The First Presidency has announced the calling of nine new directors of the Church's visitors centers and historic sites around the world. The new leaders and their wives will be trained at the Provo Missionary Training Center Feb. 7-11, and will begin their two-year terms of service after their training.
The new directors and their wives are:
Liberty Jail Historic Site
DeNiece June and Alton M. Alexander Jr.
Alton M. Alexander Jr., 68, born in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Alton M. and Rula Morgan Alexander; married DeNiece June Pieper; parents of four children. Members of the Lacey 5th Ward, Lacey Washington Stake. He is a stake patriarch and was president of the California Riverside Mission and stake president; former executive and manager of Metropolitan Life.
Sister Alexander was born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Frederick Wilhelm and Bertha Clara Meyers Pieper, and is Relief Society president and a former Primary and Young Women president.
Mexico City Visitors Center
Lothaire E. Jr. and Chyleen Bluth
Lothaire E. Bluth Jr., 65, born in Mexico City D.F., Mexico, to Lothaire E. and Viva Brown Skousen Bluth; married Chyleen Bacon, parents of 10 children. Members of the Edgemont 6th Ward, Provo Utah Edgemont Stake. He is a Young Men president and former president of the Mexico Mexico City South Mission; former estate planning executive for the LDS Foundation, Corporation of the President.
Sister Bluth was born in Los Angeles, Calif., to Samuel Kenneth and Dorothy Paul Bacon. She is a gospel doctrine teacher and former Young Women president and Primary president's counselor.
Los Angeles Temple Visitors Center
Thales Alfred and Willa Nita Derrick
Thales Alfred Derrick, 65, born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Thales Matthew and Harriet Ann Clark Derrick; married Willa Nita Brooks, parents of five children. Members of the St. George 22nd Ward, St. George Utah Stake. He is a former president of the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission and has served as Sigma Gamma Chi area coordinator and stake president; former administrator at Dixie College in St. George, Utah, and a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot.
Sister Derrick was born in St. George, Utah, to William and Juanita L. Leavitt Brooks. She is a Relief Society teacher and former Lambda Delta Sigma interchapter adviser and Relief Society president.
Idaho Falls Temple Visitors Center
Gayle A. and Lloyd H. Ferguson
Lloyd H. Ferguson, 68, born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Harold Bascom and Sophia Evelyn Henricksen Ferguson; married Gayle Armstrong, parents of four children. Members of the Coltman 3rd Ward, Idaho Falls Idaho East Stake. He has served as a temple ordinance worker, high councilor, and bishop's counselor; retired district manager for the Bureau of Land Management.
Sister Ferguson was born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Curtis Smith and Ada Grace Hobbs Armstrong. She is a visiting teaching supervisor and former stake Relief Society secretary and ward Relief Society president.
New Zealand Visitors Center
Marilyn Rae and Leo Donald Leonard
Leo Donald Leonard, 61, born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Leo Bradford and Florence Robbins Leonard, married Marilyn Rae Hoyt, parents of one child. Members of the Eagle Gate 1st Ward, Salt Lake Eagle Gate Stake. He is a former stake mission president's counselor, high councilor and bishop's counselor; former department chairman of special education in the Granite School District and dean of education at George Washington University and the University of Portland.
Sister Leonard was born in Missoula, Mont., to Charles and Mariette Bailey Hoyt; and she has served as a temple ordinance worker. She is a former professor of business administration and administrator of technical businesses.
Palmyra Visitors Center
Jerry M. and Joan Elaine Hess
Jerry Moser Hess, 61, born in Preston, Idaho, to Lewis William and Arvilla Moser Hess, married Joan Elaine Hughes, parents of six children. Members of the Nampa 3rd Ward, Nampa Idaho Stake. He is a former president of the California Riverside Mission, mission president's and stake president's counselor; construction company owner and real estate developer, and vice president of the Idaho State Board of Education and regents of the University of Idaho.
Sister Hess was born in Nampa, Idaho, to Lloyd R. and Mary Elizabeth Hughes, and has served as stake missionary, ward Relief Society president, and counselor in the Young Women presidency.
Arizona Temple Visitors Center
Weston F. and Lois A. Killpack
Weston Foote Killpack, 63, born in Provo, Utah, to Lovell Albert and Hazel Foote Killpack, married Lois Arlene Pope, parents of four children. Members of the South Cottonwood 7th Ward, South Jordan Utah River Ridge Stake. He has served as president of the Canada Vancouver/Alaska Anchorage Mission, stake president's counselor and high councilor; a former benefits manager for the Church Educational System.
Sister Killpack was born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Archie Glen and Fern Croshaw Pope. She is a former stake Relief Society president's counselor, ward Relief Society president's counselor, and ward Young Women president.
Mormon Trail Center at Winter Quarters
D. Spencer and Janet S. Nilson
D. Spencer Nilson, 68, born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Douglas Samuel and Dora Spencer Nilson, married Janet Smith, parents of five children. Members of the Monument Park 3rd Ward, Salt Lake Foothill Stake. He recently served with his wife in the England Birmingham Mission and has served as stake mission president and bishop; owner of a professional accounting corporation.
Sister Nilson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Franklin Richards and Naomi Hollingworth Smith. She has served as national officer of Lambda Delta Sigma, and stake and ward Relief Society president.
Park City Visitors Center
Bonnie J. and Verdis L. Norton
Verdis L. Norton, 60, born in Lapoint, Utah, to LaMar and Velma Arleen Hullinger, married Bonnie J. Hillstead, parents of four children. Members of the Park City Ward, Park City Utah Stake. He has served as high councilor, bishop's counselor and ward mission leader; former vice president for strategy for Kraft Foods.
Sister Norton was born in Kemmerer, Wyo., to Joseph Fielding and Mary Evelyn Shawver. She has served as Relief Society and Primary president and early morning seminary teacher.