Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Andy and Tammy Reid

Recognized as one of the most influential coaches in the NFL, Andy Reid has led the Kansas City Chiefs since 2013. He has been an assistant or head coach in the NFL since 1992. Andy and Tammy have been married since 1981 and have lived under the media spotlight with their family for most of their married lives. Their presentation on “Faith, Family and Football” will take you on a journey of the ups and downs they have experienced and how they have been able to hold to the rod and be not moved.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JTM

James Curran, also known as JTM, is a Utah-based rap sensation who made huge strides for the Utah rap scene in 2016 when his debut EP, I’m Not a Rapper, hit number one on the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap chart, and again with his newest album “We Came to Play” hitting the charts. James now tours the country speaking at Firesides and performing in concerts. One of his favorite things is speaking to the youth and young adults in our church as his music and life experiences relate to the young adults of today.

“I want to reach the kid who feels obligated to go to church or is struggling with his or her testimony. I want to reach non-members and show them that there are Mormons just like them. And that Mormons listen to rap and are cool. I hate that myths and poor stereotypes of the Church hold people back from something so beautiful.”

JTM will share his experiences in a keynote address and will entertain with a concert to help close out the event. You can follow JTM on his website.

Syd Ash

Sydney Ash is a wife of 1 (for over 30 years) and mom of 5. Sister Ash Loves laughing, walking, biking, hiking to the tops of things, everything chocolate, and people stories. She helps people with their smiles in her work as a dental hygienist and in her current church calling as a Stake Primary President. Sister Ash has learned to enjoy life and to appreciate the moments of awe every day.

Clint and Karen Chadwick

Clint and Karen Chadwick

Clint Chadwick is a management professor at the University of Kansas, a former single dad, and an occasionally successful house handyman. Karen Chadwick is a graduate student in marriage and family therapy, a former college administrator and step-mother. They met and married in 2005 after a long time waiting to find each other. Together they have four children – two are grown and two are in elementary school. When they aren’t busy writing and studying, they enjoy hiking and the outdoors, traveling, trying new restaurants, learning about any and everything they can. Clint currently serves with the Lenexa Stake Young Men and Karen serves in the ward Primary presidency.

Shelby Clark

Shelby Clark is a clinically licensed social worker in Kansas and Missouri. She has 7 years of experience predominantly in the child welfare sector. Shelby is and experienced trainer and presenter and has been invited to speak at state, regional, and national conferences on a variety of social work and behavioral health practice topics. Currently Shelby works as a clinician with adolescents who are experiencing anxiety. She is a current PhD student at the University Of Kansas School Of Social Welfare. Her current scholarly interests include: Compassion in Social Work Practice; Compassionate Skill Sets; Intersection of Physical, Mental and Spiritual Well-being; Child Welfare; Childhood Mental Health; Social Work Policy and Administration.

Heather DeVore

Dr. Heather DeVore is a board-certified emergency medicine physician in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completed an internship at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT and residency training at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. Before moving to Kansas City, Sister DeVore worked in Washington, D.C. at a level-1 trauma center and was the medical director for a program providing comprehensive medical care to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Ryan Jenkins

Ryan Jenkins served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Washington D.C. South Mission. He is married with 6 children and he and his wife find great joy in their posterity. He has a Masters’ Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Professionally, Brother Jenkins has been involved in Public and Community Relations, teaching and writing. He lives in Columbia, Missouri and is the Coordinator of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. He is the author of the book, The Assassination of Joseph Smith: Innocent Blood on the Banner of Liberty. He is also the Associate Editor of the following: The Book of Mormon Study Guide: From Start to Finish; The New Testament Study: From Start to Finish; and Great American Documents for Latter-day Saint Families.

Jon Jardine

Jonathan Jardine is the proud father of 5 and husband of Jaimie.  He served a full-time mission in Tijuana, Mexico for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and now serves as a young Bishop in Overland Park, KS.  Professionally, Bishop Jardine works for the FranklinCovey Company who’s mission it is to “enable greatness in people and organizations everywhere”.  This is a principle based training organization who’s founder, Dr. Stephen Covey, is responsible for writing the #1 best-selling business book of all-time, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Sterling Knapp

Sterling G Knapp received his Bachelor’s degree at BYU in Spanish and his Masters degree from Utah State in History.  He is currently The Church Education System (CES) Coordinator for four stakes (Salina, Wichita, Derby and Garden City) and has served in this capacity for 22 years for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He is also serving as a CES tour guide for the Church history sites—-the Midwest and the Northeast sites. Brother Knapp has written several papers for CES (not published  to the public) on subjects such as “Angels” and “Adam-ondi-Ahman.” He has also served for 9 ½ years as a Stake President. Brother Knapp has been married to his wife Jennifer for 32 years. They met in Rexburg when he was teaching seminary and she was attending BYU-I. They have 6 children and 3 grandchildren. Some of Brother Knapp’s favorite things: Scriptures, teaching, youth, sports, gardening, hunting, fishing, and being outdoors, music and spending time with family. He loves almost all food, but his wife’s homemade bread and steak are at the top. He also loves cheesecake and almost every other dessert in the world.

