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New mission presidents

Published: Saturday, March 15, 1997

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Eight more mission presidents have been called by the First Presidency. The mission presidents and their wives will begin their service about July 1. The new mission presidents and their assignments are:

- Allan T. Brinkerhoff, 49, Portugal Lisbon South Mission; Cottonwood 14th Ward, Salt Lake Big Cottonwood Stake; stake mission president's counselor; former stake president, high councilor, bishop and counselor, ward mission leader, Sunday School president's counselor, and Sunday School teacher; attorney; received bachelor's degree in political science and English from BYU and juris doctorate from the University of Utah; born in Salina, Utah, to John Allen and Blanch Taylor Brinkerhoff; married Mary Coltharp, six children. She is a Young Women teacher; former stake Primary president's counselor, stake Relief Society board member, ward Relief Society president and counselor, Young Women president's counselor, Relief Society teacher, and Primary inservice instructor; received bachelor's degree in home economics and master's degree in early childhood education from the University of Utah; born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to William Horace and Fawn Della Bowen Coltharp.- Robert R. Evans, 65, New York Utica Mission; Mount Olympus 6th Ward, Salt Lake Mount Olympus Stake; member of stake Sunday School presidency; former high councilor, mission president's counselor, bishop's counselor, in high priests group leadership, elders quorum president, Young Men president, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in New Zealand; president and owner of Utah Construction & Development Inc.; received bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa and master's degree in engineering administration from the University of Utah; born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Edmund Paul and Lucretia Jane Miles Evans; married Carol Cameron, four children. She is ward Relief Society president; former stake Primary president, ward Primary president and teacher, Relief Society president's counselor, and missionary in Samoa; received bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Utah; born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Henry Anderson and Clara Lucile Worthen Cameron.

- R. Chris Fee, 52, South Africa Durban Mission; Richmond 3rd (Spanish) Branch, Concord California Stake; branch president; former stake missionary, bishop's counselor, Young Men president, high priests group leader, Primary and seminary teacher, Varsity Scout coach, choir director, and missionary in France; personnel officer in the U.S. Department of Justice; received bachelor's degree in French, Spanish and international relations from BYU and master's degree in human resource management from The American University; born in Los Angeles, Calif., to Frank W. and Anita Ann Malone Fee; married Eve Evans, three children. She is a Relief Society teacher; former ward organist, ward Relief Society president and counselor, Primary chorister, Relief Society and Sunday School teacher; received bachelor's degree in psychology and English from BYU; born in Elko, Nev., to Elven R. and Gilberta K. Evans.

- H. Aldridge Gillespie, 61, Mexico Tampico Mission; Norman 2nd Ward, Norman Oklahoma Stake; patriarch; former regional representative, stake president, mission president's counselor, bishop and counselor, branch president, high priests group leader, deacons quorum adviser, ward genealogy chairman, mission president's counselor, and missionary in the Spanish American Mission; director of the Transportation Safety Institute for the U.S. Department of Transportation; received bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Utah State University, and doctorate in civil engineering from University of Arizona; born in Riverside, Calif., to Lionel Aldridge and Amelia Eileen Baird Gillespie; married Virginia Larsen, five children. She is a family history center patron service specialist; former stake Relief Society president's counselor, stake welfare services volunteer, branch genealogy assistant librarian, stake Relief Society cultural refinement leader, extraction worker, ward Relief Society president and counselor, Cub Scout den leader, Junior Sunday School coordinator, and genealogy committee member; born in Manti, Utah, to Lester Andreas and Clara Reynolds Larsen.

- Michael G. Harris, 59, Taiwan Taipei Mission; Camarillo 5th Ward, Camarillo California Stake; stake missionary; former stake president's counselor, high councilor, bishop and counselor, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Southern Far East Mission; high school teacher and art department chairman; received bachelor's degree in art education and master's degree in printmaking and design, both from BYU; born in Ventura, Calif., to Arlo William and Marguerite Fisher Harris; married LindaGay Dean, three children. She is a stake missionary; former stake Relief Society board member, ward Relief Society president and counselor, Primary president, inservice leader, Cub Scout leader, and Relief Society teacher; received bachelor's degree in art from BYU; born in Pomona, Calif., to John O. and Marguerite Christina Lundgrene Dean.

- Mosese F. Naeata, 57, Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Mission; Liahona 1st Ward, Nuku'alofa Tonga Liahona Stake; patriarch, sealer in the Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple, and missionary coordinator for Tonga; former stake president, high councilor, stake mission president and counselor, stake Sunday School president's counselor, bishop, and ward Young Men president; material management manager in Tonga for the Presiding Bishopric's Office; received bachelor's degree in physical education from BYU-Hawaii; born in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, to Viliami and Ofa Kongaika Naeata; married Akanesi Hikila, five children. She is stake Relief Society president; former stake Relief Society and Primary president, ward Young Women president, and Relief Society teacher; received bachelor's degree in business education from BYU-Hawaii; born in Malfang, Tonga, to Simione and Lata Mahola Lata Liufau Hikila.

- Steven R. Shallenberger, 46, Spain Madrid Mission; Hillcrest 6th Ward, Orem Utah Hillcrest Stake; stake Young Men president and Sunday School teacher; former stake clerk, high councilor, bishop and counselor, high priests group leader, and elders quorum president; managing director-executive programs for Covey Leadership Center; received bachelor's degree in accounting from BYU and OPM degree in business from Harvard Business Graduate School; born in Vallejo, Calif., to Harvey Rhea and Margie June Quarles Shallenberger; married Roxanne Humphreys, six children. She is Relief Society homemaking leader; former stake Relief Society secretary, Primary president and counselor, Relief Society president's counselor, Cub Scout leader, Primary and Sunday School teacher; received bachelor's degree in design from BYU; born in Soda Springs, Idaho, to Reed Clark and Doris Myrtle Rudrud Humphreys.

- Timothy L. Taggart, 47, England Bristol Mission; Bennion Heights 8th Ward, Bennion Heights Utah Stake; Varsity Scout coach; former stake president, stake executive secretary, high councilor, Sunday School teacher, priests quorum adviser, elders quorum teacher, and missionary in the Australia South Mission; director of audiovisual production services for the Church; received bachelor's degree in history and political science and master's degree in instructional technology from Utah State University; born in Lewiston, Idaho, to Fred Edis and Mary Lambert Taggart; married Gloria Shaffer, two children. She is Primary Merrie Miss activity leader; former ward Young Women president, Primary president and counselor, Relief Society president's counselor, Sunday School teacher, Relief Society teacher, and Young Women teacher; attended Utah State University; born in Sun Valley, Idaho, to Don West and Carol Hadley Shaffer.