June 27-28, 2007
LDS Networking Event



Executive Committee



Sean E. Brotherson

Sean E. Brotherson

Sean E. Brotherson, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Extension Family Life Specialist with North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. He earned his BS and BA degrees in English and family science, and an MS in family science from Brigham Young University. He earned his PhD in human development and family studies at Oregon State University, and has worked at North Dakota State University since 1998. His work involves conducting family research and developing educational programs for children, couples, and families.

He has conducted research and published articles on family policy and marriage, family life education, fathering, grief and bereavement, and other family-related topics. He is a team member of the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network, author of the Bright Beginnings parenting curriculum, and founder and co-chair of the Dakota Fatherhood Initiative. He speaks frequently on healthy marriage and marriage education, writes a regular column on marriage and family topics for Meridian Magazine (on-line), and has taught preparation for marriage and marriage enrichment courses for Brigham Young University, Oregon State University, and the Church Education System.

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Developing educational resources and programs for marriage education and enrichment
  • Transition to marriage and establishing a home, resources for couples in the early years of marriage
  • Marital reconciliation and renewal following trials or relationship challenges
  • Family policies and strengthening marriage
  • Strengthening marriage for LDS couples and families

Sean E. Brotherson, PhD
Extension Family Life Specialist
EML 277, North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND 58105
Email: sean.brotherson@ndsu.edu
brotherson@meridianmagazine.com
PH: (701) 231-614


H. Wallace Goddard

H. Wallace Goddard

I am interested in marriage programs based on the new discoveries in couple relationships. Old thinking has held us hostage too long. Post-communication. On to character. I have developed a marriage model (published in Family Relations) a simple curriculum (posted on the arfamilies.org website)and a program based on frank application of gospel principles (First Principles of Marriage being published on Meridian). I also enjoy leading workshops and retreats for helping couples. Wally and Nancy have been married over 30 years.

 

Areas of Special Interest:

I honor the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the surest measure of truth. I am interested in keeping gospel truth in conversation with scientific discoveries and personal experience in order to discover God's meanings in His word.

H. Wallace Goddard, C.F.L.E.
Professor and Family Life Specialist, University of Arkansas
Cooperative Extension
2301 S. University, Box 391, Little Rock, AR 72203
Phone: 501 671-2104
Email: wgoddard@uaex.edu
Website: DrWally.org


Maurine Proctor

Maurine Proctor

Maurine Proctor is the President of the Family Leader Foundation and Network and Editor in Chief of Meridian Magazine (www.MeridianMagazine.com). She has a B.A. from the University of Utah and a Masters from Harvard University. She and her husband Scot have authored several books. She is the mother of eleven children, grandmother of three with four on the way. She and her husband, Scot, are partners in all things and have a saying for each other: "When I am with you I am beside myself."

Areas of Special Interest:

Maurine is interested in stopping the steady decline in marriage and in providing a way to help renew our society for family. She is particularly interested in leveraging the power of the Internet to provide people with the tools they need to live happier lives.

Email:editorial@meridianmagazine.com


Laura M. Brotherson

Laura M. Brotherson

Laura Mason Brotherson, CFLE, is a marriage and family life educator certified by the National Council on Family Relations. She is the author of a bestselling book on marital intimacy and ONEness entitled, And They Were Not Ashamed — Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Family Sciences from Brigham Young University.

As an author, speaker, and relationship consultant, Laura shares her passion for building strong marriages and families through phone consultations, writing a regular column for Meridian Magazine, publishing an electronic newsletter entitled, "Straight Talk about Strengthening Marriage," and speaking in various venues from couples’ cruises and conferences to television and radio talk shows. She is the founder of www.StrengtheningMarriage.com. Laura and her husband, Kevin, have been married 15 years, and are the parents of three children.