Rich Linden

Rich Linden

Rich has a background in radio, television, film, music, theatre, and dance has led him to great places with all kinds of versatile organizations. He has an uncanny ability to get everyone’s undivided attention, get them dancing, and make sure they feel included, uplifted, and has the time of their lives. He is a DJ, entertainer for events, MC, fundraiser, and keynote speaker.

Rich is the voice for the athletics programs for the University of Missouri – Kansas City and Park University. He is a well-known speaker and advocate for youth and non-profit groups.

He has worked with some of the biggest national organizations to create world-class events. A few of his events include: MC for the Kansas City Royals; Host/MC for NASCAR’s annual Kansas Speedway VIP Party; announcer for various conference and national athletic tournaments for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), most notably for men’s/women’s basketball, soccer, volleyball, and cross country. You can contact Rich on his website.

Ric Mitchell

Ric Mitchell has been an area coordinator and educator for LDS Seminaries and Institutes since 1997 after graduating from BYU. He is also currently the Athletic director and Head varsity Basketball coach for Independence Home School Athletics Inc.  He is also currently pursuing his PhD at Kansas State University. Brother Mitchell and his wife, Christy, have a family of 7 children.

Jeremiah Morgan

Jeremiah Morgan is the Deputy Attorney General and former General Counsel to the Supreme Court, Deputy Solicitor General at Missouri Attorney General’s office, and the former Appellate Counsel at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. Brother Morgan studied political Science at the University of Central Missouri and studied law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU.
He served as the international chair for the J Reuben Clark Law Society and has spoken on religious liberty issues many times. He is married to his wife Rebecca with 5 children. He was recently released as the Stake President for the Liberty MO Stake where he supervised the building of the Kansas City Temple.

Cassidy Pinegar

Cassidy Kesler Pinegar is a graduate of UCLA and Yale Law School. She worked as a litigation association with the law firm of Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. for three years, and then served as an Assistant United States Attorney in D. C for nearly twelve years. As a prosecutor, Cassidy handled cases in local and federal court. Cassidy also taught “Legal Writing” as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law. Cassidy recently moved to Kansas with her husband and four daughters. She has held various church callings in Relief Society and Young Women, and is currently the Gospel Doctrine Teacher in her ward.

Hunter Tippets

Hunter Tippets was born in Germany while his parents were in the military. He is the 4th of 6 children. He served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina Resistencia. He attended college at BYU-I and has become a certified leadership coach with the John Maxwell Team. Brother Tippets lives in Kansas City and is currently serving as an executive secretary in his YSA ward. He hopes to travel the world teaching leadership skills, and changing lives for the better.

Stephen Twemlow

Stephen has been the owner and chief instructor at a large dojo (school) of martial and meditative arts in Topeka, KS for the past 25 years. He has practiced martial arts since childhood. He holds prestigious ranks in his field. He has a master teaching license of Renshi, Master technician Kyoshi, skilled in the grappling arts, traditional martial arts. He receives referrals from the mental health community and works with emotionally disturbed children and adults to help them cope. Stephen has also instructed at Menninger hospital and has been instrumental in the “Back off Bully” programs in schools —even in Australia. He was born in New Zealand and has 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was in his 50’s on June 22, 2013, and believes with all his heart that it is the true church.

Jay Warren

Jay Warren is a Salt Lake City based, San Diego native R&B singer and songwriter. He has been involved with music from a very young age as he started singing in his school and church choirs at the age of 8 years old. Warren works in many aspects of music creation from, writing, singing, production, and performing. He is an alternative R&B singer inspired by many different genres: hip-hop, rap, alternative, pop, metal, country, and blues.

Jay released his debut single, Closer, in October of 2017 to wide praise with supporters such as Acid Stag, Iggy Magazine, and Triple HQ. He has shared stages with Gladys Knight, 2 Chainz, Shwayze, and James The Mormon. Warren has performed at venues such as Radio City Music Hall, The Velour, Vivint Smart Home Arena, UCCU Events Center, Oracle Arena, Brigham Young University, AT&T Park, and more.

After being asked to perform as a soloist in the Saints Unified Voices Choir directed by Gladys Knight, Jay has released multiple singles and accumulated over 3 million streams on Spotify. Jay served in the California Oakland/San Francisco Mission – Tongan speaking. He is happily married to his wife Annie and they have one son, Winston. You can learn more about him on his website.