People in the Church


John M. Tippets, a member of the bishopric in the Colleyville Ward, Hurst Texas Stake, has been appointed to the Federal Reserve Board's Thrift Institutions Advisory Council for the 1994-95 term. He is the president and chief executive officer of American Airlines Employees Federal Credit Union in Fort Worth, Texas. Brother Tippets' leadership, experience and contributions to the credit union industry led to his selection.

Errol D. Shim was recently appointed president of the International Function Point Users Group, a group setting worldwide standards on sizing and estimating computer software systems. He has also accepted an invitation by the Pentagon to be a member of a task force to define and implement a national software council, charged with creating a national vision for software for the United States. Brother Shim is a counselor in the Cincinnati Ohio North Stake Young Men's presidency.

Farrell Lines, of the Ventura Ward, Albuquerque New Mexico East Stake, is completing a year as national chairman of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. As chairman, he has testified at congressional hearings and organized national and regional juvenile initiatives. He is an attorney, and serves as chairman of the New Mexico Governor's Juvenile Justice Committee.

Carl Stephani, town manager of Cave Creek, Ariz., has had a book published by the National League of Cities, titled A Practical Introduction to Zoning. Brother Stephani is the high priests group leader in the Cave Creek-Carefree Ward, Scottsdale Arizona Stake.

Jan Thomas, owner of a swimming school in Clovis, Calif., has been elected president of the National Swim School Association. She will serve a two-year term as elected leader of the 150-member trade association. Sister Thomas has taught swimming for more than 40 years and has specialized in teaching infants how to swim. Her school is the largest seasonal swim school in the United States, and more than 39,000 students have learned to swim there. Sister Thomas, a member of the Clovis 5th Ward, Fresno California North Stake, is stake Relief Society president.

David S. Low of the Cottonwood 12th Ward, Salt Lake Big Cottonwood Stake, was recently named Citizen of the Year by the American Association of Dental Examiners at its annual meeting. The AADE is the national organization of state boards of dentistry. Dr. Low is in private practice in Salt Lake City and organized the Utah Academy of General Dentistry. He is chairman of the AADE Committee on Continued Competency.


Marie Mackey, 17, has been accepted by Harvard University through its Early Action program based on her academic, extracurricular and personal strengths. Just over 10 percent of the applicants are accepted through the program. Marie is a member of the Yale 2nd Ward, Salt Lake Bonneville Stake, and is a senior at West High School in the International Baccalaureate Program. She has also taken several courses at the University of Utah. Her activities in high school include National Honor Society, French Club, Key Club, Environmental Club, Model United Nations, a cappella choir and seminary council. She is also an intern with the New Era.

Roxanne Elder, a senior at West Seattle High School, was one of six students selected to represent Seattle and the United States at the 1993 United States-Israel High School Youth Ambassadors Exchange Program. She traveled to Israel with the group in late November. Roxanne, a member of the Seattle 2nd Ward, Seattle Washington Stake, attends early morning seminary. She has a 3.8 grade-point average and enjoys singing, and playing the flute and piano.


Mindy Murray, 13, of Dededo, Guam, recently took top honors in the Guam Amateur Athletics Union Cross Country Championships in the senior girls four-kilometer race. She competed in the 17-18 year-old division after having won the All-Island Middle School Cross Country championship for the second consecutive year. Mindy is a Beehive in the Barrigada Branch, Guam District, Micronesia Guam Mission.

Alison Davis, 17, recently won All-Europe honors as a spiker for the Heidelberg American High School volleyball team. She also earned all-conference honors. She was instrumental with her spikes, blocks and accurate serves in helping her team to a 52-match winning streak over the past 21/2 years. She has also been the goalie on the European championship soccer team for the last three years. She is active in community service, works as an AIDS peer instructor, and is Laurel class president in the Heidelberg Servicemen 1st Ward, Stuttgart Germany Servicemen Stake.


Shauna Lund and Robinette Bowden have each been named a winner of a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. Sister Lund of the Farmington 18th Ward, Farmington Utah South Stake, teaches first grade at Valley View Elementary School in Bountiful, Utah. Sister Bowden of the Valley

View Ward, Layton Utah Valley View Stake, is assistant principal at Mueller Park Junior High School in Bountiful. She was teaching at Northridge High School in Layton while her nomination for the award was being considered. Accompanying the award is $7,500 for each winner to be used under their direction for mathematics programs in their school. They will also make a trip to Washington, D.C., this spring for an awards ceremony at the White House and dinner at the State Department.


Brad and Monique Flickinger, who edit and manage The Cardston Chronicle Globe newspaper in Cardston, Alberta, are winners of the sixth annual Federal Business Development Bank Young Entrepreneur Award for Alberta. Twelve awards, one for each province and territory, were presented to outstanding entrepreneurs (29 years of age or younger) across Canada. The newspaper the Flickingers manage is the result of a merger of a publication they started and a Cardston competitor. Brother Flickinger teaches a Sunday School class and Sister Flickinger is the Primary music director in the Glenwood Ward, Cardston Alberta Stake.


Terry Harrison, president of the Toronto Ontario Stake, has received the Volunteer of the Year award from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. He was honored for mobilizing his stake to staff the institute's 75th annual Fun Fair and Flea Market, an event to raise funds and educate people about the needs and abilities of sightless people.


Elizabeth Andre, 16, was one of 46 finalists nationwide in 'Teen Magazine's 1994 Miss Teenage America program. There were more than 10,000 entries in the program which judges young women on leadership, community service, academic achievement and general awareness. The field was narrowed down from 300 semifinalists to the 46 finalists based on their responses to questions relating to their home and school life, goals and knowledge of current affairs. The program, established in 1961, recognizes outstanding young women between the ages of 13 and 18. Elizabeth is a member of the Ames 1st Ward, Des Moines Iowa Stake.

James Fender, 17, received a U.S. Congressional Award for initiative, achievement and service at ceremonies in December in San Francisco. He was awarded a medal and a certificate. Community service is a big part of James' life. During the past few years, he has been active in earthquake cleanup, planting trees and clearing mountain trails. He served on task forces encouraging youth to be drug free and alcohol free. He is a member of the Great Oaks Ward, San Jose California Stake.

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