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Helping couples develop their physical/sexual relationship;
  • Helping couples achieve greater ONEness in marriage—emotionally, spiritually, physically;
  • Helping parents to better prepare their children for intimacy and fulfillment in marriage

Email: Laura@StrengtheningMarriage.com
Website: www.StrengtheningMarriage.com


Tera B. Duncan

Tera B. Duncan

Tera B. Duncan works as part-time faculty in the Marriage, Family and Human Development Dept. at Brigham Young University. She has been teaching at the college level for over 19 years. She is also a PhD candidate with only 1 year to go at Capella University in Family Psychology where she is researching adult attachment and value orientation in marriage. She has published the textbook “Gospel Perspectives for Family Theories” for the Family Theories course at BYU. She enjoys collaborative projects that support and strengthen family relationships. Tera and her husband Gary have been married over 13 years with a blended family of 6 children.

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Gender equality in marriage
  • Value orientation in marriage
  • Adult attachment in marriage
  • Maternal employment versus stay-at-home moms
  • Blended family marriages

Email: tera_duncan@byu.edu


Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner is an associate professor at South Dakota State University where he teaches family studies courses. He received his Ph.D. at Texas Tech University in marriage and family therapy and is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in marriage counseling. Dr. Gardner has researched the effectiveness of teaching teens how to have successful marriages all their life. He is currently writing a book called “The Myths of Marriage.” Most importantly, he celebrates his marriage of 18 years to his wife Brenda and being a dad to 3 great boys.

Email: Scott.Gardner@sdstate.edu


James P. Marshall

James P. Marshall

Dr. James P. Marshall is an Assistant Professor and Extension Family Life Specialist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in Little Rock, AR.

James is a native Virginian who earned a B.A. in Spanish and a M.S. in Instructional Science from Brigham Young University prior to completing his doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Tech University. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and a clinical member and approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

James has worked as an educator, therapist, and trainer in a variety of professional settings.

James works in the areas of couple & marriage relationships, parenting & family relationships, and individual development. His work focuses on helping people create and maintain quality relationships.

He and his wife, Kathie, have been married 13 years. They are the proud parents of five children. They enjoy jogging, hiking, family vacations, eating out, and reading together.

Email: jpmarshall@uaex.edu


Greg & Karen McGreer

Greg & Karen McGreer

Karen Brash McGreer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified Sex Therapist. She holds two Masters degrees, one from Temple University in Education, and one from the Family Institute of Philadelphia. She has been a Registered Nurse since 1968. Her extensive experience in nursing and physical rehabilitation led her to specialize in the emotional and sexual aspects of health care.

Karen is a frequent speaker on sexual health, intimacy, and loving through sickness and in health. She has made over a hundred media appearances, and is a frequent guest on various local and national radio and television programs, including Voices in the Family on NPR with Dan Gottlieb. She appeared on ABC affiliated AM Philadelphia, where she co-produced 20 minute segments on sexuality, relationships, and family life. She did similar brief segments on Philadelphia's CBS evening news twice weekly for a year. She appeared several times on Bob Berkowitz' Real Personal on CNBC.

Dr. Greg McGreer received his BS from Brigham Young University, his Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah, and his PhD in Psychology from Greenwich University of Australia. His background is in clinical social work, education, and psychology. Dr. McGreer has lectured on topics such as: Tools For Intimacy, Increasing Sexual Passion and Loving Energy in Marriage, and Enhancing Ejaculatory Control for Men. Presently his office is in Medford, New Jersey located 30 minutes east of Philadelphia and 45 minutes from the Jersey Shore, where he works with his wife Karen Brash McGreer RN, MFT offering a variety of counseling services, such as Family Therapy, Sex Therapy, Marriage Seminars, and Life Coaching.

Both Karen and Greg are active in marriage enrichment and are a Certified Leader Couple with the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment (ACME at BetterMarriages.org). They have been married for 11 years, and have six children.

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Marriage and sexual enrichment
  • Preventing divorce
  • Helping people overcome sexual dysfunction, and then begin to fulfill their potential as lovers and spouses

Email Karen:

kbmcgreer@comcast.net
Email Greg:

 

mcgreer@comcast.net
Website:

 

www.IntentionalMarriage.com


David Schramm

David Schramm

David Schramm is a doctoral student in the department of Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University in Alabama. He earned his B.A. in Marriage, Family, and Human Development from Brigham Young University, and his M.S. in Family, Consumer, and Human Development from Utah State University. David contributed to the building of the marriage website www.UtahMarriage.org, and helped write the report “Marriage in Utah,” a summary of findings from a survey of Utahns. He is currently helping to build a marriage website for Alabama, www.AlabamaMarriage.org, and recently co-authored a handbook given to Alabama newlyweds, The Alabama Marriage Handbook. David and his wife Jamie, are both from Payson, Utah, have been married for nearly 8 years, and have three daughters.

