicated public official with Henderson for the past 16 years. She has served as a councilmember and as mayor, currently in her second four-year term. During her time as mayor, she has managed a 166 percent growth rate. With a population of 80,000, Henderson is the third largest city in Nevada. Mayor Kesterson is a member of the Henderson 3rd Ward, Henderson Nevada Stake.

Homemaker of year


Sonya Washburn, a member of the Nampa 10th Ward, Nampa Idaho South Stake, was honored recently as Fulltime Homemaker of the Year for Idaho by Eagle Forum, an organization that supports family life and values. Sister Washburn received the award at a national convention held in St. Louis, Mo.

New vice president


Roger M. Smedley has been elected national vice president of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners. He was also appointed chairman of the institute's government affairs committee. Brother Smedley, a high councilor in the Salt Lake Riverside Stake residing in the Meadow Ward, is president of Smedley Financial Services, Inc., a financial planning firm.

Appointed to board


Ethel L. Hanis, a member of the Kent 3rd Ward, Kent Washington Stake, has been appointed to a four-year term on the Washington State Boundary Review Board for King County, the largest county in Washington. She is retired general manager of the Soos Creek Water and Sewer District. Sister Hanis is co-director with her husband at the Auburn Washington Family History Center and serves in the Seattle Temple.

Youth scholar


John Fallentine, a priest in the Frenchtown Ward, Missoula Montana Stake, recently attended the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. He was one of 350 outstanding high school students from across the nation invited to attend the conference, sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. John was selected for demonstrating academic achievement, leadership and citizenship. During the conference he met with key leaders and newsmakers from the three branches of government, the media and diplomatic corps.

New chairman-elect


Michael Teague has been elected chairman-elect of the board of directors of the National Computer Graphics Association, a non-profit professional and trade organization. Bishop of the Mission Bend Ward in the Houston Texas South Stake, he is chairman and chief executive officer of Logic Sciences, Inc., a high-tech company specializing in application-specific graphics processors that facilitate high-resolution hard copy output in color and monochrome. He is also vice president of operations of ChemShare Corp., a 20-year-old software company that serves the chemical process industry.

Serves on commission


Bonnie B. Studdert has been appointed a member of the Utah Governor's Commission on Women and Families. She was recently appointed to a four-year term by Utah Gov. Norman Bangerter. Sister Studdert is Relief Society president in the BYU 2nd Stake.

Wins title


Cory Pincock won the 1991 National Observed Trials Championship title in the high school class at a recent competition. Observed trials is a form of motorcycle competition that emphasizes precise balance and control while riding over difficult terrain. Cory, 15, is a member of the Carbonville 2nd Ward, Helper Utah Stake.

First woman elected


Cynthia O. Ford became the first woman to be elected to the Roxboro City Council, narrowly edging an eight-term veteran council member to win the seat. Sister Ford is a member of the Roxboro Branch, Durham North Carolina Stake.

Top pie maker


Jennie Wheeler of the Puyallup 3rd Ward, Puyallup Washington South Stake, recently won the Western Washington 1991 Crisco American Pie Celebration competition. Her pie was selected as the best from 102 other pies. This was the first time Sister Wheeler, 72, entered the Crisco pie contest. She will now go on to the Northwest region semi-finals where her pie will be judged by a panel of experts from Good Housekeeping magazine. Sister Wheeler and her husband serve in the Seattle Temple.

Board chairman


G. Dale Weight, public affairs director in the Cedar Mill Oregon Stake, was recently elected to a one-year term as chairman of the State Board of Education. The board is responsible for statewide leadership for Oregon public schools and community colleges. Brother Weight is dean of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University.

Engineer of year


M. Leon Hyatt, a counselor in the Lakewood Colorado Stake presidency, has been honored as the Reclamation Engineer of the Year for the United States. Honored at an awards ceremony by the National Society of Professional Engineers, he is employed as chief of the Earth Sciences Division for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Denver.

Gets top rating


Rogelio L. Canto, president of the Marikina Philippines Stake, recently topped the Philippine Government Board Examination for Radio Amateurs with a 100 percent rating. Prior to that, he had topped the radiotelegraph license exam with 92 percent and the radiotelephone license exam with a 94 percent. He works as a senior instructor in a local technical school.

Receives honor


Norma Gonzalez-Collett, assistant television manager at KBYU-TV, received an award for exceptional accomplishment in promoting family involvement in education from the Utah Center for Families in Education. Sister Collett, a member of the Provo 6th Ward, Provo Utah South Stake, received the honor at the center's first conference, sponsored by the State Office of Education and the State PTA. KBYU, through the efforts of Sister Collett, promotes parent involvement in education through a telephone hotline, conferences and TV call-in shows.

Given medal of honor


U. Henry Gerlach, a member of the Champaign 1st Ward, Champaign Illinois Stake, was awarded the Austrian Medal of Honor in the Arts and Sciences. The honor, which came from the president of Austria, was presented to Brother Gerlach by Gerald Kriechbaum, consul general of Austria in Chicago. Brother Gerlach received the award for his many years of service as director of the Austria-Illinois Exchange Program, a student exchange between the University of Illinois and Vienna's University of Commerce.

Honorary member


Alton Donnelly of the Binghamton Ward, Owego New York Stake, was recently named honorary member of the Academy of Science of the Republic of Bashkastostan in the Soviet Union, now the Commonwealth of Independent States. The award is in recognition of a book he wrote about the area. He and his wife are now serving in the Finland Helsinki East Mission.

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