Areas of Special Interest:

As a Certified Family Life Educator, his areas of interest center on the newlywed years of marriage, including the dating and courtship periods, for both first marriages and remarriages. His research focuses on the marital processes and behaviors that lead to healthy and happy marriages. He is interested in providing marriage education that assists couples during the transition to marriage.

Email: schrammdavid@hotmail.com


Roberta Randall Stapley

Roberta Randall Stapley

Roberta Randall Stapley is the wife of A. Thyrle Stapley Jr. They were married in the Arizona LDS Temple in 1969. They are the parents of four sons and grandparents of eleven grandchildren. Roberta is the owner/manager of C.R.S. Counseling and has been a professional marriage, family, and individual therapist since 1987. In addition, she is a certified CHT for specialization in sexual abuse and is a certified trainer of Franklin Covey “7 Habits of Highly Effective Families” and Arizona Marriage Skills.

She is the Arizona Marriage Skills curriculum writer for domestic violence and covenant marriage and a past member of AMCAP and AACD. Roberta has been a family activist, coalition networker, and public affairs specialist on numerous state, national and international councils, national boards and committees over the past 30 years including; National board member of American Mothers, Inc., Mental Health Chair and National American Mothers magazine writer, writer for the Family Time Together Arizona Ecumenical Committee with monthly articles in the five-city Tribune, Arizona Interfaith Action Coalition and Steering Committee for American Leadership Conferences and AACFA, United Families International, World Congress of Families, International Interreligious Federation of World Peace, and as an ECOSOC NGO United Nations delegate lobbyist for pro-family issues. She has represented pro-family efforts in New York, Washington, D.C., Turkey, Africa, South Korea, Israel, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Central America and People’s Republic of China.

Roberta has taught forums to organizations from numerous countries throughout the world. She is a seasoned public speaker having addressed forums and conferences for the past 30 years. She has served extensively in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints throughout her life and taught seminary in Arizona high schools and Institute at Mesa Community College LDS Institute of Religion for CES. She is currently President, CEO of Family Dynamics International, Inc. a non-profit providing curriculum and family education to caregivers, orphans and families in various countries of the world.

Email:familydynamicsinc@hotmail.com


Joseph M. White

Joseph M. White

Joseph White is a research professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in marriage and family, adolescent and adult development, family assessment, and family public policy. He received his doctorate at Texas Tech University (1997) in Human Development and Family. His current work in the fatherhood area involves several projects that assess father friendliness among staff and administrators and he has provided training based on assessment findings. He and his colleague, Sean Brotherson, have recently completed the book “Why Fathers Count” that will be published this year by Men’s Studies Press. His other work is in the area of prevention science and involves collaborating with several Midwestern American Indian reservations to develop a culturally specific, family-based alcohol prevention program through a funded grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

He has published in a variety of professional journals on topics ranging from fatherhood policy to fathering among American Indians and from identity and spiritual development to recovery from substance abuse. He has served as founder and co-director of the Dakota Fatherhood Initiative, has helped establish local fatherhood movements, and has been invited to speak at many conferences and training workshops across the Midwest. His greatest work has occurred in his home where he is a father of seven children (six girls and one boy) ranging in age from 7 months to 14 years old. Joseph and his wife, Alice, met in 1989, and have been married 16 years.

Areas of Special Interest:

I have a few areas of special interest that include promoting responsible, involved fathering and promoting healthy marriages. Promoting healthy marriage is the most effective way to promote responsible fathering. Although fathering is more than just being married, it increases the opportunities for involvement in obvious ways. I am also interested in indicators of a couple’s spirituality. There is more to the “Pray together to stay together” axiom than meets the eye and frequency and depth of couple prayer, both verbal and silent, are important initial indicators that tap into a couple’s level of spiritual development.

Department of Sociology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE, 68588-0325
Office: (402) 472-2432
Fax: (402) 472-4568
Email: jwhite3@unl.edu